It was a gorgeous sunny day and we hadn't been on our bikes in over a week and it felt really good to get back out there today. We devoted most of last week to finishing the kitchen and living room in preparation of hosting some long time BMX friends for the weekend and it was great to hang out together.
I received a bunch of emails and comments today from friends in Jersey, California, hawaii, and Canada. Most were messages of support but a few said what many of you are thinking: ARE YOU GOING CRAZY? Indeed we might be! Only time (and the guys in the white coats) will tell!
Although I’ve had a computer for at least 15 years, utilized email, paid bills online and play texas holdem (free betting sites only) whenever I can, I had a lot to sift through when I started setting up this website and blog. The toughest part was the new technological vocabulary that just hadn’t come into my day to day life.
When I started looking online for a source to host my website, I found there were tons of choices at varying costs to set up a website, buy a domain and monthly hosting. I won’t bore you with all the details but I will say that I chose www.weebly.com because it was easy for me to work with and their price structure was right for me.
However, I will give you details about something that may be helpful to you as a reader of our blogs. (Please don’t laugh if it turns out I’m the only one who never heard of RSS feeds!) Apparently, there’s an easy way to get updated information from our website and blogs by utilitizing the RSS feed available on this site. There’s no charge for this service. Here’s a little background about RSS feeds:
- What is RSS? The acronym RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is used to describe the technology used in creating feeds of information on frequently updated content published by a website.
How do I know if a website offers feeds?When you first view a website, Internet Explorer will search for feeds; the Feeds button will change color, letting you know that feeds are available. Click the Feeds button, and then click the feed you want to see. To get content automatically, you should subscribe to a feed (especially this one!).
How do I subscribe to a feed?
1) Go to the website that has the feed you want to subscribe to.
2 ) Click the Feeds button to discover feeds on the webpage.
3) Click a feed (if more than one is available). If only one feed is available, you will go directly to that page.
4) Click Subscribe to this feed.
5) Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.
How do I add it to my favorites? To add a feed to the Favorites bar, subscribe to the feed, and then select the Add to Favorites Bar check box in the Subscribe to this Feed dialog box. If you've already subscribed to the feed, you can click the Add to Favorites Bar button to add the feed to the Favorites bar.
How can I view my subscribed feeds?You view feeds on the Feeds tab in the Favorites Center. To view your feeds, click the Favorites button, and then click Feeds. Also, Internet Explorer provides the Common Feed List to other programs. This allows you to subscribe to feeds with Internet Explorer and read them in other programs, such as an email program.
I hope this information is helpful and that you stay connected with us as we tackle this project. Feel free to tell friends about our website, too; the more, the merrier!
Now with the technical portion out of the way, I will be focusing on how we’re going to balance the many aspects of our lives as we move forward with our bike trip plan. Here’s what I’ll be covering soon:
- How can you miss school and so much work?
- if camping is just “living away from home”, then how come next to nothing from home works well for our upcoming camping?
- What are the “loose ends” that need to be tied up before we embark?
More later; Til then, Feel free to weigh in with your shock, support, doubts, wisdom and your own biking experiences. You can post a comment or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miles ridden so far: 0 (FYI, Training miles don't count but they are adding up!)