Nick’s Blog

A Dose Of Reality

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 032020
 

Note: This is from a blog I wrote back in 2016, but it is in response to a question I have received many times since then, including just this week.

I get a lot of e-mails from RVers and wannabe RVers. Most of the time they are nice folks with legitimate questions and I try my best to answer them with advice, or if I don’t know the answer I try to point them in the direction of somebody who does. And sometimes I have to give them a dose of reality that they might not appreciate hearing.

I received an e-mail in the last couple of days from a couple who want to fulltime, who said they are a family with four kids and three dogs. Unfortunately they have big dreams and no sense of reality. And no money. They told me they had read the book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, which is actually a pretty good book on blogging, and were now coming to me for real-world advice on how to make money with a blog about their RV travels.

They said they need to make $3,000 a month with a blog, and added that their biggest expense will be their combined RV and car payments, which total $1450. “We know that some people spend a lot more money, but we are minimalists,” they added.

I’m sorry, but you can’t make that kind of money with an RV blog, nor can you support your family, pay for fuel and insurance, campgrounds, and other expenses on $1550 a month.

I’ve been blogging for a very long time. And while I do know a couple of fulltime RVers who get by on not much over $1,000 a month, they are not making RV payments and they don’t have kids to feed and clothe. When I replied and told this couple that, their answer was that, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and we will leave it in God’s hands.” Yeah, well I’m not sure God can help you out with that one, folks.

And as for their plan to make $3,000 a month with their blog, I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen. For the last two or three years, this blog has had over 770,000 hits annually, and I don’t make $3,000 a month with it, or anywhere close to that much. There are thousands of RV blogs out there, some of them very good, but I don’t know of any blogger who is supporting themselves with just a blog. I’m afraid these people are in for a big letdown.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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Thought For The Day – “Engagement” can mean either planning to marry or initiating combat. Coincidence?

Worse By The Day

 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 022020
 

When I went on a rant about the cavalier attitude of so many over the coronavirus a while back, I said I reserved my right to climb back on my soapbox, and here I am again. The spread of Covid-19 is getting worse by the day, as have the number of casualties. Here in Florida […]

Apr 012020
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. The North Woods had Paul Bunyan, and west Texas had Pecos Bill, but frontier Florida had its own larger than life character, whose exploits were just as wild and woolly. The only difference was that, unlike those mythical folk heroes, Acrefoot […]

Mar 312020
 

How are you handling being self-quarantined? I assume you are all self-quarantined, unless you have a job that requires you be out and about, or you have to go to a medical appointment or to get groceries. There is no excuse for it otherwise. As for us, we are doing just fine. I keep hearing […]

The Swamp Fox

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 302020
 

When I was a kid my heroes were never ballplayers or athletes or musicians, they were real heroes. Men and women who put their country before anything else and earned their place in history. People like John Paul Jones, or Betty Zane, or Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. For as long as I can remember, […]

Newspaper Days

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 292020
 

After reading yesterday’s blog post Stepping On Toes, in which I mentioned receiving death threats and being assaulted during my time publishing small town newspapers, a couple of blog readers said they would like to hear some stories from those days. I’ve definitely got some stories to tell, and they don’t all involve death threats […]

Stepping On Toes

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 282020
 

Back in my small town newspaper days many editors and publishers, myself included, had a sign or plaque in their office that said some variation of, “The duty of the press is to print the truth and raise hell.” I have heard that phrase attributed to everyone from Mark Twain to a number of well […]

Mar 272020
 

I woke up yesterday morning sick to my stomach and with a headache, my eyes were very light-sensitive, and it felt like I had not slept in a hundred years. The feelings persisted all day and into the evening. I suspected it was a reaction to a new medicine my doctor put me on called […]

Life Goes On

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 262020
 

Even with more cases of coronavirus being reported every day, and with the death toll climbing, life still goes on. It may not be the life that we would like to have, and some people are having trouble getting used to what for now is the new normal, but this too shall pass. We are […]

Mar 252020
 

Movies and television would have you believe that ghost towns from the Old West era remain perfectly intact, with tumbleweeds rolling down their empty streets and homes and shops full of furniture and other items as if the residents just all got up and went away one day, leaving everything behind and never looking back. […]