12 Aug
Days adrift.  Click here to see our best and worst experiences so far.
Number of flights.  Click here to go to the itinerary page.
Bus, train and taxi rides.  Click here to see all posts relating to transport. (56 posts)
Miles walked.  Click here to see all posts relating to walking and trekking. (43 posts)
Countries visited.  Click here to see what we think of them. (14 posts)
Number of species spotted.  Click here to go to our wildlife page.
Photos taken.  Click here to go to the photo gallery. (94 posts)
Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (50 posts)
Number of times scammed.  Click here to read all about it!  (2 posts)
Otters spotted.  Click here to go to our website about otters: amblonyx.com
...two travellers in search of the world's wildlife

16 June 2010

Blog on the blog

It’s finished! The trip hasn’t begun, but the epic journey to build our travel blog has finally ended.

That’s probably laying it on a bit thick, but it has been a couple of weeks of extremely late nights and screen-weary eyeballs.

We partnered pretty well; Maureen focussed on functionality, I on visual design. So if it isn’t useful or if it looks horrible then you know who to blame. Feel free to leave a comment… and risk everlasting condemnation if it’s a criticism. ; )

Getting the blog up feels like a real accomplishment (or so my eyeballs tell me), but of course the whole thing is an utter waste of time and energy if we don’t actually use it while travelling. And I guess it’s equally useless if no-one ever reads it.

So watch this space! And we’ll do our part and stick something in it.

And for those who are interested or might be building a blog themselves, here’s some notes from Maureen on our approach…

To start with, we didn’t plan on having a blog. But we found such fun and useful ones while researching the trip, that we decided to do one too!

WordPress is a good platform to start from. You can make a great looking blog without writing a single line of code. WordPress contributors have created hundreds of good-looking themes which you can easily customise. For an easy life, choose one of these! We didn’t because we wanted to create our own unique look.

There are also lots of extra plugins to extend your blog’s capability. One thing I particularly like is the NextGEN gallery plugin. Just check out the slideshow at the top of the page.

And, of course, if you are a web developer and have the time, you can customise WordPress to your heart’s content. Needless to say, we ended up elbow-deep in code!


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