By Mike Sokol
Yes, I know a lot of you don’t use or like Facebook due to security concerns, but for my RVelectricity project it’s still a great way to reach a lot of readers quickly. For example, while webinars and websites such as RV Travel are great for larger articles, they are not designed for the quick questions and answers you can get from a Facebook group.
However, I will be the first to admit that the quick and casual response time of Facebook is problematic since there can be a flurry of activity. And that can create a lot of wrong and dangerous answers if I’m not watching the group like a hawk. That’s why I found and installed half a dozen moderators and administrators earlier this year and it’s been working great. Yes, on occasion we have to enforce the 100% Rule (if you’re not 100% sure of your answer and can back it up with code, formula and math, don’t post it). But for the most part the members have been very good about not making wild guesses.
Why do we love our Moderators?
I’m proud to say that our RVelectricity Facebook moderators have weeded out a number of the posters who tended to make fun of simple questions from new members. That’s why we have a 100% anti-bully rule there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are no “dumb” questions. If someone is asking an honest question, then they deserve a polite answer even if it appears crazy at first read. In general, the public knows very little about electricity, a fact which I’m constantly reminded of every day.
More questions equal better articles
And enough of those sometimes-seemingly crazy questions can give me a new direction for a needed article or video, so I welcome them. My weakness as a technical writer tends to be my 60 years of practical and professional experience in the electrical field. And I’ve spent the last 35 years writing articles for dozens of technology magazines, 10 years of which have been writing for the RV industry.
Don’t Bogart that Dog-Bone Adapter
I have to constantly reminded myself that when I write something like “load center” or “pedestal” or “converter,” there’s no equivalent to these important RV terms in the consumer world. So what’s a dog-bone adapter, or shore power cord, or surge protector? No wonder so many readers are confused.
Introducing my next book
With that in mind I’m now beginning to write my 2nd book for the industry titled RV Electricity Basics, which should be published in time for Christmas. This will a very basic picture book with simple explanations that can serve as an introduction to all things electrical in and around an RV. It will also be a perfect companion to my current book, RV Electrical Safety, which goes into much more depth.
Now, you don’t have to actually join Facebook to read all the important electrical information posted there. But you will have to join if you want to pose or answer a question. And if you’re still not comfortable doing that, I understand and will continue to post as much relevant information here at RVtravel.com as well as in my monthly RVelectricity newsletter, etc… But if you want to see what I’m doing over on Facebook, please take a look HERE.
Let’s play safe out there….
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
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