For the past two years Brian and I have been developing a website for researching camping locations. A resource with all types of campgrounds, from RV parks to national parks to free dispersed camping on BLM land; with photos, filters and reviews that could be sorted.
We are really lucky to be camping this week with some incredible friends who’ve freely shared their professional skills with us making this launch really exciting.
Our friend Drea Knufken writes press releases for tech startups. Her magic pen got us some early coverage:
- Campendium Launches, Brings Camping into Information Age – Yahoo Finance
- Campendium Launches A New Web App – Woodall’s Campground Management
- Campendium Helps You Find the Right RV Park or Campground – RV Travel @ About.com
Our friend Todd has been a tremendous help in the social media department. For the past 2 weeks he’s been posting some really great camping locations to Campendium’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages. Hopefully he doesn’t burn out anytime soon!
We have a lot of gratitude and want to thank everyone that’s touched this project. From voting on the name 2 years ago (Campendium vs. Campsite Buddy) and shout-outs on social media to building a financial model and advertising, the outpouring of support has been incredible.
Last night, we had a “trailer trash potluck” to celebrate.
Kerri made Frito Pie for the first course which she served in frito bags. (Dad, I think you’d really like this).
Seth & Drea brought over tater tots.
I’ve always teased Tim for making instant mashed potatoes, so last night, he seized the opportunity to share some of his potato-y goodness. We were curious about the ingredients, so Todd did a reading.
For dessert, Russ made southern banana pudding with nilla wafers. This time we completely ignored the ingredients and pigged out.
Thanks everyone for an awesome launch day.
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn
2015 Cost of Camping:
1 night paid camping
26 nights free camping
27 days this year
Total spent: $5
Daily average cost: $0.19