Okay so we are back after a long hiatus with a new name, new adventures, new energy, and a new blogging addition- VanLife.
The RadVan adventures blog will continue to be about outdoor adventures- mountain biking, road biking, trail running, hiking, backpacking, surfing, SUP, and general outdoor porn.
We are also in mid-conversion of a Sprinter van (named RadVan), to be an off grid adventure mobile.
A name change (and a hard lesson learned about domain names)
This blog used to be Coasttomountain.com. It’s now RadVan Adventures, and all the content from coasttomountain.com has been transferred over.
I learned an unintentional lesson about the (sleazy) domain name registration business. With Coast to Mountain, I had set up automatic renewal of the coast to mountain domain name. When my credit card expiration date changed, the renewal didn’t go through. A domain name company swooped in immediately and purchased the coasttomountain domain name and tried to sell it back to me.
Given that I’ve never earned a penny from the blog, buying my own blog back for nearly $1000 seemed ludicrous. I’ve never earned a penny from the blog, and pay the extra fees to have all advertising removed from the blog.
The coast to mountain blog slowly gained readership and views and was getting a modest 10K views a month.
Lesson learned. Stay on top of your domain name registration rights!
So what’s next?
I am working on updating content for the blog. We will still be focused on outdoor play and VanLife. I will have an entire section of the blog devoted to conversion of our Sprinter Van. I’ve learned so much from those before me about making a DIY conversion, and want to contribute my own insights, triumphs, and mistakes for others wanting to do their own DIY van conversion.