Another year older, another year wiser… and I’m still stumbling through the world of travel blogging like a blind man on crutches.
That’s right; Man vs World is celebrating its very first birthday. But rather than have a birthday party, now seems like a good time to look back on the year that’s been and see how much my baby has grown.
After owning this domain for months, on 30 January 2012 I was finally motivated enough to put up my very first blog post. After that I aspired to put up two or three blog posts every week – which I’ve managed to stick to, besides taking a brief holiday from blogging over Christmas.
Admittedly, it took me a long time to figure out how to use Google Analytics – but you can see from the graph above (Daily visits to Man vs World) that I didn’t see much traffic for a long time.
I did an interview on another travel blog in March that resulted in a very tiny spike, but at the time it was a huge deal (42 visitors in one day!). Then when I wrote about Songkran in April I exceeded 50 visits in one day for the first time.
But I really hit the big time between May and July when Man vs World received more than 100 visitors per day on no less than three occasions.
I remember thinking that was a very big deal indeed – until I saw my next spike in traffic, and the one after that, and the one after that.
You get the picture.
Month to month Man vs World continues to grow – although some months are definitely more difficult than others, battling away just to get a few more hits than the month before.
Of course, I can thank Google for a lot of that growth. For at least five months I saw little or no traffic from Google until one day… suddenly I was on the map!
Social media used to be the bread-winner at Man vs World towers; now, in terms of traffic, it’s Google that brings home the bacon.
And that growth didn’t go unnoticed. One day I woke up to find an email trying to get me to put guest posts up on my website; now barely a day goes by that I don’t have a similar email from somebody looking to “contribute” a “mutually beneficial article” to my website.
Do I look like a sucker to you?
In one year of travel blogging, Man vs World has made just south of $1,000 US. That’s going to seem like a lot to some bloggers and like nothing at all to others; I only tell you this to give newbies some idea of all the riches on offer.
Clearly, I’m only joking. I will not be giving up my day job anytime soon.
Because I’m a really sentimental guy I thought I’d just name and shame the three bloggers who have arguably helped me out the most.
@DocWends of Journeys and Travels tagged me into my first travel blogging game back when nobody knew this blog existed. Now, not a month goes by that I’m not tagged in something (I even started my own in October, My top travel regrets!) – but you never forget your first and he’s been a loyal friend ever since.
@BckPackerBanter of Back Packer Banter and @packsandbunks of Backpacks and Bunkbeds have both helped me out on the business side of things with great advice. Travel blogging doesn’t come with a manual – so I would have been lost without these two.
And thank you to my fiancé, without whom I never would have finally gotten around to starting a travel blog in the first place. Check out her new website Antipodean London.
Last but certainly not least, I’d also like to thank each and every one of you – that’s right, you! – for reading my blog, swapping links, commenting and sharing my posts on Twitter, Facebook, Stmbleupon and whatever else the kids are using today.