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Dream Reader

That is the goal for assignment #4 in Blogging101:Zero to Hero. When I first read the details of the assignment, I thought, Dream Reader? Who in the world would my dream reader be?

Here is what Aditya Solanki, one of my classmates, posted on Twitter this morning.

The assignment description included a “Why do this?” hint.

  • Writing with a specific reader in mind is a great way to focus your thoughts.
  • Exploring new elements and post styles adds more tools to your storytelling toolbox.
  • Publishing different types of posts and media adds visual interest and keeps people reading.

I am taking the approach of thinking about my target audience.

In my last pre-retirement work, I was an Education Manager. Part of my work was helping our employees solve computer application issues. I used the tag line – Aiming to please, sometimes hitting the mark. – in my email signature. It included the image of this guy tossing an arrow at a target. (Not sure why the animation does not work on this image, it did in my email.) Most of the time, I was able to hit the mark.

Target Audience

Target Audience

So who is my target audience? Who am I trying to reach? I have two specific groups of people in mind. First group is family and friends. Part of the reason I write thsi blog is so our family and friends can keep up with us. Back in the day before computers, people would call on the telephone or write letters. That media made communication personal. Unless you held a conference call, where everyone got in on the conversation; or if you included a copy of you Christmas letter when mailing Christmas cards to friends and family. Social media has replaced most conversations formerly conducted by telephone or mail.

The other large audience group is filled with RVers. Before my wife and I embarked on the dream of ours, we met a large number of RVers through social media. And, over the last three years, we have met many great people in various places. They are now in our RVing circle. When we meet new folks as we travel, it is easy to give them our blog address so they can discover who we are.

Our dream reader probably changes each day. New friends, new family members, new RVers hopefully take an interest in reading our blog. We include our blog address on our business cards which we had out frequently. RVers, in particular, build a large network of other RVers who share common interests. Also, RVers rely on RVers for recommendations and opinions, just as folks living in houses depend on their circle of friends and neighbors.

We want our readers to tell others about our blog. Knowing who our dream reader is helps us with that. For the personal family conversations, we still rely on phones, skype, and messaging. For the general conversations, we will continue using our blog.

I learned a few things from writing this post today.

The 2nd bullet point in the instructions said to ‘explore new elements and post styles’. I learned how to embed a Twitter tweet and to embed an image directly from a web source. That is cool. I like learning new things.

Hopefully, I meet the objective of today’s. I appreciate your feedback. How did I do?

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Feedly – The Friendly News Reader

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.

DSC_2094 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.

Feedly 1

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.

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Basic Instructions

I decided to move our blog from Google Blogger to WordPress. It took me a few days of tinkering but I believe all the hooks are in place for the blog to be operational and I did not loose my email in the process.  Without getting technical, let’s just say I had to get all the components talking to each other.

I like WordPress as a blogging tool. Google Blogger is a good product. I just always liked WordPress better. The user interface on WordPress has improved greatly. So let me give you a little tour.

Across the top of the page, you will see these links.

Home – click here to return to the starting page

Contact Us – click this to leave us a private message.

Places We’ve Stayed – click this to see the RV parks and other locations we’ve parked. I have plans to expand this section that tells a story about each place.

Who We Are – click this for our bio.

The column on the far right contains a list of blogs I follow. Towards the bottom is a link to our Blogger site where our previous blog posts reside.

At the top of the column on the near right are two options for following our blog.

Follow Us Via RSS (Real Simple Syndication) can be used if you use a blog reader, outlook, or other software that allows you to receive news feeds.

Follow Blog Via Email can be used to receive an email from us when our blog is updated. Options are also available to receive notifications when comments are submitted.

There is also a Follow Me button on the bottom right corner of the display that you can use as well.

Finally, at the bottom of the blog entry, there are options buttons for sharing this blog post on Google+, Twitter, FaceBook, LinkIn, Email, and Print.

So, there you have it – a short introduction to our new blog. Comments are appreciated.

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