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Jody Halsted
Works at Ireland Family Vacations
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Time for a family vacation?

Consider a camping vacation the whole family will enjoy!

With so many full service campgrounds, state, and National Parks offering cabins, you don't even need an RV to enjoy a wonderful getaway.

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Do you put the most time into your best referring social network? My breakdown (for Ireland Family Vacations) is
Pinterest 88.05%
Facebook 7.66%
Twitter 3.62% 
and TripAdvisor .42% (Must be my great bio!)

I don't know about you, but of all these I put the least work into Pinterest and the most work into Facebook.  

How about you?
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drat! you could sure send some traffic that way, if you could...
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If you're planning to visit Ireland's wonderful western coast

Fly in and out of Shannon. Such a wonderful, stress-free experience! Well, if you're not running late...

#Ireland   #ShannonAirport
Shannon Airport tips for arrival and departure. I spent less than an hour -total- in Shannon Airport between my arrival and departure I am not exaggerating.
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Like Christmas Lights?

The Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato, MN, are absolutely stunning.

Pardon my shaky videography and the low sound quality.

#VisitMankatoMN #Christmas #Minnesota
Just a few of the dancing lights in Sibley Park, Mankato, Minnesota. This huge holiday lights display is funded by donations and staffed by volunteers. Defin...
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Loved the way the clouds filtered the sun's rays this afternoon. #Iowa #IowaLife #clouds 
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Want to get away with your extended family this weekend?

Try camping!No RV necessary!A few tips for a multi-generational camping trip the whole family will enjoy!+MiniTime
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Looking into 2015, I'm torn. Would love your feedback and advice.

I've been blogging for over 10 years now. My first site became Family Rambling (it's a long story, but to shorten it, my name was stolen by a large publishing company and I didn't have it trademarked).  Anyway, when I started, there weren't a lot of travel blogs out there. Now there are hundreds (thousands?).

A couple years ago I started IrelandFamilyVacations, which is insanely niche and has become my largest source of income, as well as my most-read site. It needs my focus, but I am having a difficult time letting go of Family Rambling.

I have to decide if 2015 will be the year I build my freelance writing, or if I will forego that and focus on creating income from Family Rambling - I can't do both.

So, a few thoughts...

1) Make Family Rambling a 'clips' site with links out to articles I have written for other publications. Write a good lede, include a clip, and image, and then a Read More link.

2) Let FR go dormant (it kills me to write that!) and really focus on freelance stuff.

3) Build FR into a go-to site for family travel. Definitely challenging as there are so many sites out there. My thought with this is to give it a strong niche (probably RVing), clean up old articles, and really give it as much attention as I can. 

As I look into the future of blogging, I really see niche sites, as opposed to general sites, as the future. 

So, what are your thoughts? What would you do? Where would your focus for 2015 be if you were in my shoes?

Thanks for helping me hash this out!
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+Jody Halsted and +Terri Weeks TMS is good for making connections. I don't know how far you are from Bloomington, Indiana you are Terri, but it might be worth the drive. MTWA membership and freelancing have given me some nice family travel opportunities regionally, but I'm starting to become more selective about how we spend our time. I know you are a few years ahead of me, but kids' activities and sports are really starting to make weekend travel a bit of a challenge. I just did my year end bookkeeping and I had 50% expenses compared to my overall income. Plus I will owe taxes this year. I'm really going to focus on freelance over blogging and hope some more markets will open up through corporate opportunities (like the Live Life Local program I participated in in 2012 through an insurance company on the West Coast). It really does sound like a lot of us are standing at a crossroads!
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The Midwest is the Cool Place to be in the Winter

Proof via +MiniTime

Dozens of fun winter activities to help you forget the cold!
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Make #Christmas Memories in #Texas

Grapevine, a suburb of #Dallas, is known as the"Christmas Capital of Texas" - and for good reason! The entire town participates in a 6 week long holiday extravaganza!

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Freelance writer with a passion for Ireland and the Midwest specializing in family travel
Ireland vacation coaching, family travel authority, social media educator
  • Ireland Family Vacations
    Ireland Vacation Coach & Frequent Traveler, 2011 - present
  • Des Moines Moms Blog
    Contributor, 2012 - present
  • Family Rambling
    Family Travel Authority, 2005 - present
  • Uptake Travel network
    Travel Writer, 2009 - 2012
  • Blissfully Domestic
    Travel Writer, 2011 - 2013
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Unrepentant Ireland traveler, new RV owner & best mom ever (according to my girls).
Jody Halsted has been blogging since 2004, when she became a stay at home mom to her eldest daughter. As frequent travelers, Jody and her husband heard "You can't travel after you have a baby." When internet searches for family traveling turned up results for Walt Disney World and similar vacation spots, Jody began sharing her family travel how-to's in her first travel blog, Have Kid Will Travel.

In 2010 Jody launched FamilyRambling®, a website designed to inspire family travel, provide tips to make it easier and share first hand trip reports.

In 2011 Jody began sharing her love of family travel in Ireland by launching Ireland With Kids, a website designed to promote family travel in the Emerald Isle.

Jody also writes for various online and print publications.

Jody is active in social media, which helps her assist traveling families- no matter where they virtually hang out.
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I have two beautiful daughters and a husband who loves me despite my many faults.
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