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Backpack to Buggy’s One Year Anniversary Celebration!

August 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Misc

I have been blogging for one year. I don’t know how many blogs make it that long, but I feel good about it.

What happened in Backpack to Buggy’s first year?

  • 52 posts (including this) – Averaging one a week is a good start. Though, I am sure you noticed my posts drop off: when anyone in my house gets sick, when I am traveling, when I am moving cross country, and, when I am a working from home while being a full time caregiver to a 2.5 yo.
  • >200 comments – Thank you for the dialogue.
  • >6000 page views (since 1/1/09) and >2000 in the past 30 days
  • >70 subscribers
  • 4/10 Google page rank
  • Was one of the top ten Family Travel blogs according to Trip Base.

The most read posts over the year:
Bali or Hawaii? Bali may be cheaper.
The Safest Sunscreens for Kids
Travel in a Time of Epidemic
How to eat out with a toddler.
Disney is an OK destination, if it’s free.

And for a laugh, my top search term is “wine poo”.  I should be upset, but the napa picture sill makes me laugh.

Seriously though, the opportunity to meet so many interesting and talented travel and other writers has been a pleasure.  It was also a thrill to write for multiple publications under my own byline.  (I did a lot of ghost writing in Washington, DC in my past so I carry chip on my shoulder.)

Proud as a peacock.

Proud as a peacock.

Good first year, but how am I going to improve?

Well some changes you will see over the next year:

  • A new tagline.  While I think “An avid traveler adapting to being a mom”  will always be relevant, this blog is less about adapting than it used to be.
  • Taking Travel Home” – an occasional series on the things we bring home from travel including recipes, books, toys, art and more.  Guest posts are encouraged.
  • More on travel deals, resources, travel without the kids, product reviews, and editorials.
  • Lots more on food.  I am a foodie.  I want to share my passion.  Food and travel are natural partners.  Oh, and food includes beverages in my world.
  • Improved grammar and punctuation?  Seriously, corporate America and slide presentations are changing the “written” word in a dangerous way.  After 14 years of working in that world, my writing has suffered.  I hereby pledge to take some refresher courses (or hire the local high school English teacher everyone fears to grade my work).

Any other suggestions?

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