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Title: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 01:22:27 AM
I need your help fellow Fantasy Factioners!

I'm taking off on a six month venture to SE Asia in the summer, and I'm looking at putting together a travel blog to share my journey. I'm not really looking at profiting from this, it's more for myself and friends/family. But I want it to appeal to and help others if they dare take the plunge.

I've been trying to come up with website names all day, and I've yet to land on something. This is where I need your help. If you have any off-the-cuff ideas, shoot them my way. At the very least it'll give me some better ideas.

The blog content will feature amateur photography (not to be mistaken for pornography :o ), much-exaggerated stories, travel tips all inspired by my f*ck-ups, and possibly a bit of romance. I also plan on interviewing locals and other travellers along the way, and trying absolutely EVERYTHING there is to try (within means).

A few "okay" ideas for a website name:

www.thetravellingdrunk.com (not 100% indicative of my lifestyle anymore. But its surprisingly not taken and I could have a lot of fun with it haha)

www.canuckler.com (kinda catchy. I'm Canadian)

Looking for:

Something that lets my audience (hah!) know that I will be interviewing people, hearing their stories and then transcribing the interesting bits on the blog.


So if you have any ideas shoot them my way. I wouldn't ask if I didn't need help. Website names make or break projects, just like brand names. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Weird request, I know. But what the hell?  ;D
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: gennerik on February 02, 2017, 02:04:29 AM
It's terrible, I know, but I feel compelled.

www.CanAsianTraveler.com

Edit: Apparently Canasian is a thing, so I'm going with my second suggestion:

www.EhsianTraveler.com
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 02:27:15 AM
It's terrible, I know, but I feel compelled.

www.CanAsianTraveler.com

Edit: Apparently Canasian is a thing, so I'm going with my second suggestion:

www.EhsianTraveler.com

hahaha you totally hit my funny bone with that one despite being completely inappropriate. I'm Ukrainian/German so the humour would be completely lost on readers. But the EhsianTraveler.com is HILARIOUS. Thanks for the input @gennerik  ;D
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 02, 2017, 02:33:38 AM
So I spent some time thinking and noodling on this, and here's what I came up with, based on the incomplete and highly unreliable version of you in my head, so if it's way off, my apologies.

With your romanticism and interest in this journey on the one hand, and fantasy on the other, what came to mind was Bilbo's travel song in the LOTR, which has several versions. I read them all. And other things, but that's neither here nor there. The thing that leapt out at me was the phrase "Eager Feet".

"The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then?
I cannot say."
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 03:58:58 AM
So I spent some time thinking and noodling on this, and here's what I came up with, based on the incomplete and highly unreliable version of you in my head, so if it's way off, my apologies.

With your romanticism and interest in this journey on the one hand, and fantasy on the other, what came to mind was Bilbo's travel song in the LOTR, which has several versions. I read them all. And other things, but that's neither here nor there. The thing that leapt out at me was the phrase "Eager Feet".

"The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then?
I cannot say."

Well, seeing as the Hobbit has defined my entire life to this point, I think you're bang on with your assertions TGC.

I grew up with my father orally recounting the Hobbit to me as a bedtime story at the tender age of three (no joke). Then it was the first "novel" I read that wasn't written by R. L. Stine, and I've read the damned thing a couple dozen times since. I even used the book as a cross-discipline research paper on its similarities to Erikson's Eight Stages of Development, explaining how Bilbo went through all eight stages over the course of the book and came out a fully mature and well-developed hobbit  ;D

So anyway, I completely love that you came up with this suggestion, and a little jealous that I hadn't thought of it. The thought that you put into it is well...very thoughtful. Look at me the wordsmith hahaha  ::)

www.witheagerfeet.com > THAT is exactly what I'm looking for. Unfortunately, it's taken?! Can you believe that? Some fella named Dave is actively using that domain name as a blog for his family's camping adventures. I love it, and good for him. But damn!

On the other hand, www.witheagerfeet.net is available. But I've always been so partial to the .com addresses. Am I just an old-fashioned brute, or do you think it even matters?
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 02, 2017, 05:22:01 AM
I think using .net is MORE memorable in a world of zillions of .coms, for whatever it's worth. And you're welcome, and I'm glad not to be off on all my innocent guesses.

While I've never been interested in the Eastern cultures of Asia, or at least, not to the extent of my interest in European ones, I do very much understand the sensation of eager feet, the enticing nature of maps, and a heated desire to get out and taste what's in the world. As Frodo says to Bilbo about his adventure being very different, my own journeys included some dark places. But of course, I asked for it, and besides, that's at least half the point.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 02:05:59 PM
I think using .net is MORE memorable in a world of zillions of .coms, for whatever it's worth. And you're welcome, and I'm glad not to be off on all my innocent guesses.

While I've never been interested in the Eastern cultures of Asia, or at least, not to the extent of my interest in European ones, I do very much understand the sensation of eager feet, the enticing nature of maps, and a heated desire to get out and taste what's in the world. As Frodo says to Bilbo about his adventure being very different, my own journeys included some dark places. But of course, I asked for it, and besides, that's at least half the point.

That's an interesting perspective when comparing .NET and .COM. I'm going to mull it over. Thanks again TCG.

Any other brilliant ideas out there that I can steal?  ;D
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: gennerik on February 02, 2017, 03:42:30 PM
New one.  You'll have to excuse me, because I have no Ukrainian knowledge, and I'm too lazy to look up the eszett in ASCII (though I'm not even sure if DNS handles that), but:

www.asianstrassen.com

or

www.strassenvonasien.com
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lady Ty on February 02, 2017, 09:55:37 PM
Dust Tracks
Dust Roads
Dusty Feet
or variations thereof?
 ;D
Dustinasia?
I'll close the door behind me ;D
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 10:19:43 PM
Dust Tracks
Dust Roads
Dusty Feet
or variations thereof?
 ;D
Dustinasia?
I'll close the door behind me ;D

hahaha @Lady_Ty funny stuff. My name is Dustin if someone didn't pick up on that ;D

I would have LOVED to go with www.dustinthewind.com or some variation thereof, but there's, of course, nothing available.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: JMack on February 02, 2017, 10:28:02 PM
Stealing a bit from the Ehsian crack:

www.ehngelsdaretotread.com
Or www.dustindarestotread.com

I like "dares to tread" since you were talking about interviewing, trying new things, etc.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 10:37:49 PM
Stealing a bit from the Ehsian crack:

www.ehngelsdaretotread.com
Or www.dustindarestotread.com

I like "dares to tread" since you were talking about interviewing, trying new things, etc.

I like the "dares to tread" too, but if you knew me really well you might kind of laugh if I told you that was my website name hahaha. I'm active, but not daring, though I'll be trying new things, it's more than likely someone will push me over the edge of the cliff before I jump and cliff dive  ;D I'm going to ponder that one though. A website name could, in part, define my experience, forcing me to do things I'm not comfortable with.

Because I just fine the "Ehsian" thing super hilarious, what about:

www.ehsianadventures.com

www.ehsianadventure.com

Both available, both simple to remember. Just when I direct people there, they could have some major issues finding it without the "eh" explanation. Am I overthinking this? haha
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: gennerik on February 02, 2017, 11:00:23 PM
I'd go for EhsianAdventures, because over the course of 6 months, you should have many adventures, not just one.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lady Ty on February 03, 2017, 12:09:11 AM
I'd go for EhsianAdventures, because over the course of 6 months, you should have many adventures, not just one.

^
Like this one and also www.dustindarestotread.com because it personalises.


Wanted to mention it may be better to go .com if you can. It is so commonit is almost automatic use if you want to recommend or link. One of my family has .net for emails and often get 'unable to send' because I accidentally use .com when supplying an email address.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: gennerik on February 03, 2017, 03:48:48 AM
So, I guess the real question is this:
Do I gain the Master Namer title for suggesting Ehsian?   ;)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: ScarletBea on February 03, 2017, 10:25:29 AM
So, I guess the real question is this:
Do I gain the Master Namer title for suggesting Ehsian?   ;)
Post another 1948 times ;D

(hint: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/forum-help/fantasy-faction-forum-faq/msg61945/#msg61945 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/forum-help/fantasy-faction-forum-faq/msg61945/#msg61945))
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 03, 2017, 10:44:30 AM

So I have no title suggestion, but I *did* live in SE Asia for 4 years so maybe I can give you some tips.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: gennerik on February 03, 2017, 11:49:34 AM
So, I guess the real question is this:
Do I gain the Master Namer title for suggesting Ehsian?   ;)
Post another 1948 times ;D

(hint: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/forum-help/fantasy-faction-forum-faq/msg61945/#msg61945 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/forum-help/fantasy-faction-forum-faq/msg61945/#msg61945))
Curses! No shortcuts for me.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 03, 2017, 02:04:05 PM

So I have no title suggestion, but I *did* live in SE Asia for 4 years so maybe I can give you some tips.

Bradley, we certainly need to talk. I've been doing some research, putting together some loose ideas on an itinerary, but I find it so hard to do so unless you've actually been there or can have a "sit down" with someone who has. I have a close friend that went for two months, but she spent her times in hotels and kinda lived it up. My journey will be nothing of the sort - hostels and street food for this guy. Maybe some couchsurfing as well  ;D

We'll chat in PMs! So happy you can fill me in!


So, I guess the real question is this:
Do I gain the Master Namer title for suggesting Ehsian?   ;)

Well if it counts for anything, you're MY Master Namer gennerik.

What's a good name for my first born? (Assuming I find a woman who can put up with my strange intricacies  ::) )
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: gennerik on February 03, 2017, 05:01:36 PM
If you're planning on going to Japan, let me know.  I slummed around for 3 weeks, doing the hostel and sometimes street thing.  I also lived there for 3 years.  But I'm not sure if I'd consider that SE Asia.

I'll get back to you on the first born.  Baby names are much tougher.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: JMack on February 04, 2017, 08:13:17 AM
What's a good name for my first born? (Assuming I find a woman who can put up with my strange intricacies  ::) )

I've seen some euphemisms before,  it this is a new one.  :o
TMI!!!!!
 ;)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 04, 2017, 05:11:58 PM
What's a good name for my first born? (Assuming I find a woman who can put up with my strange intricacies  ::) )

I've seen some euphemisms before,  it this is a new one.  :o
TMI!!!!!
 ;)

hahaha hardly! But I'll leave it at that for fear of digging myself a deeper hole  ::)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 05, 2017, 05:17:32 AM

So I have no title suggestion, but I *did* live in SE Asia for 4 years so maybe I can give you some tips.

Bradley, we certainly need to talk. I've been doing some research, putting together some loose ideas on an itinerary, but I find it so hard to do so unless you've actually been there or can have a "sit down" with someone who has. I have a close friend that went for two months, but she spent her times in hotels and kinda lived it up. My journey will be nothing of the sort - hostels and street food for this guy. Maybe some couchsurfing as well  ;D

We'll chat in PMs! So happy you can fill me in!


Haha  for sure!  I always eat street food too, but I also anticipate diarrhea and vomiting (keep napkins in your back pocket at all times in case of emergency and always bring a plastic bag with you on long bus trips in case you need to puke and toss it out the window).  There's lot of amazing things to do and see but always keep your wits about you, be aware of scams, and keep in mind that if it seems like it might be dangerous, there aren't laws to mitigate risk so it probably is and you might die.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on February 05, 2017, 09:08:24 AM

So I have no title suggestion, but I *did* live in SE Asia for 4 years so maybe I can give you some tips.

Bradley, we certainly need to talk. I've been doing some research, putting together some loose ideas on an itinerary, but I find it so hard to do so unless you've actually been there or can have a "sit down" with someone who has. I have a close friend that went for two months, but she spent her times in hotels and kinda lived it up. My journey will be nothing of the sort - hostels and street food for this guy. Maybe some couchsurfing as well  ;D

We'll chat in PMs! So happy you can fill me in!


Haha  for sure!  I always eat street food too, but I also anticipate diarrhea and vomiting (keep napkins in your back pocket at all times in case of emergency and always bring a plastic bag with you on long bus trips in case you need to puke and toss it out the window).  There's lot of amazing things to do and see but always keep your wits about you, be aware of scams, and keep in mind that if it seems like it might be dangerous, there aren't laws to mitigate risk so it probably is and you might die.

As a person who lives in SE Asia, these advices are golden. As of late, we somehow  had gotten the fame for being the 'final' destination of tourists (hit and run cases mostly, scams/ robberies/ gang wars, and severe food poisonings) I would advice to have fun, but avoid those shady places and watch out for pickpockets and possible scams. The laws doesn't really cover much regarding these things, so be wary.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 05, 2017, 08:11:59 PM

So I have no title suggestion, but I *did* live in SE Asia for 4 years so maybe I can give you some tips.

Bradley, we certainly need to talk. I've been doing some research, putting together some loose ideas on an itinerary, but I find it so hard to do so unless you've actually been there or can have a "sit down" with someone who has. I have a close friend that went for two months, but she spent her times in hotels and kinda lived it up. My journey will be nothing of the sort - hostels and street food for this guy. Maybe some couchsurfing as well  ;D

We'll chat in PMs! So happy you can fill me in!


Haha  for sure!  I always eat street food too, but I also anticipate diarrhea and vomiting (keep napkins in your back pocket at all times in case of emergency and always bring a plastic bag with you on long bus trips in case you need to puke and toss it out the window).  There's lot of amazing things to do and see but always keep your wits about you, be aware of scams, and keep in mind that if it seems like it might be dangerous, there aren't laws to mitigate risk so it probably is and you might die.

As a person who lives in SE Asia, these advices are golden. As of late, we somehow  had gotten the fame for being the 'final' destination of tourists (hit and run cases mostly, scams/ robberies/ gang wars, and severe food poisonings) I would advice to have fun, but avoid those shady places and watch out for pickpockets and possible scams. The laws doesn't really cover much regarding these things, so be wary.

Yes I've heard this from many people. I plan on spending very little time in Bangkok itself, and will likely be heading north to Chiang Mai right away and then down to the islands. I hope to find a place to settle down for a few months and really take in the culture, but I won't really know until I get there  ;)

Also interesting about the lack of risk mitigation laws. That's actually something I didn't know, so thank you. I'll be wary when going on tours/climbs/hikes and so on. Is there any way to differentiate between dangerous/safe? (ie: certain companies, designations, certifications)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 06, 2017, 08:10:40 AM

So I have no title suggestion, but I *did* live in SE Asia for 4 years so maybe I can give you some tips.

Bradley, we certainly need to talk. I've been doing some research, putting together some loose ideas on an itinerary, but I find it so hard to do so unless you've actually been there or can have a "sit down" with someone who has. I have a close friend that went for two months, but she spent her times in hotels and kinda lived it up. My journey will be nothing of the sort - hostels and street food for this guy. Maybe some couchsurfing as well  ;D

We'll chat in PMs! So happy you can fill me in!


Haha  for sure!  I always eat street food too, but I also anticipate diarrhea and vomiting (keep napkins in your back pocket at all times in case of emergency and always bring a plastic bag with you on long bus trips in case you need to puke and toss it out the window).  There's lot of amazing things to do and see but always keep your wits about you, be aware of scams, and keep in mind that if it seems like it might be dangerous, there aren't laws to mitigate risk so it probably is and you might die.

As a person who lives in SE Asia, these advices are golden. As of late, we somehow  had gotten the fame for being the 'final' destination of tourists (hit and run cases mostly, scams/ robberies/ gang wars, and severe food poisonings) I would advice to have fun, but avoid those shady places and watch out for pickpockets and possible scams. The laws doesn't really cover much regarding these things, so be wary.

Yes I've heard this from many people. I plan on spending very little time in Bangkok itself, and will likely be heading north to Chiang Mai right away and then down to the islands. I hope to find a place to settle down for a few months and really take in the culture, but I won't really know until I get there  ;)

Also interesting about the lack of risk mitigation laws. That's actually something I didn't know, so thank you. I'll be wary when going on tours/climbs/hikes and so on. Is there any way to differentiate between dangerous/safe? (ie: certain companies, designations, certifications)

Just assume it's not safe.  Ie. the southern islands are a shitshow-- on one hand you have tourists getting drunk and buying amphetamines from the conveniently open 24-hour pharmacy across from the bar, stealing a car driving it into a ditch then bribing the police... on the other hand you have locals renting motorbikes to people who have no idea how to ride them (drunk) for less than the price of a bus, with a footnote in the contract they sign saying they'll use a local mechanic if anything goes wrong.  Most of them wreck the bikes, go to the clinic (conveniently open 24 hours) or they don't wreck the bike and the renter finds a scratch.  Either way they charge them 5,000$ for repairs on a bike that is actually only worth 800$ to buy.  Or there are bus companies that when you cross the border try to get you to change money at a terrible exchange rate (50% profit) by telling you you need 1000 USD to enter Thailand.  In Laos there's a famous rafting spot, people do drugs and die jumping off cliffs or drowning or whatever on a regular basis.  Also, southern Thailand has this rebellion thing going on you might want to steer clear of.

Anyway, Thaland is beautiful, but not really my fav spot. In fact I sort of really really don't like it there tourism has just really done something very bad to that place tho I'm sure the north and parts of the countryside is probably nice.  I much prefer Cambodia (visit An Kor-- granted I made friends and didn't use my tickets to the ruins, but running around to pagodas with giant festivals were ppl throw baby powder on eachother or going swimming in remote lakes with ruins in a lush island in the middle... was way more fun) But remember in Cambodia don't ever hike alone be careful of straying off the path there are landmines.  Everyone I've spoken to says Laos is the most amazing place on the planet.  If you can get into Bhutan, it's also incredible. 

Malaysia is awesome if you time it right-- if you were in KL right now you'd see the most unbelieveable week-long Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown, like mind blowing stuff.  Also you might want to visit during Thaipusam (idk when it is it's determined by the Tamil calendar) but basically... just look it up it's crazy). Penang in Malaysia as the most incredible food-- a mash up of Thai, Malay, Indian and Chinese. Malaysia is super safe unless you have drugs on you or break laws then you might get your head chopped off. Worse for Singapore-- an authoritarian city-state of corrupt rich people who essentially hold slaves both personally and by the state to keep it super clean and charge you a 1000 USD fine if you feed the birds and a 100,000 USD fine if you write anything critical of the government.  But its very clean and cosmopolitan and British people seem to love it.  Indonesia... I lived in Indonesia for years so I really don't know where to begin but you can climb on active volcanoes, see Orangutans and elephants in the wild, go parasailing, see the best scuba diving on the planet (like snorkeling makes you feel like you're on a another planet altogether)-- that said 90% of it's natural beauty is gone due to timber, palm oil and mining interests, it's also incredibly corrupt and if you get involved in politics esp related to Henry Kissinger's gold mine in Papua, Indonesian Intelligence might have you killed cuz they really don't give af. If someone tells you not to take the economy bus in Indo, listen to them b/c you'll be trapped in cigarette smoke for 3 days without being able to eat or shit and lost all circulation w/ some dude sleeping basically on top of you. Vietnam is really pushy, people will fleece the shit out of you, but it has the best food and Dalat has some of the most beautiful canyoning anywhere, like rapells in the middle of waterfalls, sliding down shallow rapids like natural waterslides orchids in misty trees. I'd stay out of Burma/Myanmar altogether it's fucked.  Japan is really great, so are the Phillipines watch out for pirates on long boat trips into the Philippines however and politically the Philippines is a mess right now, but I'd still go. 

China is expensive but I love Hong Kong, hate Shanghai. 

Tbh if i could go anywhere right now I'd be far far from Asia in Brazil getting ready for Carnival....
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on February 06, 2017, 11:39:10 AM
Also you might want to visit during Thaipusam (idk when it is it's determined by the Tamil calendar) but basically... just look it up it's crazy).

Thaipusam is actually this Thursday. (My university is having a holiday so I'm 100% certain on this  ;D) Like wise I would agree that Malaysia is really safer than Thailand as a foreigner traveling around, although I would still advised against walking down dark, suspicious areas after 10 pm. (Not like in Europe, when I was walking along at 12 pm. and everything still seemed relatively safe IMO, if because most people had went to bed)

@Bradley Darewood  Whoah you sure had traveled throughout the entirety of SE Asia! You probably knew more about Thailand and Malaysia than I do. Do you work in the travel/ tourism industry?
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 07, 2017, 04:11:13 AM

No, I'm an NGO guy and a researcher.  Sahara, Amazon, basically everywhere there's something terrible going on so you could say I'm a connoisseur of human misery. I wish I'd done travel instead :) way more pleasant career.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 07, 2017, 09:47:16 PM

No, I'm an NGO guy and a researcher.  Sahara, Amazon, basically everywhere there's something terrible going on so you could say I'm a connoisseur of human misery. I wish I'd done travel instead :) way more pleasant career.

hahaha oh man, you make me not even want to go!

That said, I have a decent head on my shoulders and I don't take any unnecessary risks, so I think I'll be okay. But these are all good things to know, Brad, so thank you. I'm set on Thailand, and I do plan on spending the majority of my time in the north, but really who knows. All I know is that there are great networks for travellers down there, and I'm good at asking questions and gleaning advice from other people, so I anticipate things will go rather swimmingly.

Thanks again. Your experience is incredibly varied, terrifying and exciting at the same time. I'm also a tad confused, but I'm sure I'll come around hahaha
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 07, 2017, 11:25:23 PM
Nooo!!!  Gooo!!  It's amazing!!!!!

I'd honestly spend as little time in Thailand as possible and go to An Kor (it's in Cambodia near the border with Thailand and its AWESOME it's like the Machu Picchu of Asia) and Laos.  Penang is also in Malaysia near the Thai border and it has awesome food.  Seriously, tho, consider leaving Thailand!!!
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 08, 2017, 08:13:37 PM
Nooo!!!  Gooo!!  It's amazing!!!!!

I'd honestly spend as little time in Thailand as possible and go to An Kor (it's in Cambodia near the border with Thailand and its AWESOME it's like the Machu Picchu of Asia) and Laos.  Penang is also in Malaysia near the Thai border and it has awesome food.  Seriously, tho, consider leaving Thailand!!!

Yeah, I think Thailand will be the base camp from which I explore the rest of SE Asia, if that makes sense. It's my initial destination, but I'm riding the tide and ending up wherever. Beauty of one-way flights haha :)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on February 10, 2017, 04:58:54 AM
Nooo!!!  Gooo!!  It's amazing!!!!!

I'd honestly spend as little time in Thailand as possible and go to An Kor (it's in Cambodia near the border with Thailand and its AWESOME it's like the Machu Picchu of Asia) and Laos.  Penang is also in Malaysia near the Thai border and it has awesome food.  Seriously, tho, consider leaving Thailand!!!

Yeah, I think Thailand will be the base camp from which I explore the rest of SE Asia, if that makes sense. It's my initial destination, but I'm riding the tide and ending up wherever. Beauty of one-way flights haha :)

Well, @Bradley Cooper I think it depends solely on his preferences where he chooses to go, is it not? I do not entirely believe in planting our individual ideas into other's people mind, no matter how beneficial we meant it tobe.  I mean Thailand had many flaws and problems, to be sure, but it also had nice tourist spots to the north and south of the country. (Krabi, Chiangmai, Chiangrai, etc.) You just need to watch out for yourself, travel with care, and avoid shady deals and places, and you can pretty much enjoy the place.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 10, 2017, 05:41:20 AM
This is all I know about Thailand. When there was talk of adding Thailand to my special forces group's area of responsibility, every single Green Beret I knew was like "Awwwww yeah!"

Not sure why they were so enthusiastic...
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 10, 2017, 07:21:51 AM

Well, @Bradley Cooper I think it depends solely on his preferences where he chooses to go, is it not? I do not entirely believe in planting our individual ideas into other's people mind, no matter how beneficial we meant it tobe.  I mean Thailand had many flaws and problems, to be sure, but it also had nice tourist spots to the north and south of the country. (Krabi, Chiangmai, Chiangrai, etc.) You just need to watch out for yourself, travel with care, and avoid shady deals and places, and you can pretty much enjoy the place.

Haha I *hate* Bradley Copper :)  yes, everyone can find something they enjoy everywhere, but I have no qualms about spreading my biases-- especially against Thailand just b/c it's like tourist flypaper while getting off the beaten path errr paved superhighway to Thailand might open up some new adventures.

Take me with you @Lordoftheword  !!!!!
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on February 10, 2017, 10:46:21 AM

Well, @Bradley Cooper I think it depends solely on his preferences where he chooses to go, is it not? I do not entirely believe in planting our individual ideas into other's people mind, no matter how beneficial we meant it tobe.  I mean Thailand had many flaws and problems, to be sure, but it also had nice tourist spots to the north and south of the country. (Krabi, Chiangmai, Chiangrai, etc.) You just need to watch out for yourself, travel with care, and avoid shady deals and places, and you can pretty much enjoy the place.

Haha I *hate* Bradley Copper :)  yes, everyone can find something they enjoy everywhere, but I have no qualms about spreading my biases-- especially against Thailand just b/c it's like tourist flypaper while getting off the beaten path errr paved superhighway to Thailand might open up some new adventures.

Take me with you @Lordoftheword  !!!!!

Oh lol, *facepalm to myself* Bradley Darewood. I can't believe I just type Bradley Cooper lol.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 22, 2017, 03:30:57 AM
Well I met a girl. We made sweet love, she moved away, broke my heart.  ;D

But she left me with an awesome idea for a blog name...and over the past few weeks I've been learning how to build a website, how to write engaging material, how to make it my ow,n and now it's finally published and online!

Check it out! (Warning: It's a little raunchy and not for young eyes with the language and descriptors, so just a teeny warning for you all.)

www.dustindoes.com

Surprise! It has nothing to do with writing. It's essentially me and my life of experiments, life-lessons and off-and-on hilarity. Check it out if you would, and if there's something crappy about the site itself that needs a-fixin', please let me know  ;)

Also, Squarespace is pretty amazing. Anyone else use it?
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lady Ty on March 22, 2017, 04:00:32 AM
Great name, blog made me laugh, when do you plan to head for Asia?
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 22, 2017, 05:43:57 AM
Well I met a girl. We made sweet love, she moved away, broke my heart.  ;D

But she left me with an awesome idea for a blog name...and over the past few weeks I've been learning how to build a website, how to write engaging material, how to make it my ow,n and now it's finally published and online!

Check it out! (Warning: It's a little raunchy and not for young eyes with the language and descriptors, so just a teeny warning for you all.)

www.dustindoes.com

Surprise! It has nothing to do with writing. It's essentially me and my life of experiments, life-lessons and off-and-on hilarity. Check it out if you would, and if there's something crappy about the site itself that needs a-fixin', please let me know  ;)

Also, Squarespace is pretty amazing. Anyone else use it?


Haha, I read your tinder post-- informative and entertaining all at once!  I can only use Tinder to entertain myself when I'm bored and on the toilet b/c over here people just use Tinder to troll each other.

OMG even your footnotes are hilarious:

Quote
Iceberged (ahys-burg-ed) - Seeing only 10% of someone in a Tinder profile and not fully comprehending that the other terrifying 90% is buried beneath the camera lens. Occurs when a single, desperate individual takes 134890 photos, manages to catch the right angle in one of them and then shows up on the date looking like the person that ate the person you were supposed to see.

The site looks great! I love how you have icons for each post!  I did www.NerdEmpire.org on Squarespace but I wasn't able to figure out how to make it look... like yours.  I suck at this web stuff!  What template did you use?
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 22, 2017, 07:06:34 AM
Well I met a girl. We made sweet love, she moved away, broke my heart.  ;D

But she left me with an awesome idea for a blog name...and over the past few weeks I've been learning how to build a website, how to write engaging material, how to make it my ow,n and now it's finally published and online!

Check it out! (Warning: It's a little raunchy and not for young eyes with the language and descriptors, so just a teeny warning for you all.)

www.dustindoes.com

Surprise! It has nothing to do with writing. It's essentially me and my life of experiments, life-lessons and off-and-on hilarity. Check it out if you would, and if there's something crappy about the site itself that needs a-fixin', please let me know  ;)

Also, Squarespace is pretty amazing. Anyone else use it?


Haha, I read your tinder post-- informative and entertaining all at once!  I can only use Tinder to entertain myself when I'm bored and on the toilet b/c over here people just use Tinder to troll each other.

OMG even your footnotes are hilarious:

Quote
Iceberged (ahys-burg-ed) - Seeing only 10% of someone in a Tinder profile and not fully comprehending that the other terrifying 90% is buried beneath the camera lens. Occurs when a single, desperate individual takes 134890 photos, manages to catch the right angle in one of them and then shows up on the date looking like the person that ate the person you were supposed to see.

The site looks great! I love how you have icons for each post!  I did www.NerdEmpire.org on Squarespace but I wasn't able to figure out how to make it look... like yours.  I suck at this web stuff!  What template did you use?

I used the "Om" template after trying about 5 others. It was painful, but found one that finally works for my needs.

You snagged an amazing domain name Bradley. Make hay with that shit!

Looking at the site, I'm not sure it's a template issue without knowing which one you use and how you've employed it. But I do know your site has a lot going on.

A few things that could improve your blog/site immediately:

1) Stick to a colour palette. Use three colours for almost everything and never use white on straight black. It's hard on the eyes, and any mobile users will run away like you're chasing them with a ball of white fire.

I did a little exercise and panned from your site to Fantasy Faction. See how your eyes relax when you pan over to F-F and then squint when they go to your site? It's because F-F used two shades of grey - One for their background and another lighter shade for their text. On your site it's two bold colours, and it's blinding on some formats and reminds me of MySpace. I think F-F is the kind of look/mood you're going for, so play around with the colours and find what works. Colour is EVERYTHING...as stupid as that sounds. But it separates the newbie from the professional in the eyes of the reader (and I say that as a complete newb).

2) No one cares about us. Not right away at least. And they certainly don't care to see a write-up on our front page with the who and why. They want CONTENT first and foremost; something they can sink their teeth into and GAIN from. You're trying to build a community (from what I gather), and I think it's a fantastic idea. But it can never be about you, or the creator, or even the people behind the scenes. If it becomes author-centric right off the bat, then no one will give two shits. I learned that with my first disaster of a blog  ;D hahaha. I wanted to promo my shit, but instead I just wasted a lot of my time. You bring in readers by giving them something, and then 5% might give back if your content is good and consistent.

So, remove your pic and description from the front page, throw it in a Contact or About page, and advertise your work elsewhere as well (maybe the About Page as well). Finally, tell them why they've come there, because you're not established yet (just like me). No ones buying what we're putting out, no matter how fucking sweet we are. YET!  :D

3) Remove unused navigation bar items. (ie: Forum, Magazine). Give them as few options to pick from as possible, and load those up with content. It can be overwhelming to have a lot of options in the nav bar for first time users. It can expand as the blog grows and you diversify (ie: forum is implemented). But for now, keep it simple.

4) The cover image has to go, unless you can put it into a banner or scale it down to a logo. It's a badass logo/image, don't get me wrong, but it currently takes over the entire screen of my laptop and automatically disorients me. The other issue I see with it is the colour, but perhaps you can work it into another colour scheme, or make it work in another way. Either way, something has to give there.

A lot of the shit I just laid out for you is from a lot of research. I didn't just learn this myself haha. I went to the successful blogs, checked out a ton of the crappy blog tour sites and found out what not to do (don't worry, yours is a step up! haha), and then took elements from the good and then put mine together over the course of a few days. Mine is SO far from perfect, but it's a start, and if you're interested in continuing with your webpage, I'd be very happy to give you any advice I can offer and perhaps get your opinion on my page in return!

And finally, thanks @Lady_Ty and @Bradley Darewood for the compliments. Means the world to me :) I can't believe how much fun messing around with Squarespace has been so far, but I'm super happy with the progress, and even happier you two found it enjoyable. Cheers :)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 24, 2017, 08:17:10 AM
great tips!!  As soon as I get a working computer (my shit broke) I'll get to implementing them!
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 24, 2017, 05:44:53 PM
great tips!!  As soon as I get a working computer (my shit broke) I'll get to implementing them!

Cool man! Yeah I find Squarespace kind of sucks to use with a crappy computer. I moonlight at work to do a lot of the website formatting since my work computers are the bomb  ;D

Lemme know when you get to work on it!
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 26, 2017, 09:09:25 AM

Will do! I'm super impressed with what you did with your site, and I **suck** at getting things to look even remotely like I want them to on websites.

Another user site I'm pretty in love with is the one belonging to @RLStevenson -- it looks really good!
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: RLStevenson on March 26, 2017, 06:28:04 PM

Will do! I'm super impressed with what you did with your site, and I **suck** at getting things to look even remotely like I want them to on websites.

Another user site I'm pretty in love with is the one belonging to @RLStevenson -- it looks really good!

Thanks! I just built off a WordPress template. Took a few online tutorials and just a little tech savvy, but WordPress is very user friendly.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 26, 2017, 07:16:13 PM

Will do! I'm super impressed with what you did with your site, and I **suck** at getting things to look even remotely like I want them to on websites.

Another user site I'm pretty in love with is the one belonging to @RLStevenson -- it looks really good!

Thanks! I just built off a WordPress template. Took a few online tutorials and just a little tech savvy, but WordPress is very user friendly.

Yeah fantastic work @RLStevenson! Super impressed with what you've accomplished with that site. Visually it's appealing, it's easy to navigate, and everything is where it should be.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 28, 2017, 11:37:54 AM

@Lordoftheword  I think my favorite thing is the icons you've got next to your blog posts-- did you make those yourself?  They look great!  Where did you get them? (and where did you get that pic of how to measure your penis? I swear to got I nearly spit out my food when I scrolled down)
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 28, 2017, 05:51:22 PM

@Lordoftheword  I think my favorite thing is the icons you've got next to your blog posts-- did you make those yourself?  They look great!  Where did you get them? (and where did you get that pic of how to measure your penis? I swear to got I nearly spit out my food when I scrolled down)

Squarespace has this really great function for making logos with thousands of options on one of their affiliate pages (free with a Squarespace user subscription). So instead of using the logo graphics exclusively for my top of page Logo or brand, I decided to use the images for my individual blog posts as well. Thanks for the compliment, I really enjoy them myself :)

As for the penis measurement, Google is my best friend and my search history is a little scary hahaha. I honestly can't tell you where I found that image, and that's my bad. I need to start attributing random images to their source.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on April 12, 2017, 02:09:53 PM

Welllllll  I didn't sleep all night... I got the logo sorted.  The rest of the site is still a complete mess.
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on April 12, 2017, 08:28:14 PM

Welllllll  I didn't sleep all night... I got the logo sorted.  The rest of the site is still a complete mess.

Logo looks great! And the site looks better. Keep goin!
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on April 13, 2017, 04:24:41 AM
Thanks!

Well I used a restaurant template cuz I liked how hovering over stuff changed the picture,
but tbh i probably should have gone for a blog template...

I don't know how to make it so I have other options for seeing the blog entries on the screen (eg, you've got icons on the bottom scrolling along as opposed to a boring list)

Another thing is that when picking colors by hand (instead of entering a hex code) I can't get them all to be the same shade of red or yellow or whatever I'm going for.  rrrrgggghhhhhhhhhghghghghghghg
Title: Re: Help! Need a great website name for a travel blog!
Post by: Lordoftheword on April 15, 2017, 07:11:08 AM
Thanks!

Well I used a restaurant template cuz I liked how hovering over stuff changed the picture,
but tbh i probably should have gone for a blog template...

I don't know how to make it so I have other options for seeing the blog entries on the screen (eg, you've got icons on the bottom scrolling along as opposed to a boring list)

Another thing is that when picking colors by hand (instead of entering a hex code) I can't get them all to be the same shade of red or yellow or whatever I'm going for.  rrrrgggghhhhhhhhhghghghghghghg

Hard to troubleshoot the other issues, but the colour issue is an easy one. Pick one dominant colour, copy that code on a document and keep that scheme. Otherwise you'll be a few shades off everywhere, and if you're A Type like me, it'll drive you nuts haha