My best friend and I are both cross-country truck drivers and we've been thinking about starting a project. I'm sure a good portion of you have seen “Ice Road Truckers” and I admit, it's a really good show. However it seems to only show the typical public's perception of what trucking really is and never really explains the bad side to it, nor does it show the trials and tribulations we face daily.
So, we're thinking about starting an online blog of sorts. Complete with daily video documentaries, photos, tweets, and even weekly written blogs. We want to give the public a complete 100% intimate and uncensored look into the life of a truck driver and the trucking industry as a whole. The trials and tribulations we face, how we're treated as second class citizens, how stupid other driver's can be when they're around us on the highway, and what have you. Just … everything! We want to show you the good and the bad.
We've been considering using Wordpress for our project and hiring a custom designer/coder to fulfill our needs. We're thinking about using Vimeo Plus for the video service and possibly Flickr for the photography we share (although this portion may be self-hosted). Twitter for the random tweets we post from our cellulars which also appear on our website. Everything will be tied into it.
So, we've been considering Wordpress because we've both seen some rather amazing work done with it. However we're also discussing ExpressionEngine and Movable Type. We're even considering a forum. Neither one of us are true webmasters and have never done something like this. I've operated a few forums in the past but that's about it. We can't monitor the website constantly and are concerned about security. We don't want to be surprised and find out some 'script kiddie' has decided to exploit our system and screw us over completely. We're actually considering using SSL for login's, even. We're wondering if one solution is better than another for our needs and if one is actually 'safer' than another.
What system do you guys recommend for such a project? We're going to be using a Digital SLR (Nikon), a High-Definition Camcorder (JVC), and a Laptop. We're also going to be using our cellulars in this project as well (Facebook & Twitter).
So what do you guys think? Any idea's?