Yesterday I left Ashland with 10 students to Portland for a mission trip. This is the first joint trip of the Ashland Youth Collective, an ecumenical, progressive community youth group we are attempting to create here in Ashland.
As we got ready to head out, in addition to all the other things I needed to do before being gone for a week, I needed to get our mission trip blog setup.
I feel like social media is a great tool that youth groups and churches can and should be using when they go out on mission trips. It allows our family, friends and congregation members to join with us on the trip.
I wrote a series of posts on how I had done this specifically on a few trips, and if you haven’t checked those out, I encourage you to do so.
The only change I’m making on this trip is that I’m using Tumblr instead of Posterous. Since Posterous has been bought by Twitter, I’ve seen the service go down the tube. Their customer support has gotten worse, and I couldn’t even connect with their Facebook App to get our Posterous site connected to our Facebook page. So, Tumblr it is.
Have you used social media on trips before? What worked for you? What didn’t work?