We’re sure it’s an easier decision to rename your blog than your baby, though this particular renaming might have required more work.
Welcome to Travel Outlandish, formerly once we’re young travel.
what is Travel Outlandish?
Travel Outlandish is a blog about travel experience. We created it to showcase the offbeat, immersive, and faraway travel experiences that even our 5-year-old selves would be into.
With the new brand, our vision for this blog has become clearer than ever. We’re still planning to curate the best in travel experience, but we’ll skip over the obvious. As you can imagine, this small change frees up tons of time for us to cover street art, street food, off the grid travel experiences, festival travel, local experience, and our personal favorite, the “what the hell is…” series.
why the new name?
We were 18 months into our blog, and we already had doubts about the name. That’s just not a great sign.
It required justification. We found ourselves over explaining the name and losing people on the way. “We’re not just for young people. Wait! I know it sounds corny, but we’re kinda edgy and [occasionally] cool!”
It was complicated. Between a Ben Stiller movie, a WWII book, and the telecom company sitting on the short version of the URL, we were struggling to be memorable.
It was confusing. When we registered as a business, we couldn’t use an apostrophe, and became “once were young” as far as official record was concerned. I’m pretty sure most bloggers are consoled that at least their closest friends are reading. After nearly two years, even family and best friends would have to check back on the spelling from time to time.
This blog is a huge time commitment for us, and one we intend to make for years to come. We learned from past mistakes, invested weeks in our renaming, and are ready to stick with Travel Outlandish!
why the new blog?
There are a few reasons for the new layout.
We used to blog on Squarespace. It was a great starter platform for us, but it became limiting as we grew. WordPress.org has offered us greater customization and control, and with its massive library of plugins, switching over at this point was a no brainer. While we would still recommend Squarespace to anyone looking to set up a static website or who has limited web experience, we think WordPress is the only way to go for travel blogging.
We wanted to streamline our photos and take some serious time to make them uniform. Now with the same width, same resolution, same sized watermark, same naming conventions, same meta data, the organized people of the world can rejoice!
We wanted to get organized. Knowing what we know now about SEO, categories, and content planning, we needed a do over. This was our best chance.
It was a massive headache, but good foundations make for a good house, AMIRIGHT?
you’re the best
We’re so excited to get started on Travel Outlandish! We’ve been holding off on a lot of big things while we got the new site ready. Thank you for your patience while our content was in a bit of a lull. We really hope reading this blog is a better experience for you, and that you don’t hate the new look as much as you hate the new Instagram logo.
Love it? Hate it? We’d love to hear your feedback!
ValMay 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm
Such genuis in such young bodies, but old souls!!! Congratulations on this fabulous launch. ❤️
M.J.May 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm
Will follow you, on-line, wherever you go! Good luck!
Kerri guisnessMay 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm
This new branding, new fresh look is exciting and well ….outlandish! Love the logo and the OCD people of the world rejoicing comment! Can’t wait to see where you take us with your content… Blog , photography , and those outlandish trips and observations ! Kudos…. Well done!
Colonel BuendiaMay 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm
Love the new site; love the new look. I look forward to your words and art. Congratulations on the revolution.
Taylor RecordMay 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm
Thank you, sir! You know how much that means to us.
Courtney JonesMay 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm
Rebranding is such a big decision! Great tile and loving the new look! Good work you guys 🙂
Taylor RecordMay 20, 2016 at 4:12 am
A HUGE decision! Thanks so much for the feedback, Courtney!
Megan ShafferMay 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm
Well done. You two are the best. Keep up the amazing work, travel to distant places, explore once-in-life-time experiences, and if you are ever in our neck of the woods stop by for a meal, a bed, some lovely company (your nephews), and tolerable company (Josh and me).
Taylor RecordMay 20, 2016 at 4:11 am
Thanks so much, Megan! You know we’ll take you up on that offer. Miss you!
Steve HobergMay 19, 2016 at 9:35 pm
The new name is great! I will look forward to crossing paths again!
Taylor RecordMay 20, 2016 at 4:19 am
Thank you so much, Steve! I’d just love that. Hope to see you soon!
BlairMay 20, 2016 at 3:54 am
It looks so good you guys! Looking forward to following along. Xo
Taylor RecordMay 20, 2016 at 4:02 am
Thank you so much for reading, Blair!