I really wait until the last minute when it comes to these things, don’t I?
To kick things off, I just discovered WordPress’s annual report feature. If you want to see all of the boring numbers stuff in relation to SGT, check it out!
Now, onto the fun introspective stuff.
This wasn’t my first year travel blogging, but it was definitely the first time I’ve taken it seriously into a long while. I switched from Blogger to WordPress in May, and now that it’s been seven months, I feel pretty settled. I never expected to reach 200+ followers, and I’m blown away by the fact that you guys are enjoying my little mess of a blog. If you’re thinking big picture, I guess 200 followers isn’t all that many, but it’s nice to know that I’m not just shouting into the void.
Seriously though. Sometimes, looking at all of the other amazing travel blogs out there, I’m stunned that anyone pays attention to me at all. Everyone else has such thoughtful and inspiring posts, while mine tend to go along the lines of, ‘Holy SHIT, I almost died, dude, it was so RAD.’
Now that we have the thankfulness out of the way, it’s time to do my own little review of the past seven months, SGT style.
I didn’t do a lot of traveling this year, but had some great smaller trips and hikes, and learned a bit about my hometown in the process. In Thousand Oaks, Roaming Wildwood Canyon was a fantastic time with a wonderful friend, and I got some Hometown Blues regarding good ol’ T.O. I also toured some colleges, visited Yosemite [again], and took a week-long vacation in Mammoth this year!
200 followers! Plus actually starting this blog, I guess. I also picked up a DSLR for the first time and started really focusing on polishing up my photography skills. I also started on the long, painful journey towards college… Although that shouldn’t really be counted as a milestone, seeing as I still have a long way’s to go!
-Falling onto my neck while skiing in Mammoth. Other than that, this year has been surprisingly danger-free.
My Top 5 Posts, According to You Lot:
–How To: Travel as a High School Student: A fun-filled little guide from your truly with some advice on how to travel while you’re still trapped in high school.
–Roaming Wildwood Canyon: A photodiary of sorts that chronicled the adventures of two girls and a camera as we explored a local stomping ground.
–Creative Blogger Award: A cute, short tag-game that I filed out a few months back. [I wouldn’t mind being tagged for some other things in the future–wink wink, nudge nudge.]
–Coffee Musings: Is Tourism Bad?: My Sunday morning thoughts are rarely coherent, but this thinkpiece on good ol’ touristy goodness and the benefits/detriments of casual travel was apparently good enough to make fourth on this list.
–Trip Planner: China: Halfway There: My trip to China is now less than three months away, and I couldn’t be more excited! It’ll be my first time out of the country in ages, and the fact that I’m going with some of my best friends really only sweetens the pot.
My Top 5 Posts, According to Me:
–Roaming Wildwood Canyon: Yes, I know it’s already up there, but the photos I took on this hike are some of my favourites of all time. [The fact that it was my first outing with a DSLR probably had something to do with that.]
–Hometown Blues: I actually had a great time picnicking/driving/hiding from the wind with my friends, and the nice pictures were also a plus.
–Trip Diary: #Yosemite2k15: Soda Springs: Despite the unfortunate title, this was probably the best thing to come out of my 3-day jaunt in Yosemite with family. I’d actually never seen Soda Springs before, and it was kinda weird and cool. Mostly cool, though.
–Highlights: New York City Through the Eyes of a Teenager’s Instagram: I retract my previous statement; this title is much worse. Either way, though, I’m really quite fond of this post showcasing some of my personal faves from my 2014 trip to NYC, and looking through it never fails to make me feel nostalgic for the city that infamously stole my heart and never gave it back.
–Highlights: A Brief Culinary Summary of South Korea: Shall we talk about food? Because when I spent 1 month in South Korea in 2013, I sure ate a lot of it. I’m not a huge fan of my early blog posts, as they’re mostly compiled of grainy Instagram shots that bother the heck out of me, but I loved Korea and I loved the food, and everything actually looks really appetizing right about now…
Annd that concludes the year! It’s 2 AM, so I should probably get to sleep, but I wanted to share this one with you guys as soon as possible. Cheers, 2015; here’s to hoping that 2016 is even better!
My latest adventure: Ski Bunnies in Mammoth Mountain