Notes and Updates

May 13: fixed links in the Day 29 - Day 30 section. (Altogether there should be six pages for those days).
May 14: fixed San Francisco pages (I had uploaded the image files in the wrong folder).

May 28: Final pages loaded to Road Trip 2005. Location info links to other web sites added to various pages where applicable. Painted Desert section modified to include a couple panoramic scenes. Page links in Grand Canyon section fixed (there should be three pages altogether for that section). Additional copy also added to Grand Canyon section.


How To Make A Road Blog

I was surprised at the number of people who had no idea that a website could actually be constructed while a person was traveling. Here's how it's done:

The basics:

- A digital camera

With a digital camera, you can upload your pictures to a computer for immediate viewing/sending. It doesn't have to be an expensive camera, either, if you are only doing this for Web use; Web files are viewed at 72 dpi. (But of course, the higher the pixel number, the greater detail your camera will capture, depending on what you want to take a picture of.)

- A notebook computer (preferably equipped with a wireless (Wi-Fi) card

This is where you can upload your picture files, make your pages and connect to the Web. A wireless card makes it possible to access the Web from any location that has wireless service.

- Your own personal webspace (this can be either a blog spot or your own personal domain)

Of course, in order to make a website you need a server to host your files. I use as a web host because it's relatively cheap and offers a lot of space for the money. Preformatted blog sites are another possibility, but check to make sure about number of file uploads and how long you can archive your pages.

- Knowledge of how to make a web page

Blog spots can be handy for those who have no webpage-making knowledge. Other web spaces offer templates for loading files and text. For the more advanced, basic knowledge of HTML coding or use of webpage-making software can come in handy. I use Adobe GoLive software because it allows me to see the page on the spot.

The advantage to being able to build a page with coding or software is that you can create your pages offline and load them later on when you are able to get connected; whereas with blogspots or preconstructed templates, you need to be connected in order to build your pages.

- Knowledge of how to use FTP (file transfer protocol).

An FTP is an application that transfers the files from your computer to the host server. Some web hosts have their own FTP pages which customers can use. Otherwise, you can usually find an inexpensive or free FTP by doing a search on the right FTP for your computer. (I use Fetch, a Mac-specific FTP).

- Locations that have Internet access

Wireless Internet is becoming an increasingly popular feature in many motels, coffee shops, cafes, and even some auto service centers like Jiffy Lube. Many are free services; some are not. Some websites like list locations that have free service.

Other Things That Can Come In Handy:

- A portable hard drive (or alternately, a portable CD/DVD burner).

If you plan on taking a large number of pictures, more file storage space is always a good thing. Portable hard drives of 40 GB or more can be purchased starting at around $250. Alternately, you can bring along a portable CD/DVD burner, which will allow you to take a limitless number of pictures (although this method is a bit more cumbersome than simply loading them onto a big hard drive). Many photo service centers will also download your pictures and burn them to CDs, as well.

- Image Processing Software

E.g. Photoshop, Corel, etc. Simple image processing software is usually included with digital cameras as well. This software enables you to size, crop and adjust the pictures the way you want them to appear.

- A Wi-Fi Signal Locater

I understand that they now make an electronic device that can pick up a wi-fi signal. This I don't have, but it would probably come in handy.