We started this blog over 4 years ago for a few reasons with the main intention being to document our adventures for ourselves to look back on and to have a way our family and friends could keep track of us and stay in contact if they wanted. Another reason is because we found so much useful information about the RV Life Style by reading and soaking up all the information we could from other full-timer RVers blogs that we wanted to “pay back” by offering what information we could to others that are either entertaining the thought of a Full-time RV lifestyle or even to fellow travelers that just might be looking for a place to go or even just eat.
We (I) have enjoyed doing this blog for the most part but as other bloggers will tell you it does at times feel like a chore and does take up a fair amount of time and as funny as it may sound I even at times feel obligated in some strange way to keep it up to date even if I’m not totally in the mood.
There are times that we stay so active touring and seeing so much that I need to stretch the day’s by writing about it right then so the days don’t run together and make the update too long or forget details about what we have seen (it’s hell getting older and the memory gets shorter) and then there are stretches that we may sit in one spot for a couple months and fall into a routine which becomes very boring to write and I’m sure read about.
And then there is the “putting yourself out in front of the world” part for others to either enjoy or judge you by that comes into play. Heck we have had people get mad at us and judge us for things we have done and choices we have made, criticize my spelling and grammar, there are those that think because you keep a blog you are self-centered or egotistical and of course we also get some great comments. And many many read and never make a comment one way or another (and we love comments when we get them. Comments take away the “talking to myself in front of the mirror” feeling I get at times).
To be honest the older I get the less I worry about what people think of me (and I’m not very thin skinned to boot) but deep down we all want people to think the best of us I guess. And I’m being very honest when I say “as mentioned earlier” we started this blog to look back on ourselves, to keep in contact with family and friends and to hopefully in some way help others and pay back what we were able to learn by reading other people’s blogs before becoming full-time RVers. It’s what we were able to learn from forums and blogs that had a direct influence on our decision to live this life style.
There are blogs out there that we started reading years before we started this life style that are still going strong and others that have slowed down on their blogs drastically. And then there are some that started blogging after we did that have already stopped for one reason or another and that time comes for all bloggers I guess. And that time “in one scenario or another” has about come for us I think.
There are blogs that we used to read that simply stopped doing updates and I always wondered just what happened and the reason they stopped. It was like reading a book only to find out someone tore out the last few pages leaving you in a lurch, and that’s why I’m doing this update, to at least let you know that at a minimum we will be cutting back on our updates at the end of the year. Yup, after doing updates for 4 years that ranged from every day to once a week it’s time for a change.
I say at the end of the year because one of the things we learned so much from while researching the life style is when others shared what they found expenses to be while on the road (and we know that differs drastically from one person to another) and from recaps they would do of their year. So because one thing we have done each year is to also share a yearly recap and because I have already put a number of hours of preparation into our 4th year recap we will at least continue the blog until that time (which will be the first week of January even though our 4th year has actually come and gone but I like the actual fiscal year thing). At that point I will just play it by ear on continuing at a much slower update rate or stopping all together.
Either way things are all good here and we enjoyed doing the blog for the most part and we see no end to our continuing the fulltime life style but the blogging will slow down “at the beginning of 2017” but we will continue going strong. In fact we are starting to plan our 2017 travels through the northern states and maybe just maybe spend some time next summer around the Lake Michigan area.
So consider this our “returning the book to the library without any torn out pages” LOL!!