Saturday, July 2, I “officially” fell off a mountain and broke my ankle. In all honesty though, I simply fell off the sidewalk in front of our apartment. It’s not as exciting, but I was lucky this did not happen while were bouncing around on top of the many Davis Mountains we were on in June. A week and day later I was told that I will not need surgery and was put in a permanent cast for four to five weeks. So we have decided to take a fairly long break (for us anyway) and not go to any new parks or camping in July and August. This means we have plenty of time to do some housekeeping on the blog, photos and other website stuff.
For those who have not worked on a website, housekeeping is something that is needed on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we have been on the go-go-go since we started this site and we never created a routine for how we should prep the photos, write the posts, create the videos, and so on. Because of this, the site has never been 100% how we wanted it and we have a huge backlog of photos to be processed, which means I have a BUNCH of videos to make and upload. I had no clue what I was getting into when we decided to put this thing together, but I wouldn’t not have it. I enjoy seeing the things we have done, places we have been, and people we have met. I especially love meeting new people because we have made some really great friendships along the way.
So, if it is so much work, why do we do this website thing? I hear you asking it now; I honestly ask myself the same question when I sit down to write a post and cannot think of what to say! We started this blog for me to have a venue for talking about hand embroidery and travel. That is exactly how it began, but we decided to step away from that because it was just a “me” thing. Scott and I had discovered the Texas State Parks and fell in love with them. Of course then the whole Tiny House/RV living caught our attention and that was that. We decided at that point we wanted to live in an RV and travel the United States, documenting our journey so others could keep from making some of the mistakes we had, go to some of the places we had enjoyed,or have family keep tabs on us just seemed like a really great idea. While looking into this we have found many other people and families do websites and videos giving us an example of what does and doesn’t work. We have found some great inspiration from people like The More We Explore, Technomadia, Gone With the Wynns, Long, Long, Honeymoon, and so on….
A blog was pretty much all we had intended to do, then Scott found photography. How lucky for me to have an endless supply of photos for the blog! Eventually, we found those photos would come in handy to make videos of the places we had been. I cannot tell you how many times we have searched YouTube for videos about different state parks, cities and things to do. Even though we did not always find what we were looking for, we found ideas on what is out there and how we can share something different. Unfortunately, this is not always an easy thing to figure out, but we are getting there. Learning to do something new takes a lot of time, reading, and focus which all takes away from the housekeeping our website and photos. As we have been doing the traveling, photography, and videos, we are seeing what works and doesn’t work for us. I do know we are not very good at planning for videos; it never was something we thought about doing so we just took photos. Since Scott got his camera, he is starting to think more along that line with photos but we both think so differently. This is a good thing, most of the time, because he will take photos of the pretty things like flowers, birds and such, where I am taking photos of campsites, bathrooms, and other boring mundane stuff. It actually works out for us in the end, but if we would just start doing a bit more planning it would help us produce better content and quality. We want to make videos and blog posts we enjoy showing, but if they aren’t good would you really want to watch? Yeah, you are just trying to be nice now.
Since starting on this website, I have learned so much especially on how to set up a website from scratch. I have found I appreciate those who know code better than I do, but I am determined to learn it if that is what it takes to make a quality site. Scott has learned that less is definitely better than more in almost all walks of life. He would take thousands of photos and never stop long enough to process them. This has not only caused a huge backlog of things to do, but it has left him feeling overwhelmed and frustrated when I ask for a specific photo. We, as a couple, have learned that getting outdoors and being active is awesome and makes us much happier. Because we have found this and really believe it is a good thing, we want to share it with everyone we meet so we use the website, Facebook, and YouTube to help us get our message out. This is a lifestyle and we are embracing it, even if it means we have to stop and do a little housekeeping on a regular basis.