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    On-the-road bike updates via email/bike journal

    I will soon be leaving for a 4-week tour in France. I am trying to design a way to send updates from the road to a list of people via email and, at the same time, have these updates stored in order and available at biketouringtips.com so that anyone can read them. In all my past bike tours, this is how I've kept in touch. I always create my tour journals after I get back. I know that I could create a tour journal at crazyguyonabike.com but I prefer to put my journal on my own website.

    I was wondering if this is something that other people would be interested in? The system I am writing will only work for me, at present. But, with a bit more effort (after I get back from France) I could generalize the system.

    Here are my thoughts on how such a system would work: The journals would look like all the other entries at www.biketouringtips.com. Each email you sent would appear as a comment to the original entry (the entire set of updates would make up a single entry). The email would go to people whose email addresses you specified. I also like the idea that anyone (registered at the site) could add their email address to the list of people who get sent your update emails. The end result would be that you could easily send email to a list of people from the road, have those emails collected into trip report, and add the email addresses of people you meet as you are touring. What's more, people could add comments to this report, as well (registering would be required for this).

    Is this the kind of thing that anyone would be interested in using? If so, can you think of any other features that you would like to have?

    By the way, send me a PM with your email address (it wont' be used for anything else) if you'd like to get on the email list I am creating for my trip updates from France.

    Thanks,

    Ray
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    yea I think that sounds great. For my two week tour next month I'm setting up "Wordpress" along with "Gallery" on one of my websites. I usually just stop unto a local library and upload my images and post to my site, but doing it all via email sounds nice too. I'm assuming you can't do images though right?

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    You may have misunderstood my idea.

    The idea is that you would go to a webpage, compose a trip update, and that update would automatically get sent as an email to a list of people who have registered to get such emails. The email you sent would also be added to the trip journal set-up on the site.

    You wouldn't be updating your journal via email. You would be creating emails to be sent out automatically.

    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    I'm assuming you can't do images though right?
    That is correct. I'm not interested in creating a way to upload images. My site is hosted by some company that charges by the gigabyte and I don't really want to pay to store images.

    But, you could always store your images at some other (usually free) site over the internet and then include a link to that site. That is how I've done it in the past.

    Thanks for your input.

    Ray
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    I've tended to separate those functions, e.g.

    - Create a mailing list using Yahoo Groups or similar software. This way people can figure out if they want to read online, get a digest or get individual emails. With the spammers out there, I would probably have a friend back in the US volunteer as moderator.
    - Add "post by email" capabilities to your site or in my case use blogging software that has post/comment by email functions.

    On my trip around Australia, I did a hybrid approach:
    - Used a Pocketmail device to write daily email updates and send them from pay phones I came across along the way (I had a one year subscription to Pocketmail with Australian number).
    - My father took those emails and posted them to a web site (but I could have had a posting gateway with proper protections in the future)
    - I wrote my photos + more detailed web pages onto zip disks and mailed them home every month or so. These got integrated into the web site.

    I say add this to your site if you enjoy tinkering with this, but there are already ways for folks to do much of this with existing capabilities of mailing group lists and blogging software.

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    No. I wouldn't do anything to dilute the wonderful resource that crazyguy provides.
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