050 | 1 year Thank you Party and Ask a Sherpa Reveal

Learn more about the behind the scenes of the first year of Ordinary Sherpa. Introducing the segment to Ask a Sherpa your questions. A sherpa is a guide who is a few steps ahead of you.

One year ago I put out a trailer into the world with no idea what I was doing.  But I was excited.  Each step in this journey has been a daring adventure.  I want to use this episode to give you some of the behind the scenes at Ordinary Sherpa over the past year and also answer some of your questions.   

“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

Episode 50.  I missed 2 weeks of publishing.  
I did not have any specific goals.  Instead I approached all the metrics and outputs purely from a curiosity lens.

  • How long until I had my first episode with 100 downloads?
  • How long would it take to have 100 people in my Facebook Group? 
  • How long until I had 100 followers on Instagram? 
  • How long until I had 100 email subscribers?
  • How long would it take to make $100? 
  • How long would it take to have Ordinary Sherpa downloaded in all 50 states? 
  • How long until Ordinary Sherpa ranked in the top 200? 
  • How long until I received 100 written reviews?  

I also wanted to use this episode to dig deeper into the Sherpa philosophy.  I wanted this community to support other families on their adventures the way the Sherpa tribe supports Climbers on Everest.  A sherpa is often known as a guide.  Someone perhaps a few steps ahead of you on the trail.  They might not be the best of the best or the expert.  With that mindset I thought episode 50 was a great way to highlight Ask a Sherpa and highlight some of the questions raised and support offered through the community.

  1. What is your funniest travel story?    
  2.  Do the kids like the RV or home better?  
  3. Do you ever get in touch with the state and local tourism boards and chamber of Commerce when planning a trip?  They sometimes speak of the off the beaten path adventures
  4. Is Instagram’s power to introduce us to hidden gems good or bad?  How do you find balance between going to the top spot and dealing with crowds, or going to a less beautiful spot that is less crowded?  
  5. What podcasts inspired you?    
  6. What are some of your favorite camping recipes? 
  7. When are you launching your book?  
  8. What is next for Ordinary Sherpa?

Worth noting, I have found that I really enjoy podcasting and having conversation without all the ads and interruptions many podcasters use.  If you enjoy the ideas, find joy or inspiration from my work, you can buy me a coffee to say thanks and support the show.  If you want to go deeper with the content and/or get more engaged you can find additional ways to support the show through the links below.  

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