Finally, after nearly 6 years of full-time blogging, I have a logo! Woohoo! Ladies and gents, this is my official brand for my travel blog, New York Traveler.net.
My travel blog, in which I recorded the family day trips– replete with historical backgrounds and loads of photos– began in 2006. I started it as a little hobby blog on Blogger, for kicks. It grew into a popular Upstate New York reference for travelers– I was honored with mentions from folks all around the world (like the T-List, NewYorkology.com, and Manhattan User’s Guide Online), not to mention attention from TIME magazine, iMedia, and others. I guess my hokey little stories filled a niche previously unexplored– “backyard tourism” in a era of dwindling world travel and more “back to basics” vacations. It is also a great way to show people that New York is NOT just the city. So, for a few years, we traveled and blogged and traveled and blogged, keeping all exploits within the state.
Then came the house renovation, and my traveling came to a screeching halt. And now that I work full time, plus homeschool and all the other things a mom does, plus trying to fix up this old house… our travels have slowed to a crawl. Still, I have high hopes for my traveling. I’ve wanted to create a “brand” for it for a long time. I have no idea how to trademark it– if anyone has suggestions, please let me know.
I considered creating the logo for myself, but I just didn’t have time, and I didn’t think I’d do as good a job as a pro. So I recently asked fellow blogger Staci at BloggingBellaDesigns to do it for me. I think she did an amazing job! The logo is just perfect. She even endured my constant stream of emails filled with picayune details about “Adirondack” colors, fonts, and such. Her price was incredibly affordable. I highly recommend Staci if you need graphic work or web design done.
So I’m flipping over my new logo. I have car magnets and business cards coming. And I ordered some t-shirts for the family to wear when we travel. I’m hoping (praying) that we will be able to travel more, and I’ll have time to blog about it… because I’m still not caught up from a few visits we took in February!