A Blog As A Postcard
Before my wife and I started to try to have kids, we decided to travel in earnest. There were some experiences we wanted to have and some places we wanted to see before the everyday hum-drum of kids became our new experience. Of course, we wanted the hum-drum, so this traveling was our way of "living it up" before we settled into a more geographically sedentary way of life.
When we made our initial list, the places were somewhat fanciful to us. There were among the destinations a train trek across Western Europe and a visit to certain South Pacific islands. We settled on some locations that were a little more within reach of our budget and travel acumen. These are key considerations when traveling abroad.
We settled on the following destinations:
- San Diego - to visit her sister
- New York City - to explore Midtown
- Miami - to escape the winter cold
- London - to visit another country and experience some Old World culture
Visiting these places was going to be an experience we wanted to record for our future, and I had previously kept travel journals when I traveled to Spain twice in high school. But keeping an ink-and-paper journal seemed not only very pedestrian, it was limited in its sharability. People would have to visit us to read it. Honestly, I wouldn't want someone to come over to see us only to read my own handwriting about our journeys. I wanted our friends and relatives to experience our trips in as close to real time as possible.
Luckily, I had recent experience in setting up a blog using Google's Blogger platform. It was free and easy to use and manipulate to my needs. I set it up and sent everyone the address so they could read it. Now came the actual task of loading content.
Once we arrived at our destinations, it was easy to post a quick note to say we were there safely. Of course, this was in the early days of blogging and before the age of mobile apps for updating. Remember those days? Also, free wifi - or any wifi at all - was also hard to find, and it would've required a separate removable card to be put into my laptop. As I write this, these connectivity issues seem so ancient, and yet this was only five years ago. Mostly, we relied on the internet access offered by our hotels.Continued on the next page