Has it been a year already?
I remember making this website so clearly; I was at work, bored, and I had been scrolling through travel websites for the past 2 hours or so. It was at that moment that I decided to build my own website! It was an impulse decision: I had a website before, but it was more personal. At this moment, I decided I wanted to take it to the next level.
It’s been a whole year, and I’m happy with the progress I made. Numerically, we’ve had over 7000 views from 97 countries, and an infinite amount of love. When I started this thing, I really had no idea where I’d go. I’ve had peaks (I was on it in January and need to get back to that) and valleys (the last few months, been prioritising Instagram and I need to balance the two), but numbers aren’t everything.
What really matters is the people whose lives I’ve impacted, even in the littlest ways.
I’ve had people from high school tell me how much my blog has helped them save money, I’ve used my own guides myself when friends come visit Edinburgh, and I’ve met an incredible community on my Instagram. Would I like higher numbers? Absolutely, I’ll even lose peace over it sometimes. But the joy of finding how your blog has impacted others is a satisfaction far greater. Over the next two months, I’m meeting some of my readers/new friends in Scotland! It always baffles me to think how I wouldn’t have even known of their existences if it wasn’t for this platform.
I’ve learned not to set numerical projections anymore. The past few months I kept looking at my projections and I became obsessed with the numbers. I felt like I was losing focus and the purpose of this blog. But recently, I feel like I’ve achieved my main goal, which was meeting new people and bonding over the thing I love the most. But, growing this into a viable career would be great; the corporate life is not for me.
I’m very excited to see where this is going to go. I feel a new fire lit in me to push harder to get this blog out there (mainly because I received my annual renewal bill for this domain). I’m so excited to meet more people this next year, and I’m looking forward to sharing my endless love of travel, culture, and storytelling with everyone.
Like I said, I’m no longer making numerical projections. Instead, I have other goals I want to accomplish by August 2019. I want to:
- Significantly improve my photography
- Meet more readers of this site/my instagram in real life
- Interview someone for this blog/have a guest post
- Put out a photography eBook
- WRITE CONSISTENTLY
Again, thank you all for making this possible; in all honesty, I didn’t think this would last over a month. But it’s you guys who keep pushing me forward. I can’t wait to see how this community grows over the next year!