A big change

by Kim on March 27, 2013 · 71 comments

Notice anything different around here?

What’s that you say? Oh, no, that’s very sweet of you but I haven’t lost a few pounds. Nope, it’s not my haircut either. I haven’t had a trim in months actually.

Here, let me save you some time. Sit down. Take a look around. So Many Places has undergone a renovation.

When I told my friend Candace that I wanted my blog to resemble the place I “most want to hang out in,” she went to work with her sketch book and arrived at my door the next day with an almost perfect rendition of my personal heaven on earth. Then Hannah found the perfect font and worked her designer magic, and the new So Many Places logo was born.


Isn’t it lovely?

But this new logo is just the beginning. So Many Places has received a comprehensive facelift.  After two and a half years of my old “backpackers traveling the word” look I went searching for a design that better represents all of the things that I write about. I write about travel, yes, but also relationships, fears, dreams, goals and the thoughts and emotions that come from, you know, living in the world.

But perhaps most important of all, I wanted a new design to reflect my next big project, something that I have been drumming away at for months now already: I’m writing a book. It’s a travel memoir, about a very special gift given to Brian and I before we left home last May, and what we’ve done with that gift along the way. (Curious? Here’s a hint).

I don’t expect to have the book finished until late 2014 but I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into the writing of it (and/or, depending on the day, attempting to write it by sitting in front of my computer, eating snickers bars and banging my palm against my forehead).

So welcome to the newly redesigned So Many Places. I hope you like the new look. Even my daughters doggers Bear and Macy have shown up to celebrate (see them there beside the cabin?). And I want to draw your attention to one detail, the formation of geese flying in the sky. It’s a nod to one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, and her poem Wild Geese that begins:

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

As always, thank you for being a part of the So Many Places community. Your support enables me to love what I love and to make a (modest) living doing it.  I hope you’ll put your fleece pants on, grab a glass of wine, and settle in beside the fire with me. There are thousands of stories still to tell.

About the designers

The blog itself was designed and built from top to bottom by the very talented Hannah Loaring of Further Bound. She also put together a new Facebook cover and Twitter background for me, and is working on my business cards too! Hannah is available for all graphic/blog design work and you can view a full list of her services and prices here.

Hannah is also offering a generous 20% discount on all of her design work to the readers of So Many Places. Simply email her at furtherbound(at)gmail(dot)com or visit her contact page, and use the code SMP20.

The multi-talented Candace Rardon designed the new logo and is available for commissioned logo and sketch work. Contact her at candacerardon(at)gmail(dot)com.

A note

We are still making a few tweaks to the design. If you see any glaring problems or glitches please let me know and we’ll get them fixed.