Highbrow philosophers might call it an existential crisis, but for travel bloggers like us, it’s just a decision point … and an opportunity to make a change. The Pandemic drags on, and even though stay-at-home orders have been eased, travel restrictions around the world haven’t. So the question facing us, as well as many other bloggers is: If you write a travel blog, and the world can’t travel – now what?
For the past few months our blog posts have focused on COVID-19. We lamented the Lockdown’s impact on daily life, and made predictions on the implications for travelers going forward. These posts were well received, but honestly, at this point we don’t know how much more helpful information we can add to the conversation. In the past we’ve talked about how we and the blog have changed, and now to that equation we can add how the times have changed. Which brings us back to our decision point: What’s next for Gallivance?
If there’s one thing we’ve had in abundance during our lockdown it’s time to think – and we put it to good use coming up with ideas for changes at Gallivance.
Our first step will be to broaden the scope of our content to include more non-travel topics. If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that many of our posts are inspired by our travels, but the topics aren’t exclusively about travel per se (like when we talk about cottages, stuff, and rocks!).
Since the beginning, the tagline for Gallivance has been “Travel Tales with a Twist,” because we’ve always tried to find unique angles on what we love about travel and other cultures. So a post on a new city might be about its food, architecture, art, or local beliefs – more culture than travel journal. We’ve also shared themes that speak strongly to us, such as simplifying and downsizing. And then there are the subjects that simply fascinate us because they’re exciting to explore and rewarding to write about: blogging, science, and nature.
So the crux is that we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing, but with more emphasis on a wider variety of topics that fascinate us. And our new tagline will help us announce this change: “Gallivance: Fascinated By The World.”
In addition to the expansion of content, we’re also making big changes to the look of the blog that we hope you’ll enjoy. More on that later, but if you’d like a preview check it out.
We’re excited about delving into some new areas, and hope you’ll like the expanded scope of the blog. And, as always, we appreciate that you continue to follow along and wish you good health.
Given the “New Normal,” have you been thinking about changes to your blog? We’d love to know.
James & Terri