I’ll be the first to admit I have Facebook phobia. I use it to market my businesses, but I don’t like it for many reasons, including the way that users’ privacy is surrendered with every log-in. So instead of joining the rest of the Facebook voyeurs in this world, when I’m not promoting my business endeavors I prefer to spend my online leisure time maintaining a travel blog about our full-timing adventures.
Our blog serves as a huge digital scrapbook of our life on the road. Maintaining it is time well spent, and far more fulfilling than uploading one’s life in bits and pieces on social media sites like Twitter. For example, in the eight years since we began blogging, my husband and I have found the activity to be beneficial for several reasons including:
Mapping Our Travels
We plot every mile of our RVing adventures with Google Maps, which are embedded into a “Maps” page on our blog. Keeping a detailed route is handy because in addition to refreshing our brains about where we’ve been and where we’re headed, we can also include notes featuring the good and the ugly about each destination. The notes often settle many arguments about our favorite destinations, campsites and restaurants from previous years.
Photos Are Easily Stored and Referenced
Blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress feature photo gallery capabilities that make it easy to upload and share your pictures. Many will also allow you to categorize and tag the photos for easy display of specific subjects on blog pages and posts. Our blog features a photo gallery page that’s organized with different categories ranging from “Flora and Fauna” to “Good Eats.” We’ve even sold one of our workamping photos for $250 after a textbook publisher found it online and emailed us for reprint authorization!
Free Beer and Pizza
Got your attention didn’t I? But it’s true; by monetizing our blog with simple money-making applications like Amazon’s Affiliate program, each month we generate enough pocket change to cover some basic monthly budget items like the cost of occasional beers and pizza!
Meet Like-Minded Souls
If you’re reading my column you’re probably interested in learning more about the full-timing lifestyle. Many full-timer’s travel blogs do a great job covering this topic and for aspiring travelers who want to learn more in-depth details about life on the road, connecting with RV blog authors is as easy as sending an email through their contact form. My own blog has been the catalyst for many fun, real-life meetings with full-time RVers who found us by searching for topics ranging from workamping basics to satellite Internet know-how.
Keep Friends and Family Updated
Last year two young adults were traveling through South America while regularly providing Facebook updates about their travels. But when their Internet access suddenly disappeared in a rural location and they stopped posting for a few days, friends and family panicked and called authorities to file a missing persons report! Don’t let this happen to you – a fulltiming blog can alert friends and family to the particulars about where you’re headed.
Setting up and maintaining a blog it isn’t as difficult as it appears. The most popular blogging software makes it easy for novices and experts to design visually appealing blogs that can be kept private or indexed for search engines for widespread readership. And don’t worry about your writing skills either – many of the web’s most popular RVing blogs were started by newbies who had no prior experience in online publishing or even writing. Just take a deep breath and dive in to the blogosphere, you have nothing to lose.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.