If it seems like I’ve been away for a while, it’s because…I have.
My last entry here was nearly two months ago, which is seemingly two years in blog time. But my absence isn’t completely due to procrastination or avoidance. I do have some pretty good reasons for being quiet here on this site.
First, the holiday onslaught arrived full bore, with everything that entails. Also, my entire household fell under siege with a renegade flu. Even with two of the four of us getting those seemingly “necessary” shots, we all managed to pass it along to each other and suffer through it. Then my copywriting and content writing work deadlines took me to the edge of Christmas Eve. We’ve also been dealing with some family issues that have taken more time and sanity that I originally underestimated. To top it off, I’ve also been working to combine my two writing sites, this one and Schultze Copywriting, into one convenient place.
So starting next month, you can now visit my new merged site at Schultze Travel Communications. It’s long overdue, but I’m happy to finally get it off the ground (and thanks to Michael and Rachael for working behind the scenes to help out). That’s where you’ll now find Californian in Exile, plus my Schultze Copy Thoughts travel marketing blog.
OK, rant over…so now I’m back on track, and I have lots of changes coming in the next twelve months.
But even though January has quickly swept over me like the gusty winds we have here in the Rockies foothills, I’ve started to formulate my travel and photography goals for the new year. Now I am going to share them with you here for some accountability.
Please give me a virtual poke if I get off track during the course of the year
1.) Having 2015 be my return to travel writing
In 2012, I originally started as a freelance travel writer and photographer. But in the last three years, I’ve focused way more on content and copywriting for travel companies. Since this part of my writing business is running along, it’s now time to go back to the writing that feeds my soul.
2.) Going back to school (sort of).
I’ve enrolled in MatadorU‘s travel writing program, to have some formal instruction with my writing work. MatadorU is the online educational branch of the Matador Network, and I’m expecting plenty of growth as a writer – not just as a travel writer, but as a freelance writer in general. I plan to complete it by June.
3.) Writing more blog posts in Californian in Exile and growing my audience.
Here’s what you can expect from my planned upcoming travels in 2015: Austin/San Antonio, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and of course Colorado and southern and northern California. Some possibilities: Santa Fe/Taos, Costa Rica and Wisconsin. All the while, I’m going to query about guest posting, so I can start to have more people come to this party.
4.) Seeing my name in print by December 31st.
This has been a long-standing goal, and it simply won’t fade away. So that means querying until I can’t stand it and I’m soaked in my sweat and tears because it’ll take 53 rejections before I get something accepted. Even if I get paid in peanuts, I won’t care. I’m going to bronze that sucker once it happens.
5.) Finally inquiring about and going on fam and press trips.
I haven’t ever tried to go on one of these, but as my travel writer cred takes shape, my likelihood to embark on one of these trips will too.
6.) Getting my first travel related book published by the end of this year.
Thanks to the encouragement of my writing colleague and friend Steve, I’m setting my sights on writing and publishing a little pocket-size book about Denver. More about this later.
This will very likely be my last post on this site, so I’m looking forward to seeing over on the new one and your coming along with me on this journey!