YesWeCanJourney Blog Visitors

The chart below shows the number of views per month since I started this blog, from the time I first collected my wonderful 1971 VW Westfalia from Oregon in December 2009. Little did I know then that The YesWeCan CamperVan would carry me through so many miles in such a short space of time. 14,000 miles over two years, including only nine months on the road, is pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Yet the performance of this blog, in terms of numbers of visitors, by no means matches my VW.

Statistics for - monthly number of views

So I am asking you to please share your opinions via the comment box below … or on our Facebook page in the Note on Blog performance about what you’d like to see more of on these pages and the topics that interest you most. Or maybe it’s not so much the content as the medium that you prefer e.g. less words, more photos, or more videos?

Would sure appreciate your input.

Thank you.


Creating a blog

If you would like to create your own blog on the internet, whether it’s about your own adventures and causes in the world (like mine here) or about any subject at all, the starting point is deciding whether you’ll use one of the free design and publishing platforms out there like WordPress, Typepad, Blogger, Blogit, My Space etc, to create and host your design, or design and host one yourself.

Thousands of people are using the free platforms such as those mentioned above.

Yesterday I was reading a post about the growth of WordPress and this statement within it made me smile so much that I decided to add my comment to the 85 others on the site to voice my support, as follows:

Your statement: “ is different from every other social platform out there because in addition to giving you ownership of your data you get ownership of the code running your data as well, you could run the same Open source software yourself, and in fact we’ll even help you do it.”
… says it all. THANKS SO VERY MUCH.
Carole Brown and The YesWeCan CamperVan

I then watched this video of WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg

….. and then I researched some more about current blog platforms and popularity and found this table of the top 20 Blogs on the internet (by readership) and the software that they use.
Where did I start my research? Wikipedia, of course:

source: Wikipedia –

Apparently, today, according to Mashable, WordPress is the most popular blogging platform with 54,283 of the top million sites on the Internet using it, including Mashable. I’m certainly very thankful to WordPress for providing a wide array of wonderful template designs. I chose one called ‘Digg 3 column’ to make this blog look more like a website (thank you WP Designer) and the tools within WordPress then gave me added flexibility within the template to add more content and play with the style.

I am deeply grateful to WordPress and all the open source programmers for helping me spread my messages via this platform in such a professional way … and for also helping me talk about my plans for my road trip for MG Awareness and spread he word about this little known disease.

I’d love to hear from other readers about which blogging platforms or software you prefer …. and also please share the links to your blogs so we can read each other’s news and views.

Thank you.
Happy blogging :)

Designing storytelling

Storytelling on a blog like this is as much about good design as it is about content (writing, photos and video etc). With this in mind, today Carole changed the design of the side bars to make this site more readable so you may notice some things have changed position, like Recent Posts and Categories, for example.

Also there are some additions to add interest, like the two small pictures from a couple of our most looked at YouTube videos over there in the right column. To get those Carole ran the YouTube videos on her laptop and created the screen shots below ….

and then edited those to show the center video shots shown over on the right. Now by clicking on those, you’ll be taken to our YouTube channel and our movies.

Another addition on the right at the bottom of the column, are the authors who write on this blog. If you’d like to contribute to this blog, please get in touch with Carole.

While we’re on the topic of updates, we wanted to let you know that Carole has been writing about the journey across country and will soon be adding posts here about each day from June 20 to July 4th. Updates will also appear in the Notes section of our Facebook page.

If you subscribe to this blog, you’ll receive an email the moment the road trip notes are updated. If not, think about subscribing now by going to the box is at the very top right and adding your email. We keep your email address completely private and never give it to anyone else.

Before we sign off, we’d like to make a request. Please let us know what you think of the new design by clicking on the comment line below and adding your views. Thank you!