A Year in the Blogging World | Strange search terms and Dr Oz shows

I realized just the other day that I have been blogging for just over a year.  I didn’t even want to start, my husband made me.  Kicking and pouting but trusting in his marketing prowess I began my journey in the world of the blogger.

Little did I know that within a month, disaster would strike my beloved Cinque Terre and through my writing I would be able to reach thousands of readers.  The networking and relationships built and made through the experience remain strong twelve months later.

A few months after beginning, I soon became ‘on-line’ friends with other writers and authors of books I loved.  Their stories became my inspiration and I began to write even more.  With my writing came followers and with followers came encouraging feedback and comments.  The fire and passion to share began to burn brighter, and so the cycle began.  WordPress added fuel to the obsession with its detailed stats page and the ability to track favorite posts, clicks and likes.  Although I no longer check my stats hourly, it is the last thing I look at before turning out the lights.

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey and growth.  A blog the started with only my mom following me has grown to over 200 subscribers with at least that many views daily, over 300 Facebook followers and twice as many on twitter.  I am nearing 100,000 views and my busiest day to date was 1,123 views.  My posts have brought people together, help to Vernazza, made preparing for travel to Italy easier and hopefully a smile to everyone’s faces.  This blog even got me on the Dr Oz show, although embarrassingly it was for a personal poo story not as a travel expert.  If you can find me on Facebook then you might find the video link!  I can’t WAIT to see what the next 12 months bring!  To celebrate I have a few fun and …. well…. interesting facts about my blog.  Enjoy!

Most Interesting Key Words:  These are real life snips of real life keywords that brought readers to my blog.  Unfortunately, I am sure many were disappointed.

italy travel humor
Now that I would like to see.
travel italy humor
All at once?
blogging key words
I don’t even WANT to know
blogging keywords
Another disappointed viewer. I would hate to see what would happen if I DID write a post about a penis.

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About the author: Andi Brown

I am passionate about helping people create vacations that are perfect for them through personalized travel planning, itinerary review and small experience focused tours. My services put an emphasis on the experience of Italy, getting my clients away from the tourist crowds and into the heart and soul of the people. I believe in working with family run businesses at great locations with attention to the details. If you can dream it I can make it happen.

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  1. thomasinaburke - 2012-11-10 at 10:39 am Reply

    Wow, Andi, I didn’t realize that you had just started your blog when we met through the Vernazza disaster. I just adore your writing, and hope to see a full-fledged book out of you one of these days. And now I’m going to go look for the poo/Oz show clip. I hope to meet you up close and in person one of these days!

  2. Hitch-Hikers' Handbook - 2012-11-10 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Haha, I enjoyed your weird search terms, they are always good fun! 🙂 Congratulations of the blog!

  3. Julia Blair - 2012-11-11 at 1:41 am Reply

    Sitting in a hotel lobby in Singapore laughing out loud! Multiple penises… Car in wet cement penis! Hysterical. Keep it up!

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