We test-launched our new Baby Boomers Traveling website this week after months of work by an amazing team of people from around the world. A graphic artist, technicians, a writer, editor, and project manager were joined—electronically—to create a product that only a few years ago couldn’t have been completed so easily across such huge distances. Truly a global work experience that reflects the spirit of Baby Boomers Traveling.
Helen Ditchfield Riley, a graphic artist from Manchester England, created the look of the website based on our desires and needs. We wanted a clean and simple look so that the emphasis remained on the information it contained with the only visual highlight our photographs from around the world. The muted colors used reflect those most popular with travelers and hikers and were selected because they don’t overpower the photos.
A team of techies lead by Roman Shymko of Nix Solutions in the Ukraine worked with Jacob to translate our ideas into workable reality.
I wrote the information on the site while in China and Mexico and sent everything to my editor Marla Markman in California. Knowing Marla would be reviewing all of my copy meant I could write faster and not worry as much about grammatical errors and so we got much of it written within a few weeks.
Jacob Frank (project manager/company V.P./fellow traveler/husband) was still working full-time at teaching English as a foreign language in China while managing the many aspects of the project during what free time he had.
During the last two crucial months of much of the work, Jacob was working on Chinese time, coordinating the technicians in the Ukraine, his writer/wife in Mexico, and still needing graphics from England. With all of the time differences, it’s likely that there was someone working on the website 24 hours a day.
A big thank you to everyone involved in getting the Baby Boomers Traveling website up and running!
We’re still adding content and working out the bugs on a few pages but felt it was time we got the pages up so that readers could finally see what we’ve been up to these last few months. We’ve got lots of great stuff coming which we’ll announce as we unroll the new features of the website.
In the meantime, happy trails…..
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