Celebrating a Blogiversary – Ashley Abroad Turns Two!

Hey guys! So today I’m excited because my blog jut turned two. (And yes, I do refer to it as if it were my child.) Who would’ve guessed I’d still be blogging after all this time? I certainly wouldn’t have!

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Anyway, a lot’s changed since last year’s blogiversary and in short, I’m really proud.

I’ve worked with a lot of great companies in the last year, from Best Western to Skywings Paragliding, and even hosted my first giveaway and started offering sponsorship. And recently a journalist from Forbes.com interviewed me which made the parents happy.

My traffic’s never been higher, and my page views have more than quadrupled in the past year- in one year this site’s gone from 6,000 uniques and 15,000 page views to 13,000 uniques and 64,000 page views!

(For the record I still have troubling believe this.) Ashley_Abroad_Traffic Honestly though I’m happiest that I’ve managed to connect with such a great group of readers, regular commenters and real-life friends- you guys are really the best. Your support, particularly on more emotional posts, means the world to me.

I started this blog with four main goals: to improve writing and photography, make friends, earn a living and secure freelancing jobs. Four for four, I guess!

And just for the sake of strolling down memory lane, here’s are some of my favorite posts from the last 12 months.

Most useful: How to DIY A Budget Yoga Retreat in Bali, How to Start a Successful Travel Blog, How to Plan an Inexpensive but Awesome Trip Abroad

Most confession-y: Back Home, But What Next?, Why Working As a Digital Nomad is Not For Me, And Then Everything Changed in Vietnam, Why I Honestly Came to Bali

Best photos: Carnevale in Venice, In Awe of the Temples of Angkor, Magnificent Macau

Most adventurous: Canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam, Paragliding in Interlaken, Switzerland, Climbing Mount Batur, Bali’s Most Active Volcano Best Food Porn:

My Top Eats in Singapore, Authentic Thai, A Very Tasty Guide to Vietnamese Food

My personal favorites: Tiny Paradise: A Week on Gili Trawangan, What I Miss About Bali, A DIY Trip Down to the Mekong Delta, Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go, What I Miss (and Don’t Miss) About Living in France

And even though I’m ready to be a bit more settled, I’m still really excited to see where this blog takes me. Thank you guys for coming all for the ride.

Always,

Ashley

So now I’d love to hear from you! What would you like to see more/less of on Ashley Abroad?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

14 thoughts on “Celebrating a Blogiversary – Ashley Abroad Turns Two!”

  1. Happy blogiversary! I’m a fairly new reader but I’ve really enjoyed your site and I’m excited to see what the next year has in store for you. Keep it up!

  2. Happy Blogiversary! Even though my Blog will turn two in October, too, I think, I could still learn a lot from you. I started with a Blog on WordPress.com first and moved my Blog to an own website this past January. Thank you so much for the tips you gave me and keep up the good work. I am looking forward to the third year of your Blog.

  3. You’ve done SO much with your blog this last year. I haven’t touched on half of this stuff – inspiring to see your hard work pay off, but also how you were able to put the computer away and enjoy your travels at the same time!

  4. Your blog is delightful!

    Your observances about the culture, habits, and lifestyle via the places you go, seems most entertaining (why the French are thin, getting reflexology done and what the deliverer shared about those who usually scream when having such performed, and all the nuances you elaborate on about each area, makes for the best reading) or in my humble, mad-bluefish tainted opinion anyway. Great stuff! Keep on!!!!! Cheers! – Leah

  5. Congrats, Ashley! I’ve only started reading your blog recently, but can already tell all that success is well deserved. As for your question, I think all your readers (including me, of course) just wanna see you be YOU, which you do so wonderfully :) Happy travels – here’s to two more!

  6. Congratulations on all of your successes! That is wonderful that you have such a great audience, too! We’ve passed our 1st blogiversary and your numbers are very inspiring to us!

  7. Big congratulations Ashley, I started following you on Bloglovin, Emily and I both enjoy reading your posts! Great stuff on the traffic and great page view to visitor ratio, goes to show people love your content!

    Best, Will from The Luxe Travel

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