My last post was on May 1st, in which I announced my decision to take the month of May off of my blog for my birthday.  After a much-needed break, I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog for the foreseeable future.  The truth is, as much as I love my blog, I have many things on my plate which require my attention.  So, at least until I’m done with grad school or something else changes, here are some changes you can anticipate seeing to By Land and Sea:

 

Marigot Bay – St. Lucia

 

 

  • New posts will be published on the second and fourth Mondays of each month only.  I’m sure some will say that this is the exact opposite of what I should be doing, but I need to be realistic with what I can manage.  I am not a full-time traveler, blogger or a digital nomad, and honestly, I have no desire to be.  Regardless of how much I love blogging, there are bills to be paid and, much to my dismay, my blog does not cut the mustard in that regard.
  • Generally speaking, the first post of every quarter will serve as a “travel round-up” of the previous quarter’s activities.  However, due to an incredibly challenging second quarter of 2017, I will be skipping this particular update – all others will come out as anticipated. If you’d like to check out the first quarter of 2017, click here.  The content of all other posts will vary as the mood strikes me, as usual.
  • While many have enjoyed the posts in my Sustainable Sunday series, I will be incorporating little sustainable travel tidbits into the content of other posts instead of focusing on individual posts in this series for the time being.
  • Although I will do as much as I can, when I can, I will be limiting post length, photo editing, and social media engagement.  As much as I would like to do more, there are only so many hours in a day.  However, if you have questions or comments about any destination or activity, please let me know in the comments.  I love to hear what you have to say and help out where I can!
  • My blog related Instagram account will be inactive for some time.  Again, I’m sure some will say this is the exact opposite of what I should be doing, but I simply do not have time to manage it.  Instagram is the most frustrating social media platform there is.  It seems it is all about putting up appearances and game playing – and I do not have the time nor the patience for either.  At the moment, I simply cannot fathom spending any more time carefully selecting and editing photos, generating attention-grabbing captions, and including up to 30 popular hashtags all for the sake of someone following me just to unfollow as soon as I follow them back, and having some dumb bot giving me a “thumbs up” in the comments.  For everyone who truly cared and engaged, thank you!  Instead, catch me on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter until I get a little more free time.  End rant.
  • I would love to welcome any legitimate guest posts!  If you are interested in having your content shared here and across social media, please email me at bylandandsea.me@gmail.com
Il Kil Cenote – Mexico

Moving forward, there are already many great posts in the queue filled with wanderlust-inducing content and I’m really excited to share them with you!  The posts shared here have something to offer for everyone who loves to travel! Again, that you for the continued support and readership.

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21 Comments

  1. Good luck with all your plans Jen. I have also cut my blogs down to two a month… or less. Just when I get the time really LOL. Not very professional of me… But then again I am not a “professional blogger” I just enjoy sharing the places I visit and the information I gather. I’m looking forward to reading all your future posts!

  2. I totally understand your point! I had a period where I gave a lot of efforts to the blog but it was exhausting… I’m taking it now as it it, a hobby. Good luck!

    1. Yep, for now it will definitely be a hobby of mine. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

  3. I’m so glad you have been able to see the wood through the trees with your month off, and you have made some clear decisions here, that is great! Bills have to be paid, end of really, and you have some pressing commitments ahead of you. Blogging will be there for you should you wish to return when your plate isn’t so full, and you know the Feet Do Travel group will always be happy to see your photos and hear your stories. As for me personally, I will still be stalking you on social media lol 😀 #feetdotravel

    1. I love being part of the group! If it wasn’t for a full time job, half time grad school, and everything else I have on my plate, I would be able to do more. But, for now… something is better than nothing!!

  4. Everyone needs a blogging break now and then so don’t stress too much about it :). I know what you mean, I wish I could post more too but work needs to come first (and travel activities). But I’m too stressing about it anymore because earning a living and enjoying life is more important :). But I do like instagram just as a place to keep my favorite photos and memories that otherwise would never make to the blog. But I don’t really care about the followers count. Best of luck Jennifer!

  5. Best of luck with all your commitments. Blogging takes up a lot of time and you have found a way to budget your time 🙂 I will look forward to any tidbits your share from your travels. Just like Angie I too will also be stalking you on Social media 🙂 #feetdottravel

    1. Hey, thanks for the support! I’m happy to stalk you and Angie both on social media too – isn’t that what being virtual friends is all about!?! 🙂

  6. It’s pretty darn difficult to find time to blog – it really is a full time job if you are serious about it – I, myself, end up getting pretty stressed as I juggle everything like social media, engagement and writing new posts! It’s not worth burning out for or losing the passion for blogging so you are doing the right thing! Keep it up and look forward to your content!

    1. It was getting to be like a full time job! The new posting schedule seems to be a better balance so far. Thanks for the support!!

  7. Hey Jenn – We feel ya, sista! There is always so much to do. Intentionally focusing on what matters to you, I think, will ease your mind AND result in better work all around. And you seem to have a lot of “all around” going on lately! Best of luck with all of it. You know we’re always here for support, encouragement, and virtual cheers at the end of the day!

    1. Perhaps if I could clone myself, I could do more blogging?! Two of me… now that’s a scary thought! Thanks for the virtual cheers!!!

  8. Good on you for listening to your needs 🙂 We are currently in south America (for the last 5months) and we are late on our blog but we rather be in the moment and enjoy our trip rather than being on the computer all the time! We are passionate about what we do but we still want to enjoy our time! Good luck with your plans! We can’t wait to read your Sustainable Sunday Series though 😉 Patrick and Cécile from http://www.travel4lifeblog.com

  9. I totally get everything you are planning to do – I have also cut down posts just not enough time in the day. And Instagram – you have put into words exactly how i feel. Blogging has to be fun and also manageable – I think for me anyway the push to post once a week at least was taking away the fun. Good luck with your new schedule! Look forward to reading your posts when they come out 🙂

    1. Thanks for the support! You’re right, blogging has to be fun and manageable too and pushing for once a week, every week, was just getting to be too much!

  10. Good luck with your plans Jenn, I understand what you are saying, blogging should be fun, we just do it when we we fancy it. Look forward to reading more of your travels as and when!

    1. You are so smart to do it as you can! I was trying to do a new post every week and, with my schedule, it just got to be too much. Thanks for your continued support and looking forward to reading about your travels too!

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