As many of you know, the name of my blog used to be Gypsy’s Moto Travels. I named it that back in 2013 when I got my brand new Triumph America, and named her Gypsy. At the time, my understanding of the term, meant a free-spirited wanderer.
I was starting to hear whisperings that the term “gypsy” is not considered a positive descriptor. I asked my partner about it, who is British, and she confirmed that the term is not PC in Britain. I decided to do some research and here is a very short nutshell of what I learned from this article written by a Romani woman:
Romani (no, they are not from Romania) are the largest ethnic minority in Europe. Originating from Northwest India, migrating through the Middle East and North Africa, to Europe. The word “gypsy” was imposed on them because Europeans thought they originated from Egypt because of their dark features (P.).
Romani people suffered persecution and slavery, and still today experience racism as many minority groups still do. I was ignorant to the plight of Romani people, and for that I apologize to anyone I may have offended. So, now on to the new name and features.
You might think my new title, Denise’s Motorcycle Journeys, is simple and boring. True enough, but I wanted the name to be something that was clear about what my blog represents. I didn’t want to make the new name obscure or have a secret meaning only known by me because my intention is to reach as many motorcyclists (especially women) out there who are interested in camping, backpacking and traveling on two wheels.
So. With a new name also comes some new features. You’re still going to get the visual stories of journeys but now I’m also going to be adding video. And….I also have a YouTube channel in the works (if I can muster my courage). My goal is to inspire more women to ride, camp and backpack all on two wheels.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, any type of journey is on hold. I’m using that time to learn about making videos, editing, using my new GoPro Hero8, and coming up with topics that women might like to hear about. I might even do a COVID-style contained campout in my urban back yard just for fun and a review of some lightweight gear and tips.
That’s all for now. If you have any ideas or topics you’d like to hear about in upcoming posts or videos, feel free to tell me in the comments section. Please stay home if you can and stay safe everyone!
Works Cited: P., Naomi. “The ‘G’ Word Isn’t For You: How ‘Gypsy’ Erases Romani Women.” Now.Org, National Organization for Women, 2 Oct. 2017, now.org/blog/the-g-word-isnt-for-you-how-gypsy-erases-romani-women.