Our 5th Blogiversary: Hopes And Doubts
Today is the day of our fifth blogiversary. Sigh. I feel the same thing I felt so often when writing on this blog this year. What is it that I can tell these days? Is it even worth telling? Does anybody care? No one wants to hear about travel (and think of the lack of travel), anyway.
Last summer, we were hopeful about our blog. It looked like we only need another year to reach the traffic that can finally earn something. The traffic that can help turn our beloved blog into a business so that our passion becomes a partial income, too. Sigh. That was before this March, of course. Before our traffic dropped to almost zero, like everyone else’s in the travel blogging world.
Almost giving up
During the 5 years we’ve been writing this blog, I considered quitting the most seriously this spring. And not just because of non-existent readers and zero engagement. I’ve never written to be read in the first place. But this spring, writing about our past adventures made me sad. Even thinking about them made me sad. Writing about our everyday life made me even more sad. Thinking about our travel dreams and future plans… You get it, I guess. I couldn’t even think of travelling. Or travel planning. There’s no point making a plan when it collapses the following day. And I’ve always been a planner which really sucks these days.
Since then, I thought I’m over it. The hardest part is behind. We’ve even travelled in Hungary and in our neighboring countries in the summer. We had happier moments and started to feel more hopeful. But with the recent news, I’m not so sure I’m over it. The pandemic is not over, the uncertainty is not over. Travel bans are not over either.
The roller coaster of hopes and doubts
Of course, people can live without travel, and travel is a privilege that most people on this planet never had. Still, we feel like we lost an arm or a leg since travel became uncertain and hardly possible. And we don’t know when it will change.
Sometimes we see some hope, like remote working becoming more common or travel becoming more conscious. Sometimes – and probably more often – our doubts are stronger. We doubt that people become more conscious just because there’s a pandemic. Even a pandemic can’t save humankind.
We’re also afraid that travel will be more expensive and even more of a privilege in the future. If only a few people can travel to faraway and exotic places, who will be those few? It’s a rhetorical question.
But what about our blog?
What does all this have to do with our blog? Everything. Our blog is about our lives and our travels. I’ve always loved writing it, but this year I often had to force myself to write about travel. Other times, it was healing to think back to our past adventures, browse through pictures, write about those beautiful places that are so out of our reach now. And I’m completely aware we wouldn’t jump on a plane to Australia just any day, but the mere fact that we could matters. And now we couldn’t.
I was also enthusiastic to write about our recent hiking trips to Slovenia, Slovakia and Austria. There will most certainly be even more hiking posts on our blog than before. And more posts about our home, Budapest and lesser-known places in Hungary. Then some travel musings, because we can only travel in our minds these days, and more personal posts.
We hoped this blog to become more than a hobby with time, but now we’re not sure. Only one thing is certain: I love writing. Okay, here’s a second: we love being in nature. Adding in all the challenges and uncertainties, that’s what we have to work with. As cliché as it sounds, this year is a roller coaster, and this is true for blogging, too.
For the first time in 5 years, we’re not very excited about the stats. After 4 years of rising, now the numbers are falling – and falling hard. Still, we publish the same numbers we’ve published in the past 4 years so that we have something to look back on (and hopefully laugh) one day. Here they are:
- Overall pageviews so far: 750000+
- Overall unique pageviews so far: 635000+
- Pageviews in 2020 so far: 91000+
- Monthly average pageviews in 2020: varies from 28000 to 5000
- Number of published posts: 487
- Our visitors by gender: 76% female, 24% male
- Most of our visitors are 25-34 years old: 38.77%
- We had visitors from 165 countries (out of the 195 countries in the world) in 2020, but most of our visitors are from the United States: 59% – followed by UK 4.38%, Canada 3.88%, Germany 3.12%, Hungary 2.98%, Netherlands 2.12% and Australia 1.93%
- We had visitors from 8437 cities, we got the largest traffic from New York City, San Francisco and Budapest
- Majority of our visitors check our site on their mobile phones (65.12%)
- This year we got the most traffic from organic search (40.05%), followed by social media (36.66%, mostly from Pinterest)
Our most popular posts ever
Our most popular posts published in 2020
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