Since I started the blog I have uploaded more than 800 pictures and entered 100 small and larger texts.
I sent the link to the blog to about 60 people – merely people who were recipients of my newsletter, a few who responded to a Facebook posting, and a handful of friends whom we met during the trip itself. From the statistics that I get from the blog site I achieve between 60 and 80 viewings per entry – difficult to be more precise, because when you open the blog you can read 4 to 5 entries on the same page and it is only the latest one that will be credited for it. In short: not bad However, I have no idea who reads it. There have been very few comments, on site and through separate mail. That is a bit disappointing but not abnormal, I had the same experience with my newsletters. I find solace in the thought that I’m writing the blog in the first place for myself and in the second place for my grandchildren, since the plan is to convert the whole thing into a book once we’re back in Nairobi.
Overall I like the Travellerspoint website but the pictures have been a frustrating experience. I don’t’ necessarily build my stories chronologically, and when I introduce a theme I may add pictures that were taken on different moments. However the blog shows them to you in a strict chronological order, so that the pictures don’t reflect the text. Ideally I should be able to link pictures to one specific entry and have the 2 clearly linked and displayed together. For example over the last 10 days we visited a number of pubs and breweries and I would like to write about the experience as one, but if I upload the pictures they will disappear and be mixed with my other uploads.
The other dilemma is how personal I want to be and in the end I am keeping you at arm’s length. There are several entries about my more personal experiences, feelings and moral judgements that I didn’t publish or that I watered down significantly. That makes the reading more dry, for sure. Tsss.
I’m lagging behind. The workload is significant. Not so much the writing, but on a good day I take between 300 and 400 pictures, and sieving them, improving where needed, selecting, and eventually compressing the happy few, adding a title… takes time. Tomorrow we fly to new York and I hope to catch up.