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New Year’s Resolutions

‘Hope is a waking dream’ – Aristotle

As 2012 comes to a close, we hope that your year has lived up to last year’s resolutions! At the same time, we relish the hope for 2013, and all of the potential it may hold. That goes for us bloggers too, and what we want to accomplish, come the New Year.

We launched this blog in September, learning from our mistakes, but also having some fun along the way. In 2013 we hope to rectify a few missteps.

Posting four times a week has taken its toll. Restraint will be attempted in the following months, after everything already set up in the queue posts. We’ll also tinker with the times and days of when to post. Our readers have been visiting at roughly the same time so we hope to accommodate this trend.

We have signed up for a travel-writing course and are nearly halfway through it. We’ll be playing with styles and finding our own groove using their tools. We think it will be a fun ride. Also on the agenda is a photography course during 2013.

Our view of social media is still evolving. We want our readers to enjoy what we post, and not become overwhelmed by the amount of posting. Suggestions are always appreciated (email:

Behind the scenes we are working diligently to speed up the site.  This means that we signed up for SmugMug.  Not only will our readers be able to purchase artwork but by having them host our photos, the site should be zippy.  (We have over 760 images on the site so this will be a long, long transfer process.)

In the early months of the year we have a trip planned through Texas, and we’re trying to slot in a Nevada road trip to Lake Tahoe before summer. Fingers crossed. Phoenix is also a possibility.

Finally, ‘vacations’ are no longer vacations when you’re blogging. We’re writing and filming non-stop as we travel, as well as trying to stay current on social media and correspondence. That means we’re taking a vacation from blogging later in the year. We’ve already put a deposit on Turkey. Yep, it’s not in the Southwest so we cannot possibly blog about it. (Except you can look for our photos on our Tumblr feed – we may have an addiction!)

Have any ideas we should implement? Let us know.  If you’re a newbie blogger, we’re happy to share some of our experiences.  Drop us a line.

Happy New Year!
Lane & Juliet

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Lane & Juliet

The writing and photography team behind Southwest Compass, the travel blog for the American Southwest.


Scott - Quirky Travel Guy

Four posts a week is really hardcore! I usually do 3 but this month I temporarily cut back to 2x a week since December traffic around the holidays is really slow. And sometimes you just need a lighter workload to recharge. Best of luck in the coming year to one of my favorite new blogs!
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The Duo

Thanks for your kind words! Best of luck to you also. Happy New Year!


Taking a travel writing course is such a great idea! I’ve read a few books and always learn from them. There are just so many things you can do, aren’t there? I hope most of all, you’re having fun with it. Happy New Year!
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The Duo

And a wonderful New Year to you too!


Agree on vacations not being vacations when you’re a blogger. It’s important to take some time out and just enjoy where you are travelling, too. Best of luck with blogging in 2013 and safe travels!
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The Duo

Thanks for reading, Christina. I hope you also have a fantastic 2013.

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