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Need help with setting up a blog for my trip

I have always used wordpress to set up a blog for my travels. I'm not very tech savvy and it's always been easy for me to set up (I used blogger before wordpress, but blogger went away). Anyway, I'm trying to set up a blog for my trip that starts on Friday, April 1, and wordpress is just not working for me. Very frustrating! Are there any other free sites that you suggest for my blog? I just need to post a few pictures and my thoughts, really it's just like my online diary. It's so my family and friends know what I'm doing. I'm not trying to create a following online or anything like that!

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Polarsteps is an interesting app. You decide who sees what you share. It gives a track of your travels with gps, and you can upload pictures and text to correspond to location.

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Do you really want to tell every "no good" out there that you are not home?

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I just need to post a few pictures and my thoughts, really it's just like my online diary. It's so my family and friends know what I'm doing.

In this case you could just send a group email.

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Bob, the rest of my family will be at home so it doesn’t matter. Just wondering what blog platforms other people use.

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Bob -- it is the culture, age gap. The last thing I would think about is posting pictures and comments concerning my travels on an hourly bases. . And it is the first time our daughter-in-laws thing about. Yesterday around 9 am dropped son, dil, and 2 granddaughters at the airport for a quick spring break trip to Mexico. By 4 pm the first pictures are rolling in. My 9 pm have had three different sets of pictures. Glad they are having a good time, I don't understand it but at 80 there are a lot of things I don't understand.

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I don't understand it but at 80 there are a lot of things I don't understand.

I am half your age and I don't understand it either.

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I've done a blog my last two international trips (initially Blogger, then WordPress) and plan to blog on my next trip, as well. The first time around I decided to blog because I found out my 80+ year old over-anxious mother hadn't slept much at all the entire time we were overseas on our previous trip (!) and I thought that if she could see photos and read about what we were doing every day, she'd be less worried (she loved reading the blog). Later, when I created a trip album, I discovered I had all the detail I needed to remember what happened each day, which photos were from which locales, etc. I even lifted the text from my blog to narrate my album. The second time I blogged we were traveling for a month, and I knew I'd need the blog when it came time to make my trip album. It was a great way to wind down at the end of each travel day, as well. I'm not very tech savvy, and have just started trying to re-learn WordPress basics -- most of which I've forgotten or may have changed since 2018, when we last traveled. But I love blogging. I've found it much easier to blog than to write in a journal, because blogging forces me to keep it short and not get so caught up in the details. We always have house sitters while we're on a long trip, so I don't need to worry about advertising that I'm out of the country.

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Thanks Ruth, that’s why I like to blog too. Appreciate your thoughts! Thanks, Lane, I’ll take a look.

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I agree with Ruth. I always blog when I travel for several reasons, although I prefer to think of it as an online travel journal. It helps me remember the trip much better when I write everything down; plus my family and friends love hearing about my travels while I'm gone. And it gives me something to do when I'm on the train or in my hotel room at night.

I used Blogger originally then switched to WordPress, but I'm looking for something now, too. I'm interested in https://bonjourn.al - it seems simple and you can adjust privacy settings as needed, although the Travellerspoint looks nice, too, Lane! And I also don't need to worry about people knowing I'm gone, since others will be there. :)

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@Lane (and Barbara), I tried out the Travellerspoint site this morning and really like it so far! It's seems much simpler than WP and yet it has decent templates and looks nice. Thanks for the link!