I think this time around the blog will be quite different than what I did in 2009. Back then, I spent a lot of time (while travelling) to write longish posts and post-process pictures on the laptop. Looking back, I think I obsessed a bit too much about what to write and which pictures to pick.
This time there will be more posts, they will be shorter and the pictures won’t be as processed … more “Facebook and twitter style” instead of a short story.
So why use a blogging platform at all and not just post directly to Facebook? Because I hate the closed nature of Facebook. It’s almost impossible to share posts outside the system (e.g. via e-mail), they have very questionable terms of service when it comes to how content can be used by them … and not all of our friends are even on Facebook (a shocker, I know!)
Using a semi-open platform like WordPress will make it much easier to “suck out” the content after the trip and use it elsewhere (e.g. to create a photo diary at the push of a button).
In an ideal world, everyone would leave Facebook, get on some open platform and we’d all be using RSS to follow each other. Unfortunately not everyone understands RSS, so here are a few options to follow the blog and us:
1. You have no idea what either RSS or Facebook is, and don’t want to know either:
Sign up to get an e-mail every time we post. Just click on the grey “Follow” button on the upper right. Fill in your e-mail address and you will get a mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Last time this option proved surprisingly popular and we had 69 people following us via e-mail updates.
2. You don’t know what RSS is, but you have a Facebook account (and are already a “friend” of mine):
In this case you don’t need to do anything. You’ll see an automatic Facebook update from me every time we post to this blog. Click on the update and it will take you to the referenced post.
3. You’re like me and much prefer getting your news via RSS instead of Facebook:
Just click on the link to the RSS feed for entries on the lower right of this page. Done. You should get my updates in your favourite reader (I personally like to use Reeder on iOS and the Mac, which syncs with Google reader).