Pardon this detour from my regular post style, but I’ve got a couple of things I thought you might like to know about this week:
Announcement #1: T-Minus 2 Months!
Who’s going to be in Las Vegas the last week of January?
(waves frantically) Me! Me!
If you are, too, and would like to meet up, please let me know. If there’s enough interest, I’ll set up a semi-official VegasSolo meetup. Otherwise, I’ll just try to catch you individually here and there. I have already booked flights and hotel, so I am definitely committed to that week.
I’ve never been to Las Vegas that time of year before, so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like. I know it’s not exactly pool weather, but it’s got to be slightly warmer and less snowy than Vermont. (Right?) One thing I’m definitely looking forward to is seeing the Chinese New Year display at the Bellagio Conservatory.
And on a less celebratory note….
Announcement #2: My Clock is Broken
For the past four years, as you know, I’ve been publishing a blog post every Sunday like clockwork, except for the occasional week when I’m traveling or on a holiday. That’s about to change. It’s become crystal clear to me over the past year that writing a blog post every week is unsustainable for me. I think it’s a minor miracle I’ve managed to do it this long.
I live too far away from Vegas to travel there more frequently than I currently do (once every 8-12 months). And it’s exhausting trying to cram a bezillion new activities into a weeklong trip in order to have enough content to write about for the next 52 weeks. That’s not really my idea of a “vacation”.
But I’m not ready to stop blogging. I need the creative outlet, and I love sharing my passion for Las Vegas and for solo travel with other people. Like the rest of you Vegas fanatics, I probably spend way more time than is healthy thinking about that city. It’s just that I can’t maintain my current pace of writing.
So as a compromise, I’ve decided I’m going to scale back on my publishing schedule. From now on, I’ll only post when I have something to say. It may be weekly, every two weeks, or maybe even every three weeks. If this makes it hard for you to remember to come read my blog, I totally understand. You may want to subscribe to my posts by email and have them pushed to you when I do publish. (See the sign-up box in the sidebar on my website.) I will not spam you, I promise.
There are things I could do to keep the weekly publishing schedule even without visiting Vegas more often, but none of them would solve the biggest problem for me, which is my time. For the past 6 years (since I started my SoloFriendly blog), I’ve been working pretty much every day of the week: 5 at my day job plus weekends and some evenings on my blogs. I can’t keep doing that. Life is too short. . .and everyone deserves a life (or at least some down time) outside of work.
So maybe A is also for Apology. I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who have come to look forward to my posts every week. But look at the bright side: If I’m not forcing myself to stick to a weekly publishing schedule, the quality of the posts I do publish should be more consistent. That’s an upside, right?
Thank you for understanding. And before I forget, Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers!