My 1 year blogiversary

My 1 year blogiversary

A year ago, I decided to become a blogger.

I’d thought about blogging for several years, but I didn’t think anyone would read my stories so I simply forgot about it… Until November 12th last year. After buying a domain and discovering the fun in blogging, it soon became an important part of my life. Today, this is a way to express myself, share my travel stories and become a better writer and photographer. I don’t see myself giving that up any time soon.

According to statistics, most bloggers quit within their first year so today has been an important milestone to reach. Not that I ever doubted my determination or endurance, but it has been rough at times. Surviving the first year of blogging does not only mean that the worst struggles are over, but it’s also easier to get deals with sponsors and travel agencies, which I plan to do in the upcoming year.

This post includes my social media statistics, an overview of where I’ve been the past year and my goals for the upcoming year.

Yay, happy day!


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The Andes Mountains
The Andes Mountains

In January 2014, I went to Peru with my favorite wingwoman Pernille. We set out to hike the Inca trail, explore Lima and Cusco and go sandboarding in Huacachina.

South America was a new continent for me and the minute I stepped out of the airport in Lima, I was hooked. This continent is packed with culture and tribes, jungle and landscape and most importantly: thrilling adventures! I definitely see myself returning to Peru to visit Huarez, Titicaca, Arequipa and Colca canyon.


My 1 year blogiversary
Uyuni salt flats

While Peru was packed with culture, Bolivia blew me away naturewise. I’d heard rumours of Uyuni’s beauty, but there’s no way I was prepared for the awe of this place. We spent a whole day driving around the salt flats finished off with a gorgeous sunset. It was nothing short of breathtaking.

I was also impressed by the moon valley and witches market in La Paz, not to mention the bike trip down Death Road. Bolivia is the place that has impressed me most in 2014.


My 1 year blogiversary
White beach, Boracay

Speaking of beauty… I’ve been to many gorgeous beaches, but it wasn’t until I visited Boracay that I decided paradise was found. With clear water, clean beaches, great food and lots of activities, this is the perfect beach destination for solo travelers, couples and families.

Philippines is often overlooked by travelers in Southeast Asia, which is strange really, because it seems to have the whole package: Lush rice terraces, gorgeous beaches, wildlife, the most polite and welcoming people, underwater life and cheap adventures. I’m SO not done with the Philippines!


Grand Palace, Bangkok

In July, Thomas and I went to Asia – him for 3 weeks, me for 7 weeks. We traveled to the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia together and then I went to Indonesia and Singapore by myself.

On this trip I spent a few weeks in Bangkok and found new appreciation for the city. Capitals have never really been my thing, but this time I explored new districts, got local friends and even solved a crime. Yes, you heard right. More on that soon.


Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat

Since I visited Cambodia in 2006, I’ve had a tense relationship with this country. An overall bad experience made me swear never to return, but earlier this year I had second thoughts.

Thomas and I went to Siem Reap and spent the days exploring Angkor Wat, learning about Cambodian history at the War Museum and the theatre and hanging out at our fancy hotel or Pub Street. This trip totally erased previous memories and I left with great experiences and a good feeling. The above photo pretty much sums up how I feel about Cambodia now.


Tegalalang rice terraces

Another great thing happened this summer: I overcame my fear of traveling solo. I’ve always wanted to travel alone at some point, but I’ve just never had the courage to do it until now. As most of you know, I had a rough start, but ended up having the most incredible trip imaginable.

My 3 weeks in Indonesia was spent in Bali and Gili Trawangan. The tranquil town of Ubud, Bali had such a calming effect and healthy atmosphere that I ended up staying longer than planned. In all, Indonesia was a great experience and I’m glad I chose this to be my first solo country.

Thanks, Indonesia. You treated me well.


Gardens of the Bay

On my way back to Thailand, I had a short stop-over in Singapore which gave me a day to explore the city. I was positively surprised of how clean and organized everything was. On many levels it felt like worlds away from other Southeast Asian countries. I’m not sure I would return though unless I have another stop-over at some point, but I definitely had a lovely day exploring.


So, back to the blog.

Blogging has been great on so many levels, but it’s also been exhausting and frustrating at times. I created this blog because I love writing, so that’s what I did at first: write content. And this strategy would have been perfectly fine if I was content that mom and auntie Mildred were my only readers. But as you can imagine; miss over-ambitious was not!

It wasn’t until Brad from My Wanderlist came to my aid in September, that I realized I’d been doing it all wrong. First of all, I hadn’t focused on social media. Secondly, I hadn’t really interacted with other bloggers. And lastly, I basically sucked at branding myself. Luckily, my blog hero – whom I at this point could hug in gratitude until the end of time – showed me the way and taught me how to be a successful blogger. He believed in me when I needed it the most and I will always be grateful for that.

Brad, you’re the best!

Since September, I’ve created a blog strategy and worked really hard on social media and branding myself, and you know what? It has paid off. Tremendously. Just look at my social media statistics below.


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I’ve had a Facebook page for my blog since November 2013 and it’s been growing steadily since. I post engaging content mixing links, photos and texts once a day.

Followers Sep: 1.101
Followers Nov: 1.240



I created an account in June, but it wasn’t until September, that I got serious about it. Twitter is now the media that grows fastest and brings most traffic to my blog.

Followers Sep: 45
Followers Nov: 2.556



Basically, until last week I hardly knew the purpose of Pinterest. But lately, I’ve read several articles on how Pinterest can increase traffic significantly.

Followers Sep: 10
Followers Nov: 90


My favorite media, but not the one that brings in most traffic. I’ve used it professionally since September and it has grown steadily since then.

Followers Sep: 32
Followers Nov: 559


Countries visited: 7

Photos taken: 6.589

Post written: 134

Greatest accomplishment: Overcoming my fear of traveling alone

Most impressive place: Uyuni, Bolivia

Best beach: Boracay, Philippines

Best eat: Vegetarian burrito in Ubud, Bali

Favorite place: Ubud, Bali

Most important learning: That I set my own limits and I’m much stronger than I think.

Biggest surprise: That blogging is seriously hard work. Having a professional blog is a full-time job.


Most adventurous:
Most confessional:
Most useful: 
Most popular: 


To live in another country

To explore 9 new countries

To make money off this blog

To build a strong brand and engaging audience (that’s you, guys)

Thanks for your support, all. You’re the best and I appreciate each and every one of you! x

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  1. Congratulations on your first blogiversary Miriam! You visited amazing countries this year and it’s great to read how you’ve grown your blog and social media channels for the past couple of months. I really love your blog and I’m looking forward to following you for the years to come!

  2. Love the article ! I recently started writing a travel and lifestyle blog and this article has been really helpful! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  3. You’ve had such an exciting year! I love how your blog name perfectly matches you as a blogger – you’ve been on some serious adventures. It’s also interesting to read about the blogging side of things. And on that note I’m going to go and work on my Pinterest profile (I’m still failing at Pinterest, blech).

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Silvia! Thank you! I haven’t been pinner of the year either, but these past few days of making an effort have already paid off. I think I might have underestimated it!

  4. Well done on reaching your 1st anniversary. You have achieved such a lot in the year. I raise a glass to you and looking forward to reading about year 2.

  5. Happy 1st blogiversary Miriam! You look like you’ve had an amazing year – both on the travel and blogging front! Well done on achieving those awesome social media results in the last few months. I’m around the 6 month mark with my blog, and really enjoying it! 🙂 All the best x

    1. I’m glad to hear that, Kelly – just keep up the good work! I hope you can learn from my mistakes and focus on the right things. Building a blog takes time, effort and lots of patience, but it’s all worth it in the end 🙂 Best of luck.

  6. Congrats 😀

    I thought I was the only one struggling 😀 I’m actually not that good of a writer or ever wanna be (especially since I’m more eloquent and funny in my own Croatian language 😀 ), I’m sharing life, travelling, what ever, for now it’s like my personal online diary 😀

    And I started writing the blog after the story that it’s linked down 🙂

    love peace & pancakes

  7. Congrats on your first year of blogging! Great run-down; I agree with you about the Philippines, I don’t know why more people don’t visit but at the same time I kinda hope the don’t because part of its beauty is that it’s not very touristy.

    1. Thanks, Amy! 🙂 I know what you mean – a part of its charm is definitely the fact that it’s not crowded with tourists. I for one am definitely going back to explore more of the country. Would love to visit Banaue!

  8. Hey Miriam!

    Congrats on an epic year!!! Looks like you’ve been to some absolutely stunning places. I can’t wait to get to South America. 😀

    I’d be really interested to know what your Twitter strategy is. I feel like I must be doing something wrong. Otoh, I feel like I suddenly really *get* Pinterest. I’ve just passed 100 followers – yay! – and get a really decent slab of traffic from it. I really like Pinterest cos the pins hang around for such a long time. Tweets vanish in an instant, but pins keeping sending you traffic for weeks and months, it’s cool!

    (Maybe we could do a swap – I’ll trade you my Pinterest tips for your Twitter tips! Hehe!)

    Hope 2015 is even more wonderful. I’m def adding you to my list of bloggers to follow regularly!!

    Martina 🙂

    1. Thank you, Martina! It has been an eventful year and I hope the next one will be even better! In order to see growth on Twitter, you must engage. Follow people in your niche and share their stuff. Look how the succesful bloggers are doing and learn from them. This is the best advice I can give you.

  9. This is awesome, Miriam! Thank you for sharing and being so honest about your struggles. Honestly, it’s really tough! Especially with so many amazing people already out there doing this damn thing. It’s also really inspiring that there are so many people doing it, though, and I love hearing about your success. I’ll be adding your blog to my “must read” favorites tab on Google Chrome ;). You go girl!

    1. Aw, thanks Neysha x I think one of the most important lessons I’ve learned (and am still learning) is not to compare myself to others. There will always be someone better than me, but it helps to find out what makes me special and focus on that. That’s the key to success.

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