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!]
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!]
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!]
This week marks FOUR straight years travel blogging on AroundTheWorldL.com! When I published my first ever post on July 26, 2009 right before leaving Boston to circumnavigate the globe, I had no idea that travel blogging would bring me so much joy that I would carve out hours each day for the next four years to work on it… and look forward to blogging for many more years to come!
Statistics-wise, I have now published 543 [...Read More!]
Are you a travel-and-learning-loving person? Are you a busy lad or lass who doesn’t have time to schlepp around the internet to find all the articles that interest you?
You’re in luck, because my new Teaching Traveling e-Newsletter is here!
Sign up by clicking this link and you will:Get a convenient summary of the month’s best articles from Around the World “L”, Teaching Traveling, and other delicious sites. Be the first to know about travel and global education [...Read More!]
Tomorrow is my 30th birthday!
Want to make me REALLY, REALLY happy with a free gift? Here’s what I most desire:
1. Show some love to my two websites, AroundTheWorldL.com and TeachingTraveling.com by: reading, commenting on, and reposting/sharing/emailing articles, “Liking” the Facebook pages (currently near 1,400 fans!) and using the “suggest to friends” button, “Stumbling” articles (if you’re advanced like that), and generally bringing as many eyes as possible to these 500+ articles I [...Read More!]
Today is my 29th birthday! Yay!
Want to give a gift? Help me further expand the readership of this website, which has now cracked the Top 50 mark of the TravelBlogSites.com independent travel blog rankings at #47!
Here are options for how to give this gift:
1. Simply read and comment on an article (or three) among the 400+ on this site! I’ve put a ton [...Read More!]
“Please please don’t write anything awful,” I begged the reporter over the crackly cellphone line. “I just got this new job and I really like it and I’m not trying to get thrown out!”
Darren chuckled and calmly replied, “I’m a reporter. No one would talk to me any more if I violated their trust. This will be a positive, inspiring story, really.”
The Herald reporter was true to his word, and what [...Read More!]
First: today my info-packed article, “5 Facts About TEFL Courses and Teaching ESL” was published on The Expeditioner. Check it out for handy tips about teaching English to speakers of other languages!
Second, let us pause to celebrate a milestone.
Exactly 365 days ago on this date, I clicked a button labeled “Create New Blog,” trembling slightly with the nervousness that comes from embarking on something utterly foreign.
A blog? I had barely thought [...Read More!]