Why do some articles do well, and others flop? Each year, I delight in the geekery of analyzing this site’s stats, gleaning trends and tips for moving forward in online castle building. Pawing through the half a million pageviews this year for Around the World “L” let’s dive into the specifics of what did best in 2016 and why, illustrated by my most popular Instagram photos of the year.Most popular articles of the 34 I wrote this [...Read More!]
These photos — azure waves and alluring soft sand — have sat trapped on my computer for a year. Interest in travel to the country pictured has plummeted as stability there was shaken. Thus, the challenge: Can you even match the happy scenes here with a place repeatedly screamed about in the news?
Yes, Turkey is the country in which I took these photos — Ladies’ Beach in Kusadasi, just across the water from Greece, to be exact. [...Read More!]
It’s 1am, and the baby is finally asleep after perma-nursing all, day, and I KNOW I should “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but I have to get this out. It’s become clear this week that I have lost thousands of dollars in income that I did not need to lose. And I now see how to fix that.
When I started this blog in 2009, I did it because I LOVE to write [...Read More!]
Howdy! I hope your year was fabulous. As a blogging geek, one of my favorite end-of-year activities is to investigate which of the 50 articles I published in the past 365 days were read and shared mightily, and which weren’t. There sure were surprises this year! Could you have predicted this list?
#10 Most Popular: Why I Traveled to Dubai, 5 Months Pregnant and Alone (2,424 reads). My solo October trip to the United Arab Emirates was a [...Read More!]
Just because you are married, have children, or are pregnant, it does not mean you must give up your passions… even if one of those passions is traveling alone!
In a wild incarnation of this anthem, I’ve just returned from a solo 9-day trip in the United Arab Emirates, and — ohh — did it ever satisfy a hunger! But how in the world did this trip come to be?
The story starts in 2014 when [...Read More!]
Woo hoo, what a year it’s been! Over the past 12 months, I began to get the hang of this travel-as-a-new-parent thing, and voyaged through New York, Florida, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico, Niagara Falls, and the White House. I also published my 600th article on this site! There was even a professional fashion makeover that happened.
Now, the fun question at the end of year always is: Which articles were most popular, and why? For [...Read More!]
This is the 600th article I have written and published on Around the World “L” Travel Blog! To celebrate, I will do two things I love in this article: First, sharing photos of my favorite city in the world, Boston, in all its autumn beauty. Second, answering questions that readers have submitted. Enjoy!
Q1: What were you doing for your 500th, 400th, 300th, 200th, and 100th, and 1st articles?
A1: Click and see! For [...Read More!]
Perhaps you have had a major life change and people are telling you to put off any travels “until things are more settled.”
Perhaps you’ve been in a foul mood for months, and so are postponing upcoming voyages because you “want to be in the right mindset to enjoy everything.”
Or maybe you don’t want to take a desired trip yet because you “just don’t have time to go for long enough.”
Well, from [...Read More!]
Using the magic of Google Analytics, a website owner like myself can, at any time, peep at a live map of who is on which pages of her blog.
For example, right now I can see that there is a visitor to my site from Australia, and two people are reading my new baby photos article.
Seeing these stats swirl and shift is more exciting for blogging geeks like me than watching a live [...Read More!]
Oooh Mama, it’s been quite the year!
Here’s a ranking of the best travel adventures of the past 365 days, with links to photos and details of each if you click the blue words.
Accompanying this end-of-year roundup are photos of our awesome new baby, because, well, I cannot resist.
11. New Hampshire. We saw some of the best sunsets of our life above the New Hampshire mountains in July! That state has become [...Read More!]