Today is the first day in God knows how long that I haven’t left the house at all. Not even for the bins or to pop to the shops. The closest I got was opening my bedroom window to let some fresh air in and shout obscenities to the neighbours to let them know I am still here. But that is about it really.

With this I have little to talk about, so today was the perfect day to find out I have been blogging for six whole years on WordPress.

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I like the reminders for the little boost they give me. To remember that I started all the way back in 2014 in Newcastle and have done quite a bit since. Especially travel-wise. I feel travel has been my biggest accomplishment during this time as this was what I wanted to do the most.

It seems obvious looking at my blog today, but it didn’t start as a travel blog.

But it started here, from gazing over these views of Newcastle’s Quayside from the Castle Keep whilst the city was my home…

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To soaking up Kuala Lumpur’s skyline by the pool on my 24th birthday…

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To the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro…

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To moving to Sydney after booking a flight pretty tipsy at a wedding back in England (this really is how it happened)…

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To arriving back in the UK in my 30’s (only barely in my 30’s!!), working and living in London.

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I have been very lucky to have visited so many incredible places in recent years, and met some amazing people along the way. The pictures I have taken over the years don’t just remind me of the places I have been but the countless stories inbetween, some I forget for years before something brings it all back. A certain sound or smell, a food, meeting up with a friend again… our memories consist of so much. And being reminded always brings a smile to my face.

But six years… I like to think I have evolved as a blogger and writer in that time. My blog’s style has certainly changed, my writing style I don’t think has as much. Now, my main focus is to keep blogging but improve my photography. I have always loved taking photos however lacked that skill and professional camera to take truly great photos, so I am hoping to change that in the next couple of years. That is my new goal.

I have been out and about during my absence trying to take more unique shots, trying to find my niche and see photography from different perspectives. I have taken a bunch that I am pretty happy with, but I don’t plan on uploading them just yet. I am using them as more of a practice run, although I will start adding them to my blog eventually when I am getting into the swing of things.

I am also planning to upload very regularly on myΒ Instagram feed, I started to however my trips around London have been delayed whilst we suffer this pandemic. I would greatly appreciate those that haven’t followed me there to consider it as it would mean a lot to me! Instagram is pretty much used as a portfolio for photographers (and us amateurs) and I think it is a great platform to share our photos on. Thank you to those that have!

And thank you for following me here on my blog. Six years has flown by, but to see so many familiar faces and new ones everyday is a joy.

How long have you been blogging? Have you had a milestone achievement during this time, or a favourite memory as a blogger? Has your blog changed over time?

Let me know, and I will see you in the comments.

Happy blogging!

Sam

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49 thoughts

  1. Congratulations on the blogging anniversary! I’ve only been actively at it for a year and a bit, and I am currently starting to try out photography, too. Like you, I’m still in the practice stage, but I hope to start posting those shortly also.

    Too many more years of storing precious memories on our blogs!πŸ₯³

  2. I was blogging during the early 1990s but moved on to other things until last year, when I decided to give WP another try. So far, I’m loving it! Great community here, and a lot less rubbish then most other social platforms.

    1. Great to have you here! The early 90’s must have been the start of blogging surely? I cannot imagine blogging would have been too much earlier than that. You must have built up a solid wordcount!

      And I totally agree, I love this platform as it seems to be free of trolls, bots and negativity. Not entirely free but so much better than other platforms.

  3. I’ve been blogging for about two years, and it turns out I was mentally and verbally travel blogging pretty much my whole life. My blog is just my thinking written down. It’s the stuff I tell friends when they ask me about somewhere I’ve been. My son’s taking photography next year at school, so I hope for some excellent pics for my blog too.

    1. Seems like you always had it in you, and being passed down a generation too! Great to hear the passion is shared in the family. All the best with your blog and your sons photography.

  4. Wow what a wonderful post. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I’ve been blogging for 9 years. But only seriously for the past 3. I love my creative writing space. Like you and I love your photography. What camera do you use? Thanks for sharing.

    Love Alexa,
    https://AlexaJade.co.uk

    1. Wow, almost at the big ten year mark! Amazing. Glad you are enjoying blogging, and like you I think I started blogging seriously around 3 years ago.

      I am using a Nikon D3200, it is my sisters but she has given it to me to use in London. So happy haha.

      Thanks Alexa for the comments and keep at it πŸ™‚

  5. Your writing style is great! I’d say, it’s very welcoming, and both light and insightful.

    I was blogging for 12 years on another platform and on a different language, and it was all great, but I couldn’t do it anymore. I can’t fix the universe and can’t make hostile environments better. I tried, and I got tired of it. So last June, I retreated to WP, decided that my grandchildren won’t speak their grandma language and decided to write my memoirs again, this time in English. Met some wonderful people along the way πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Hettie! Honestly it means so much to hear. 12 years is an impressive amount of time to be blogging, you clearly have a passion for it. Was the other language Russian? I guess writing in English opens up a whole other world of blogs too. Glad you have met some wonderful people along the way, and I am glad to have connected with you!

      1. Thanks πŸ™‚ Yes, I was blogging on the Livejournal platform, which in recent years became 90% Russian. There are lots of things I miss about the type of community it used to be, but it’s all in the past. A fresh start feels great πŸ™‚

      2. Only just got round to replying to this Hettie, sorry!

        A fresh start is sometimes needed for that extra boost, and it is always exciting to start something new with a fresh perspective πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, I’m the baby here – I’ve not been blogging a year yet. And I’ve only just discovered this blog – love the writing style. Mine is mostly about life-after-husband (I started writing it four months after he left, on the day that would have been our wedding anniversary if he hadn’t left). There’s a bit of travel – would have been more if my trip to Naples hadn’t coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s not until June so there’s the slimmest of chances that it might still happen. No there isn’t, don’t be silly – I just can’t claim off my travel insurance yet.
    Blogging has been very cathartic for me, but the blog has definitely changed from being about what is happening to me to one that gives a voice to other women going through the same thing. And it’s all about moving forward and getting on with it.

    1. Thank you so much for the comments here, I am sorry for what happened however I am pleased that you have been able to find a way to express yourself and your thoughts and it seems to have been very helpful. I started blogging shortly after my dad died and I feel it has helped me a lot along the way to put my thoughts down instead of bottling them up. So I can relate to you there and you will find so many others blog for similar reasons.

      I wish you all the best with your blog, pleased to have connected with you and hope you keep at it. The best is yet to come as you’re so new!

  7. On Wed, 18 Mar 2020, 4:46 am One Chance to See the World, wrote:

    > Sam posted: “Today is the first day in God knows how long that I haven’t > left the house at all. Not even for the bins or to pop to the shops. The > closest I got was opening my bedroom window to let some fresh air in and > shout obscenities to the neighbours to let them k” >

    1. Haha, I will have to tell her. I am sure she would appreciate the comments!

      And congrats on sticking at it for so long. And here’s to many more years of it!

  8. WP reminded me last week that I just completed my first-time registration 5 years ago. When I compare my early years of blogging with what I blog now, it is a stark contrast. I started blog primarily as a photoblog and to share offbeat lesser-known places of Jaipur, India. It has however evolved into something else, much bigger though. I hope you improve your photography skills. I hope to see more pictures on your blog, Sam.

    1. This is great to hear. I love how your blog has evolved over time, and grown as a result! Keep sticking with it and thanks for inspiring me to do the same. I hope to share plenty of photos in the year ahead.

    1. Haha, these decisions can be great or not so great! But this was a great one. I will never regret it and sometimes think what if I didn’t make that decision. Something I don’t want to think about!

  9. Congrats on six years. It’s my understanding that many bloggers just fade away well before their sixth anniversary. I certainly don’t intend to, and well done on sticking to it yourself. I’ve been blogging about 1.5 years and I noticed that from Thanksgiving til Christmas this past year traffic on my blog was unusually low. When it picked up again after the holidays I figured it was a holiday slump because everyone was busy. Now, in the last month, it’s happening again and my theory is that people are so consumed with coronavirus news that they’re not reading blogs as much. Have you found the same thing?

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate it and if I am honest, knowing so many people slowly stop over time makes me want to keep going. I have seen it myself and a sign of a blog that is worthy to read is surely consistency and I aim to be as consistent as possible.

      Regarding the trends, I have seen some of my posts do really well, some not so much and sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the reasons. Sometimes it is to do with things such as holidays, or people working and not using social media so much during work hours. I would have thought that traffic would increase during this current pandemic as so many people have more time now in isolation, but it could well be that their attention is elsewhere.

      The main factor for me is blogging consistently. The more I blog, the more my traffic increases over weeks and months. That is all I know really! But is enough to keep me going and I hope it helps you πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve been blogging a similar time to you. However there have been a few bumps in the road and I have ended up closing various sites down. One thing is for sure, despite errors I’ve made I still love blogging and am still here to prove it. Happy anniversary

    1. Errors are so important to grow and develop, they should be cherished!! That is how I feel about it at least, and has helped me to keep going all this time.

      Congratulations for blogging for so long, keep it up and all the best with future posts πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! I love blogging, and I remember my first few posts very well. I do think I enjoy it more now as I am more comfortable, but it has certainly always been a passion of mine to write.

      Thank you for sharing yours, and all the best with your blog moving forward!

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