A Bend in the Road

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For the past four years, Kaleidoscopic Wandering has been my baby, a comfy travel companion I’ve cuddled with around the globe. If you’ve been following my travels as of late, though, you’ll know that they’ve drastically changed. This is not a bad thing … it’s just different. In addition to leading a personal lifestyle that doesn’t involve as much travel as before, what you likely haven’t seen is how my professional life has changed. In addition to travel writing, I’ve been publishing a lot of work in a variety of other genres. Additionally, I ghostwrote a book last year and am working on another one right now.

My work has been demanding, and I’ve been putting additional stress on myself to publish more content more often on Kaleidoscopic Wandering. But why? I love to travel, and blogging about the places I go and the things I do there shouldn’t be stressful. It should be something I want and love to do. I’ve been chewing on this quandary for awhile now. I know some of you follow Kaleidoscopic Wandering closely, and I thank you for that. I also know that the vast majority of my site’s traffic comes from Google; apparently I’m an expert on the Grand Canyon … who knew?

Because there are active readers of Kaleidoscopic Wandering out there, I can’t just bury this girl. I don’t want to, and I have no intention in doing so. But I am going to scale back and refocus my efforts on writing about those things I love best—fun finds in Las Vegas, tidbits from the road and the occasional piece of travel writing that just needs to find a home. I envision publishing something once a week or so, or maybe twice a week if the fancy strikes. If people ask me to review places and experiences that I think are interesting, I’ll still do that. If I choose to go on vacation and not write anything at all, I reserve the right to do that as well.

Kaleidoscopic Wandering isn’t going anywhere, but I am giving her more room to breathe and take the road she chooses to take. I’m throwing away my editorial calendar and letting my wanderlust-related words wander free. Isn’t that what the joy of traveling is about anyway?

9 Responses to “A Bend in the Road”

  1. Pamela

    Thank you Joanna. I just recently started following Kaleidoscopic Wandering. I am glad it will not end. It is okay to scale back. Enjoy life- I’ll visit when you post something new. -your fan- Pamela.

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    • JoAnna

      Thanks for your kind words, Pamela. I’m definitely not going to let this blog go by the wayside, but I do need to give her some space to breathe. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  2. Sere

    Go for it Johanna! I enjoy your posts but you should too and not have it be a big stresser! Enjoy your new path :)!

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    • JoAnna

      Thank you, Sere. My new path is a deviation from what I’ve been doing, but I’ll always have travel in my life.

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  3. Julie

    JoAnna-

    Good for you! I know you invested a lot of time and energy in developing this blog, and I’m glad it’s going to continue evolving as the rest of your life does.

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    • JoAnna

      Thanks for your support, Julie. It means a lot to me.

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  4. Heather

    I’ve always been impressed how you’ve built and kept up this site. It’s such a wonderful resource, and the great thing is that because you’ve made your posts both personal and informative, it will continue to be a resource to your readers even if you’re not able to post so often.

    I now tend to post on mine only during school vacations!

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    • JoAnna

      Thanks for the kind words, Heather. I really appreciate it. 🙂

      Reply

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