Welcome to our new home! We haven’t shared too much about our behind-the-scenes blogging issues these past few months (we didn’t want to bore you!) but we’ve been working away at building this new site!
When we launched our blog almost five years ago, we didn’t want to use WordPress — for a few different reasons — but over time, I’ve started doing more of the back-end work on our blog and the fact that we didn’t build our site on WordPress made it more difficult for this non-coder. Scott fought me on the idea of migrating our site to WordPress, but in the end, he understood it will free up more time for both of us. So here we are, joining the masses with a WordPress website.
But… migrating a site is never easy and we certainly ran into loads of issues.
I won’t torture you with the details, but the first two people we hired to do the migration didn’t know what they were doing and gave up a few weeks into the project. We got lucky and found someone competent on our third try, but it also meant that what should have only taken a few weeks, took almost three months. In those three months, we were busy working on the back-end of the website — while traveling — which left very little time to keep up on our posting schedule.
We haven’t had a personal post on the blog in a while, so I thought I would share an honest post about the state of our lives and the truth behind travel blogging. Since I have been making my living online for the past year and a half, I’ve had some major ups and downs and to be perfectly honest… I’m exhausted. It’s a lot of work and my stress levels are through the roof.
This site migration and redesign certainly didn’t help. If I thought I had a mountain of work before, well, this took things to a whole new level. I even bordered on losing my mind, giving up completely, and living under a rock. It’s not pretty.
Now that the site has launched, the work is only halfway finished. As you can see, our travel resources page is a work in progress, the work on our destinations page has only just begun, and I still have about 1,500 images where I need to go in and re-enter the data that didn’t migrate over.
I’m trying to learn to let go of feeling like everything has to be completed NOW, but it’s tough with a Type A personality. Not to mention, this blog is my livelihood and when I fall behind, that means I fall behind on income as well.
I have so many articles to finish from recent trips that in reality, I could stay home for three months and still not be caught up. We just returned from a weekend in Baja, followed by a whirlwind of a travel conference in Los Angeles, so the plan is to stay put until our trip to Puerto Rico for the Thanksgiving break. I know, that’s only three weeks away!
After Puerto Rico, we’re taking a road trip to Central and Northern California over the week of Christmas — which may be cut short due to how burnt out we are both feeling with work and constant travel. We have some exciting travel plans in the works for spring of 2015, which I can’t wait to announce! One of the destinations is a place I’ve been dreaming about visiting for years. Stay tuned for those announcements!
In the meantime, we’ll be catching up on posts about Molokai, Maui, St. Maarten, Newfoundland, Mauritius, and Puerto Rico — as well as making updates to this new site.
Take a look around. Let us know what you think and please feel free to make any suggestions or let us know if something isn’t working correctly.
We hope you like the new site!