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Recommendations On Platform To Start A Camino Blog

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by BenL, Dec 21, 2017.

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How have you recorded or plan to record your Camino experiences?

Poll closed Dec 31, 2017.
  1. Hand write in journal

    36.4%
  2. Record on electronic device (tablet, phone, PC, voice recorder, etc)

    9.1%
  3. Post onto social media real time, on trail (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, etc)

    36.4%
  4. Post onto blog real time, on trail, (and edit/tidy up blog post-Camino)

    9.1%
  5. Post after Camino (blog, social media, etc)

    9.1%
  6. Other method (post approach in comments in thread)

    9.1%
  7. No plans to record, but let it be an experience that I keep within

    18.2%
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  1. BenL

    BenL The Burghers of Calais

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    I am considering writing a blog for upcoming Camino. I am aware of a couple of blog sites, such as wordpress and blogspot with initial free offerings that have limited storage/tools (both of these have fee-based subscriptions for greater storage and better editing tools, etc). There are also options like godaddy that offer custom domain names and will host web sites, and blogging is just one category of content. I am also debating internally whether I wish to fold the Camino within an uber blog about life in general or have the Camino blog as a standalone. Net, feedback or recommendations on these two questions is much appreciated.
     
  2. UnkleHammy

    UnkleHammy Well-Known Member

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    I went with a combination of:
    1. Paper notes that I used for writing a detailed private blog when I returned.
    2. Facebook posts that included basic walking notes.
     
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  3. danvo

    danvo Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ben, first of all - Camino is a very special time. If you will walk alone, write only your notes in diary, then, after returning you can write online. Try to minimize use of any electronic device (except camera :) ), ask friends and family to not contact you (except very urgent case) and minimize your messages for your family. This is only your time. As I wrote - very special time.
     
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  4. BenL

    BenL The Burghers of Calais

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    Daniel, thanks for your note/sharing. I will be walking with my wife. We are really looking forward to the Camino. My wife will journal in traditional manner but I have worked with electronic devices my entire working life. I am used to keeping electronic journals and I find it helps me personally as I then reflect/contemplate the day/key events. I loved how this couple recorded and shared their Camino in the book, 'In Movement, There is Peace'. What I loved especially is the couple sharing their different perspectives on the same event/day, which I believe can be achieved by communicating on said event/day with my wife (as opposed to merely journaling separately and independently).

    We were planning to set aside time at the end of each day to talk, share & journal.

    Your response did surface a key question, namely, who am I journaling for? Since the primary audience is myself and wife, then, clearly, it's not critical that I post online into a blog from the trail. But, once I achieve that primary objective, I can then record online (not journal) for a secondary audience (different content). This helps prioritize in my mind the content and modalities that I want to focus on.

    p/s. Re your camera reference, as an enthusiast photographer, I decided that I wanted better pics than what a smartphone can offer. So, bit the bullet to buy a better compact camera (will leave DSLR behind). Just under 2 lbs, including accessories (charger, extra battery).
    p/s. Invested in a portable foldable keyboard, that weights 7 oz, to use for journaling with smartphone. Small paper notebook will still be helpful to note key experiences on the trail.
    p/s. Will ditch the sleeping bag to offset the above two items! Will be walking from mid-May, so, if it gets too cold, will sleep in better lodgings.
     
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  5. Bryan Morlock

    Bryan Morlock Pilgrim Bryan

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    We had a group of four and had many people who wanted to follow us on our journey. So we set up a blog on Wordpress. Both my sister and I posted to the blog separately with daily entries as well as uploaded our pictures. Yes, it helped people to follow our journey, but now serves as a wonderful diary of our great adventure. There is no way that I could keep everything straight and know what happened when and where without the blog. I did all of my photo taking and blog posting on an old Apple 4S phone (3G). I did not carry an actual cell phone (others in the group did) but I would upload the photos from the 4S and post my blog using this whenever we had WIFI service. It worked remarkably well. I did tidy up some of the entries after I got home and my sister had the blog posts and some of the pictures made into a hardbound journal through Shutterfly. Our blog is at pilgrims4blog.wordpress.com if you would like to see. We uploaded more than 600 photos and still had plenty of storage available on the blog site by the end of our Camino.
     
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    UnkleHammy Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea of having everyone in your group contribute to the same blog in real-time. I think that way should make a very well rounded blog. No two people see the same thing the same way
     
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  7. BenL

    BenL The Burghers of Calais

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    Bryan/Kathy, thanks for sharing your two-some approach to blogging. Picked up good tips from yours and other blogs. Love the generous sprinkling of pictures. Buen Camino.
     
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    Bryan Morlock Pilgrim Bryan

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    I think my sister and I are perfect examples of seeing things differently UncleHammy. Just reading each of our individual entries and looking at our pictures for the same day illustrates how differently we focused on items for discussion or interpreted daily events.
     
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    If you do decide to blog as you walk, do not use Blogger (blogspot) if you use an iPhone or iPad, the app no longer works. Using it on Safari on a mobile device was never easy as it was. My first five Camino blogs were on blogger but my next will be on Wordpress. Wordpress takes a little time to figure out but seems MUCH more stable and usable now. Buen Camino!
     
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  10. Bryan Morlock

    Bryan Morlock Pilgrim Bryan

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    An added note here. UncleHammy mentions that he used Facebook to post. I tried putting a post into Facebook from Spain and Facebook shut me down and locked up my account immediately, thinking someone was trying to hijack my account from Spain. It took me almost two weeks to get back into it. Once I did it went fine, but I had my birthday on the Camino and didn't get to see the birthday greetings and a birthday video from my grandkids until well after the fact when I finally got through the process to unlock my account. I don't know if there is a way to notify Facebook that you will be accessing from a foreign country.
     
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    Michael, thanks for sharing your blogging experience from the trail. I had signed up for Wordpress a couple of weeks ago, to familiarize myself. Plugging away to become more proficient. I like how I can have a custom domain for the lowest paid subscription fee at Wordpress. Loved how you dedicated a CP page to honor fellow pilgrims that you met on the trail. Great idea.
     
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    Bryan, thanks for sharing this. My intent was to post updates on FB from the Camino. Will ping FB to see if they have a travel alert like the banks/credit card companies.
     
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