All good things come to an end (and every end is a new beginning…)

Dear mom + internet friends,

I have an announcement! It may upset some of you, shock others and/or create a general state of paranoia on the interwebs. Or not.

After some time thinking about this blog and where it started/where it is now, I’ve come to the decision to stop posting on Kankan. I’m not deleting the blog, although I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll be shifting any of the content in the future. Since I’m sure you’re staring at the computer screen scratching your face saying, “Whyy is this happeniNg?!” I’ve got some talking points to explain:

1) I wAnt 2 have ALL the InTerNet’s bAbies!!

1) That first #1 was a joke. I’m switching from the WordPress platform to Blogger because of HTML coding and Google Analytics.

2) I envisioned Kankan as something other than what it seems to have naturally morphed into – I think Kankan was a better name for what I was doing abroad and what I was attempting to accomplish here before the realities and restrictions of a 9-5 job were taken into account. I’d like to stop adding to the content here so that the posts I created focusing on different spaces/places are available and not buried underneath things that are related, but not necessarily going in the same direction. This is not to say that original content focusing on local treasures is going away…it’ll just be re-formatted, so to speak.

3) I’ve been looking into other publishing platforms (oo la la! tell me more!) and I have high hopes that the original content I created here, specifically that related directly to Charlottesville, will get a second life…but more on that later. Don’t want to jinx anything!

4) Let’s be real. No one knows what the hell this blog is called. It’s an issue. (But still a cute name!)

5) I just like it when lists are at least five points long. Point #5.

My new lifestyle blog, which I have envisioned as a lifestyle blog and which will be awesome, launches Monday. If you have subscribed to this blog, which I sooo greatly appreciate (three o’s worth of appreciation!) you will indeed have to re-subscribe to the new blog. But who doesn’t love signing up to get new emails in this day and age?

To make a long story short (after telling you the long story already), I got a new idea and I’m running with it – it’ll be fun! Scout’s honor.

P.S. Ok, that last part is a lie, I was never a boy scout. But it’ll still be fun!


Oops…I Did It Again

Drumroll please…

I accidentally unveiled the relaunch of my blog today!

I’ve been mulling over a name and slight concept change for a few weeks now, but hadn’t planned on introducing anything until I was ready. But then I accidentally created a URL redirect because reading is confusing, and now we have…Kankan!

What’s in a name?
Kankan is Mandarin for “look look.” Over the past few months as my blog has morphed from a travel diary into a repository for my musings on style and design, I’ve been wanting to “rebrand” the blog, so to speak, in order to better convey its focus. Why, then, did I settle on Kankan? It reflects a bit of personal history and speaks to the very nature of what it is I’m doing with my posts – calling the proverbial reader over and saying, “Hey, look at what I found! See what I see! Like what I like!”

Hopefully this description rings true for my readers, who’ve been increasing over the past few months, making March my best month since being featured as Freshly Pressed by back in November. Thanks for that!

How will this affect content?
It won’t. As you can see, all of my travel experiences are still available here, since the very beginning when this blog was simply, “My China Life.”  In future posts I hope to bring our attention to other spaces and places around me that I find interesting, captivating, or reflective of a conscious cultivation of personal style. This is a site dedicated to eyes wide open and I hope its content continues to inspire and shine a proverbial light on people, places and things that make the world a little more beautiful.