Overland travel has certainly gained a lot of popularity in the last 5 years, and with that, the amount of dedicated overland websites have boomed...
I recall spending hours on The Africa Overland Network visiting each BIO page in turn, attempting to find which websites had been updated since my last visit. I was looking for updates on current overland travel information, current trip reports and current photos.
Thankfully, with the advances of the blogging websites, RSS feeds were introduced which allowed me to link all the RSS enabled websites into Google Reader. I now had the ability to quickly glance through my "Overland Live" folder and view all the current updates from these websites.
Google Reader then allowed me to publish all my subscriptions (currently 237 Overland websites in my RSS folder) to a webpage.
As a result of this, I launched "Overland Live" and started to display the latest blogs, videos, photos and Twitter feeds.
The website has been archived, but the feed is still available:
This ability to pull content from overland websites quickly lead to new and more dynamic websites being launched, all using the RSS feeds. Here are two websites which pull content from the original website:
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What's the benefit of visiting a website like Overland Sphere and Overlanders Today?
The simple fact that the very latest blog updates are centralised on a single website. Information is easy to read, filter and search. The text formatting is standardised and the latest information right were you need it: on top!
In my opinion, there is a disadvantage: The hardwork that goes into creating a blog (that individual creativity) is lost. I am an avid promoter of independent overland travel, and especially for blogging whilst travel. As a result, I want to see readers spending time on the original website.
Which sites do you visit the most for your information?
There is an additional advantage of RSS feeds: Majority of the overland forums use them to display the latest forum posts.