Go RVing’s blog, You Are Here: Brad Herzog’s Family Travel Journal, has attracted over 2,000 new subscribers this year, who regularly follow the RV journeys of award-winning author Brad Herzog and his family, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Now in its second year of publication, the blog’s popularity has steadily grown along with the success of RVIA’s media tours with the Herzogs, billed as the “National Explore America Family.” The family of four began their Summer 2010 media tour in early June in a 33-foot Vista motorhome provided by Winnebago Industries Inc. Since they hit the road, reader interaction with the blog has also been growing.
“I am a bit envious of the places you will be heading out to,” said one fan. Another, inspired to buy an RV, commented, “You don’t know how much this last entry means to us. Retirement at 63 is on April 1st. . . Our first trip in our new motorhome is planned for two weeks later. You gave us just the encouragement we needed. I think I will laminate your suggestions and lay them on the dash where we can refer to them often.”
Herzog helps his readers discover the joys of RVing: beautiful scenery, quirky small towns, interesting people and family-friendly, educational attractions along the way. In 2010, he is blogging about family RV trips to Buffalo, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., and Bangor, Maine, national parks and lakeshores in Maine, Ohio and Michigan, a balloon festival in Vermont, a baseball game in South Bend, Ind., an amusement park in Pennsylvania, and kid-friendly museums ranging from the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, to the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
In engaging, graceful prose, Herzog captures the benefits of RVing, from practical cost savings to priceless family experiences:
“When we hit the road in a house on wheels, we visit with the rest of the world, various subcultures, diverse scenery, people with whom we would never have had contact had we not parked next to them in some random campground in northern Ohio or stood next to them on a boat tour of Niagara Falls or chatted amiably with them while strolling through a children’s museum in upstate New York or bantered with them at a diner in Indiana….We can appreciate the myriad American options. And then we can return with a better understanding of our own lives.”
Since the family’s summer travels began, Herzog has posted colorful, humorous and insightful accounts of his RV travels two to three times per week, drawing over 40 comments. Out of the 7,700 people who have subscribed since the blog’s launch in 2008, nearly one-third have signed up in 2010 – the result of easier access and increased promotion on www.GoRVing.com, Go RVing’s Facebook page and Twitter, as well as the Herzog media tour for RVIA.
To read the travel journal and subscribe, visit the Go RVing website at http://www.gorving.org/blog. The Go RVing blog can also be accessed from Brad Herzog’s own website, www.BradHerzog.com, along with information about his RV travel books including the new Turn Left at the Trojan Horse, available at major bookstores nationwide.