When we travel, it is not so much the sites and landmarks that get us excited, but rather the food.
People are always saying to us, “You were in this city for so long… how come you didn’t go do this, this, or that?” And we would answer, “This is just how we like to travel. We like to eat.” As long as we hit up all the local food specialties and had a few good meals, we never feel like we missed out on anything.
Food has become the biggest part of our travels, and yet, it’s the most under-represented aspect on this blog. We’ll skip over popular attractions, but we’ll go through great lengths to track down that locals’ favorite hole-in-the-wall or that always crowded restaurant. And yet, the majority of our dining experiences have gone mostly unmentioned. And I know I have a wealth of information and opinions to share.
So lately, I’ve been wondering: how can I fix this?
On this blog, I write generally longer, well thought-out posts, and I try to find a balance between being personal, fun, and informative. I’ve felt like that shorter specific restaurant reviews don’t really have a place on Slightly Astray. And I also worry that if I were to write about food more, this blog will get too clogged up with food posts and the travel and personal posts will take a backseat.
So right now, I’m thinking that I can:
1. Start a new blog – I can create a new blog and dedicate it entirely to shorter-length food related posts (dining experiences, restaurant reviews, recipes, etc.). This way, I can keep Slightly Astray as a place for personal reflection and travel stories. And those who don’t want to read about restaurants/food won’t have to.
I kinda like the idea of a having a clean slate (and I rather like the name Slightly Chubby). The downside though, is that I would have to start over and build up the domain authority again. The upside is that this would be a nicely niched blog; no confusion as to what it’s supposed to be about.
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2. Just publish more food posts on SA – Of course, I could just write the food posts I want to write (I know some you love them) and continue to publish them on SA. The upside is that I would get to keep my current domain authority and build on that. This blog may even grow faster with more frequent postings and all the new content I’ll be dumping in. But I’m worried that in this case, SA would turn into a mostly food blog and the posts will no longer have the personal feel or high quality of writing that my readers have come to expect. Also, the blog may get messy with too many topics.
I would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to tell me in the comments what you’d prefer! You guys are the best part of this blog and I’d love your thoughts!
Should I go in the direction of transitioning SA into a more food-centric blog? Would you want to see more food posts here? Or should I give them a new home?