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?