Welcome to our first ever Monthly Summary! When I read other blogs (and trust me, I read a lot!), I always love reading weekly/monthly/yearly round ups, it gives me an insight to the people behind the blog. So I thought, hey, let’s give it a go!
This month has been all about planning. We have been planning some football away games for the next few months. We have looked at places in the UK we want to visit and started to pencil some dates in the diary. We spent some time in London (of course, watching the Chelsea home games in between sightseeing) and spent a weekend up in Leicester (where it snowed on our drive up!). In our month of planning, we also started thinking about our wedding plans and contemplating different options.
Blog Numbers and Goals
This month has been a great month for Creative Travel Guide. In the first two months of our blog, we were averaging between 30-70 users a day. But in this third month our users have been between 120 – 360, totalling a whopping 5025 users this month! O.K. These numbers are still low compared to many travel blogs out there but we are so chuffed with it – considering this is our third month blogging 🙂
Here are some current stats and our goals for next month:
Page views: 16,255
Youtube: 189 subscribers
This month we focused on building our social media following even more and have taken part in some collabs with other bloggers. I also learnt the wonders of StumbleUpon, which has had an impact on our numbers too. Next month, my personal goal is to actually post three blogs a week (and stick to it!) and our social media aim is to build our following to 1000+ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (so getting following)!
Love and Hate
As we prepare for our move, we have been reading and watching more and more blogs and videos all about Thailand. Some of our favourite youtube videos have been from EatSleepBangkok and DarrenB3 – they both share street food and meals from in and around Bangkok.
I love reading all types of travel posts but here are some of my favourite from this month:
The 10 people you’ll meet at your hostel – A hilarious post that very much sums up every type of person you meet in hostels. Which one are you?! Unfortunately I am most like the imposter – I have no clue about where I am no matter how many hours I have spent on TripAdvisor. Plus, Jessica includes her awesome drawings within her blog too.
Travel and explore India in your Gap Year – So India has always been a place that I have thought about visiting but never made a solid decision that I actually want to go! Reading Elizabeth’s post on the places to visit (other than the Taj Mahal) has made me want to actually start planning when we can go!
Around the World in 80 books – If you love reading then you will love Tracy’s comprehensive collection of books about countries around the world. Her part two post came out this month and I have downloaded a dozen of these books on my kindle.
Scenes from Bath – As I mentioned in some previous posts, we plan to visit Stonehenge and Bath before leaving the UK. Noemi shares her pictures and time in Bath which has motivated me to get booking a trip ASAP.
In an attempt to build our blog, I have started to read more and more blog posts about blogging itself. I have found Happy To Wander and her amazing resource library to be a fantastic resource.
I don’t like to put out too much hate in the world but in this current climate I feel like we need to say something. As Brits, we have often taken advantage of how easy a trip across Europe can be, without the hassle of visas. Our world is full of love, excitement and adventure and everyone should have the opportunity to explore it. It deeply saddens me to hear that so many travellers have been affected by the recent political changes, meaning some countries are now off limits to them. I pray that this changes quickly to allow everyone the freedom to wander around this beautiful earth we live on.
Highlight of the month
Winning 3-0 to Leicester during an away game was, of course, Calum’s highlight of the month. For me, becoming a Qualified Primary Teacher was my personal highlight of the month.
Most Popular Blog
Our 10 Cheap Destinations to visit in 2017 was by far our most popular blog this month! Thanks for all the social media shares and bloggers who allowed us to include their own tips and blogs in this post.
Top Instagram Post
Our most popular and top Instagram post this week has to be the beautiful shot of Niagara Falls:
February brings some hardcore work! We are putting all our efforts into work in order to save as much money for the big move. We will also continue blogging of course and making more vertical pins for our first few posts (before we knew what we were doing). This month we hope to head to an away football game and we are hoping to explore more of East Sussex. May head to the Bentley Museum or Pevensey Castle – we will see!
So that is our monthly summary! What did you think? Anything else you would like to know? Any suggestions as to where in the UK we need to visit before moving abroad?! Tell us in the comments below 🙂
P.S. Thank you soooo much to our readers and the bloggers that share/comment/read/support us over here at Creative Travel Guide. We love the world of blogging because of the amazing people we have met from this journey.