We promised that while we’re on hiatus, we’d share with you some links to past content. Which you’ll find at end of this post.
But I wanted to talk a bit about blogging first.
Earlier this week, our dear friend Nina of WheelingIt posted The Darker Side Of Blogging? 5 (10) Things To Ponder Before You Start Your Own… – weighing the pros and cons.
Great timing of course, we’re not the only ones noodling over the subject of how blogging fits in our lives.
If you’re considering starting a blog, or curious about what goes on behind the scenes – head on over and give it a read. She basically took the thoughts right out of my noggin, and expressed them much more eloquently that I ever could (as she usually does.).
If you want my own short version:
Blogging is a passion project for many of us. It’s an integral part of our lives & travels. But egads, it’s a lot of work (and cost!) sometimes – especially as a blog grows and you’re now dealing with hosting fees, maintenance, hackers, spammers, thieves and trolls. Not to mention the time to create the content – which can be several hours a post.
Effort that few bloggers ever anticipate compensation for. There’s usually not a benefactor behind the scenes paying for what appears on your screen. It’s generally a gift on the part of the creator.
But certainly the benefits are endless and priceless – in the friendships, the inspiration and lasting journals we’re creating for our own self reflection later.
For blogging to be sustainable, the creator has to be in it for reasons that speak to their heart.
I was instantly hooked on blogging back in 2002, long before I knew what an RV was. Chris was a blogger too, it’s actually how we met a few years later. Technomadia.com started as a natural continuation by joining our personal blogs into one place as we merged our lives. Like many, ours was to keep family & friends from wondering if we were still alive as we ventured out across the country.
Blogging is such a part of who we are. It’s been a long journey, and one I don’t see ending anytime soon.
And I’m not going to gloss over it – I honestly get intimidated by it at times. Knowing how many people are reading and watching, how many folks are making major life decisions in part because they read something we wrote, and how many can quote back to us details of our lives that we had forgotten about. It really gives us pause with each post to make sure we get it right.
Anyway, obviously, we’re still actively processing on all of this and striving to make sure when we come back, it’s for those right reasons.
Giving Thanks to Content Creators
This Thanksgiving weekend, we wanted to take a moment and express our sincerest gratitude to our fellow bloggers and content creators.
Whether it’s just friends and family following along, or a sizable following of adoring fans. Sharing a piece of yourself in a public venue can be a vulnerable act, and one that takes a good bit of effort. We could all just as easily record our journeys in a safer private journal, but by sharing we open the door to inspiring others.
We are so blessed to be part of a thriving community of fellow creators, each of us bringing our own unique perspectives.
While us bloggers are ultimately responsible to ourselves for sharing when we truly want to with out any expectations, we know how heartwarming those positive reflections back can be. It can help so much to counteract those dark sides.
So for all the readers and content consumers out there, I’d like to share some ideas on how the creators of the content you enjoy might appreciate hearing your gratitude. This applies to any of your favorite bloggers, video creators, podcasters and photographers … not just us.
- Engage with them: If there’s a place to comment, don’t hesitate if you feel so inspired. Even if just a thank you. Not into public commenting? Sending a private email is also usually appreciated. Do be respectful however, ‘constructive criticism’ can be taken more harshly than intended and asking a bunch of follow-up questions without invitation can overwhelm.
- Sharing is Caring: Did a piece speak to you? Share it so others can benefit. No creator will ever be upset with you for sharing a link back to their site or post. Many provide handy share buttons right along with the content for easy posting to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more.
- Support monetization efforts: Few bloggers will ever achieve funding their lifestyles off a blog (and nor are we trying to). But the kickbacks do help offset web hosting costs, and maybe a meal or two out. If you see a mention of a favorite product (<- an example of one of Kiki’s ‘favorites’) or links to Amazon – the blogger likely earns a small commission if you happen to buy anything after clicking through. If they have ads, most only pay if readers click them. If they’re affiliates for other products or services, such as memberships to RV Clubs – mention them at check out. It’s a super easy, no extra cost to you & an anonymous way to share back.
- Gifting Back: Some bloggers have posted ways to ‘Leave a Tip.’ We NEVER expect it, but always appreciate virtual wine or a night-out as a thank you treat. We’ve also been blown away by the generosity we’ve been recipients of with other thoughtful gifts.
- Invitations: See a favorite blogger is coming your way? Many of us appreciate invitations to meet up, driveway surfing, or tips on unique experiences. However unless a blogger has stated otherwise, please don’t plan to just drop by their place unannounced – contact them first, or catch them when they’re outside (preferably not while they’re dumping their tanks or hitching up).
- Engage with them: Gifts and referrals really aren’t necessary or expected. So I repeat this one – interacting and sharing are two of the greatest gifts you can give back to most creators.
And hey, no worries if you prefer to just read along. That’s totally cool too. Because without readers, it would just but us creating stuff that no one sees.
Blasts from the Past
Okay, here’s your dose of some past content you might appreciate looking back on:
In 2014, we stayed in 70 different camping spots around the country. This post highlights our 12 favorites, as well as some end of year statistics. We’re starting to think about what sites will make our list for this year’s post.
Boondocking is sometimes seen as a minimalist lifestyle. For us, it doesn’t have to be. This post goes over how we live in electrical abundance while depending primarily on solar for our energy.
Over the years, we’ve informally interviewed some of our nomadic friends on camera and created the ‘Ramblings: Tales from Nomads’ video series. It’s been a while since we’ve produced a new one, but we promise the stories in this series will provide tons of inspiration.
Finding a work/life balance is difficult for many. Toss in a full time traveling lifestyle – and you have some new challenges to navigate. This post goes over some of our hard earned lessons over the years. We still struggle with this.
Keeping online while RVing, it’s certainly gotten easier since we hit the road back in 2006. This post is one of our top hits, and inspired our book – The Mobile Internet Handbook and eventually creating RVMobileInternet.com. An up-to-date illustrated guide to our personal mobile internet setup, showing how all the pieces for cellular, WiFi, signal enhancing and routing come together.
From our home to yours, we are sending you heartfelt warmth and gratitude for virtually joining us.
We hope you find a moment this holiday weekend to reflect and appreciate all that you are thankful for in your life.