Whaaaaaat!? An entire 3 years of blogging!? I’ve never even held a job for that long. Ever.
I guess that just proves that blogging really is my jam, and that I should keep doing it.
Every time a blogiversary comes around, I usually take a good, hard look at the past year. It’s easy to feel as though we haven’t done much in the last 12 months, but listing out all our wins can definitely give some perspective to everything we achieved.
I’ve also done this exercise for A Globe Well Travelled’s first two years, so here’s some back-reading (if you’re interested) followed by everything that happened in AGWT’s third year!
MONA exhibit, Hobart, Tasmania – February 2017
Blog Stats year 3:
- Total pageviews: 738,603
(more than double the pageviews from year two!)
- Unique visitors: 516,011
(fun fact: one of these is you!)
- Reader demographics:
USA 60%, UK 8%, Canada 7%, and Australia 4%
- Social Media followers: 27,176
Most popular posts:
- 12 essential activities for a weekend in Boston
- 12 essential activities for a weekend in San Francisco
- 8 experiences you absolutely must have in Iceland
Yet again, my destination guides have been the most popular posts on this blog. I think it’s mostly because a large chunk of my traffic comes from Pinterest and many people (like me!) use Pinterest to plan their trips.
Strangely, the top 2 posts were also in my top 3 from last year. Seems that a lot of people are travelling to Boston and San Fran.
Here are my top 3 posts that weren’t destination guides:
- How to take photos of the night sky
- 10 places to find awesome travel jobs
- How to travel the world even when you’re broke
Nassau, The Bahamas – May 2017
A few things that happened in year 3:
I worked with more travel brands than ever before, taking press trips to London and Hull in the UK and Nassau in The Bahamas, as well as taking an assignment to the Adirondacks in upstate New York with Matador Network.
I also started freelancing more, working mostly in photography and social media management. I’ve been freelancing for a few years now, but now it’s at a point where I’m accepting more substantial jobs. I’ve learnt so much about being a freelancer over the past year and I honestly can’t wait to see where this career journey takes me!
Blogging in my third year was definitely easier than my first two, as I’d settled into a routine of writing one post per week around my freelance work. I’ve learnt in the past that blogging more often just stresses me out so I really took it much slower this year!
Some positive THINGS I DID IN YEAR 3:
- Improved the quality of my new content. Each of my blog posts is now 1000+ words and has more of my time put into it. I went for quality over quantity, which definitely seems to be working.
- Networked with more people in the travel industry. I’ve spent more time in the past year networking, both online and in person. I think this is one of the biggest game changers for growing my reputation as both a travel blogger and freelancer.
- Got more experience. After my increase in freelance work and blog sponsorships, I updated my resume, media kit, and LinkedIn profile. My hire me page and contact page now look totally badass.
Newcastle, NSW, Australia – February 2017
A QUICK CHAT ABOUT MONEY:
Did this blog make money in year 3? Yes! How much? About $1300 USD. Those dollars came primarily from sponsored posts, sponsored links, and affiliate commission.
One thing to note is that I invested at least $500 USD back into the blog through social media tools, email services, and advertising. I never really understand why some bloggers won’t invest money in their blogs. It’s so important for growth!
Do I want to continue making money from this blog in year 4? Absolutely! Making a living as a travel blogger is an absolute dream and is definitely something I am working towards. Once I hit 100,000 pageviews per month (which should happen sometime within the next year) I’m going to implement some new ways of growing the blog’s value.
One thing I want to point out is that every time I’m faced with an opportunity to make money through this blog, I always question whether it will be a good fit for you, my readers. If the answer is no, then I don’t go ahead with it.
The reason I started blogging was because I wanted to share my knowledge with you. I never want any of you to consider AGWT as a website that only has money and profits in mind. That’s not what this blog is about, and it never will be.
Sure, making money is nice, but I’m only driven by money in the sense that I need it to make a living. If I can do that, then I’m happy. I care very little about material possessions, and I live a minimalist lifestyle. I can’t imagine changing that for anything.
Guggenheim Museum, NYC – May 2017
direction for AGWT in year 4:
More photography stuff. Even though I’ve been writing about photography on AGWT for a while, over the past few months I’ve really taken it to the next level.
I’m attempting to make my photography posts relatable for anyone who wants to improve their travel photography, so if this is you, please tell me what you want to learn about!
My plan is to create a new free resource based around travel photography tips sometime in the next few months. Due to a heavy workload it’s been pushed down on my list of priorities, but it will come eventually, I promise!
A change of destination. This is the first time that I’ve announced this on the blog or social media, but here it is… I’m moving away from New York!
The two years that Rob and I have lived here have been 100% amazing. New York is a crazy city which has given us both a huge number or opportunities to grow and learn, but it feels like the time has come for us to move on.
So where to next? We might spend some time back in Australia, but we’re not entirely committed to any one destination. What you can count on is that it won’t affect our travels – we have plenty of plans to see more of the world in the near future!
Thanks a bunch for sticking around during A Globe Well Travelled’s third year! If you have any thoughts to add, feel free to share them in the comments.
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