Becoming Wanderlust for One
On June 10, 2010, almost exactly 2 years ago, I penned the very first post on this site after deciding to simply embrace an impulse to write about my travels. I hardly had any idea about what I was doing (see this post and this one as proof), what running a blog about travel entailed, and how much work was involved.
Posts in the last few months have been few and far between, but that’s not because I’ve lost my passion for this venture. It’s been almost a full nine months since I last traveled on my own, and in addition to spending the time beating the in-between travel blues, I’ve mostly been using the time behind the scenes to make this website a better version of itself. Earlier in the year, I wrote about some changes that would be coming to the website this year and now they’re almost here. Single Occupancy is growing up, turning two, and becoming Wanderlust for One.
What does this mean?
A new name
The most important takeaway from this post: Single Occupancy is now Wanderlust for One. I wrote about my reasons for the name change late last year and while I understand that change is sometimes difficult, it can also be necessary. On or around June 10 (I hope!), the site will be accessible at a new URL: WanderlustforOne.com. For the most part, the site will remain the same but I’m hoping to channel everything I’ve learned over the last two years into creating content that’s more useful and more relevant than before.
A new look
To help solidify the name change to Wanderlust for One, the blog also will have a new visual identity which you’ll see popping up on social media within the next week or so. Don’t be alarmed. It’s still me, just prettier! Here’s a sneak peek of the new look.
I’m really proud of the site’s evolution and of the new name, and I hope this will lead to greater opportunities and resources for the both of us to explore the world solo.
A User’s Survival Guide
On or around June 10, 2012, give or take a day or so (crossing my fingers the transition is a smooth one), the new site will go live. I’m in the process of finalizing some last-minute tweaks and migrating posts and images, processes which I hope will happen seamlessly with minimal impact to you. Both this site (SingleOccupancyBlog.com) and the new site (WanderlustforOne.com) may be down for a few hours during that time as the transition takes place, so don’t be alarmed. It’s just a few growing pains.
Staying in Touch
While most of my social media profiles and such will remain the same, I’ll need your help with two things so we can continue to keep in contact:
Facebook – Facebook is a notoriously touchy about changing page names once they’ve been established. I’ve hemmed and hawed over this decision for the past few months, ultimately deciding to create a new space on Facebook for friends and followers of the blog to connect. While rebuilding the community on Facebook may be a challenge in the short-term, I’m confident the decision will prove beneficial in the long run. I truly hope you’ll join me there because it just won’t be the same without you. I’ve already begun adding new content to the space, so hop over, like the new page, and stay tuned because most of the updates from my epic upcoming roadtrip will be posted there.
RSS Feed – if you’re used to receiving blog updates in your RSS feed reader or by email, be sure to re-register on the site once it goes live. I’ll be sure to send out a reminder on Facebook and Twitter once the feeds are activated and ready to go.
Questions? As always, you can talk back to me on Twitter (@WanderOne) or via email at my new address marsha(at)wanderlustforone(dot)com.
As always, thank you for your words of encouragement and for taking the time to read what I write, to comment when something I’ve written makes you think, and to sharing the love when something moves you. You’ll never know how much it means.