Last year, around this exact time, I was sitting on a hotel balcony on a little island off of mainland Honduras. The sun was setting, the air smelled like that magical Central American mix between good food and bad exhaust and I was craning my neck so I could pick up WiFi but still have my phone cord reach my room outlet. The reason I was on my phone? This blog.
I had just received an email from WordPress with my end of year report that was one part readership statistics and another part butt kissing; they told me how great I was, how great my blog was and how 2013 was going to be another great year for my blog. It was a thinly veiled (if there was even a veil at all) marketing ploy to win back wayward bloggers. Veil or no veil, I ate it right up.
Right there on that deck chair with my neck craned I read through my 17 or so posts from 2012. They made me smile and I vowed to get back into blogging after my four month hiatus – after, of course, I finished my vacation in the Caribbean. I kept my resolution and soon after I arrived back stateside, I published this post: Where I’ve Been: Not here where I apologized for my absence and got myself back on track. Then, I continued to publish 53 posts in 2013, a fairly big jump from 17.
This year I’m having a flashback. I was at home in Portland when I received the email with my annual blogging report but it affected me the exact same way. I relished in their generic encouragement, I immediately took some time to read through my 2013 blog posts and I felt rejuvenated and inspired to make 2014 a good blogging year.
So after a little over a month long hiatus, I’m going to start fresh and start getting some posts up.
To kick things off I want to share some thoughts on SeeJulesTravel’s 2013 year… things that the annual blogging report may have missed.
- A fun addition to the site: The Timeline & Gallery page. The when and where of my passport’s past. Also, who doesn’t love pictures?
- Another good addition: My Travel Map. This is still a work in progress but I love it anyway.
- What still needs some work: My tagging system. When I first started blogging I added a tag for every country mentioned within a post but when I put my travel map together I realized that maybe I should have been a bit more selective. Case in point, you might notice that Iraq is on my travel map with a link to Iraq blog posts. The problem is that I’ve never been there and that link goes to one post that happens to contain a picture of Andy’s military days.
Like the folks at WordPress, I too think that SeeJulesTravel is looking forward to a great 2014. Thanks to my loyal readers to sticking by me and I promise, good things are afoot.
Happy New Year!