Monday

Tips for Safe RVing

While RVing we don’t think that someone will try to steal from us.   Why would they when we would happily give them anything they need fro a cup of coffee, tools to repair the rig, or even cash if they needed it and were in a bind at the moment.   Although RVing engenders a healthy and welcomed attitude of trust among fellow RVers, there is always a possibility of risky situations.  Thinking ahead, awareness of your surroundings and a bit of precaution will help you avoid most problems.   These few tips will keep you and your family and RV out of harms way.
thief stealing computer

Two Kinds of Camping

While on the RV road we reserve or take advantage of both parks and campgrounds with amenities and utilities OR we may be boondocking or just dry camping at certain spots on the way to our destination. 
  • Campgrounds and Parks 

While you wouldn't want to be overly suspicious thereby ruining the fun and adventure of your journey many people prefer to travel with a firearm.  Being in Texas, we are very familiar with this custom and many parks list little or no warning in this regard. BUT many parks strongly forbid them.  Certain states even have strict rules regarding carry rules. So if you want to pack, check out the laws where you're going.  Consider some other forms of protection:  
  • Bringing your dog
  • Installing motion lights on your RV
  • Carrying a can on wasp spray (it has a long range, is fairly easy to aim and is temporarily disabling for the eyes
  • Including your lucky baseball bat by the front door
  • Keeping your vehicle key fob by the bedside (a click of the alarm button can be pretty disconcerting to a would be criminal)
Some other tips for camping in a park or campground:
  • Stay vigilant, not in the super paranoid way, but pay attention to your surroundings and what is happening around your RV.
  • Lock your doors. Make it a habit to lock your doors when you leave or while sleeping
  • Remember that storage room locks on an RV are very low security so consider buying better ones if you store anything of value in them.
  • RV Designer L547, Keyed Compartment Lock, Weather Resistant, 7/8 inch, Compartment Lock
  • Close the blinds or shades when you leave. You may even want to close them in the evening when all of your activities inside your illuminated RV can be easily seen by your neighbors.
  • Bring small items inside or lock them up, especially when you leave.
  • Get to know your neighbors. People are more inclined to look after each other (and each other’s stuff) when they know them.
  • A peace of mind can come from installing an RV security system.  There are programmable lights, wireless camera systems, trailer hitches and wheel locks 
  • Zmodo Wireless Security Camera System (2 Pack) , Smart Home HD Indoor Outdoor WiFi IP Cameras with Night Vision, 1-month Free Cloud Recording
  • Boondocking

  • You may find yourself boondocking when you travel from one campground to the next which means you need to be a little more careful.
  • Be careful where you park. If you are catching a few zzz’s look for something a little busier like a truck stop or a parking lot.
  • Stay somewhat close to civilization in case there is a problem, help is not too far away.
  • If boondocking for several nights or longer make sure you have enough power for emergency things like phone charging, and enough fuel to get you to the next gas station
  • Make sure family or a friend knows the general idea of where you are
  • Stay vigilant and keep an eye on your surroundings (see a theme here?).

On the Road

Traveling from one camping adventure to the next means spending a fair amount of time on the road. And yes, things can happen then as well.  MobileRVing makes these suggestions:
  • Try to avoid the shady parts of town. Every city has them and if you are in doubt, ask the campground manager, friendly locals, or talk to a police officer.
  • Try to not look like a tourist. It automatically puts a target on your back.
  • Avoid flashing valuables and cash around.
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Make sure you have a good cell phone for travel and keep it charged in case you break down.
  • Roadside assistance is essential if you spend any amount of time on the road. Then again, many plans have free lockout assistance so it is pretty handy when you are in the campground as well.
  • Keep your RV or towing vehicle in top working order with regular maintenance.
  • Don’t let yourself get too low on fuel.
  • Keep your propane tanks full.
  • If you encounter drivers with road rage don’t engage them. Let them pass, don’t respond, and try to get away from them then notify the police.

At Home

If you are off RVing that often means that your home is left all alone – and vulnerable. The tried and true home protection tips are still relevant today.
  • Get a house sitter or have a family member stay there while you're gone
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you are gone and ask them to pick up your newspaper, collect your mail, and get any packages that may come while you are away.
  • Put your lights on a timer so they come on at certain times.
  • Park your car in the driveway as opposed to the garage; it gives the appearance of someone being home.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
Finally, good RV insurance that covers your rig and belongings is absolutely necessary. That way if anything does happen you are covered.  That's a topic for a whole other post.

What are your RV security tips?  Tell us in the comments or over on our Facebook post.

Teri from Hidden Valley RV, waiting to make your day Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV.

Saturday

Problems Sleeping in the RV?

You've probably heard the scuttle about the effect of LED lights on our sleep patterns.  According to the website LIVESCIENCE.com, the body's biological clock works in rhythms that are set by the amount of light and dark the body is exposed to. This is called the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms control the timing of many physiological processes. They determine sleeping and feeding patterns, as well as brain activity, hormone production and cell regeneration. A little techie but sounds pretty serious. For some time doctors and others have told us to keep cell phones, appliances, modems, routers, etc., away from our sleep area.  Whether you ascribe to the idea that they are sleep inhibitors or not, most people prefer to sleep in darkness.

Man feeling Sleeplessness, Distraction and Irritation Due to LEDs

The Challenge in an RV

While some of today's RV's are so large that these LED lit devices can often be far enough away from where we sleep, often our devices are in view, especially due to the brightness which seems to pervade from one end of the RV to the other.  Many switches and gauges in RVs also sport these bright lights.  My cell phone and wireless charger alone make such a laser light show that I at first thought a police car with flashing lights was outside and reflecting on my wall.

So What's the Solution?

I've used a towel thrown over the offending light...somewhat unsightly but it usually blocks it out.  Then I used black, electrical type tape cut in appropriately sized pieces.  Blocks well but leaves a bit of residue on the light cover or switch.  Then I read on a FB group about LED Light Dims.  

Before After photos showing benefits of Dimming LEDs

These pre-cut shapes are reusable and they come in original strength and the black out edition.  I found that they are not really an adhesive at all buy more like the old "colorforms" we played with as kids, a sort of self stick film.  I also found that this product is available in sheets that you can cut to fit what you want to cover.  I used it on my phone glass and was still able to use the phone touch screen.

So, if this problem of bright LEDS has caused a sleep issue for you, look for LED Light Dims in your local RV Supply or feel free to hop over to Amazon at one of the product links on our post to check out the product details and order right away.  If you've found some other ingenious RV tips please share them with us in the comments.







Teri from Hidden Valley RV, waiting to make your day Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV.



Thursday

Tips for Winter Texan Trip Planning - #1

As the mass exodus has already begun from the colder, northern states to the more moderate climate of Central and South Texas, many RVers are planning their itineraries.  There's park reservations to make, festivals to plan for, exciting and historical attractions to visit and special events to include.  While some travelers plan routes through the Midwest, desert areas or the beautiful Florida beaches, Texas always does things in a big way.  Over the next few posts we'd like to share some of our local, favorite "must do and see's."

So you have plenty of time to plan, the first special event we'll cover is held in early spring when many are just about ready to head back to their Northern homes.  The month of April is host to one of the most popular festivals in the Alamo City — Fiesta San Antonio.  

Fiesta runs April 19-29 this year! 

2018 Fiesta San Antonio poster in Mexican folk Art style

 

Annually the Fiesta Organization begins way in advance to put together an art competition which will result in the official Fiesta Poster.  Here you see the current years winner. Chosen for it's vibrant color and it's Mexican Folkart feel, this poster is extra special due to 2018 being the Tricentennial of San Antonio.  Notice the tricentennial recognition  in the "1" of the 2018.  Not only is it the poster, it will be echoed on all the Fiesta products for this year, from T Shirts to marketing materials.  

So what's it all about?  The streets are filled with music, confetti and celebrations galore. But is it all just another excuse for a party or is there a history behind the most celebrated San Antonio holiday of the year?

It started with the Battle of San Jacinto

It started as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.  According to Fiesta San Antonio organizers, in 1891, a group of ladies decorated horse-drawn carriages, paraded in front of the Alamo and pelted each other with flower blossoms. The parade was organized to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and was formerly known as The Battle of Flowers Parade. Within a few years, more events were taking place on or near April 21 including a carnival, balls and coronations.
Fiesta has taken place every year except for 1918 during World War I and 1942 through 1945.
Since 1959, the Fiesta San Antonio Commission has reinvigorated the celebration, planning activities for 100 local nonprofit organizations and the more than 75,000 volunteers.

Fiesta Medal Collectors Proud of their Medals

What about the medals? 

According to Texas Public Radio, Fiesta medal history dates back to 1946, when the Texas Cavaliers created little coins to take to hospitalized children.

"They had special coins — the king’s coin — and they’re just little half-dollar sized coins. But in 1961 Joske’s department store provided the Cavaliers with a little cardboard piece that had a punch-out in the center where you could insert the coin. And then it apparently had a hole in the top of it where ribbons could be inserted through those. And so you could then hang this around your neck. After 1971 a few other Fiesta organizations started producing Fiesta medals, but it was little more than an aside among other Fiesta festivities.  So how exactly did they become such a Fiesta phenomenon? 

A Lt. Col. Childers, was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, and was looking for ways to generate support and friendliness between the public and the military.  He came up with the idea of making a Fiesta-themed, military-looking medal to hand out during events. It was a hit! Since then, every radio and television station, business, agency and organization in the San Antonio area goes to great expense to design and manufacture a "pin" to show their support of the Fiesta celebration.  Fiesta goers make it a goal to get as many of these medals to don all over their Fiesta outfits, covering their hats and making heavy the large medal filled sashes many wear.  

You can purchase medals and Fiesta products to feel a real part of the festivities.  Both the official Fiesta Store and their webstore, https://www.fiesta-sa.org/shop-home/ make it easy.  Feel free to search our blog for other "Fiesta" articles to get photos and more info.  remember though that 2018 is the San Antonio Tricentennial year so this event promises to be the best yet.

So, will your travels include an April visit to San Antonio?  If you have any questions or want to share past Fiesta experiences with our readers, please ask and tell in the comments. 


Teri, waiting to make your day Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV.



Wednesday

Stargazing, Not Just for Astronomers or How We Can All Be Astronomers



One of the joys of camping is the opportunity if affords you to get away from city life, and with it, the opportunity for stargazing.  Hidden Valley RV has very little artificial light, making viewing the night sky much more satisfying.

Hidden Vallians sitting around the campfire
For those of us who enjoy stargazing but lack an encyclopedic knowledge of constellations, apps like SkyView can be a huge help. If you’re anything like me, sky-interested but not particularly sky-knowledgeable, SkyView is a great tool for your stargazing experience.

“You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® Free and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView Free is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find popular constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate planets in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.” (quote from the app developers' site.)

The app is easy to use and extremely helpful when stargazing. After installation, point your phone or tablet at the sky and the app will identify the galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites over your location.
 
Screenshots of the Skyview App in Action
See the constellations where you are based on the apps locator
Features:

• Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
• Night Mode: Preserve your night vision with red or green night mode filters.
• Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
• Sky Paths: Follow the sky track for any object to see it’s exact location in the sky on any date and time.
• Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times.
• Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
• Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
Icon of the Skyview App on both Apple & Android

• Supports Space Navigator™ binoculars, spotting scope, and telescopes.
The app also includes detailed information and graphics for each sky object. The app automatically updates any trajectory changes the object you’re tracking may make, and the Sightings Engine provides a list of new sky object sightings each day.
See developer Terminal Eleven’s website for more information on SkyView and it’s sister app, SkyView Satellite Guide!  There is a free and paid version for both Android and Apple.
A great website for the current months astronomical events and how to best view them is StarDate.  It has lots of great info, in advance, about the planets, moons, etc. that are converging in your location. Then you can make a “star date” to be in an opportune spot at the right time to see the most activity.

What a fun way to teach yourself, your children, your students, or your friends about our wonderful universe! How do y’all view the earth’s ceiling?  Tell us in the comments about your favorite app or other way to learn about and watch the skies.

 

Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV and our RV Country Daily Magazine and don't forget to Say hello to the voice of Hidden Valley 

Sunday

The Only Good Snake...

Yes, we've all heard the axiom "The only good snake is a dead snake."  Unfortunately it is so far from the truth.  While not knowing if a snake is venomous or not could instill a goodly amount of fear in us when we see one, that is the best reason to learn more about them. 

Very few people LIKE snakes but they are a fact of life in many parts of the US, especially South and West USA.  Hidden Valley RV Park has even been graced by an occasional reptile of the long and slender type. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 7,000–8,000 people per year receive venomous bites in the United States, and about 5 of those people die.  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/snakes/.   Incidentally, Florida has the most cases.


Two main groups in the US, coral snakes and pit vipers.  


The Corals hail from Texas to the Carolinas with the exception of the Arizona Coral which inhabits its name state and New Mexico.  These pretty babies bite with small teeth instead of fangs.  Although there are snakes that are similarly colored, a coral can be identified by the alternating bands of red, yellow and black stripes, the red always touching the yellow.  The very similar Scarlet King Snake is nonvenomous.  The axiom "when red meets yella it's a dangerous fella," is one we've employed here at the valley.
Notices the red stripes bracketed in yellow identifying the venomous variety
Notice the Venomous version with the red bracketed between yellow


Pit Vipers include, rattlesnakes, water moccasins and copperheads and they can be found anywhere in the US.  Their name comes (I always thought it was because they liked pits) from the tiny "pit" between their eye and nostril.  The pit makes it so they can detect heat enabling them to find prey at night.  These more drab looking reptiles have retractable fangs which shoot venom into their prey or an unsuspecting human. There is the possibility of receiving what's commonly called a "dry bite" meaning one without venom.  Bites from old and small snakes have less venom.  Some have felt that venom from smaller snakes is somehow more poisonous or dangerous however recent studies have refuted that belief.
Distinguishing Marks of a Rattlesnake
Notice the "Pit" and the "Rattle"


Bites from both types can range from hurtful to debilitating to death dealing if not treated immediately.  Symptoms can range from a merely a stinging pain to inability to breath due to swelling to affecting the brain and spinal cord.

Treatment, Old and New


Over the years, methods of treatment have included tourniquets, making "X" cuts at or above the fang marks and sucking out the venom (eeww) and icing the site to slow down the venom.  These have proven highly ineffective and currently experts advise
  • washing the bite area with soap and water 
  • keeping the affected limb still and placed lower than the heart 
  • Keeping the victim calm
  • seeking medical help immediately.  

Just as with other allergic reactions the site may become swollen or bruised looking and bleeding could exist.  Even with a small amount of venom you may experience faintness or numbness of the tongue.  These are evidence of shock and need quick attention.

When you get medical attention, a doctor will use and antivenom serum that is produced by injecting a small amount of serum into an animals blood (usually a horse) which then causes their immune systems to produce antibodies to combat the venom. The antibodies are then harvested from the animal in a concentrated form so that it can act quickly to neutralize venom in a person bitten by a snake.  Many persons can have an allergic reaction to the serum itself and are usually given epinephrine to counteract the allergy.
Infographic of Snakebite Do's and Don'ts

Can Snakebite Be Prevented? How?


As with many emergencies, preparedness is the best policy.  The Center for Disease Control (and some years living in snake country myself) provides these tips for prevention whether enjoying the outdoors, boondocking, camping or hiking in the wild or even in residential areas:
  • Do not play with or aggravate snakes
  • Keep landscape clear of brush and debris
  • Wear shoes (even in your RV and house-we found a coral snake in our closet once)
  • Wear boots when walking in snake country
  • Develop a habit of watching where you step and place your hands (even/especially when gardening)
Especially are these tips essential for RVers who are involved in gateguarding since the sites are in virtual snake playgrounds.

Live and Let Live


Whereas some may go by the adage "the only good snake is a dead snake," there are at least four  reasons to just let them be.
  • They will most likely just leave YOU alone
  • Many snakes are non-poisonous and benefit society
  • Snakes prey on rodents that can be a damaging nuisance and health risk themselves
  • Snake venom, when extracted, is used for various applications including treatment of breast cancer as well as stroke victims and it can also help in heart attack treatment. Venom is also used in the medicines of blood pressure. 
If you need a quick guide to help you identify snakes and prevent and treat bites, pin the following infographic onto pinterest or somewhere on your computer for future reference.  It's printed by permission from it's designer Alex Smit who's got a blog of his own with lots of unique outdoor and travel tips.  http://www.sniffoutdoors.com/

Snake Types, Bite Prevention and Treatment
Zoom in on Infographic to enlarge


So, in all, snake venom is very helpful for mankind.  It'd be wise to think twice before hating any snake.  If you have any snake experiences or other tips for our outdoor enthusiast readers...drop us a note in the comments.  Look forward to your feedback.



Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV and our RV Country Daily Magazine and don't forget to Say hello to the voice of Hidden Valley 


Tuesday

A Testimonial For RV Testimonials or Why Bother To Write Reviews?

Regarding reviews or testimonials, they are most often given when we are unsatisfied with part or all of a customer experience.   A normal transaction and even those that exceed our expectations, often go unreported.  Now us full time RVers are a different sort and we love to share our hidden and new found RV places but for all the RV travelers and weekenders out there...don't hesitate to take a few moments and summarize your overall experience at each stop on your RV journey.  We like to include many attractions in our reviews as well but leave at least a few words about every Park we visit, no matter how small or large.  

RV Park Reviews
Hidden Valley RV on RV Park Reviews
Imagine yourself traveling in an unfamiliar state or city and searching online for an RV Park to rest for the night and seeing scores of them.  If you have signed on with RV Park Reviews, a forum for reviews administered by RVers themselves, you could know in a moment which one is liked by RVers like yourself. Yes the Park website itself can be invaluable to choose the amenities you want and the features you need but what if your RV peers have the restrooms rated badly or they post the pool as being top rate? If those features are important to you, their comments and reviews can be very helpful in making a decision that will greatly improve your stay in that area.   Other RVers also post helpful hints  on review sites like an easier route to a particular park or and entrance with better clearance, invaluable info if you've got a 13" high fifth wheel.

Guest Rated Reviews
Hidden Valley's Survey Page
There are also survey sites that many parks affiliate with that can be of value to campers and parks alike.  Any RV park is always looking for ways to improve and learn what their guests are thinking.  A wide variety of questions are combined into reports that give parks letter or number ratings that can benefit RVers when planning their travel parks or on overnight stays.


facebook iconFor many, the easiest way to spread the word or voice your thoughts on ANY place is Facebook.  Since you're on there anyway, search for the facebook page of the place you're at and look for a review tab on the left side of their page.  (Note: that's where the tab is now - it used to be on the top and next week it could be on the bottom so just hop around the page till you see it.
Hidden Valley's Review Tab on FB
Hidden Valley RV Park's review Tab on facebook

Have Your Own Blog? Play With "Symphony"



I know that many of my readers have their own blogs. I keep up with several of your travel blogs, personal blogs and business blogs.  I'd like to share a publishing tool I recently began using that I think you'll like.  It publishes my blog posts simultaneously to twitter and facebook.  The “Symphony” publishing tool  posts onto facebook with a photo from the blog post directly to your fb page.  It can be posted as a link with a photo OR as a photo with a shortened link in the text above the photo.  The same is true for Twitter, AND it’s automatic…nice touch.  While there are other tools that accomplish this and some blog platforms make automatic publishing possible, the appearance of the share with Symphony is superior and can be highly customized.  I have not found any other tool that will publish a photo on twitter in an automated blog post share. And that’s just the start.

Symphony Dashboard
Symphony Dashboard
It is also possible to queue or schedule your posts to space them out more evenly or have them post at the most convenient times for your readers to catch the post.

My favorite feature is being able to insert a BLOG link on my Facebook page in the new left sidebar.  If your page still has the tabs (the new fb sidebar is not out for everyone yet) you can insert a BLOG tab. It offers a quick and easy way for my readers to access the company blog. A reader can view the article introduction with an accompanying photo, without leaving the facebook timeline. Once a reader hits the READ MORE link they are redirected to the blog page.  They can even share it on facebook, tweet it or email any of your blog posts to friends.
Blog Tab on the facebook Page
A Blog Link on the Facebook Page Sidebar


An analytics tab provides pie charts, line graphs and charts detailing your engagement and reports can include short or expansive date ranges.  You can follow the stats for one particular post or all your posts together.

An inbox tab lists all your social media activity from both social media platforms included, Twitter and facebook. The date range goes WAY back so you can use it as an easy way to search for past mentions, posts, comments and messages.

I also liked the Crosspost feature. This is especially nice if you want to post a particular blog post on social media again, after the initial share.  A convenient tab is located on your header on the tool or you add a crosspost tab right on your browser so you can crosspost from anywhere.


Set up was very simple for connecting your social media sites.

There are also some freebie widgets that allow you to perform several tasks and add some neat features to your website or blog. My favorite is a toolbar feature that inserts a Call to Action button on your sites top bar. The button text, color and title are completely customizable.  (Check it out above in the header of this blog.)  These freebies are available if you include the Symphony logo on your webpage/blog sidebar – a simple copy/paste of an html code snippet.

There are several plans to choose from that include varying combinations of features mentioned above.  The cost is based on several criteria including how many will be using the tool.  The least expensive plan is currently $14 a month and if you pay it on an annual basis there is a discount.  I would like to see a plan that is less if you post, say, only 2 to 3 blog links per month since that is more my custom. However the plan cost is not prohibitive if you stay determined to publish more blog content.  There's no contract and you may cancel at any time.

                              This is how the crosspost appears on Facebook

For my social media habits, Symphony is awesome because I primarily use facebook and Twitter.  You can set up personal profiles and pages. I would imagine that some who spend a lot of time on Google+ may want to see this social platform included as a possible venue for blog posts to be syndicated with.  Pinterest photo pins may also be a good platform to add since photos can be given a prominence in the republished material.  I just noticed that LinkedIn is also included for sharing possibilities. This can be a benefit if you want to share helpful and related business info and articles on your business or personal profiles.  I was disappointed though that LinkedIn would not allow posting in groups to get conversations going regarding certain posts you share.  I won’t personally be syndicating LinkedIn because the articles I post on my blog are not generally ones I would share on either my LinkedIn personal profile or business page.  

So while one or two of these features can be found in other tools, having them all incorporated into one, simplifies crossposting and brings added exposure to your blog. Symphony's motto is certainly appropriate: “Spend less time publishing your content and more time creating it.”  When you take advantage of all the features of the Symphony tool, just like in a real musical symphony, all the different parts work together to form a unified and well performed piece.  I truly believe this platform will make me a more consistent content creator to the benefit of my blog readers. They offer a free trial - no credit card required. What do you have to lose? If you use Symphony or try it out, tell us your experience in the comments or on my crosspost on my facebook page.

Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned Hidden Valley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV  and our RV Country Daily Magazine


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