Year one of blogging

The last few months, I didn’t dedicate as much time as I wanted to my blog. Between moving to a new country, work, and other personal projects, my mind was occupied elsewhere. I’m sorry about that (well, at least I’m not spamming you with newsletter emails!). But today, I want to post because it’s my one-year blogging anniversary! 

Year one

My Frenchy Life

It all started one year ago then, with My Frenchy Life. Before that, I wasn’t sharing much, even on the social media, but I was reading lots of content. Step by step, the idea grew on me. Something happened to me and my wife one year ago (I’ll probably write about it one day), and let’s say we needed to keep our minds busy (here is her blog: RosieAndre.com)… so it was a good time to start blogging!

In the beginning, I thought about only using social media, but then I realized, I myself was reading more on blogs than on social media. The problem was, I had never created a website or a blog before, so I had no clue how to do it! Thankfully nowadays, this is not an issue anymore and you can learn anything online. After a few searches, our best friend Google took me to WPBeginniner which is THE Bible about how to create a blog.

It took me a bit of time to create the blog, work on the design, the name, etc but for a first go, I’m quite proud of the result! I enjoyed writing several blog posts about multiple subjects throughout the year. It is interesting to look back at them now and see the evolution in my writing. It is definitely something I improved (just a reminder, English is not my first language).

I didn’t have much engagement and feedback on my posts. But I didn’t try too hard to be honest so I’m not surprised or disappointed. And anyway, above anything else, I write for myself. I tend to over think a lot, so it’s good to get things out of my head!

Year one of blogging:
– 15 blog posts,

– 645 visitors,
– 1346 page views.

Most popular post:
– If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life

I was originally planning to post twice per month. So as you can see I’m really far from my objective. This year – and especially the last 3 months – has been pretty eventful, with lots of changes in my life and I haven’t been able to focus as much energy as I wanted to on this project. But still, even if it’s nothing on the internet scale, my words have been read more than 1000 times by more than 600 people! Imagine talking in a room in front of 600 people, pretty impressive no? So I’m quite happy with it, considering the amount of effort I’ve put into it.

Jérémie’s Travels

Jérémie’s Travels is my little travel blog. I started this project in January 2018. This is my space to share my travel experiences.

It has the particularity to be in both French and English. The French version is very personal, addressed mainly to my family & friends. The English version is a more classic travel blog, where I try to share my views on places along with some tips.

However, my goal is not to show amazing edited photographs and make everyone fantasize about places. When I travel, I want to dive into the country’s culture. I try, as much as I can, to experience the country and to see how the people there actually live… So don’t expect to find sponsored reviews of any amazing resorts, hotels or whatever here. You will see “normal” unedited phone photographs, taken by a non-professional, non-artistic guy. It’s all real & authentic!

WanderEscape

WanderEscape is my travel t-shirt brand, created at the beginning of 2018. It is another way to share my love of traveling.

I got the travel bug in 2010 after a trip to Australia, and since then I have wanted to travel and discover the wonders of the world. I believe traveling can entirely redefine a person. The experiences I lived while visiting new countries and meeting new people totally changed the way I see the world we live in. It also convinced me that we should appreciate what we have a lot more and enjoy our lives to the fullest.

I decided to design slogan t-shirts as I had looked at buying some for myself and didn’t like the t-shirts already on the market. I want designs that stand out, are easily recognizable but also very wearable. I often find travel t-shirts are too touristy and destination based.

Year two

As you can see, the first year of my new online life has been busy with three projects. It’s been fun learning about how to build those websites but also researching to write my posts etc.

I decided to close My Frenchy Life and bring the blog to this blog. I want this website to be a portfolio of me and what I do… and I thought it makes more sense to share my views and opinions right here.

For year two, my objective is very simple: invest more time on my projects in order to produce more content and generate more engagement. I will try my best to post twice per month here. I have many interests in my life, and I’m thinking about sharing more various things (such as books reviews for instance). I also want to share more of my traveling experiences as I have a lot of photographs in reserve to show you. On WanderEscape, I’m excited to see where it will take me. I’m getting some nice feedback about the designs, which is really encouraging! I’m thinking about growing the brand by starting a podcast really soon… I’ll keep you posted obviously!

I’m not driven by fame, success, and money. I don’t expect anything in return. I do it because I enjoy it. And whatever it is, I’m sure I will get something out of it!

Since building those websites, I have found a long-term objective. I want to be able to live my life and enjoy my passions. And the first step for that is to become financially independent. I don’t mean rich, I mean that I want to be able to generate enough income to do what I want when I want. My wife and I love traveling, if we could work and travel at the same time, it would be perfect. So my goal is to learn, try things, to eventually find the path that will allow me to do what I love.

Greetings

The first person I want to thanks is my wife. Without her, you would not be reading anything. She’s here to support me, but also to help me correct my English mistakes (before she checked, this post was called “One year of blobbing”), and give me her opinion on my ideas! Thank you my Rosie!!

And then, thanks to all my readers, I really appreciate it! I would love to thanks all of you individually, but unfortunately, I don’t know you. Do not hesitate to send me a message in private, I will make sure to answer all of them. I would love to know what you think of my content!

*Photo by Ankush Minda on Unsplash


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