When we were first thinking about attempting a year-long family road trip in an RV being a web-head one of the first things I did was look online to see if other families were doing it. We managed to find some, but the sites that were listing and linking to them were not user friendly and the listings were often out of date (lots of families start blogs then quickly find out the amount of time and effort they take, so many are soon abandoned).
We collected a bunch of blogs, and subscribed to their RSS feeds using feed reader software, but I know that many less-technical people don’t understand the workings of RSS. I’ve long had it in mind to do something better and easier for non-techies to grasp and save them the headache of doing the same searching I did.
I had started to build something custom but came across paper.li in my travels and thought I’d give it a try. Basically you setup a new paper.li, point a bunch of sources to it (blogs, twitter accounts or hashtags, etc), and each day paper.li generates a new “issue” from the new content in those sources. It’s not everything I was going to build but it’s close enough that if it saves me the trouble it’ll be worth it. You can get the updates via email if you subscribe.
I had already purchased the domain of TopFamilyTravelBlogs so I’ve directed that to the “paper” for ease of navigation and bookmarking: http://topfamilytravelblogs.com. The TopFamilyTravelBlogs paper is currently getting content from over 60 blogs plus a couple of YouTube and Instagram feeds.
I don’t mind the effort and expense of putting this together, but only if it’s going to prove useful. So let me know if you like the idea and find it useful enough to keep coming back to or subscribing!
Show the world your blog is included in TopFamilyTravelBlogs - and help readers of your blog find other blogs from traveling families. Download one of these logos to use - just right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) on one, and choose Save Image As. When you use the image please link it to http://topfamilytravelblogs.com.
If you need HTML it would be along the lines of:
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