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The Airstream Chronicles http://blog.richcharpentier.com An Airstream Blog about life 2.0, tech tips, full time living, photography, travel, and more. All written from inside an Airstream. Full time since 2006 Sat, 19 May 2018 16:38:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 The Airstream Chronicles Continued brings back the podcasts from full time Airstreamer, Rich Charpentier. Rich has taken his photography business, and combined it with his network design skills to help RV Park owners across America get into the 21st century RL Charpentier RL Charpentier digitalrv@mac.com digitalrv@mac.com (RL Charpentier) 2006-2009 Traveling with professional photographer and network designer Rich Charpentier The Airstream Chronicles http://blog.richcharpentier.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/tacc.jpg http://blog.richcharpentier.com 24207218 Mobile Tech, Mobile Home, Mobile Living http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2018/05/mobile-tech-mobile-home-mobile-living/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2018/05/mobile-tech-mobile-home-mobile-living/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 16:38:41 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9975 It’s been a while since this site has had an update.  I’ve been extremely busy working on the new YouTube channel and posting a lot of content over there.  But as one long time reader here pointed out, he likes ...

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It’s been a while since this site has had an update.  I’ve been extremely busy working on the new YouTube channel and posting a lot of content over there.  But as one long time reader here pointed out, he likes to come here for updates and doesn’t usually stop by YouTube.  With that in mind, I can bring the new YouTube content here as well.  Below you’ll find a playlist for part of the content on my new YouTube Channel.  Mobile Tech, Mobile Home, Mobile Living.

 

Why make a channel on YouTube???

There are several reasons, but one primary one.  After actively blogging for so long and finding that even during the high point of this site that there was no real financial reward for all of the work, I decided to switch to a more monitizable format.  That’s right, I’m actually looking to earn some revenue off of the content I share.  Crazy, right?

Not really.  When you read about folks playing games full time and earning 6 figure salaries, and then you look at all of the information and content you’ve shared over the years, it kind of makes you make a face.  Maybe a slightly sour face.  While this blog has never been as popular as folks making videos of their game play, it has still had quite a sizable following for years and I found that there was no real return on providing so much content.  Way back this site was getting updates daily.  And when I found that all the work only brought thumbs ups, likes, and people downloading my copyrighted images for their screen savers and their own websites…..  I hit that burn out point.

With the ongoing video revolution online, things are changing.  Streaming, YouTube, Podcasts.  Their all hitting on all cylinders at the moment.  Sadly I was ahead of the game in 06 and 07′.  For long time followers you may recall a video series on the Airstream Chronicles.  In 06′ I had no “Go Pro” available to me.  But I did have a Canon Digital Elph, and a rigged up dashboard camera setup for it.  And let me tell you, those videos were very popular, but also time consuming.

Since video is now becoming extremely accessible to all of us, I decided why not give it a go?  There’s not much to lose, and plenty to gain.  So here we are.

Going forward I’ll make sure to update here at least once a month with links to the latest videos and play lists.  So for those of you who enjoy stopping by here now and then, you’ll have a new reason to stop in once more!

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The Airstream Chronicles is growing on YouTube http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2018/03/the-airstream-chronicles-is-growing-on-youtube/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2018/03/the-airstream-chronicles-is-growing-on-youtube/#respond Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:36:05 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9968 Several months ago I announced here that there was going to be a shift from the blog to YouTube videos.  I was a little nervous at first as YouTube and video are new media formats for me.  Sure I’ve done ...

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Several months ago I announced here that there was going to be a shift from the blog to YouTube videos.  I was a little nervous at first as YouTube and video are new media formats for me.  Sure I’ve done a random YouTube video here and there over the past few years, but that’s not the same as deciding to put up a series of videos.

I’m proud to say that I’ve sat down and really dug into producing some regular YouTube content now.  My most recent project, “7 Days of Solar,” came to an end a few days ago.  You can see the whole series in the link below.

Moving to video isn’t for everyone.

I’ve always been aware of the time that goes into well produced online videos.  You don’t just sit up, film for an hour and have a polished product for subscribers.  Instead, many of the video projects you see out there from other RV’ers are pretty big jobs.  Hours of shooting video and stills, recording voice overs, and of course editing for hours and hours on end.  Even lower end ones like mine consume a lot of time.  I’m learning, and the stories will improve, but it takes a ton of time.  I have a lot of respect for other full time RV’ers out there who are doing multiple videos per week.  And since I started on this journey myself, I’ve got even more respect for them.

It’s a lot of work!

So why move to video?  Why not keep blogging often?

I’ve been blogging on The Airstream Chronicles since 2006.  The original site, Gadget’s Airstream Chronicles, had a post a day for well over a year.  Then I moved to several posts a week.  And in the past few years only a few posts a month.  Bottom line, you can only write so much about full time Airstream life before you burn out.  Add to that the fact that I spend a lot of time writing posts and content for clients and you have the perfect storm of blogging burn out.

The videos definitely take longer than blog posts, but in the videos I can show and share more about living full time in an RV, and more about working from an RV as well.  I know that many people are full time RV’ers now, and they’re working from the road.  It seems the interest is ever-growing in this lifestyle, so I thought I’d take a shot that some of the things I’ve learned over the years might be of value to folks.  We’ll see how it goes.

The Airstream Chronicles isn’t dead, just changing format.

Each month going forward I’ll be posting a catchup blog here.  I’ll also be linking some of the latest videos that I post here.  That way long term visitors will still get some updates in text form.  Watching the daily stats here I know people still find and view this blog (well over 100 a day), so I won’t abandon this altogether.  But to keep up with current events it might be a good idea to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well.  Below is the full playlist of the 35 videos that have been posted recently about Full Time Airstream living and working.  Enjoy!

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New things in store for the Airstream Chronicles in 2018! http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/12/new-things-store-airstream-chronicles-2018/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/12/new-things-store-airstream-chronicles-2018/#comments Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:26:14 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9962 This blog has gotten little love over the course of 2017.  While I feel bad that it has been neglected, I’ve still been putting a lot of content out on the web this year, just not here.  Honestly you’ve only ...

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This blog has gotten little love over the course of 2017.  While I feel bad that it has been neglected, I’ve still been putting a lot of content out on the web this year, just not here.  Honestly you’ve only got so much time in a day!

So, where has my attention been this year?  Well, part of my attention has been dedicated to clients of course.  And since August I’ve been learning a ton about drone piloting.  I’ve also been working on a new web project to demonstrate the power of good SEO.  And I’ve been putting together several instructional courses over at Udemy.  Finally, a good deal of time has also gone into some new video work as well.  And that’s what we’re going to see more of in 2018.

YouTube Video for 2018

With the instructional courses I’ve been developing, and all of the recent drone work I’ve found myself spending a lot of time on Final Cut Pro X (a video editing software).  I’ve been doing videos about drone work, recreation in Prescott, and other new content as well.

When I first hit the road in 2006 YouTube really wasn’t a thing.  But back then I was producing a lot of short travel videos.  There were no GoPros or other great video cameras at the time.  In my case I had a Canon Digital Elph that shot super small video.  I set up a portable tripod on my dashboard and recorded interesting places I visited.  Most of the videos featured me driving somewhere.  The videos were hosted directly on my website, and they were fun to do but a lot of work.  So over the years I just let them go.

Fast forward to now.  With the classes I’ve been developing (not just for myself) I’ve found myself more interested in video once again.  With that in mind, 2018 I’m going to try and produce one video a week.  That’s a big goal, as producing even simple videos is time consuming.  But we’ll see how it goes.

What will the videos be about?  Well, what I’m interested in.  Full Time Airstream Living of course.  Drone flight, photography, and video will be another regular topic.  Tutorials about web development, drone work, and building my small business.  And most likely whatever else I decide to talk about.

So, where can you find this stuff?

Right here on my YouTube Channel.  Click this link to get there, and be sure to subscribe as you’ll get updates when something new gets posted there.

My most recent video is about full time Airstream living, and some of the things I don’t enjoy over wintering in the Airstream.  I’ve embedded the video here if you’d like to give it a watch.

The blog isn’t going away, I promise.

This doesn’t mean The Airstream Chronicles Blog is going away.  It will still be here, and from time to time I’ll make sure to post here.  I’m just evolving my online presence, and I’m thinking the video posts might be interesting to a wider audience.  Believe it or not, many people aren’t looking for Airstream stories and travel stories.  A lot of internet users are interested in a broader range of topics.

Personally, I’m excited to try something new.  And I hope old regular readers will find these changes interesting as well.

I hope you all have a happy New Year, and that 2018 treats us all well!  I look forward to hearing from you about what we’ll be doing in 2018, and I hope you enjoy it!

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I’m a blogger….Where’s my free stuff? http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/11/im-blogger-wheres-free-stuff/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/11/im-blogger-wheres-free-stuff/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:26 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9956 Yes, The Airstream Chronicles Blog has been incredibly quiet over the past few years.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want free stuff.  I’ll take free stuff any day of the week!  But that’s not really what this post is ...

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Yes, The Airstream Chronicles Blog has been incredibly quiet over the past few years.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want free stuff.  I’ll take free stuff any day of the week!  But that’s not really what this post is about.  Today I’m writing about inquiries to my clients over the years from “Bloggers” who are looking for free stuff when they really shouldn’t be.

Drone Pilot in search of Free Stuff

I’m also a drone pilot, and would love some free stuff from drone manufacturers

Blogging = Freebies?

Over the years of working with clients from Massachusetts to Washington state I’ve spent a good deal of time helping to get my customers recognized online.  We spend years helping customers rank for keywords they want to be found for.  We help them build a base of regular readers on their websites, and we help them reach a broader audience.  It takes time for sure, and success isn’t overnight.

In addition to understanding how long it takes to get established online for client websites I have my own personal experience here at The Airstream Chronicles.  From 2006 through about 2011 I was a prolific blogger.  Writing about travel, building a business from the ground up, and the trials of being a full time RV’er.  For years this website had tens of thousands of readers each year visiting and reading along.  Regular readers.  It took years to develop such a large following.  Today that following has tapered off as I’ve been busy with other website work beyond my own musings.

Along the way I’ve always wondered how I could monetize my blog?  Or at least get free stuff because of my blogging.  Even with a large readership years ago I never got on the free stuff wagon.  Companies didn’t send me free computers to advertise their wares on my website.  RV parks didn’t let me stay for free because I was a well known blogger.  The grocery stores I visited continued insisting on payment even though I promised them exposure on my website.  It just didn’t happen.  And that’s okay.

Just because you started up your very own blog, it doesn’t mean that companies are going to give away valuable products to you.  While some full time RV families do actually get paid for reviews, the vast majority of RV bloggers out there don’t find any compensation for their park reviews, restaurant reviews, funny stories, etc.  And what’s amazing to me lately is how many start up bloggers think once they type a few paragraphs out, companies should immediately line up to provide them freebies.

Bloggers do not always get free stuff

I take pretty pictures too, but let me tell you people don’t buy pictures any longer. They just violate copyright and download them off of your website. And then they complain when you stop giving them free stuff. 🙂

You don’t have a readership yet…..What are you expecting?

This morning I read another inquiry to a client.  A new travel blogger was getting in touch.  They wanted to get a free solar system for their RV from my client.  What they were offering was “exposure” on their blog about my client.  Sounds great, right?  Free advertising?  In exchange for a solar power system that will cost over $10,000 with parts and labor included…. Yeah, jump on that wagon……

Oh wait.  Let’s do a little research.

With all of the tools at my disposal, whenever I see requests on my client sites for free products in exchange for blog posts I go off and see about the blogger in question.  In the case of today’s request?  No traffic to the website.  It’s brand new.  Nobody is following it yet.  It’s not clear how long the blogger plans to be on the road.  Nothing is concrete yet.

The blogger offered to bring my customer additional exposure, although the blogger has no traffic whatsoever to their new website.  So, exposure to who?

Currently this particular customer gets at minimum 1 inquiry a day.  That’s an average of 365 contacts per year for an expensive very specialized product.  The client’s name is very well known in the RV industry, and well known among many RV owners considering RV Solar Power.  With that in mind, offering someone who already has great traffic to their website promotions on a site that currently has absolutely no traffic is laughable.

Putting up a blog a few weeks ago does not guarantee a following!  Before reaching out to businesses to plug them on your new website, shouldn’t you have an audience?  Or is online success not necessary, only the perception of success?  The blogger getting in touch has built a pretty new website, but there’s no content yet, no readership, and no reason for anyone to want to advertise with them……Yet.  Maybe down the road after building their content and credibility their online exposure would be worth $10,000.  But today, not even ten cents.

Free stuff isn’t free….you need to offer value in exchange

It’s that simple.  A blog that has tens of thousands of followers in a specific niche’?  Yeah, you might want to be featured on their website.  A blog that was launched a few weeks ago with no history or proven track record?  Not so much.

If getting free stuff from companies was as easy as making a new blog on Wix and then start collecting cash, goodies, and freebies we’d all be flooding Wix with new website builds…..  But since that’s not how the world really works, it’s time to stop reading this post and get back to work.

P.S.  I’ve been a blogger since 2006.  And I still have a sizable following and great presence on Google Search Engine searches.  So if you’d like to send me free stuff, well I’ll be happy to take all the tech gear you’d like to send me…..  I’ll take free drones, new cameras, and free groceries.

A Free DJI Mavic Pro because I own a blog

I’ve included 2 DJI Drone images to reinforce just how serious I am about accepting free drones.

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Website class, 3D Maps, and a need to sleep http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/10/website-class-3d-maps-need-sleep/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/10/website-class-3d-maps-need-sleep/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:25:08 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9940 As I said in the last post here at the Airstream Chronicles, I’ve had a lot going on.  With the recent launch of a new website class I’m building I have even more going on.  And that’s a good thing, ...

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As I said in the last post here at the Airstream Chronicles, I’ve had a lot going on.  With the recent launch of a new website class I’m building I have even more going on.  And that’s a good thing, I’d rather be busy than idle any day of the week.  And last week was extra busy thanks to a change with the X Theme (a tool I use for website building).

Rebuilding my website class days after launch

Only a few weeks ago I finished out my new website class on WordPress and X Theme for beginners.  The class is an introduction to using WordPress and Themeco’s X Theme to build websites that are mobile friendly, extremely flexible in design, and extremely easy to manipulate.  I was very proud of myself for finishing out such a long project, and then it hit the fan.

Themeco released a major update to their X Theme product.  I knew an update was coming, but I didn’t think it would be that dramatic of a change.  So what happened?  Well, I spent the last 4 days doing almost nothing but re-recording sections of the class for students.  I can see this course developing and evolving over time, and I know I’ll be updating it regularly, but the timing of the update forced me to do a lot of extra work only days after launching the class.

Go figure.  Murphy showed up!

I’m happy to say, the updated video content came out good.  And I’m happy with the additions to the course.  Sorry I shot almost the whole weekend on video uploading, proofing, sound checking, etc.  If you’re interested in learning about the tools I use for website building I’ve got a special offer for you.  You can check out the class at Udemy, and use the coupon code RLCDESIGN_50OFF.  The class is now 6.5 hours long, but it’s taught in small sections so easy enough to watch over a few days or weeks time.  If you’ve always wanted to learn about making your own professional website, this might be the course for you!

Wordpress X Theme Tutorial Class Website Building Prescott

Sunday’s downtime = 3D Mapping with drones

While I waited for all of my video updates to upload and get processed on Udemy, I took a little trip for fun.  I met up with a few friends out in Prescott Valley and flew my drone.  I wanted to test out a few flight planning apps on the iPhone in order to produce some 3D ground based models.  You see, I have a few other ideas for drone use and my business.  So my downtime was still kind of work time.

The actual flying time wasn’t very long.  I decided to try out Drone Deploy and Maps Made Easy. Both allowed me to pre-plan my flights, and both worked in a similar fashion. In the end, I flew for less than 30 minutes.  But in that time I managed to test out both apps on my iPhone and get a little confidence that these flight planning tools wouldn’t send my drone off into space!

After getting hundreds of images of the property I returned to the Airstream and uploaded all of the images…..and then waited for hours and hours for the applications to render 2D and 3D models.  Below are some of my initial results using Drone Deploy.  Not perfect, but not bad for my first time either.

 

I have a few ideas for a new drone service that I haven’t seen anyone else offer yet. So I’m going to continue practicing and learning more about mapping with drones over the next few months.

I need a nap!

So as you can see, it’s still busy here at the Airstream Chronicles.  Online courses, drone experimentation, and an inability to sleep these past few nights.  Seriously, I think the moon is getting me.  Or maybe it’s the neighbors leaving all their outside lights on all night.  Or maybe it’s the person revving their motorcycle every morning at 4 a.m.  Hmmmm….a combination of factors?

Now you’re up to date once more.

 

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So many projects here at the Airstream Chronicles http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/09/many-projects-airstream-chronicles/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/09/many-projects-airstream-chronicles/#comments Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:58:12 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9926 This morning I thought I should update here on the Airstream Chronicles to keep you up to speed with all that’s been going on. I have so many projects up in the air right now, and so much typing to ...

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Prescott AZ Monsoon Sunset by Photographer Rich Charpentier

This morning I thought I should update here on the Airstream Chronicles to keep you up to speed with all that’s been going on. I have so many projects up in the air right now, and so much typing to do!

While the chronicles are quieter these days, other websites and projects are not.  Today I’m going to open up a new website that 99% of you haven’t heard of.  It’s a new pet project of mine that was inspired by the SEO work we’ve been doing for several clients in the Prescott area.  This current job is a labor of love for the Prescott area, and hopefully people will enjoy it and find it useful in time.  It’s still under construction, but progressing with the help of several people.  So without any more delay……

ExplorePrescott.org

So, what’s ExplorePrescott.org?  It’s a new website that will be featuring all of the amazing outdoor activities here in Prescott open to locals and visitors alike.  I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years, and I’m finally building the site after a lot of thought over the summer.

When people search for Prescott AZ they find a lot of great information.  Shopping in town, real estate and homes for sale, and a lot of positive press about this being a great place to retire.  While there’s a good bit of information on outdoor recreation in the area, there’s no one place that covers all of the recreation available.  That’s where Explore Prescott comes in.

We’ve teamed up with Arizona High Altitude Training to put together this new site about all of the outdoor fun you can have in the Prescott area.  We’ll be putting up trail reports, new information on the Circle Trail, and highlighting must visit areas if you’re interested in hiking, biking, running, kayaking, photography, mountain biking, and more in Everybody’s Hometown.  The site is just filling out now, and a lot more content will be coming, so bookmark it, subscribe to it, and stay up to date with what we’re doing.

An SEO Demo

Beyond wanting to creating a unique outdoor website about the area, I’m also doing this new project as a demonstration about the power of SEO.  See, over the past few months my clients in the area have been outperforming many competitor websites.  Why are they doing so much better than long established sites in their line of work?  SEO.  My clients are trained about using SEO to drive new business into their websites, and what we’ve been doing is working.

With the latest successes for Point of Rocks RV Park and the Watson Lake Inn, I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase our SEO work than a new website about the recreation in a town I love.  Currently since Explore Prescott is being built we have no SEO footing to speak of.  But in 4 months time…..we’ll keep you up to date and show you how well the site performs and overtakes other less informative websites.

Tutorials and Videos are popping up everywhere

I’ve also been working up a few new series on our YouTube Channel.  I’m talking about drones, drone photography, SEO, and website building.  Not to mention we’re adding videos for the new Explore Prescott website.  Below is a sampling of what is going on with out video channel.  Check out the videos, and if you enjoy what we’re presenting don’t forget to subscribe on our YouTube Channel.

Explore Prescott 5 mile sections of the Circle Trail Videos

My Drone Journey Video #4

I’m doing a new series called My Drone Journey.  As I learn more about the ins and outs of being a commercially licensed drone pilot I’m sharing it online.  If you’re interested in drones and passing the Part 107 exam from the FAA I talk about it, and other topics.

 

Website Design with WordPress, X Theme, and WP Engine

While I’ve started this new series on YouTube I think it will be migrating to another website soon.  I’m not getting a lot of interest on my channel as people come here more for Airstream information, travel, and full time living.  Truth be told, in order to make a living as a small business owner this series will be very useful, but I’m thinking it might do better on a training website like Lynda.com or Udemy Academy.

You’re all caught up now!

So, now you’re up to date. If you want to know what’s going on here I’d suggest staying tuned to ExplorePrescott.org, RLC Design Services, and my Instagram channel. There’s always something new on at least one of these locations every day.

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My Drone Journey http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/09/my-drone-journey/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/09/my-drone-journey/#respond Sat, 02 Sep 2017 16:19:14 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9912 Several years ago we purchased a DJ I Phantom drone. We picked it up before drones were in the news, and before all the FAA changes. Our initial intent with the drone was to document travel and offer services to ...

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Several years ago we purchased a DJ I Phantom drone. We picked it up before drones were in the news, and before all the FAA changes. Our initial intent with the drone was to document travel and offer services to our website clients. Drone footage of RV parks could be very interesting!

As drone regulations progressed I made the decision to stop using our phantom. I wanted to make sure that we were above-board when it came to drone rules and regulations. So that’s why you haven’t seen much drone footage or photography here at the Airstream Chronicles in years.

I’m happy to say that’s about change.

A few weeks ago our web design partner Greg, who is a certified pilot and flight instructor, showed me his DJI Mavic drone. He also explained the process involved in passing the FAA’s part 107 exam. That’s the exam where you can become a certified commercial drone pilot. On Sunday, 27 August 2017 I passed my part 107 exam.

Passing the exam is just the first part of what will be a long journey. There’s more to legally flying drones for commercial purposes than just passing the exam. And boy am I learning a lot!

Fortunately I signed up with an online training group known as Drone U. I actually studied for the part 107 exam on their website over the course of a couple of weeks. But they offer more than just classes on part 107. And since passing the test I’ve spent every day watching their video tutorials on drone safety and usage and building drone piloting into your business.

Prescott AZ FAA Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot and Photographer Rich Charpentier

This is not a drone photo. It was actually shot with my iPhone while sitting on my mountain bike on the Peavine Trail

Why a commercial license?

So why did I feel the need to get a commercial license for my drone? It’s actually very simple. Using a drone and the footage from the drone in any manner to further a business is considered commercial use. On my blog I do offer subscriptions and other items for sale even though we don’t get many subscriptions or sales. Putting drone footage up on the blog would be considered commercial since we offer other commercial services on the website. It’s that simple.

We also have a YouTube channel that we monetize. If you haven’t seen some of my tutorials over the past couple of years we do have them available on YouTube channel. And I’m signed up on Patreon.com in order to receive subscription payments for my video tutorials. So even if I put up a fun Drone video on my YouTube channel the overall channel is commercial in nature. So I wanted to make sure I was doing things legally in order to start sharing my own footage and still photography here on the Airstream Chronicles and also on my business website.

So What’s Next?

Now that I’ve passed the Part 107 exam what’s next? Well currently I’m waiting for my certificate to get to me. After that’s done I need to start submitting waivers and authorizations for flying in controlled airspace. As it turns out where the Airstream is parked is within controlled airspace. Less than 5 miles from Point of Rocks RV Campground is the Ernest Love airport. In order to fly the drone for commercial purposes I’ve still got some more work to do.

This will be a fun journey. I’m learning a lot and I’m actually learning more about all of the information pilots need to know. I am considered a remote pilot now and I’ve developed a better understanding of our national airspace and why the FAA has the requirements it does for drone flight.

As I progress on my drone journey I’ll start sharing it here on the Airstream Chronicles.

Prescott AZ FAA Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot and Photographer Rich Charpentier

This is also not a drone photo. Yet another iPhone capture during the 2017 Monsoon season in Prescott

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Guys can get Hashimotos too…. Who knew? http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/08/guys-can-get-hashimotos-knew/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/08/guys-can-get-hashimotos-knew/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:09:23 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9904 As regular readers know, it’s been terribly quiet here at The Airstream Chronicles.  And I’ve got the standard excuses all lined up.  Working on client projects, working on ongoing maintenance for customers, and busy with things other than blogging about ...

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As regular readers know, it’s been terribly quiet here at The Airstream Chronicles.  And I’ve got the standard excuses all lined up.  Working on client projects, working on ongoing maintenance for customers, and busy with things other than blogging about the Airstream and adventures.  But this summer has actually been eaten up by one thing.  An off the wall diagnosis after an ER visit in April.  Apparently I have Hashimotos Thyroditis, and it explains a lot!  I haven’t said much about it here, but I’m going to give you the full run down today.

Who hit me with a golf club?

April 29th of 2017 I was sitting in the Airstream reading something online while eating lunch.  Rice macaroni and fake cheese (as I’m allergic to dairy).  I had a minor neck cramp for 2 days, and thought very little of it.  But it became something to pay attention to as I was having lunch.  While dining I noticed that my jaw was becoming extremely painful, and chewing wasn’t going so well.  The side of my face felt “weird.”  Finally it got to the point where I could no longer chew on the right side of my mouth as it locked up.

Odd.

So I stopped lunch, and went to look in the mirror real quick.  On the back left side of my jaw I was swelling.  Golf ball sized, and increasing.  Yes, a freaky moment.  I was alone in the Airstream, and made the decision that I would need to get to the ER.  My jaw was locking up.  Eeeeeeek!

Time in the ER

The EMTs asked repeatedly if I was having an allergic reaction to anything.  As I’ve had several in my life I knew that wasn’t the issue.  Still we ended up getting an IV with Benadryl, and then an anti-inflammatory at the hospital.  Also some kind of crazy pain killer that left me pretty dumb for the remainder of the day.  They ran some tests, scanned me in a tube, got the inflammation down, and then sent me home.  They also hit me with an anti-biotic I’m allergic to, which led to a second ER visit that wasn’t much fun at all.

I didn’t learn much from the ER visits.  The only thing that was noted was that my Thyroid was inflamed according to the scan they did.

Oral Surgeons, General Practitioners, and an ENT

After the weird ER visit I took a ride down to Scottsdale to see an oral surgeon.  Since it seemed that my jaw blew up, dental popped to mind.  I was referred to the oral surgeon by my dentist, and was told he was the best.  I’ll say this.  Some of the most awesome imaging equipment I’ve ever seen!  A full scan of my jaw showed nothing, so the inflamation wasn’t anything to do with my teeth.  Awesome, brushing twice a day pays off.

With dental ruled out I visited my GP.  He’s a great guy, Dr. Aranda.  And I’ve been seeing him for a decade now.  I’ve had autoimmune issues since 2005, and he’s helped me manage the issues to the best of his abilities.  After the ER visit he suggested an ENT next to see if we could determine what happened exactly.

Sadly, the ENT didn’t have much to offer.  Everything looked okay in his opinion.  The only thing he noted was from the ER report.  My Thyroid was inflamed, and my white count was 22,000 that day (scary).  So, another trip back to the GP with the suggestion that maybe we look into the Thyroid.

Hashimotos confirmed

Dr. Aranda ordered some labs for me after my visit to the ENT.  We’d never done the thyroid tests before.  We had both gone with my diagnosis from back in New England.  A week later the results were in, but I was up in Springerville working with a client.  We couldn’t discuss this one over the phone apparently, so I had to wait another week.

Once back in Prescott Dr. Aranda gave me the news.  Hashimotos.  I’d heard the name, but had no idea what it was (I’m still a little lost on that one).  For some reason the name makes me envision a Godzilla movie.  Just saying.

Apparently, men do not get diagnosed with Hashimotos as often as women.  So it’s common practice to not test men’s thyroid when they’re having issues.  As I’ve learned over the past few months, the symptoms I’ve had since 2005 are all consistent with Hashimotos.  Sadly, nobody went down the testing path with me a decade ago.  All that wasted time……

The enemy has been identified, and steps are being taken

In all honesty, learning about what’s been going on with me since 2005 has made me feel a little better.  I now have an endochronologist in Phoenix, and we’ve started on the path (slowly) to working on the problem.  We’re not moving at the pace I’d like, but I have to be patient a little longer.

A friend of mine suggested reading “Hashimotos Protocol,” written by Elizabeth Wentz, PharmD.  She too has Hashimotos, and she’s helping people learn to live with it and work with it every day.  In chapter 4 of her book she talked about what she went through when seeking help.  Her story sounded exactly like mine in 2005 & 2006.  The common symptoms and issues were spot on.  The main difference?  She got help a lot sooner.  I have to say, learning her story brought some tears to my eyes, so much of it was a mirror of what I went through.  Listening to that one chapter left me a little angry that I’d been ignored for so long.  But it also left me with a very new feeling regarding the issues.

I’m finally not alone. 

Coping with this on my own for 12 years was frustrating.  Not understanding all of the new allergies, not understanding the random pain issues, and forcing myself to put a smile on every day even when I felt at my worst……  Knowing now what’s going on has eased a burden on my mind in a way you can’t imagine.  I now know exactly what’s happening, and fortunately there are things I can do while waiting for the next medical appointment.

Where do I go from here?

Well, that’s simple.  Forward.  Just like I’ve done for a decade.  But now there’s actually a light at the end of this tunnel.  And the whole time I’ve been fighting this I’ve never curled up in a ball and given in.  I’ve been continuing to build my business over the years, learned new recipes to work around some severe allergies (I will never stop missing pizza and beer but oh well), and continued getting out there!  I’ll keep moving forward (I just hear Meet the Robinsons with that phrase), and I’m looking forward to the solutions we develop for my Hashimotos.

With that out there now……one less excuse for not blogging.  🙂

 

 

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Fun videos and tutorial videos – A lot has been going on http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/08/fun-videos-tutorial-videos-lot-going/ http://blog.richcharpentier.com/2017/08/fun-videos-tutorial-videos-lot-going/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:16:56 +0000 http://blog.richcharpentier.com/?p=9900 New projects have been going on here at the Airstream Chronicles, and you might not know about them.  So time to update people visiting the blog! Over the past few weeks I’ve been on a video push.  Many readers here ...

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New projects have been going on here at the Airstream Chronicles, and you might not know about them.  So time to update people visiting the blog!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been on a video push.  Many readers here probably don’t even know about my YouTube video channel.  So now you know.  But don’t hop over to the channel just yet.  I’ve got a few videos included here for your viewing pleasure.  The channel covers both tutorials about the work I do from the Airstream, and some new fun videos I’ve been doing for a new project with my friend Greg Reverdiau.  Greg has been building a new business here in Prescott that outdoor enthusiasts might be very interested in.  Arizona High Altitude Training.  Check his site out if you’re interested in trail running, hiking, or mountain biking with guidance in the Prescott area.

First, the fun videos

So over the past few weeks I’ve been putting together some new simple videos to share with the world.  The videos cover some of the interesting locations for recreation in the Prescott area.  Currently I’ve put togehter a few fun videos around Watson and Willow Lakes, and the Granite Dells.  As I move forward with this project I’ll be adding videos from Granite Basin, Thumb Butte, Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake, and locations in town as well.  Basically I’m working on sharing some of the amazing recreation options that Prescott has to offer.

So, what’s been published already?  Well, check out the YouTube links below.

Willow Lake

Watson Lake

A Weekend in The Granite Dells

There are more “fun” things to watch on the channel as well, but the 3 above cover my favorite location in Prescott, The Granite Dells.  And more videos will be coming soon.  It takes longer to put together these videos than a simple blog post.  Shooting can span across days, and editing takes hours usually.  But hopefully when complete we’ll have a nice collection of information for people looking to enjoy Prescott’s outdoor recreational opportunities!

Next, the Tutorials

Several weeks ago I posted about my new Patreon Channel.  Since that posting I have added 2 Tutorial series to Patreon.  One series covers using WordPress and X Theme to develop websites for our clients.  It covers the basics of building a site with the look and feel you want it to.  Over 130 minutes of content for that tutorial series.  If you’re looking to build your own website, and don’t know where to start, this series might help you out!

The second series was produced several years ago for our Living In Tin project.  While the subscription based E-Zine concept failed for us, some really great information was produced, including the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tutorial Series.  That series has now been added to my Patreon site.  I have to say, I re-watched the series, and even though there’s a newer version of Lightroom out there, the series covers everything you’d want to know about using Lightroom for you photographic workflow.  To see the first lesson click here.  It covers the basics of setting up your Lightroom install properly, and leads into editing, image management, and external editing software!

Patreon allows content creators to charge for their content.  In the case of my account?  I will be putting up regular tutorials on web development, photography, and other tutorials as viewers make requests.  For people interested in subscribing, the minimum monthly pledge will get you access to all of our tutorials that go up on the site.

Stay up to date with my social media

I will be making an effort to post here at the Airstream Chronicles more often.  But if you want to know the latest and see what videos are coming out I’d suggest watching my social media closer.  The #1 way to see what up here?  My Instagram account.  That’s where I’m most active as it’s pretty easy.  Take a picture, say something about it, and move on.  So if you’re on Instagram be sure to give me a follow, and I’ll probably follow you back.  https://www.instagram.com/livingintin/

The next way to keep up with what’s happening away from the blog?  My Youtube channel.  You’ll see the latest project videos, short tutorials, and you’ll get an idea of what might be popping up for new tutorials.

Those are the two best ways to keep up with what’s happening at the Airstream Chronicles these days.  Like I said, I’ll work on posting here more often, but there’s only so much time in the day.  Following on Instagram or YouTube will keep you up to date with all that’s happening.  )

 

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