Hello, dear Reader, and Happy New Year! It’s been awhile since my last post, but I know you’ll let me pick up right where we left off – you’re always so generous in that way. Inspired by our recent travels to Morocco and thanks to some spare time over the holidays, I’ve given the blog a refresh. For those of you who are new to the site, I’ve included some context below.
Our story begins in 2013 with the launch of my first-ever blog: Little Girl, Big World. What began as a travelogue of my Trans-Siberian journey soon became a real-time account of my new marriage, our life in Italy, and my experience as a military spouse. (It’s worth noting that by 2013, the heyday of blogging had long since come and gone. Suffice it to say, I’m not an early adopter.)
By fall of 2016, however, the Muse had left me (as she is wont to do). I posted occasionally but couldn’t shake the feeling that the blog needed to evolve… but how? I needed to think on it.
A quick scan of the blogosphere confirmed my suspicions: blogging was dead. One by one, my blogger pals left the game, replacing all those carefully constructed sentences with 140-character tweets, Instagram stories, and vlogs. I gave some of that a whirl, but it wasn’t totally satisfying.
After all, I’m a storyteller, not a photographer or a television personality or a video editor. So much was omitted when I shared our travels this way. In a digital landscape saturated with “spon con” and ads, I found myself missing the intimacy of the blog. Much to my delight, some of you did too!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard Simon Sinek’s TED talk, “Start With Why.” Popping up everywhere from yoga teacher trainings to corporate strategy sessions, Sinek invites us to focus on the beliefs that inspire our actions. So, what am I doing here, folks? And why?
You won’t see “must-have” packing lists for your upcoming trip to Paris or the hottest luxury accommodations on my site. There are so many great websites for that already. While I’m happy to offer those up (message me!), I stay mostly mum on these issues because, for me, they’re beside the point.
Indeed, the only thing I’m “selling” is the value of contemplating the life of someone else. In the lottery of all possible lives, you ended up with yours. But what if you were a young Berber girl living in the Atlas Mountains instead? Or a middle-aged Russian taxi driver in St. Petersburg? A tearoom owner in the English countryside?
I started a travel blog, but “travel” is simply the umbrella under which several of my passions fall – literature, history, the diverse – yet unifying – human experience. Even our military life offers an opportunity to explore these ideas. I believe slipping into someone else’s skin allows us to be more compassionate, more willing to challenge our own beliefs. (And yes, sometimes this is uncomfortable, dear Reader). The blog is my way of sharing those flirtations with another life.
2020 brings a fresh look and name (my name!) to the blog. Be kind in your evaluation of the site design please, we’ve already established that storytelling is the only thing I do well! I’ll be writing about our recent trip to Morocco and I’m also toying with the idea of getting some of your voices on the blog. I’ve had so many thoughtful interactions with readers over the years, I’d love to bring that conversational aspect to the blog somehow.
That’s all for now. If you’re new, welcome, and to my OG readers, really good to see you again!