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State Gives Razor Clams the Boot

By William May
Published: 05/18/15 Topics: Fishing, Government, Ocean Shores WA Comments: -

Today state shellfish managers announced, "Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels." Read more

Drones Will One Day Be Old News

By William May
Published: 05/01/15 Topics: Hotels, Photography Comments: -

Hoteliers are all anxious to get aerial photos of their properties from drones. Good idea and we do them. Here is why they would be better off to invest I High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos instead. Read more

Velella Velella Attack Ocean Shores

By William May
Published: 04/15/15 Topics: Ocean Shores WA Comments: -

Warmer ocean temperatures are causing a strange invader to migrate closer to the land and in the millions. When the wind blows in a certain direction, the jellyfish are blown off course and up onto the beach Read more

Vortex Insider 04/13/15

Published: 04/12/15 Topics: Comments: -

After a bit of a delay, the Vortex Insider resumes in great haste. Purchase of Ocean Reservations and OceanShores.com. Jackie Martin returns. Michael Bradham moves New folks - Nick Warner, Jessica Vance, Trina Flanagan, Mark Root, Nathaniel Jumper, Emailers are in the mail. Read more

Welcome to the New OceanShores.com

By William May
Published: 04/01/15 Topics: Ocean Shores WA, Vacation, Vacation Rentals Comments: -

Since 1996, OceanShores.com has been the center of everything about the city of Ocean Shores and the North Beaches of Washington State. Now it is getting bigger better, and faster. Read more

Website Magazine Warns Blogging Copyright Infringers

By Joseph Romain
Published: 04/01/15 Topics: Copyrights, Legal, Photography Comments: -

Website Magazine covers everything digital and in now is taking a strong stand to educate readers about how stealing copyrighted materials is a big no-no and one that will cost them lots of money when copyright holders catch them in the act. Read more

How to Choose a Vacation Rental Photographer

By William May
Published: 03/01/15 Topics: Photography Comments: -

Guest give websites but a few scant seconds to decide if it's professional, if it has what they need, and whether they are willing to look further. In one seconds, people read only a few words but glancing at a photo reveals dozens of thoughts and conveys quality, emotion, and content. Read more

Mouse in the house. Or Rats, Bears, Ants, Termites, Cockroaches, etc.

By William May
Published: 03/01/15 Topics: Property Management, Vacation Rentals, Wildlife Comments: -

Because second homes are not occupied at all times, pesky mice, rats, ants, cockroaches, bears, and other unwanted creatures have a sixth sense of knowing they are good targets. They give little warning which are unpredictable but easily resolved. Here is how. Read more

Expert Says Photos Best Return on Investment

By Joseph Romain
Published: 02/01/15 Topics: Marketing, Photography, Vacation Rentals Comments: -

Matt Landau, founder of VactionRentalMarketingBlog.com has some surprising insights into the top 10 steps that can help property owners and managers increase bookings and revenue. His research reveals much about photography. Read more

Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk

By William May
Published: 01/23/15 Topics: Communications, Football, Sports Comments: 1

Why does Seahawks Football Team Quarterback Russell Wilson talk so much. Even have a well called play he can not shut up. Neither should you if you want to achieve the kind of success he has. Read more

Christmas Trees Endanger the World

By William May
Published: 01/17/15 Topics: Government Comments: -

This is not a story about prohibiting Christmas trees from governmental property due to freedom of religion restrictions. Instead, it’s a new taking of your ability to put a Christmas Tree in the lobby of privately owned condo buildings, restaurants and more. Geeeesh. Is nothing sacred? Read more

HDR Photography is not HD

By William May
Published: 01/01/15 Topics: Comments: -

Only one in every ten thousand amateur photographers, and only one out of a thousand professionals have an understanding of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos. That terminology has nothing to do with the common High Definition description of TV's and monitors. Everyone in lodging should know the difference. Read more

Christmas Trees Endanger the World

By William May
Published: 12/31/14 Topics: Government, Holidays Comments: 1

The latest target of political extremists is the lowly Christmas Tree. They have pronounced that live- fresh versions are terribly dangerous when located in public places, like hotels, condo buildings, restaurants and even correction facilities (Double speak for jails) Read more

Crowing about VRIA Mobile Websites

By William May
Published: 11/01/14 Topics: Comments: -

It may not sound earth shaking but Redstone Systems, creator of the HelpBook.me software has just added their evolutionary new mobile websites to their system and has donated the capability to the VRIA.org website and those that use VRMLS.org. Check it on your mobile phone now. Read more

How to see Elk at Mount Rainier

By Emmalee David
Published: 10/17/14 Topics: Comments: -

If you have never seen an Elk you will be in luck when visiting our Vacation Rental homes located in the Greenwater area of Washington State, just outside the gates to Mount Rainier National Park. Here are tips to find them. Read more

Vortex Insider 10/13/14

By William May
Published: 10/15/14 Topics: Comments: -

We are gearing up for Fall and Holiday bookings. Deep Clean and Surveys recommendations due in a week. Staff doing more inspections. Why we need to talk, talk, talk. Start a new habit today. Read more

Vacation Rental Pet Peeve Week

By William May
Published: 10/08/14 Topics: Comments: -

If anyone deserves to have a pet peeve, it should be people who manage vacation rentals. Although most people are friendly and kind, there are some things that drive people in this service centered industry nuts. Read more

Vortex Insider 09/22/14

By William May
Published: 09/23/14 Topics: Comments: -

This issue the discussion is about sports and never dropping the ball. Plus introducing our purchasing department, touching work just once. Then look to see if you won last week's quiz. Read more

Vortex Insider 09/01/14

By William May
Published: 09/01/14 Topics: Comments: -

Little word habits make a big difference. Here are some to avoid - Be upbeat, too busy, no services, banning pronouns. Plus in this issue - about Web ads. And did you take the quiz? Read more

Crystal Mountain's Scenic Gondola Does Wow

By Emmalee David
Published: 09/01/14 Topics: Comments: -

Winter, we were worn out by March. Needing to shake it up a bit we hit the road in a southeasterly direction. Read more

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