Happy anniversary to my blog! It’s my blogiversary! This is my one year of blogging post. Before beginning this journey, I had no idea about blogging. I vaguely knew it was a thing, but didn’t know what it entailed or that blogs can become businesses. While I’ve learned a lot about blogging (and my life) in this last year, there are still a few things with which I’m not quite as satisfied as I would like to be. Let me take you on an overview of my one year of blogging. This blogiversary post is divided into four main sections: the story of my blog, some numbers, a yearly review, and goals I have for this year. I’m going to be open and a bit vulnerable in this post. I’m also not looking for any kind of sympathy with this post while I give my blog a cold hard look at itself on its blogiversary.
First a short backstory to my blog
I started my blog at the beginning of 2017 when I had
some a lot of downtime after writing my master’s thesis. A blog seemed like a fun way to entertain myself and keep myself busy while I shared my travel stories and past adventures. I started with a free blog on WordPress.com, and discovered a whole community of bloggers. To those of you who found my blog from the beginning and have stuck around – thank you so much for reading and commenting.
Prior to starting my blog, the image I had of a blog was an online personal diary. Something for yourself and maybe a few close friends to read. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I guess that’s what happens when you start a blog on a whim with no plans. Almost immediately after starting my blog, I realized I wanted it to be more than a hobby. I wanted it to make money, and be a way that I can take control of my life and income.
I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been a struggle. In fact its a struggle everyday to figure out what I’m doing. And it’s painful to see how slowly things are progressing sometimes. By the time of this one year blogiversary, my blog is focused on iPhone travel photography and travel in Japan. You can read more in my new Start Here page. I have yet to figure out the magic formula that allows some blogs to take off while other stay behind in the dust. I just know I don’t want to be left behind in the dust.
Some numbers on my blogiversary
Obvisouly, I started this blog a year ago with zero everything. No followers, no subscribers, and no social media accounts. Six months ago, I wrote another blog post about my six-month progress. I’ll use those numbers as a point of comparison for my stats right now after one full year of blogging.