The mail is done! Yesterday afternoon we dropped off the last tubs of stuffed First Class envelopes at the post office in Elkhart, and shipped off the boxes of papers to the various mail forwarding services our RVing subscribers use. It sure feels good to get that chore behind us!
This is issue 74 of the Gypsy Journal, and we have noticed a trend in the last two mailings that doesn’t really concern us yet, but that we are aware of. For the first time since we began publishing our RV newspaper, we have seen a very slight dip in subscription numbers. Not huge, barely a blip on the radar, but still something we need to watch.
In our Standard Rate subscription list, we lost fourteen subscribers from last issue, we lost five Escapees mail forwarding service subscribers, six First Class subscribers, and twelve digital subscribers. When you consider the thousands of readers we have, those numbers are pretty insignificant, but we wonder why. Are we doing something wrong, is it a sign of the bad economic times, or…?
I have had a couple of blog readers say that they don’t need to subscribe anymore, because they read the blog every day. I sure don’t want, (and don’t plan) to stop blogging, so I’m not sure how to answer that. We have much more in-depth coverage of places we visit in the paper than we do in the blog, and we write about a lot of things in the paper that are never in the blog.
I have also had several people tell me that with the hits their 401Ks and stock portfolios have taken lately, they have decided to put off going on the road for another year or two, waiting to see what happens next.
We’ll watch and see if this little downturn is an abnormality, or a trend.
Bob Patel, owner of Elkhart Campground, told us that his numbers are down this year, too, a fact that we’ve noticed in the number of empty RV sites since since we’ve been here. Even with last year’s higher fuel prices, he had more sites filled every night. Where is everybody?
How about you? Has the economy, the stock market, or whatever, affected your traveling and spending habits? Are you cutting back, and if so, how?
Some others who have noticed a downturn are Jim and Chris Gould, from Geeks on Tour, who told me that the number of signups for their Computer Boot Camp at our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, Ohio are down. Miss Terry took this hands-on computer seminar a couple of years ago, and even though she thought she knew her way around a computer, it really taught her a lot.
Jim and Chris need at least four more signups before they can hold the boot camp. It is scheduled for Friday, September 23, and you can come in for the boot camp and stay on the fairgrounds until the rally starts. You will have to pay the extra camping fees, which are only $15/day, but you’ll be there before the rush on Sunday when the Early Birds start arriving. Click the Boot Camp Link to learn more, and register today!
With the mailing out of the way, we’ll be starting in on the final details of the rally. I want to get some work done on the sequel to my Big Lake mystery novel, and we definitely plan to get some playing done too! Yesterday, on our way home from the post office, we checked out a boat launch on the Saint Joseph River, and I suspect that our Sea Eagle kayaks are going to get wet in the very near future! 🙂
Bad Nick kind of stirred things up with his last Bad Nick Blog post, which drew a whopping 66 responses. He’s at again, but his latest blog post, An Act Of Love, has a kinder, gentler message. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back. – Zsa Zsa Gabor