When I go on holiday I don’t ever post on there that I’m going/where I’ll be/or pretty much anything else about it.
It’s mainly because if something awful happened like the house getting broken in while we’re away, I don’t really want to give my insurance company a reason not to pay up! Telling the whole world you’ll be away would give them just cause – whether or not a burgler had read your blog or not!
What I’ve done for the last couple of holidays is to start a ‘hidden’ mini blog. It acts as a diary for me, it lets my parents know that we’re ok and what we’re up to & a few other people I invite to view it’s a ‘virtual postcard’. Also it’s really nice to look back on when you’ve been home a few months and want to relive your holiday.
So here’s how to do it:
1. Have you got a SmartPhone, laptop, iPad you are taking with you? iPhone is easiest to do this from.
2. Start a ‘hidden’ WordPress account. So create a free wordpress.com account and in the Dashboard – Settings – Privacy choose these settings:
This hides you from the search engines but allows you to give the blog URL address to friends and family. You can go for the ‘total’ private option below that but that limits you to 35 viewers (which is loads) but anyone you want to invite has to be a WordPress user with a WordPress login – which probably most people you know won’t have.
3. If you are using the iPhone to operate this, load the free WordPress App available on the App Store (also for iPad too now) and configure your app – add the username and password. And you are good to go, from the app you can write new posts, add photos and post. Just find some free wifi (Hotels, B&B’s, Coffee Shops & bars are my general favourite sources abroad) and you can blog your holiday.
If you are using a netbook or laptop to do it from you can just go in and do it from the usual website or post by email explained very well here