I joined over a year ago in order to help a stranded cycle tourist that my wife had picked up during a storm, separated from his companion that had made the warmshowers plans.
We do tour but have never used warmshowers for ourselves. We have hosted cycists we have met and have quite enjoyed it.
My quandry is that we live in a very active touring region with a short season (whitefish montana usa) where 3 aca routes converge. We would like to start hosting but i am looking for hints as to manage the process so as to both keep the hosting to an enjoyable level and to be fair to cyclists. I travel extensively for work and with a variable schedule and my wife would be more comfortable at first if i were around. I have read the faq's and many forum posts so i believe i understand the importance of setting expectations and giving information (including an image) in my profile.
Do requests usually come shortly before the time hosting is desired? this would make toggling availablility more useful
Sometimes plans change- what is the proper way of handling unexpected changes in availablilty if a psace has been offered?
I have heard from our local bike shops that many of the people they see coming through seem to have an entitled attitude and the forums seem to reinforce that, anyone wish to gve a newbie addl hints as to how to handle or manage this (mostly profile?)?
What might i expect in terms of inquiry volume?
I am thinking i should contact a few of the existing local hosts and see their experiences. I was hoping also for some wider feedback.