Today is the first day of my new life. That is the mantra I have been chanting quietly to myself since I decided to make some life changing decisions recently.
And I wanted to tell you all about them.
For those of you who didn't know, I also had a day job. Had is the operative word here.
I have left my day job and will be flying solo as a self-employed individual. Entrepreneur. Whatever label you would like to put on it.
There were some changes in the works before this (like moving my site from Typepad to WordPress) but now there will be so many more that I would like to share.
Let's start with that blog move.
Actually, as we speak my web-designer is almost done with creating a brand new website, which will be a custom design and will encorporate the blog into a larger scale website.
The website will feature not only the blog, but will incorporate my photography, which of course will be for sale, and will showcase all of my travel planning and consulting services, which will be a major focus of my business, but was never highlighted to its fullest potential on the limited blog platform that I have now.
My travel services have always and will continue to include, custom itinerary planning for Paris and Italy- which could include everything from hotel and restaurant recommendations and reservations, private tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, market visits and one day foodie adventures.
But I will also be expanding to create travel workshops and seminars teaching others how they can travel to Europe on a budget or how to travel carry-on. Maybe an e-book or two eventually.
And of course, I will continue my freelance writing.
Whew, that's alot right? Hence the name Mélange, which means a mix of things.
So, what does this mean for those of you who are already regular readers?
Well, if you are already a subscriber (thankyouverymuch!) either through an RSS feed or through email (in the upper right side-bar)- nothing really should change. When the new site goes live, your feed should continue as usual- the only difference being if you click through to make comments or click through to the actual site- it will look very different. It will not be the current site that you see. It will be much better, I hope!
If you are not a regular subscriber (perfect time to sign up!) once the new site goes live- my domain (mymelange.net) will point to a home page, which will encorporate the blog and you will need to click through to a sub-page that will house the blog. Easy-peasy really.
And I have some exciting interviews and giveaways planned for the first week the new site goes live…so stay tuned for that!
One last mention. Since my primary focus will be on the business, from this point forward, the blog will continue to be updated on a weekly basis, but there certainly won't be posts 5 days per week.
I will still be doing my regular Travel Tip Tuesday and Travel Photo Friday columns. I will still post great recipes, photos, restaurant reviews and articles about where my travels take me and will be waxing poetic about France and Italy with the same passion that I always have- just with less frequency.
My goal is to continue with at least 3 blog updates a week- with a bonus 4th day thrown in every now and again. But I won't be sticking to an exact posting schedule- with the exception of Tuesdays and the 1st Friday of every month.
So, if you don't want to miss an update, now is the perfect time to subscribe! (once again, in the upper right-hand corner)
I will be letting you know when we are about to go live with the new site- so no worries about missing that.
And it goes without saying that I thank each and every one you, for continuing to read, support and inspire me to do what I love. As long as there are people who need me, I will always continue to help people travel on a budget, travel smarter, travel light, and travel to France and Italy!
I hope you'll join me on the journey of this scary, but exciting new chapter in my life.
I'm glad you'll be along for the ride!