There are times have to go through frustration to find our strength and purpose. We have been dealing with many health issues but are we going to allow them to stop us? There are times it seems we will never achieve the things we want to because it feels too difficult, but that is when we find answers if we will just stop and figure out how to overcome it all.
Scott and I were both told by our parents to continue with the traveling and to do what it is we love. This is what we love to do, but with us in our 50’s is it too late? Take a look at the video and see what the answer to that is.
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Scott and I have been busy over the past couple of weeks working on videos, photo processing and the website. I had every intention of getting a new post up only to find it was two week later! When you aren’t filling your time with new adventures, the time seems to fly. I guess I need to get this ankle healed up so we can slow time down.
I thought I would take this post and give you a basic update on what all is happening with the website, Facebook and YouTube. We are starting to see progress and attention starting to happen with all of them, but it hasn’t grown as fast as we would like it to do. I am not quite sure if it is because we are not doing something right or if we are living in our own little bubble, but we have seen a little movement.
The Stitchntravel website is finally how it will be for a while. I really like the template I found and have been able to tweak it just a bit here and there to get it how I want. It seems to be user friendly and pleasing to the eye; this is such a good thing. There has been some very positive comments about the site and that is encouraging. It is amazing how watching a few YouTube videos can help a person to improve their work; I have been able to use the information I have learned to make the photos and meta data (computer speak for better search ability) work for us rather than against us. Then there is the Texas State Park Project page. That page was a hot mess for sure, but it is starting to get better. I still have a lot of work left to do on it, but I am getting First Visit videos linked to the corresponding parks as I get them finished. Scott is working hard on getting sign photos processed so I can have those up as well.
We are up to 85 likes on our Facebook page and have been steady with this number for the past few months. I have been doing research in how to make the page better, but haven’t put any of that learning into practice just yet. I am hoping to do a “give away” soon to help us reach 100 likes soon. I am still working on the concept so be on the lookout for that.
The biggest achievement for me, I think, is the YouTube channel. Since learning many of the things I was doing wrong and correcting those errors, our channel is starting to gain a little attention. We are still in the teens subscription wise, but people are starting to watch more of our videos. There are 37 videos as of today and we are at 1,042 views of those videos. This was actually a milestone for me because it seemed that we would never get past the 500 mark. We have you to thank for the over 1,000 views! Thank you so much!
When you visit the YouTube channel, you will find plenty of variety and playlists to keep you entertained. There are the First Visit videos for the Texas State Park Project, the Outside Our Box playlist, and Ren’s Daily Vlog. We are still learning how to put the videos together so they aren’t amazing, but I would like to think we are getting better with consistency, the visual aspect, and such. Starting out I didn’t think there was going to be such a major learning curve, but I have gained a new, healthy appreciation and respect for those who have been making good quality videos. I know we have improved in our processing and work on videos because you can see the difference.
Our very first video:
It was awful! There was no structure; we just uploaded it and hoped for the best. However, our latest video from the Outside Our Box series is rather nice, I think:
DEFINITELY AN IMPROVEMENT!
So, when you have a few minutes, stop by our YouTube channel and look at our latest videos. Please give them a thumbs up, if you liked it; share it with your friends and help us get out there, and then subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss a video. We love sharing our travel hobby with all of you and hope you are enjoying it as much.
Scott and I decided, with our move to the smaller place, to not have cable TV. For us, we don’t watch much of the regular television shows so it would be a waste of money for us. We like to watch things like documentaries about history, places, and science where we watch on Amazon Prime. Then of course there are the shows like Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife, and other PBS based shows that we can find on their website. However, most of the time, Scott and I end up watching videos on YouTube.
YouTube is a good place to find information about places you want to go and we have used this to help us find information about the Texas State Parks before we visit them. This has enabled us to find out a lot of interesting information about those parks before we go. We also use it when we are planning our vacations, such as when we visited Davis Mountains State Park recently. There was so much information on YouTube about Fort Davis and the area. It enabled us to have so much more fun because we knew ahead of time some of the things to do.
Not only do we use YouTube for travel research, we use it as a platform for education. As you know, I have been working on our website. Because of this I needed to learn some coding so I could enhance the site and make it the way I wanted it to be. In order to learn how to do the coding I went to various YouTube channels. The one channel I ended up following was LearnWebCode. This channel is a really good place to learn coding for creating WordPress templates.
Scott has been learning about photography and the cost of learning this in a program at a community center, community college, or photography studio is expensive. Instead of shelling out the cash to learn in such situations, he has been able to learn what he needed to get started and more by viewing various YouTube Channels. One of the channels is Jason Lanier’s. Jason Lanier is an award winning photographer who loves photography and he loves teaching others. You should really check out his channel.
Then, of course, there is Jared Polin and his channel. This young man has a very unique way of looking at photography and he isn’t afraid to share all the in’s and out’s of this art. He has many different playlists and there is so much to learn from him, if you are willing to sit through some fun. Check him out and enjoy the wackiness.
The last of the three photography YouTube channels that Scott learned with was Professional Photography Tips with Joshua Cripps. This channel teaches all about landscape photography. This is another one of those crazy, goofy guys that is entertaining to watch and enjoyable to learn from. We actually tried to connect with him when we visited Yosemite, but he was unfortunately on the wrong side of Yosemite on a job so we were unable to connect.
The major thing we sit back and watch videos of RVer channels. When we decided to start thinking about doing the RV lifestyle we decided we needed to do a little research, so we turned to… you guessed it! YOUTUBE! Here we found a plethora of information. There was so much that we just were not sure where to start. That was the fun of it all.
We have many channels RVing channels we watch, but three we tend to watch the most. The first couple we began to watch were Jason and Nikki Wynn. Their channel is called “Gone With The Wynns” and it is well worth the time watching their videos. Unfortunately, they are no longer in an RV, they graduated to a sailboat! Even though they are no longer in an RV, this couple has a lot of information concerning the RV lifestyle. Trust me, you should check out this channel because they are smart, witty, and wonderfully fun.
The next RVing couple we started following was Chris and Cherie of Technomadia. This is the couple who can teach you everything you need to know about going wireless with your data usage. These two have literally written the book, well books, on the very subject and you can find out more information on those books on their website technomadia.com. Chris, Cherie, and their amazing cat Kiki have traveled the U.S. in their restored bus Zepher.
Our very favorite channel at this time, however, is Steve and Tess’ The More We Explore. I think it is mainly because we found them at the very beginning of their RV journey. These two young adventurers both had landlocked jobs and a hankering for more adventure so they decided they wanted something more out of life and looked into tiny houses and eventually decided that the RVing lifestyle was what they really wanted. So Steve and Tess sold their house and worked toward getting an RV, mobile jobs and getting on the road. We have actually started becoming friends and it has been wonderful getting to know them.
So, you can see there is so much more to use YouTube for than just watching videos of cats, babies, and conspiracy theories. You just need to open your mind and be willing to learn from people that are using a unique platform to teach and share what they know and experience. Give it a try, I am sure you find something interesting.