Just like Dad, I was an avid newspaper reader. This is how I got my daily dose of ‘news’. In fact one of my early jobs was delivering the Houston Chronicle newspaper.
That was in my BC (Before Computers) days. Somewhere around 2006, I realized news was more readily available on-line and it was free. Yes, I knew it may not be accurate, but then what made newspapers more accurate than on-line news? In many cases, it all came from the same source – AP, or other syndicated news feeds.
Prior to hitting the road as a full-time RVer, I scoured the internet for news from others RVers. I wanted to hear from them about their experiences living full-time in their RV. I found several people had created travel log using a web applications like Typepad that Howard/Linda Payne use and MyTripJournal that Fred/Jo Wishnie use.
I can remember those early days of spending hours going through my bookmarked pages reading updates from my RVing buds. I would click on bookmark after bookmark finding some of my buds had not updated their postings.
I created our first blog using Google Blogspot in 2008, then moved the blog to WordPress 2012. Both of these products had readers that I could use but I never liked their layout.
Eventually, I stumbled upon Feedly – a news aggregator. Wikipedia defines a news aggregator, also termed a feed aggregator, feed reader, news reader, RSS reader or simply aggregator, as a client software or a web application which aggregates syndicated web content such as online newspapers, blogs, podcasts, and video blogs (vlogs) in one location for easy viewing.
The main things I like about Feedly is that I can access my feeds from all my devices. It reminds my of reading a newspaper again. Only I control the news I want to see. Keep in mind that my news sources are my family and RV bloggers. I get enough depressing news from AP sources. I prefer to keep my daily reading on the up swing.
I have found that (reading blogs) is a great way to keep up with friends and family. Blogs take more effort to write than posting on Facebook and Twitter. Blogs certainly contain richer content. Do you blog? I imagine most of our followers do. Perhaps you can let me know why you do or do not blog.
Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.
I did the same as you. I would spend hours reading blogs of people who were just starting out to try to glean bits of wisdom. I have now cut back the ones I read to the few that I’m still find interesting. I blog mainly to keep by family and friends aware of where I am and what I’m doing.
Thanks for the reply. My blog roll is constantly changing.
I love you on the scooter!!! Flipboard is another awesome app!!!
I shared that with my older brother. Once he got his first car, it became mine. Fortunate to have only one accident that produced road rash on that scooter.
I started blogging back in November 2005, when I spent the Winter with Dave in Scotland. It was a way for me to let family and friends know I was okay, to share my experiences with them and as a record of my time there. I discovered my inner muse, and have continued to blog to the present day, albeit not on as a consistent basis as back then. My newest site – created last year – doesn’t have the numbers in readership as my previous blog, but that’s okay. It’s a nice way to document our life. You know I’ve got sites on Blogger and WordPress and publish entries simultaneously on both sites, thinking one day I’ll say farewell to Blogger. See? I’m rather wordy here. Guess I enjoy writing, eh? I do know I enjoy your blog!
Betty I remember meeting you on RV-Dreams Forum and following you after you left that group. My RV family has grown through blogging. Thanks for the feedback.
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