Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pre-Rally Week

With nothing on our schedule except getting ready for the rally, we decided to come down to Thousand Trails by Orlando because it’s just a short distance from our Rally park, and we are members here so it costs us nothing.  Nothing more than we’ve already paid that is Smile

I love the pool and hot tub here, so we took advantage of it a few times.

Both Jim and I had thousands of emails in our inbox, since we had no other obligations this week we diligently went to work on whittling away at them.  It boggles my mind how just dealing with email can be a fulltime job.  We would start at 8am, barely lifting our heads from the computer to have something to eat during the day.  If it weren’t for Odie threatening to have an accident, we may never have even gone outside.  (Thank you ODIE – because we had gorgeous weather while we were here, sparkling sunshine and temps in the 76-82 range.)  Some nights we were still at it at midnight.  I actually tackled my thousands of emails back in March – I was so proud to get them down to under 100 – then I went back to work on other things.  Within a week of normal email, responding to important ones, I was back over 500 again!  What a monster. Jim sent me to do shopping yesterday .. I think it was so he could keep working on his emails while mine piled back up.  I’m proud that my inbox now stands at 81 total messages, but I’m also competitive!  Jim says his is at 18!  So, if you’re getting ready to forward a bunch of emails – make sure to put Jim on your list OK?  (and not me!)

Odie congratulates Jim on winning the email war.

I talk of our email only to explain what we’re doing.  Please don’t take it as saying we don’t want to hear from you.  We love getting email from our friends.  We do ask, however, if you have a computer question – Please use our Geeks on Tour Forums – that’s what they’re for.  Yes, you have to be a paid member to ask a question in the forum – that membership is how we make our living, but most of the folks who email us are members – so that’s not really the main point.  We just hate to answer one person when we know that other people may have the same question and would like to see the conversation.  We also don’t lose questions in the forum anywhere near as often as in our in-box!  We usually respond to forum messages within a day or two – sometimes it takes weeks (or never) to get to something in our email!  Also, there are other members in the forum who have good information to add to the conversation and can help.  Even if you don’t have a question, and/or you’re not a member, check out our Geeks on Tour Forums anyway.  All the questions and answers are viewable by the public.  You might be surprised what you learn!

During our stay, I was able to spend some time producing and uploading a few new videos for our Geeks on Tour Learning Library.  You can always see the list of newest videos at GeeksOnTour.TV –> Learning Library –> Recent Videos.  Most of them are for members only, but the first 3 of any given topic are freely viewable by anyone.  Like my latest: Smartphone Touchscreen Basics.

We also got together with Laura and Geoff who have a year-round site here at Thousand Trails.

  They will be attending our Techno-Geek Learning rally next week and it was great to get to know them a bit.  Laura does Send Out Cards.  I’ve heard about this but didn’t think I had any interest since I’m just not a card-sender type of person.  But, I went to her ‘Card Party’ at the park Rec Center and watched, amazed, as she showed all sorts of things.  It’s not just for birthdays!  You can keep a database of business contacts, and send them a beautiful postcard to promote a product you sell.  You can even make business cards.  And, once you have such an easy way to send a birthday card, well, maybe I’ll even do that!  There are stock cards, or you can put your own pictures on them.  It’s a great thing to do with your pictures after you’ve spruced them up with Picasa!

I told Laura, she’ll have to show a little of this at our Rally next week.  Good Stuff.

Ok, back to work on Rally preparations … here’s Jim putting together the notebooks.

This will be a pretty small rally – 17 rigs, about 30 people. That’s good for our first time – enough people for there to be lots to share, but small enough that we can talk to them all.  Phil and Tracey May – along with their kids Josh and Ally – will be our co-hosts, and Phil has started a Facebook page specifically for Techno-Geek Learning Rally so we can gather followers, get feedback, and have an online place for perpetual learning.  He’s already added an event for the Fall, so we can start promoting it now.  Check out the Techno-Geek Learning Rally facebook page and Like it so you can hear all about it.  And, if you are one of our registered attendees, please RSVP to the Spring Rally Event.  We’re hoping that these Facebook tools give us a really good way to communicate both to attendees during the rally, and to anyone who wants to attend sometime in the future.  We just set it up, so won’t know how successful it is for a while – we figure this is a Learning Rally for us too!

1 comment:

John and Kathy said...

Hey Chris,
Daytona Beach in the Fall, count us in!! We could even do our "What in the world is a podcast?" seminar if you want. I'm also working on another one to help people produce their own podcasts. In any case, we will be there. Hope to see you at Nick's rally in Celina as well.