May in Review


Don’t worry, I’ll be back with my regularly scheduled Iceland coverage tommorow, but for now it’s time for the monthly blog review! As you know, I spent this month doing more travel than I had done in a while. In Mid-May I headed off to Iceland with my friend Holly. Next I did a weekend trip to Nashville, TN followed by a weekend trip to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Overall a very busy month. I won’t have coverage of all of these trips on the blog, but you can always check out my pictures and status updates on my facebook page.

I also competed in a local DC area race called the DC Metro Challenge. I’m sure many of you saw the updates on twitter, but if not I’ll be back next month with a full run down.

Anyway, lets talk about whats been going on with the Blog:

L’appel Du Vide Highlights

This month, the blog was pretty much all about Iceland. Before my trip I talked about my plans and what I would be packing for my trip (including my new Hiking Boots). Now I’m in the process of filling you all in on all of the fun activities that I got a chance to do while over there. I’ve talked about dog sledding, Silfra snorkeling, hiking on a glacier, and visiting the Blue Lagoon - BUT I still have a ton more to go! So get excited.

Of course, I’ve also continued doing my weekly travel mishap series, Misadventure Mondays. Go check out these interviews to learn more about some of my favorite travel bloggers.

This month I was also featured in an interview over at a wonderful Travel Blog, No Place to Be. You can check it out here.  You can also check out my interview for the DC Metro Challenge here.

Blog Stats

Last month, I mentioned that I was going to begin including blog stats in my monthly updates. Hopefully this will help me (and you all) track my progress on the blogging front.

First up, my social media and ranking stats:

  • Twitter Followers: 450
  • Facebook “Likes:” 82
  • RSS Followers: 36
  • Google Page Rank: 3
  • Alexa Ranking: 703,424

Next up, money. Here is my earnings graph for the past three months:

As you can see, a little decline on earnings this month, but I attribute that mainly to the time spent developing partnerships with the companies I worked with during my trip to Iceland. Speaking of which I’d like to give a quick shout out to my Side Bar partners: Sunmaster Holidays, Florists Nearby, and Route 1 Car Rental. Thank you for your support.  

As always, I encourage all you new bloggers to sign up for the Art of Travel Blogging which really helped me network to find additional revenue streams and advertisers. 

Other Travel Blogs

Here are some other blog posts that I enjoyed reading this month which you might want to check out:

  • My friend Ryan recently moved to Austin, Texas and has started a new Austin photography blog which has some beautiful shots of the city.
  • Steph at 20 years hence is about to depart on a round the world trip. She wrote a post about the issues and concerns she faced when quitting her job.
  • Vicky from Vicky Flip Flop Travels is about to set out on an exciting Africa Trip. You can read about it here.
  • Eric from On My Feet or On My Mind just got back from a trip to New Zealand. You can check out his blog for all his wonderful updates.

Alright, that’s it for May – Onwards to June! I don’t want to give anything away  but I am going to have a BIG announcement this month, so make sure you stick around for all the details!

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2 Responses to May in Review

  1. memographer says:

    Great summary! Can’t wait for your BIG announcement, Liz

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