Don posted this in another thread but I thought that I would put it here
so that it wouldn't get buried.
I think men start these TR's thinking it'll be a fun & painless way to tell his travel story. This can change once the guy realizes his typing skills are rather slow, or within a few installments, realizes it can take a few hours to get a decent sized installment posted. As one begins typing he gets into more detail, all the while trying to make his story a good read, and without coming across as a power point presentation.
I have about 50 installments in my TR, each one took me about 3 hours to type out, as I would sit down and pound it out all in one shot, without having a full idea what I was going to type. So about 150 hours later the TR was finished.
I suspect many TR's go unfinished based on this alone, other issues like a trip gone wrong, or just giving up after a trip or two. Even though I was immune to any negativity, I would also suggest guys drop writing the TR like a stone once the criticism from other members begin. Who needs to hear it when you're spending hours typing a story?
Trip reports are a lot tougher to write than people might imagine especially
when things go South, and with me they went South often enough. In my
opinion Writing the T/R is really beneficial to the introspective part of
pursuing FSUW. When things don't work out, I found it helpful to
figure out what I did right, what I did wrong, what I would do
During the sifting process am I sifting out the right girls? Am I pursuing the
right girls to begin with? I am usually writing the trip report after the fact
and/or several days behind actual events. That way I get less input from
the peanut gallery, (those people that nitpick everything you do).
There is a way to get better at finding and pursuing FSUW and that's by not
repeating the same mistakes again and again. I would update and revamp
my profile, I would change my introduction. I would make make an effort
to search slightly differently. I would check to see if my net was wide
enough, was I skipping vast areas that I shouldn't be skipping?
As to writing the actual report, I would look at my photos, review the story in
my head and then type it out. There were always details that I forgot and in
retrospect would have been better to add in, but once you post something you
have limited time to edit it, so my theory was get the report hammered out or
you wouldn't get it done.
In 100% of my trip reports there were funny or interesting details that I forgot
about and remembered later, but I got it done.