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We spent the entire weekend freaking out.  “I can’t believe we actually bought tickets!” we kept saying to each other.  After all, less than a week ago I still thought I was going to Spain.  And now, we’re on our way to Ireland.  

The living room looks like a sporting goods store that’s been vandalized; gutless backpacks sprawl, straps scattered, over the couches and floor.  Rain pants, hiking boots, and cameras compete for space on the coffee table.  We were trying to find out what size backpack we would need.  We have two 5,000 cubic inch backpacks, and one 3500, and they’re either too big or too small.  

I’m a fan of packing as light as possible and taking the 3500 inch backpack, but my mom is convinced that we need to bring everything.  I’d take nothing but my laptop, clean socks, and rain gear, but she wants to bring everything from multiple towels, sleeping bags (despite the fact that we’re sleeping in hostels,) and four different types of pants–to hair dryers, purses, and small dogs (not really.)  

I can see her point on some things; I just think it gets excessive.  I’m going to make her pack up her backpack before she leaves and carry it around for a full day–she’ll decide she doesn’t need quite as much, I’m sure.  

We still have four months before we go, though, so there’s plenty of time to pack and decide what we’re taking.  And where we’re going once we get to Ireland.  At the moment, we have no plan at all.  

Wickford Way? Dingle Way?  Kerry Way?  Part of the Donegal Way?  How long should we stay in Dublin?  These are all questions that somehow, we must at least attempt to answer before we get on the plane, naive and clueless, on our way to Ireland.


Wow…this is pretty dumb.  But I’m excited, so what’s not to love?  I’ve been incredibly busy the last week or two and haven’t had much time to write.  So I finally checked my stats today, and I definitely had over 1,000 hits!  I never thought more than a hundred people would see this.  But in only three months I’ve reached over one thousand people.

It’s a pretty small number for the internet, I know, but it’s still pretty exciting.  I just had to say something.  In a year I’ll look back at this and laugh at how excited I was to hit 1 k.  Now I’ve reached my first goal: my next is to write at least every other day, and start reaching over fifty people a day on a consistent basis.

On a travel point, my trip is definitely starting to look more solid.  My chances of getting good scholarships are high, with a 31 ACT.  So that reduces my college-paying stresses.  And I have a well-paying job for the summer at a high end restaurant.  And my parents are going to help me out with my Macbook, so there’s even less money I have to spend on that.  I’m feeling pretty golden right now!

So…question for you blog-savvy people out there: what are the beset ways to increase your traffic for free?  I think I’d like to do another article on that, but I need some new tactics to write about.

Good luck on everyone’s goals, whatever they may be.  What are your travel goals?  Let me know!



This is probably self-explanatory to a lot of people, but it took me (completely computer inept that I am) a couple of hours to figure out. Don’t laugh, please.

I know there are other people like me out there, so here goes: how to attach an RSS feed to your blog or website.

1. It took me a long time to figure out that everything I was reading was for subscribing to someone else’s blog, not the other way around! Yeesh. I felt smart. But anyways, to get people to subscribe to your feed, I did it this way: I went to and entered my blog’s URL into the box handily provided on the homepage. Now how hard was that? I then followed the on-screen innstructions. When I was done with registering, I did:

2. At the top of the page you should be on are tabs: analyze, monetize, publicize; click publicize and it will take you to a different page. On the left there is a menu; one of the links should be chicklet chooser. Click it.

3. You then get a list of buttons. Choose whichever one you want your subscribers to be able to click on to subscribe to their feed. After you select it, scroll down to the bottom of the page. There is a box full of HTML code. Copy it, and

4. For a WordPress blog, go to your widget editor and add a text widget to your sidebar. While you’re still in the editor, click edit on the right of the little text widget box. A square screen will pop up. Copy your HTML code into that box, and save your changes! You’re ready to have people subscribing!

Subscribe in a reader

If you want to do this for another type of blog, like Blogger, I believe Feedburner has directions. In any case, it should be similar. I don’t know, though, as I’ve never used Blogger or any other type of blog site.

For websites, simply copy and paste into your HTML editor or directory where you want it to go. If you have a website that you built yourself, you’ll know what to do with it. (At least I hope!) And if you’re using a template, there will probably be an HTML editor box where you can insert HTML code. On Google templates it’s at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. On some other templates, like Bravenet, you edit your HTML by clicking the HTML editor tab on the top of the text box you’re working on (like WordPress write a new blog screen, there is the HTML button at the top. Exact same thing.)

I hope I explained things for the people like me who instantly start hyperventilating every time they hear HTML. Which, I’m discovering, is a lot easier than it appears. I now know how to do headers, body text, bold, breaks, paragraphs, different sizes of headers…and that’s about it, but I’m pretty impressed with myself.

Would you like to add a point on here that I missed? A different way of doing this? Comment me and I’ll get back to you! Like I said, I’m pretty ignorant. I need all the help I can get.



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