We’ll be celebrating a major milestone with the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, which will mark ten years of fulltiming and publishing the world’s only nationwide RV publication produced and distributed entirely on the road. We’re pretty darned proud of that.
Looking back, I can still remember the moment the Gypsy Journal was born in my mind. We were sitting at our kitchen table, back home in Show Low, Arizona, brainstorming ideas to make a living in this new mobile lifestyle that we wanted to become a part of.
We discussed several options, when a light suddenly went off in my head, and I told Miss Terry “We’re going to publish an RV newspaper, and it’s not going to be like any other RV publication out there. No slick pages full of ads, no columns written by outsiders, just a folksy little rag about the things we see on the back roads, and the folks we meet along the way. We’ll call it the Gypsy Journal!”
And that was that! A few weeks later we had produced our very first issue and hit the road. You can read about how this all came about on our website at the page titled And So We Hit the Road.
We’ve seen a lot of changes in ten years. When we started out, digital cameras were in their infancy. We mostly used 35mm film cameras, and if we shot a roll of film for a story, we might be hundreds of miles away before we got it developed. If those photos turned out bad, we were really in a bind! Now we use digital cameras, and can see the pictures instantly to know if we have the shot we want.
For the first four years, we produced the Gypsy Journal the old fashioned way, printing things off on a laser printer, laying every page out manually on large grid sheets, affixing the photos and stories to the grid sheets with hot wax, and using a portable drafting table and a T-square to make sure everything was straight. Then we took those grid sheets to a newspaper printer to be photographed and have the plates made to run the job. These days we lay the entire edition out on a computer screen, save it to a CD, and send that to the printer. As frustrating as computers and their programs can be, they have made our work much easier.
We’ve been very blessed. That flash of inspiration all those years ago has turned into a successful little business that has allowed us to live this wonderful lifestyle for years, and even though we’ll never get rich from it, if you measure riches in terms of money in the bank, we wouldn’t trade what we have for a million bucks.
And we know that we could never have done it without your support, in subscribing to the Gypsy Journal, buying the books and RVing guides we produce, clicking those little ads on our websites, and coming to our rallies. Thank you for helping make our dream come true.
Thought For The Day – There is only one success – to be able to live your life in your own way.