In any discussion about us, top billing goes to Bijou, a Russian Blue scaredy cat. She does not like noisy things, so every time I put the key in the ignition, she hightails it back to the bedroom and gets under the covers. There she stays until we arrive at our destination and I come to tell her it’s safe to come out again. Once we are settled, she is a happy camper and the source of a lot of laughter in our home on wheels. She’s an indoor cat, though once in awhile she escapes.
I am Susan, the author of all the material at
WWW.RV-ADVENTURING.COM. It seems as though I’ve been writing off and on for the
past several decades, and I’ve been RVing for the past four, so decided it
might be a really good thing to put them together on this website.
ABOUT US should also include my 2002 Winnebago, Mehitabel. She may be small, but this particular 270 square feet or so is home for Bijou and me and she has treated us pretty well for the past four years.
Prior to selling everything and hitting the road, I was a residential realtor for 23 years, with my own small company during the last eight. I was an art major during my on-again, off-again college years at Colby College in Waterville, ME, and Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. I love to paint – oils, pastels, watercolors – and Mehitabel's basements and cupboards are filled with art supplies, but I admit that I think about it more than I do it. Writing for the website takes up a lot of my time, and now that I am workamping there is even less time available. At least that’s my excuse.
Most of my life I lived on the East Coast – New England and North Carolina – but I was a kid in Seattle and spent summers at my great-aunt’s ranch just north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Any time I dreamed of another life, it was the West and Southwest I was dreaming of and longing for.
Much as I enjoyed real estate during most of those 23 years, it has been wonderful to put it behind me and travel this beautiful country. I have seen such magnificent landscapes and met so many interesting people during my travels. It's such a wonderful feeling of freedom and joy.
I’ve also, out of necessity, learned a great deal about
maintaining a 27’ Winnebago. I don’t really like that part too much and
still rely on rv service guys for a lot, but have to say that it makes
me feel proud when I learn to change the oil filter on my generator, or
repair a hose that a rogue packrat took a bite of.
The other day I met a nice couple. When they learned I am a full time RVer, the wife commented, “Oh, there’s a word for people who do that, isn’t there?” “Homeless?” I answered, and we all laughed. But of course, I’m not homeless – home is wherever I happen to be with Bijou.
For most of my adult life I’ve been an audio junkie. I listen to cassettes, and then CDs, in my car when driving, when I walk, at home – pretty much anywhere. I believe in life-long-learning, and if you do a fair amount of driving, you can complete the equivalent of a college degree. In 2006, I had discovered Learning Strategies, Inc. More than anything else, a program called Abundance for Life was responsible for my buying an RV and taking off on this great adventure.
That's enough about us for the time being. Thank you so much for visiting WWW.RV-ADVENTURING.COM. I hope you found information that is helpful. New information and adventures are added frequently, so please come back often.
When I was getting ready to start full-time rving, I knew
down the road I’d have to have some way of creating an income. I was familiar
with the internet, knew some html, had built my real estate website, and
figured building a website was the way to go.
I started the first site in 2007, all about birds and
bird-related products. I invested in a hosting company that promised to give me
some help, found a drop-shipper who carried bird baths, bird feeders, bird
houses, etc. and started building product pages. I wrote and published
articles, and even had some sales, which frequently ended up losing me money.
I won’t tell you how much that venture cost me – it’s too embarrassing – but it was a lot! I did learn quite a bit, and the most important thing I learned is this:
Never pay a whole lot
of money up front for an internet marketing business.
I should repeat that because I made the same mistake again,
fortunately on a smaller scale.
In 2009 I shut down that site. Once RVing, I was often in
places with no internet service, and my traveling companion resented the amount
of time I spent on the computer. For the next several months I cast about for
ideas, did some research, but couldn’t seem to find anything that felt “right.”
When I stumbled on SBI! during that time, I was impressed that, right up front, they said, “This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s going take hard work, dedication and plenty of effort to create a successful, income-generating Website."
The more I looked into SBI!, the more I was convinced that they were the real thing. A big plus is that you can read about SBI! owners’ experiences by reading case studies. Plus there are studies that show how many SBI! websites show up in the top 0.5% of all websites.
I was loving my RVing life and decided I’d make that the subject of my next internet business. I worked hard at writing pages of content, following the step-by-step advice SBI! gives you through videos. RV Adventuring went up in the fall of 2010 and I kept adding pages, but I never really got around to doing much about money-making until the last few months. SBI! tells you the turtle wins the race – I probably took that thought too literally!
My full-timing lifestyle ended in 2012. In November 2011, in Tucson, I was diagnosed with a second occurrence of breast cancer, so had surgery and figured I’d be on the road again soon. However, it turned out that I needed chemotherapy which was going to take the best part of the summer. Since I had no intention of spending a Tucson summer in an RV, I bought a mobile home and settled down, eventually selling Mehitabel, and immersing myself in art for the next few years.
I continued adding pages about my doings and RVing to this site – I actually loved writing, and it was a way of staying in touch with family, friends and people I’d met during my travels. I still hadn’t done much with the “make money” part of the website, but a little trickled in, and my traffic climbed pretty steadily.
This year I’ve started suffering from wanderlust and am longing for a small RV so Bijou and I can take trips now and then – there are so many places I haven’t seen yet! My savings account has dwindled, and is certainly not going to cover the cost of an RV, so I have a pressing reason to make money and I’ve been putting a lot of time into learning more about that, using all the wonderful tools provided by SBI!. Traffic numbers are climbing even faster now that I’m actually focused on growing this business.
There’s absolutely nothing better than finding a way to make a living doing something you love. My passion is travel, in an RV, but you can do this with any interest, skill, hobby or area of expertise you might have. You don’t have to have any programming skills, or knowledge of web design. You don’t even have to have business skill or a product to sell. As long as you have a brain and some motivation, SBI! will lead you by the hand and teach you, step by step, how to build a business
I make money – not enough to brag about yet – from having ads on the site for things I think will be useful or interesting to RVers. Many of the items I’ve used myself, and I’ve read many of the books. The companies I deal with have always given me great service.
If you click on one of those links and actually buy something, I will make a little commission on that sale which is terrific, as I do put a lot of time into researching things that will be helpful to RVers. If you ever have a bad experience with any of the advertisers I use, please let me know!
Well, that’s enough about us and my business, for now anyway. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask - just click Contact Me.
If you’re at all interested in building a business like this, take a look at SBI!s video tour. They’ve even just started a special program for folks who already have a WordPress blog, so if that’s you, check out SBI! for WP.
Summer 2016 Update
I'm happy to report that traffic is (for "unique visitors") reliably over 10,000/month. Total visits are approaching 20,000/month. This should continue to grow as long as I do my part and continue writing new pages, and posting pages on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook on a regular basis. Money is actually starting to trickle in - I'm working to get the "trickle" to "flow" status, and feel confident that will happen by the end of the year.
SBI keeps adding new and wonderful enhancements to the whole program which keeps me on my toes. Stay tuned.
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