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To keep in touch through writing a daily blog while walking

Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for September/October 2018: Camino Francés
#1
Hi,

I've read quite often, that while walking the Camino some pilgrims are blogging while being on their way.

I'd be interested to learn / find out for one point, what sort of equipment you've travelled with, what about wifi along the way? In the auberges, bars or does one need to stay at a private accommodation?

Did you actually post your impressions the day you've made them?

Did it interrupt sometimes your flow while walking your way, did you - when talking to others - leave earlier, because you thought you have to write now before falling asleep ...


Reason why I'm asking is, that I do think about starting a blog to share with familiy and friends, but especially for my mother, that she can take part of / share my pilgrimage - also as a way to reassure her, that I'm o.k.

She'll never ask me to call or write on a regular basis - once or twice a week I'll do that anyhow -, because she knows herself how this can stop one to go with the flow, but I know, that she herself is getting more anxious the older she gets (81). That's why I'm seeking a way which will satisfy both our needs.

So I thought about a blog. Any opinions, experiences etc. I can think about are welcome ;-).
 
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hel&scott

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
#2
Some people blog or post daily, mostly in the evening and usually it's the kms, location, weather, number of pilgrims, changes to the route... Which can be useful if you are looking at going on that route any time soon. I tend not to read other blogs that are more intraspective as I find it a bit like spying on someone's personal thoughts, even if they have posted them in a public way.

Personally I keep a diary and write up my blog, if I get around to it, after I get back as it helps keep a record of a memorable trip. This proved useful after a string of burglaries left me with no other record. I've also heard from others who found the blog useful for their Camino planning. Our kids who are digital adults have also found them useful, I think hugely entertaining was once mentioned... Must have been the time I landed flat on my face.

As to keeping your mother in touch, check with her how interested in social media she is first. My old dad uses his iPad mainly to play solitaire, so I email him. But best of all I send him post cards. He has an atlas full of postcards we have sent him and he loves the tangeable nature of them.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#3
Yes, lots of people do write blogs but there is no general answer to your questions. It is very much individual.

For equipment, unless you are really serious, just use a smartphone. Get used to posting from your phone with whatever app you choose. (I use Wordpress.) Get used to preparing your post offline so you can upload later if necessary.

If you set a plan or expectation of blogging every day, sometimes it will be a chore. Start simple and do not expect every post to be brilliant and comprehensive. Perhaps one or 2 photos with a paragraph anecdote. If you set standards too high, you will soon fall behind and give up. I try to post something everyday. You will soon learn that it is difficult to remember where you stayed last night, and the days all blend together.

As I said, it is very individual and even every camino is different. Sometimes it feels a bit like a chore, but overall I find blogging to be a really creative exercise and I am very happy to have it as a diary.
 
Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for September/October 2018: Camino Francés
#4
As to keeping your mother in touch, check with her how interested in social media she is first. My old dad uses his iPad mainly to play solitaire, so I email him. But best of all I send him post cards. He has an atlas full of postcards we have sent him and he loves the tangeable nature of them.
Sometimes the solution stares right into one's face, but doesn't come to ones mind ... Being a postcrosser for years, I should have come up with that solution myself :cool:.

But leads right up to the next question: How much of a budget should I plan for buying postcards ;) or how much does one postcard weigh? I'm somehow a collector, that could actually add up ... That is, do I need to buy a stack in advance when staying in towns or bigger communities or does one get them also in small places?

My mom, by the way, uses her tablet or notebook for games like your dad does, but she is well into selling and bidding through ebay, buying via amazon, booking short trips etc., so it will be no problem for her following me. To be honest she's using whatsapp & Co - I don't - and she's got a smartphone years before I got one myself ....
 
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Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for September/October 2018: Camino Francés
#5
Yes, lots of people do write blogs but there is no general answer to your questions. It is very much individual.

For equipment, unless you are really serious, just use a smartphone. Get used to posting from your phone with whatever app you choose. (I use Wordpress.) Get used to preparing your post offline so you can upload later if necessary.
Like I've written it in my answer above, I've not been using my smartphone quite often. I'm well versed in using a PC or Laptop, being a writer, but I'm not really into the use of smartphones. I've still 5 weeks to practice though :rolleyes:.

If you set a plan or expectation of blogging every day, sometimes it will be a chore. Start simple and do not expect every post to be brilliant and comprehensive. Perhaps one or 2 photos with a paragraph anecdote. If you set standards too high, you will soon fall behind and give up. I try to post something everyday. You will soon learn that it is difficult to remember where you stayed last night, and the days all blend together.
You've summarized my concerns quite well ;). I do set my standards / expectations very quickly quite high, that being one of the pitfalls of a pro. Guess I've got to dwell on that a bit.
 

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hel&scott

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
#6
Postcards are becoming less common, but they are still around, so don't stock up. We usually buy them when we see them and carry spare stamps as these can be hard to get hold of, buy stamps from Tabaco stores they sell a set of 10 for use anywhere in Europe and USA... But harder to find the right ones for NZ. Usually costs a couple of euro the card and stamp, we write ours at the cafe and post them straight away, not the end of the world if you carry a few till you find a post box as they are light.

Sometimes the cards arrive after we have got back home, they still give a thrill. I once visited my daughter in London and she had a wall covered in a map pinned with postcards, mostly from exotic locations but some from Invercargil, Whanganui, Foxton etc, turns out Scott had been sending her postcards from NZ towns he visited while working... He was feeling "beached" as we hadn't been on the overseas for a while and whated to show that while she may be off travelling the world he was still out on the road, she treasures these cards now.
 

MinaKamina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jacobspad 2017
#7
Sometimes the solution stares right into one's face, but doesn't come to ones mind ... Being a postcrosser for years, I should have come up with that solution myself :cool:.

But leads right up to the next question: How much of a budget should I plan for buying postcards ;) or how much does one postcard weigh? I'm somehow a collector, that could actually add up ... That is, do I need to buy a stack in advance when staying in towns or bigger communities or does one get them also in small places?

My mom, by the way, uses her tablet or notebook for games like your dad does, but she is well into selling and bidding through ebay, buying via amazon, booking short trips etc., so it will be no problem for her following me. To be honest she's using whatsapp & Co - I don't - and she's got a smartphone years before I got one myself ....

Surely, the best thing would be to buy a postcard from the place where you actually are, if that is possible?
Or else, you might upload a picture you took and make your own postcard online, and have it mailed from home to home. Without a doubt, an email is cheaper, but a real card is more fun.

 
Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for September/October 2018: Camino Francés
#8
I'm ever so glad, I've opened this thread. It is really strange how some such obvious possiblities didn't come up my mind :eek:. I've already send some fotos as postcards online years ago, but didn't think yet of using that possibility so far. And they'll be in the mailbox a lot faster, than coming from Spain. That will going to be a great mixture mingling calls, eMails, postcards, my own foto-postcards and any further ideas which might come up here!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
#9
Hi,

I've read quite often, that while walking the Camino some pilgrims are blogging while being on their way.

I'd be interested to learn / find out for one point, what sort of equipment you've travelled with, what about wifi along the way? In the auberges, bars or does one need to stay at a private accommodation?

Did you actually post your impressions the day you've made them?

Did it interrupt sometimes your flow while walking your way, did you - when talking to others - leave earlier, because you thought you have to write now before falling asleep ...


Reason why I'm asking is, that I do think about starting a blog to share with familiy and friends, but especially for my mother, that she can take part of / share my pilgrimage - also as a way to reassure her, that I'm o.k.

She'll never ask me to call or write on a regular basis - once or twice a week I'll do that anyhow -, because she knows herself how this can stop one to go with the flow, but I know, that she herself is getting more anxious the older she gets (81). That's why I'm seeking a way which will satisfy both our needs.

So I thought about a blog. Any opinions, experiences etc. I can think about are welcome ;-).
I wrote a daily blog post on WordPress, using only my smart phone. I spent about a half hour each night, after dinner. my friends and family loved it. I selected three or 4 photos from the day that helped me tell my story and posted them with a few paragraphs of text that described each day.

I am very glad I did it, as I have a permanent record of my trip that will not fade over time, as my memory does. I will say that I often experienced problems uploading (especially photos) using only wifi, so a few days into my walk on the Camino Frances, I switched to an Orange sim card, which worked beautifully.

If you'd like to see my blog for inspiration, go to trishdeford.com and click on the blog.
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
#10
I usually these days create a private Facebook group for my blog for a particular route. I start with an overview map, basic info about route and then do a daily post with from/to, distance, elevation, cumulative, summary of day and some pics. It is really easy and quick to do. I use the opportunity of free wifi, when I can, which works most days and post it then. For friends/family not on Facebook I email a link to a Google plus photo album at the end.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2019), Portuguese (2019)
#11
I just ran across what I think you are seeking. JJ Shields recently produced a "Blogging Survival Guide" that covers his recommendations. I am attaching the PDF. Additionally, on his website on WordPress.com, he provides some technical equipment info I think you will find useful. Go to https://jjscamino.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/tech-stuff/.
 

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