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Identity. It’s such a challenging concept. I think it’s natural for everyone to endure an identity crisis or two (or more) as they get older. I am also finding that it’s natural as a blogger to have a blog go through an identity crisis, too.

I’m back to my original home: http://firstclassgreatoutdoors.wordpress.com. I followed my gut and thought seriously about the future of this blog, so I’m happy to return my blog to its original home.

I have discovered some great new blogs recently, and I feel like they’ve given me better ideas for how I want to craft my blog. This is such an important part of starting any blog: read other blogs, find what you like, and craft your version of it. I think you’ll notice some good changes in the coming months (I hope so anyway).

You will also see that I’ve crafted some different sections for my main menu. I’ve broken down “My Travels” into two separate lists: places I have explored and places I want to explore. Under “Begin Your Adventure,” I’ll gather a collection of posts to help any camping newbie, anti-camper, or even experienced camper find enjoyment in their outdoor pursuits. In the “Favorites” section, you will find my favorite posts along with my favorite blogs. Eventually, I’ll add readers’ favorite posts, too. Since I have so many goals for adventuring further into the outdoors and connecting more with nature, I have developed a section where I will track my progress. This is primarily to hold myself accountable and to view my progress – feel free to take a look if you’re interested. Finally, I still have my “Playlist” section, where I will list out songs from my outdoors/camping playlist, and my “About” section (with a little more detail).

Same Name, New Address

I’m a career counselor by trade, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading at work about the trend of personal branding. In an effort to better build my personal brand, I have changed the address of First Class Great Outdoors. You can now keep up with my outdoor adventures at http://laurajjacobs.wordpress.com.

Additionally, I’ve started a new blog for my dogs (I know, I know…groan). You can read about their posh life at http://adventuresoftandb.wordpress.com.

Hope to connect with you at my new online homes!

Finding My Niche

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When I started First Class Great Outdoors last summer, I had a general idea of what I wanted the site to be: a blog dedicated to stylish outdoor living. See, I’m not a natural outdoorswoman. In fact, my family and closest friends were shocked that 1) I gave camping a try and 2) I actually liked it. I’m not ashamed to say that I am slightly high maintenance, and I completely understand their skepticism.

Unfortunately, my blog has bounced away from the outdoors focus. Now part of this is due to the fact that we live in Wisconsin. I know you can camp in the winter, but I’m not THAT into camping. The other issue was that I didn’t really know what to say on my “stylish outdoor living” topic. This has changed…

If you’ve read any of my recent posts, you may have read that Jason and I are taking a summer trip out west to Yosemite National Park. We will kind of be camping: we’ll be staying in one of the tent cabins in Yosemite’s Curry Village. It’s camping, but without all the work. As we began preparing, I started looking online for stylish versions of the essentials I would need for the trip – fashionable camping clothes, cute hiking shoes, etc. Now that I’ve started embracing this new hobby, I want to infuse my more of my personal style into my adventures. Unfortunately, there really isn’t much out there on this topic. I’ve found a few random news articles and blog posts about “glamping” (i.e. glamorous camping), but that’s about it.

The lack of information on this topic might be due to the thought that these two things contradict one another – high maintenance/style vs. camping. But I don’t think they have to. For me, camping has been a way for me to honor who I was when I was a child. While my family didn’t camp, I spent most of my time outside, running around, building forts, getting dirty. Life feels simple again when I’m camping as an adult. I have obviously changed as I’ve grown up, but I feel it’s high time to fuse my grown-up personality with my childhood interests.

So from here forward, I’m going to try to stick with my niche. I can’t say that other “unrelated” topics might slip in from time to time, but they won’t be the focus. Maybe from reading my posts, the anti-camper in you might reconsider and give it a try. I tried it, and look what happened to me!

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