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My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

May 11, 2015

Today is an exciting day on Endlessly Exploring! Yes, today is the day that my little blog turns one year old. Surely it hasn’t been that long since I started this blog, right?!

After constantly being inspired by other travel blogs for so long, one day last year I thought to myself…why couldn’t I do that? Not long after that thought crossed my mind, I set up my own little space on the internet. That was 365 days ago now – oh how time flies!

My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

It feels like just yesterday that I sat down in this exact spot, reading my first blog post over and over again while nervously hovering over the publish button. Had I made a spelling mistake? Would anyone even read this? Who would want to read this? I pushed past the nerves and my first two posts went live on May 11th 2014 – A Quick Intro to Endlessly Exploring & My Travel Plans for 2014.

My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

The day my blog went live! Isn’t my original layout super pretty?! 😐

In my first post, I stated that “I think it’s inevitable that I will forever be endlessly exploring”, and honestly not a lot has changed since then. I am still the same twenty-something girl who is constantly dreaming about travel, always. Perhaps the only thing that’s changed is that my desire to travel is stronger than ever, and now I have this great website to share my experiences on.

When I look back over the last year of travel blogging, I can say that I’ve definitely learnt a lot. It turns out that blogging is hard work, especially when you’re just starting out and trying to get your name out there in the online world. Blogging involves a lot more than just writing posts and taking pretty pictures – it involves a lot of different disciplines thrown under the title of ‘blogger’.

It is hard to manage at times, so I’m pretty thrilled that I have been able to keep it up so far. I’ve found that it’s also very hard to accept that there will always be something that you are trying to perfect on the blog. I’m sure all of you other bloggers out there would understand – your blog is your baby (and if you’re anything like me, you want your baby to be absolutely perfect).

Furthermore, this blog has opened a few new doors for me and has given me a whole new outlook on a future career path, one that I had never actually considered before. Truth be told, I have never been a writer. In fact, I really disliked English class back in school. Who would have thought that just a few years later, I’d be sitting at my desk considering making a career out of blogging and social media? I know that I definitely didn’t!

Last but not least, I’d like to thank all of you lovely people for reading and commenting on my blog. You are all amazing and I truly appreciate every single one of you! I hope that I am constantly providing you with useful travel tips and leaving you inspired to travel the world. I’m so thankful for the amazing people I’ve met through this little blog – it’s been great to get to know so many other people who are as passionate about travelling as I am. It’s been incredible to see Endlessly Exploring grow over time and I am beyond excited to see where it will go from here!

My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

Hanging out with Rebecca of theworldasbecseesit.com

So now I’m asking you, is there anything that you would like to see more of on the blog? Is there anything that you would like me to discuss or share advice on? Ask away!

Here’s a quick roundup of some of my posts from my first year of travel blogging!

Where I’ve Been:My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

Since I began this travel blog one year ago, I’ve spent 105 days abroad in 7 different countries. You can click-through to read more about my time in each country here:

ArgentinaBoliviaBrazilChile,

MexicoPeru and United States.


My Favourites:My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

Crossing the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats & Deserts of Bolivia

Travel Goals for 2015

48 Hours in Lucerne, Switzerland

2014 in Review: My Year of Travel

Spectacular Mount Pilatus, Switzerland 


Most Useful:My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

How To Save Money To Travel The World

Can You Really Trust Your Travel Agent? 6 Tips To Get Your Dream Holiday

Flight Survival Guide: 7 Tips To Make A Long Flight More Comfortable!

Buenos Aires Safety & Travel Tips


Most Popular: My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

Top 15 Travel Blogs To Follow In 2015

Travel Bloggers Reveal: The Places You Must Visit In Europe

A Guide To Hiking The Inca Trail: Tips & Packing List

How To Save Money To Travel The World 

20 Amazing Festivals To Attend In Your 20’s


Most Adventurous:My 1st Blogiversary: One Year of Travel Blogging

Hiking The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu: Day 1 & 2

Hiking The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu: Day 3 & 4

Bike Riding Death Road in Bolivia: The World’s Most Dangerous Road

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru’s Incredible Desert Oasis


Once again, thank you so much for joining me on my adventures around the world. I have so many more stories to tell you and a few travel plans in the works, so I can’t wait to share them with you!

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50 Comments

  • Reply Alexandria May 12, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Great post Kelly! Congratulations On 1 year of blogging, so proud of you. I can relate on so many levels. I started my blog back inJanuary and I still wonder if It will become something. As far as a career path. I hate social media before blogging but now I find I don’t at all mind it an d am actually enjoying it and I think I may want to peruse a career in freelance and social media management, but will just see how things go. You really have done a great job and I have always enjoyed reading your blog!

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Thank you so much Alexandria! 🙂 It sounds like we’re the same person 😛 Looking forward to seeing how far your blog comes along over the next year! x

  • Reply Heather Hammel May 12, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    http://dogmomchic.blogspot.com/

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Thank you Heather! 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Reply Susanne May 12, 2015 at 4:27 am

    May there are more years of blogging to come! 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I hope so too! Thanks Susanne! 🙂

  • Reply Yara Miora May 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Oh congrats lovely girl!! Keep on adventuring and sharing your love for traveling 🙂
    I just started my new website less than two weeks ago and I can’t imagine how it must feel to look back after a year! Happy blogiversary <3

    Liefs,
    Yara

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much Yara! Looking forward to your one year blogiversary in the future! 😛 x

  • Reply Kristin McNeil May 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Hi Kelly! Happy Blogiversary! You have a beautiful blog by the way. The layout and functionality is brilliant! I am a newbie just starting out so it’s really cool to see how far you’ve gone and how far you’ve come in just a year! On average, how many times do you post a week/month? From a technical stand-point, how do you recommend backing up your blog? I use BlueHost and they back up my blog but they also say I should do it myself. So I’ve been using the plugin BackUpWOrdPress and they email me a link to download (but I never do) once per week. Is that adaquate? Thanks for your advice.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you Kristin! Means a lot 🙂 I don’t post nearly as much as I would like to but I try to post between 1-2 times a week. I have definitely been lacking behind lately because I’ve been so busy with work and I’m not travelling at the moment. I’m probably not the best person to ask for the technical question (I’m still learning) but I host my website on Bluehost and back it up using BackWPup occasionally (not enough though :P) x

  • Reply Isabel May 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Congratulations, girl! You look like super discipline professional blogger like the one you mention you worked so hard to become. I hope you continue building more successes down your journey!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you Isabel! Means a lot x

  • Reply Krista Bere May 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Hey Kelly! Happy 1 year!!! love reading your blogs and checking out your photos 🙂 keep up the good work! x

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you Krista! Glad you enjoy reading the blog 🙂 x

  • Reply Ashlea Wheeler May 12, 2015 at 9:13 am

    You made it to the magic 1 year mark! A fabulous achievement. So jealous that you spent 105 days abroad, though my long awaited trip starts next week 😀

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you Ashlea! 🙂 I’m enjoying reading and seeing the photos of your trip at the moment – looks incredible! x

  • Reply Bec May 12, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Congratulations Kelly on your blogiversary! That is so exciting! You have definitely accomplished a lot in one year and I am so excited for where Endlessly Exploring is going to take you in the future! It was so great to meet you in Melbourne just a few weeks ago! I am definitely planning to make a return trip, so hopefully we can meet up again (or maybe overseas? :P)

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you Bec!! Yes, it was so great to meet you too! Absolutely, maybe in Europe later this year? Will be in touch x

  • Reply Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki May 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Happy blogiversary! So glad you started blogging so we could all following along with your amazing adventures!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you so much Kaelene! 😀

  • Reply Sara May 13, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I’m a fairly new reader and am loving your posts, got me itching to go and explore! Happy Blogiversary – I hope you celebrated in style 🙂
    x

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for reading Sara! Glad to have you here 🙂 x

  • Reply Gina May 13, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Congratulations! I love seeing how blog evolve and get a little peek into how you started! Looks like you have had so many fun adventures! Keep inspiring others and living out your dreams! Can’t wait for more posts from you! 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you Gina! 🙂

  • Reply Ariana May 13, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Wish you all the best in the future xx

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Ariana! 🙂

  • Reply Laura Lynch May 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Congrats on your first year. I just crossed the one-year mark myself and can definitely relate. Keep it up. You have a great blog.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you Laura! 🙂

  • Reply De'Jav May 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Congrats on your 1 year. It ‘s been a pleasure reading look forward to future material.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you for reading De’Jav! 🙂

  • Reply christina May 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    congratulations on your blogiversary!

    http://www.currentlyexploring.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Christina!

  • Reply Dannielle Lily May 16, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Congrats Kelly! Great blog, I’ve been blogging for a few years and wish mine was picking up a bit faster!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you Dannielle! Always love reading your posts 🙂 x

  • Reply Melissa May 16, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Whoo hoo! Congrats on one year! I just celebrated my one year as well! Great idea for a post–highlighting what you have written over the year!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you Melissa! Congrats on yours too! 🙂 x

  • Reply Karina May 18, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Great job! A lot great article in just your first year 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you Karina! 🙂

  • Reply Shane May 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Wooohoo happy one year! Cheers to many more!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks Shane 🙂 x

  • Reply Vic toria May 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulations Kelly! May there be many more 🙂 xx

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks Victoria! 😀

  • Reply Hailey June 5, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Congrats! This is so awesome. I have been writing my blog for a couple of years and it really seems like yours is growing so well! It is a struggle (at least it has been for me!) but it really is wonderful to write and share adventure with the world! Keep it up and don’t stop traveling!

    -HH

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Hailey! At the start it was definitely a struggle, but it’s definitely starting to grow a bit faster these days! Keep going 🙂 x

  • Reply Lou September 24, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Happy anniversary! I found your blog few weeks ago and you’re a big inspiration for me. I wish you never ending travelling 🙂

  • Reply Karen February 17, 2016 at 11:22 am

    This is such a great post! Your blog is an inspiration for me as I begin my blogging adventure!!

  • Reply Alexandra January 4, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations on one year of blogging 🙂 the blog looks great!

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

  • Reply Deandra Rudolfo March 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Oh my gosh this is amazing! So much accomplished. I would like to travel to many of the countries you’ve visited so I’m definitely gonna go through your blog posts for tips on how I can make that happen! Congrats on the anniversary!

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