The previous post was our trip to Spain from March 30 until Easter, which was over a month ago. Now, it may seem like I am just being lazy about posting to my blog (that’s only partly true ), but here is why it can take a while to get one of these up:
Steps to creating a travel post
- Trip summary
Make quick list of all places visited (photos usually help remind me of everything we did, but it is best to write it down).
- Sort photos
Now, you may think this isn’t a terribly time consuming step, but if you have two photo-snapping-happy people and one digital camera, it can be a nightmare. After downloading them to the computer, we go through all the photos together to find the best ones. We are usually good at determining who took what (we have a good technique of taking a photo of one another when we swap), but whittling this list down is time consuming. To give you an idea, we took 1300 photos in Spain. After a couple hours, we had them narrowed down to 80 for Herr, and 78 pour moi.
- Photo clean up
Here I copy my selected photos to a separate folder and go through every photo for touch ups. Most of my photos are fairly straight, but I still haven’t mastered the “exposure” levels on the camera. One day I WILL take a photography class.
- Determine blog-useful photos
Now I have to choose from those I made prettier, what ones highlight the trip and look good doing it.
- Upload photos
This is a very painful step because I upload archival quality (well, the highest I can produce at least). Of those I chose for the blog, I then determine what ones have artistic merit and go into my gallery or if they go to my scrapbook (means they are online but not featured in my collection). Then I tag, upload, wait, and submit (20 times in the case of Spain, plus 2 failed uploads). Uploading a 7-9MB file can take 3 or 4 minutes, so I usually multi-task at this point.
Ha ha, it had to happen eventually. While those files upload, I start writing. For every attraction, I try to relocate the Web site. Sadly, this is also not terribly easy when the Web site is foreign (notice the .es for Spain and .cat for Catalanya); how the heck did I find them when I was researching our itinerary before the trip?
Once the photos are done I now code them into my writing and preview (veeeeeery important). Any broken graphic links or typos are fixed. Hopefully I find any grammatical or nonsensical sentences (I am so very fond of them). Once all is well, I hit “Publish” and hope I caught everything (I usually look over the published version for any missed mistakes).
All said and done, I think I spent about 7-8 hours on the last post. I was hoping to get our trip to Amsterdam done today as well, but well, we’ll see. I was really slowed down by the two conferences (one down in Garmisch) and the immediate Amsterdam trip that followed; for about a week I was playing catch-up with e-mail and projects, purchases and planning our upcoming trip. While trips are great fun, daily life does not stop for them. *sigh* Anyhow, hope you found this enlightening! Enjoy!
PS Happy Mother’s Day!