My First Year Of Blogging: An Annual Review

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Fanfare, please! June 10th marks the one year anniversary of this blog.

Hmm, perhaps this is the perfect excuse for cake?

Whether or not there is cake, I feel this is definitely the perfect moment to exclaim just where has all the time gone!? to anyone who will listen whilst shaking my head somewhat whimsically. Because, wow, that year has just flown by.

In the spirit of the sort of annual appraisal you may find yourself churning through at work I set myself these really great reflective questions. I figured it was something like my blog’s annual appraisal. Kind of like sitting down to a cup of coffee with your boss and having the whole “so, how’s it going?” conversation.

Except I’m my own boss and I made up the questions. Cool.

What Have I Achieved?

I figured out a few weeks ago that I was on track for 52 blogs in 52 weeks. Call it the inner nerd in me, but I found that figure to be hugely satisfying. Ok, so I’ll admit there were some weeks that I did not publish a blog, but my posts have miraculously evened themselves out across the 52 weeks of the year.

I can’t quite believe that I have actually written 52 blogs – and a huge shout out to those who may have actually read all 52; I’ll save you a slice of cake for sure. It seems an incredible achievement for the first year and I’ve impressed myself. If this was a race then I’ve definitely got away at a sprinting start.

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Bali, Indonesia

But this is not a race, and I’m in this for the long haul. I guess what excites me the most about the 52 is that I have barely scratched the surface. Chalk it up to 5 years of on-off travel and a ton of experiences, but I’ve got a whole slew of blog ideas just waiting in the wings to share with you guys. Hooray!

I must also make a reference to the other things I am proud of, firstly: creating a Facebook page for my blog where I also share links to other cool blogs I read; secondly my Instagram page where I share all the pretty pictures from my travels, and lastly, being nominated for a WordPress Liebster Award, which recognises cool new bloggers to follow.

What Have I Learned?

I scrunched up my face and put some thought into what I have learned over the past 12 months. I’m not sure whether I should be reporting on a whole host of facts and figures here, about how I’ve increased my blog’s traffic by X% blah blah blah, because in all honesty, I barely even look at my statistics.

What I’ve learned is this: whilst I may never be a technological whizz (ask anyone who knows me, I can freeze a computer from just looking at the screen), I love to write.

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Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Whilst I may never be on the forefront of social media – like, my Snapchat crashes every time I try to load it and my selfie camera stopped working about two years ago – it doesn’t matter because I love to write.

I realised that what I’ve learned is something that I already knew but had lain dormant for several years as life got in the way. All through my childhood and teenage years I loved to write but then, like hobbies often do I suppose, writing fell by the wayside as I got involved with other things.

It’s funny how so many people can quote that ‘Writing 101-esque’ saying of “write what you know”. That didn’t really make sense to me when I was younger. But now it’s fallen into place: I get it.

I know what it’s like to travel.

I know what it’s like to be a solo, female traveller.

I know what it’s like to uproot your life, get on that plane to an unknown land and feel all of the emotions that follow.

I know what it’s like to live a semi-nomadic life for the last several years.

And because I know how all of that feels it has meant that I have rediscovered, to my joy, the pleasure I get from writing.

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Melbourne, Australia

What Would I Do Differently?

I’ve thrown this question in as a curve ball, as every employer expects you to delve deeply into your psyche and pull out an area for criticism. It’s like they’re not satisfied until they’ve sagely nodded at you as you admit, now you come to think of it, that you could improve your timekeeping (or some such nonsense).

As I have already admitted, I suck at all things techy. It’s not so much an area I would ‘do differently,’ but I know I can improve on the internet-y, techy stuff to boost readers of my blog. But, for now, I’m happy just to write so I don’t see this as an issue.

So I’m going to hold my head up and say that I’m proud of all I have written over this past year and as that’s all I’m going to judge myself on I’m going to go as far as saying that I have excelled expectations. Yep, Meg, you rock.

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Amando beach, Portugal. Photo credit: Ana Nikacevic

What Can You Expect Next?

I’m excited to bring you another year of fun posts about my travels and the thoughts I have about travelling as a single, female backpacker on the road. I’m going to try a weave in a few more stories from my past travels, such as the two years I spent in New Zealand and various adventures I’ve had in South East Asia.

I’d like to bring you more from other great female travel bloggers I’ve been enjoying, plus share more pictures with you on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

So, thank you for stopping in to say hi over this past year. I’ve loved having you along for the ride and it means a great deal that you spend time reading what I’ve got to say.

I hope that you will join me for whatever the next twelve months of blogging will bring.

All the best!

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My Favourite 5 ‘Thoughts About Travel’ Posts

  1. 10 Reasons Why English Girls Are Not Beach Goddesses
  2. Does Travelling Solo Mean That You Are A Brave Person?
  3. Could You Live Out Of A Backpack For A Year?
  4. How Does It Feel When The Home Bird Flies The Nest?
  5. Nourish Yourself: The Importance Of You On Your Travel

My Favourite 5 Travel Stories Of The Year

  1. Taking The Train In The United States
  2. How To Raise A Few Eyebrows in La Rioja Region, Spain
  3. The Story Of When Life Gave Me Oranges
  4. Swimming With Manta Rays In Coral Bay
  5. 10 Days From Perth To Broome: Days 6 to 10

 

 

8 Comments

  1. June 10, 2016 / 9:54 AM

    Love this! And congrats on the year! I’m a few weeks off the six month mark… can’t wait to make it to my one year blogo-versary! x

    • June 11, 2016 / 6:45 AM

      Thanks Michaela, you’re a star! The one year mark is definitely an exciting on – it’ll come by really quickly! You’re already doing an awesome job.

    • June 11, 2016 / 6:46 AM

      Thanks so much for this! I’ve got a huge smile on my face and everyone’s kind words makes it bigger. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. June 14, 2016 / 1:55 AM

    Congrats! An accidental 52 in 52 is pretty cool! 🙂

    • June 14, 2016 / 7:44 AM

      I know right?! I was pretty chuffed with that! Loving your travels, keep them up!

  3. June 14, 2016 / 4:04 PM

    I just found your blog but I love it! And happy, happy one year anniversary with this blog. I’m glad I’ll be around as a reader for the next year. 🙂

    • June 17, 2016 / 8:49 AM

      Thank you Amanda! That’s such a wonderful comment. I’m so pleased that you like what you see so far… I will check out your blog too!

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