The nights are still comfortable

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Things in the Phoenix area are definitely heating up.  The evenings are still tolerable and it cools off nicely in the Airstream after the sun goes down.  But the days are now heating up.  To be precise, I’m turning on the AC about 2 hours after the sun comes up.  Heat + Computers = Sad Computers.


Just an IPhone photo in the Airstream. Trying to keep things inside as shaded as possible, it’s getting hot!

We’ll be wrapping up in “the valley,” soon enough.  And then the Airstream will get pointed North.  Just a little.  Prescott for 2 weeks, then moving further once again.  While it’s true that the heat in AZ is a dry heat, and that 90 degrees here is way more comfortable then 90 in Orlando, hot is still hot.  And before those 100+ days start in the Phoenix area it’s best to get to a higher elevation.

Movement = Blogging

When the Airstream is stationary for a bit it seems the blogging slacks off.  Staying in the same place for a while means the same routines.  And that leaves little to blog about.

Today I did the same thing I did yesterday.  Drive to Phoenix, photo shoot, drive back with insane traffic all around.  Stopped at Fry’s to get some Almond Milk Ice cream, and Fry’s was out again.  The next day……  Please read yesterday’s post and pretend it was posted today.

Yeah, that would be super boring wouldn’t it?  So that’s part of the reason the blog has been a little light lately.  The other part of the reason for the lack of blogging is simple.  I’m thinking hard about the next move.  No further clients are lined up yet, and honestly I’m a little puzzled.

RV Park Web Design

Truth be told I thought we’d be seeing a lot more response to RV Park Web Design work.  Looking through hundreds of parks in the Southwest left me feeling that there’s a huge customer base.  And there is!  It’s large and would take years to cover all the parks.  But the response is pretty weak.

Earlier today I posted an article on my business site about RV Park Website Design.  You can read it by clicking here.  See, park owners know the Internet is out there, and they know that they need a web presence.  But I don’t think they know they need a good web presence.  What we’ve found with the clients we’ve worked with so far is pretty amazing.  Increased web traffic, and increased bookings due to the new websites.  That simple.

I do believe that many folks think of a website as a sunk cost that doesn’t generate a return.  And that line of thinking is wrong.  Dead wrong.  Worse, many parks rely on the listing services of companies that are failing to deliver web traffic.  What delivers traffic today is different from even 5 years ago. delivers traffic.  Lots of it.  And to every park out there, with or without a web presence.  Those parks that are online risk losing new guests that were delivered to them by the review service if their site doesn’t work, is sloppy, etc.

So, my mind has been heavily on business and the next move.  And it’s been on other business issues that have come up as we research parks day in and day out.  One other item that’s really gotten me over the past few months….  Commercial business websites snatching images off of other websites for their own promotion.  Been seeing too much of that lately.  Taking copyrighted material for your commercial site that advertises your business is stealing.  You might as well get a copy machine and start copying your favorite books for friends and family.  Or better yet, steal music online.  Yeah, that’s what you should do.

Posting will continue, even if irregular

I’ll still be blogging here.  It might not be every day.  The first priority is to pay the bills, and this blog generates no revenue whatever.  So I have to focus on business stuff instead of fun and interesting stories.  Of course, the blog could generate some revenue.  For instance, if folks like my images they’re super welcome to purchase them.  I’ll even put a button here in the post.


Now, if things are consistent nothing will come of putting this button here.  But you never know, somebody could surprise me!  Oh, and on the sidebar of the main blog page you can also order one of my 3 photo collections through MagCloud. No pressure……  😛

Well, back to thinking work thoughts, and polishing the resume.  I’m pondering North Dakota these days, as I hear there’s an energy boom up there.



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