Preparing a cyber-diary

My first trip overseas was waaaay back in 1968, and I was then, and still am, an inveterate recorder of sights and impressions. Then it was a leather-bound diary (which I still have) filled with memories. This time round, I want to try another approach. As I leave for London and far too much theatrical indulgence in just over a week’s time, I thought it useful to prepare a check-list of how I intend keeping a cyber-diary; incidentally, doesn’t ‘cyber’ sound so old-fashioned now? I feel I should be writing ‘my Web 2.0 diary’ or some such.

I will take my Nikon D40 to capture some quality images in a couple of photo assignments I’m planning, but intend to use the Nokia N95 super-phone which has lately entered my life, to snap, and diarise via Flickr. This will keep family and friends in touch with my whitterings and gadding about.

I’m planning on using Tumblr as the best showcase to integrate content. It’s got a nice dynamic feel to it; I love the templates which are clean and easy to look at. Like all Tumblogs, mine will be snips of text, images, audio files, and links to places I’ve been. Given I have an account with WiFiMobile, a wireless VOIP service, I intend finding as many hotspots as I can to piggyback access to the web, and call home for free or nearly-free.

The other quick and dirty way to get snippets to Tumblr fast is through Twitter. Yes, Twitter can be an amazing little time-waster, but given that I may want to get a text posting (up to 140 characters only) up quickly and via mobile, this is also ideal. I’ve arranged a feed from my Twitter to head straight to Tumblr. Now I have a couple of alternatives for posting.

Text and images, links etc., up via Tumblr, and quick text via Twitter. Flickr for just pix and a caption, with the option of placing the photo on the Flickr map.


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  1. Kate Foy Avatar

    Update
    Well nearly one year on and I find myself pondering the same ideas as this post from June 2007.

    I’m travelling in a slightly different way this year. A longish sailing holiday where a large camera bag would be adding more to the luggage than I’d like. I’ve upgraded my point and shoot to a Nikon L16; tests so far have been very positive.

    I’ll probably not take the laptop, and the Nokia N95 has found another home, but will rely on my iPhone to negotiate wireless hotspots and send email, upload photos, tweets and blogposts where I can. I’m hoping that one year on there will be more and reliable (read faster) wireless hotspots in places like London and Paris. Memo to self: get a map outlining where these are before I leave.

    Any ideas you’d like to leave? Would love to hear from you.

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