Follow these suggestions for writing your own travel blog.
Remember postcards? Those cute missives that sum up a week with "Wish you were here"? In today's world of blogging (short for Web logging), you can ditch the old bromides for a running commentary on your travels. Here's how to start.
- Browse for a blog service Do you like the stylish design templates at www.blogger.com ? Or the clickable maps at www.travelpod.com ? Free blog sites work like Web email. Set up an account pre-trip, log in from any Internet-linked computer, type in your entry, and then publish with a mouse click. Don't forget to email your pals a link to your blog.
- Post pictures Be sure to pack the cable that connects your camera to your laptop's USB port. No laptop? At an Internet café, upload photos to a site such as www.flickr.com before transferring them to your blog.
- Link, don't labor Instead of typing up Alcatraz Island's colorful history, simply link to www.nps.gov/alcatraz. To create a hyperlink (on blogger.com ), highlight some text, click the link icon, and type the site's address (URL) into the pop-up window.
- Be discreet Wild nights in Vegas? Sit on stories you'd rather your boss didn't read. Or opt to password-protect your pages.
Illustration by Michael Klein
This article was first published in September 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.