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Offline Xpat

Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #120 on: April 12, 2019, 05:22:38 am »
@Weedkiller - Adie :

You can easily structure text with pictures on WD, but only if you use linked pictures from external hosting site , like googlephotos, flickr, tapatalk etc (any external site will do). You can insert the image link from those sites wherever you want in the text.

You cannot structure the report - i.e mix text nad pictures, only if you load pictures directly onto WD as attachments. Then they are just attached at the bottom of the post as attachments.

I personally prefer having my pictures on the third party shared storage service as that allows me to post reports easily elsewhere (eg. advrider) which you cannot do if you load pictures directly on WD, and should WD go the way of dodo like RA went, the pictures and reports wouldn't disappear forever. Also you can load pictures on for example flickr ini full resolution - i.e. much better quality  - if you hahve bandwidts and share those albums with whoever you want without even mentioning RR (of course without text) or use them in completely different reports/travelogues if you wish to do so.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 05:27:27 am by Xpat »
 

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #121 on: April 12, 2019, 06:57:56 am »
@Weedkiller - Adie :

You can easily structure text with pictures on WD, but only if you use linked pictures from external hosting site , like googlephotos, flickr, tapatalk etc (any external site will do). You can insert the image link from those sites wherever you want in the text.

You cannot structure the report - i.e mix text nad pictures, only if you load pictures directly onto WD as attachments. Then they are just attached at the bottom of the post as attachments.

I personally prefer having my pictures on the third party shared storage service as that allows me to post reports easily elsewhere (eg. advrider) which you cannot do if you load pictures directly on WD, and should WD go the way of dodo like RA went, the pictures and reports wouldn't disappear forever. Also you can load pictures on for example flickr ini full resolution - i.e. much better quality  - if you hahve bandwidts and share those albums with whoever you want without even mentioning RR (of course without text) or use them in completely different reports/travelogues if you wish to do so.
Exactly how do you link to photos on google photos? I've tried inserting the google photos share link in between the image tags, but then it just show 'n little blue icon and not my actual image.
 

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #122 on: April 12, 2019, 07:06:57 am »
Open the image in the google photo - i.e. click on it so it is big on your screen, not just using its small thumbnail in the album, then right click on the image, select 'Copy Image Address', and then post the link in between the image tags on WD post - i.e click the Insert Image icon above and then post the link in beween the  tabs created in the post.

Here an example from my googlephoto


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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #123 on: April 12, 2019, 07:26:26 am »
Will you look at that! All this time I've been trying by using the google photos share link. Thanks for the tip!

Here's my attempt:

« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 01:41:30 pm by OomD »
 

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #124 on: April 12, 2019, 08:16:13 am »
Open the image in the google photo - i.e. click on it so it is big on your screen, not just using its small thumbnail in the album, then right click on the image, select 'Copy Image Address', and then post the link in between the image tags on WD post - i.e click the Insert Image icon above and then post the link in beween the  tabs created in the post.

Here an example from my googlephoto



Can't see your photo??

Did you make your Google photo album public
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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #125 on: April 12, 2019, 08:24:30 am »
@Noneking : Whoops, sorry, may have forgotten about it.

I did now - I guess I have to repost a photo from that album to become visible though. Here is one from that album and one more from another album I have already shared so should be OK, just to test it




And this one from another album which was already used before;



Are these visible?

Noneking raises good point - on Google Photo (and other sites as well I guess) you have to set your album in Options to 'Share' for people with link. The poster may not see a problem, because when they post the link they can see the image (as they are owner of those photos on Google Photo, so google somehow knows that they are fine to see them even linked in other site), but others will not see them unless they are made public.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 08:27:33 am by Xpat »
 

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #126 on: April 12, 2019, 08:52:28 am »
@Noneking : Whoops, sorry, may have forgotten about it.

I did now - I guess I have to repost a photo from that album to become visible though. Here is one from that album and one more from another album I have already shared so should be OK, just to test it




And this one from another album which was already used before;



Are these visible?

Noneking raises good point - on Google Photo (and other sites as well I guess) you have to set your album in Options to 'Share' for people with link. The poster may not see a problem, because when they post the link they can see the image (as they are owner of those photos on Google Photo, so google somehow knows that they are fine to see them even linked in other site), but others will not see them unless they are made public.

All visible now  :thumleft:
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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #127 on: April 12, 2019, 09:21:19 am »
I use Smugmug as a photo host.

It was created by people who are also the owners of ADVrider and avid photographers. It's stable, easy to use and automatically creates the hyperlinks to your photo's in the format that is right for this forum. It has an app that is quick and intuitive. For what you get it's good value for money.

To write a ride report, I'll first upload all my photo's to a file in Smugmug. I then start writing in Word whilst reminding myself of the moments by looking at my photo's. As I go along I paste the hyperlinks into the report.

Once that's done I open a new thread in Ride Reports and paste the sections in. Before I post it, I click "preview" to check if the formatting and pictures are in the right place. Normally this needs a bit of work. I try to only edit the word document and keep cutting and pasting from there so it remains the master document or else it's possible to do a ton of editing in the posting window only to lose it when something unexpected happens.

Once posted, I read it through as there's normally small screwups that need correcting.

(disclosure - through that link I've given, if you choose to make Smugmug your photo holder, I get 20% off my next invoice)
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 09:21:47 am by Kamanya »
I wonder where that gravel road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. (Apologies to Mr Frost)

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #128 on: April 12, 2019, 02:10:02 pm »
I used to spend hours reading ride reports and then go out and create my own special trips and share. Then I had two boys and all my time are going into them still now instead of doing ride reports. I do read a lot of them still and enjoy the stories very much. I am sure there are quite a few of us aspiring to write reports that make it to the hall of fame and perhaps this is a way to get this section more action again. For each month you vote on your favourite ride report, everyone likes a good old fashioned challenge :ricky:

It obviously puts more strain and work onto the moderators to manage something like this who have a life of their own  :thumleft:

NOTE: I see exceptional ride reports are still being elected by mods.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 02:12:24 pm by Maverick »
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Offline Lem

Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #129 on: April 12, 2019, 04:20:56 pm »
Since this thread was started, the traffic in the RR section has definitely picked up.

I hope we can keep this up  :thumleft:
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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #130 on: April 12, 2019, 04:37:36 pm »
Since this thread was started, the traffic in the RR section has definitely picked up.

I hope we can keep this up  :thumleft:

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« Reply #131 on: April 24, 2019, 05:35:29 pm »
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.

 

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #132 on: April 24, 2019, 06:42:09 pm »
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.


Looking forward to it!
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Re: Reminder
« Reply #133 on: April 24, 2019, 08:10:28 pm »
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.

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Re: Reminder
« Reply #134 on: April 24, 2019, 08:50:54 pm »
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.

Yes Boss ... so where is it ..?

Ahem... http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=233364.20

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« Reply #135 on: April 24, 2019, 08:53:02 pm »
Looks like my plan to combine all my rides into one report was ill considered. Perhaps this is why nobody finds them.

The current RR is in the 2019 Big Red Pigs in Kenya thread I started at the beginning of the year. The direct link to the start of the long ride is HERE

It's coming together slowly. Got 2 days up so far.

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #136 on: April 25, 2019, 10:18:17 am »
I have shared a few of our rides as reports on this forum, and its something I enjoy, but things have changed somewhat in my life, I often still get cal;ls from various dogs inviting me to join them on a trip somewhere.
The last trip I did was almost a year ago, to the EC Bash, we used to try and fit in at least 2 trips a year.
And I didnt do a report for that one, time just got the better of me, it really does eat up a lot of time to put a report together, I dont just share a bunch of photos and let everyone make their own assumptions of whats happening in the photo, giving a story to it is always lekka
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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #137 on: April 25, 2019, 10:20:33 am »
I have shared a few of our rides as reports on this forum, and its something I enjoy, but things have changed somewhat in my life, I often still get cal;ls from various dogs inviting me to join them on a trip somewhere.
The last trip I did was almost a year ago, to the EC Bash, we used to try and fit in at least 2 trips a year.
And I didnt do a report for that one, time just got the better of me, it really does eat up a lot of time to put a report together, I dont just share a bunch of photos and let everyone make their own assumptions of whats happening in the photo, giving a story to it is always lekka
Finances havent been playing game with me, buying a house is not friendly on adv trips
Sorry you will have to change your avatar if you want people to read your posts... Seker nou vir 5 minute probeer om te lees wat jy skryf maar jou avatar trek my aandag versriklik af  >:D

you get used to it....eveentually  :lol8:
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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #138 on: April 30, 2019, 11:59:32 am »
Back on topic.
It has become easier to post a couple of photos in "Where has your bike taken you today" and "2018 Bash post your pics here" and be done than to write trip report and post it.
 

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Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
« Reply #139 on: May 02, 2019, 04:51:46 pm »
Well it seems the section is 'restored'; I see some good RR's and RR's in progress  :thumleft: