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Talk About Blogging & The New Year

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I’m back in Boston now, laying in my bed, propped up on a heap of pillows, feeling like an ideal of first-world mockery. Vintage Tawny port is at hand while finishing up today’s issue of the Wall Street Journal. In sum: the world is going to shit. The stock marketing is tanking and terrorism is on the rise. A pile of papers lay trashed on the floor beside me. 48 Hours plays in the background and I’m confronted with the inevitable conclusion that I’m 32 going on 75.

But this is hands down the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. But let me reassure you, if you’re ever in doubt as to whether or not the purchase of a premium organic latex mattress is deemed a healthy or wise investment, let me reassure you – yes, it was worth every single penny and I’d buy it a thousand times over. I firmly believe that if everyone in our country owned a mattress as such, crime levels would fall and the market for sleeps aids would dry up, at the very minimum.

I didn’t expect the first of this year to feel so congested, but when you combine the holidays with back to back travel, time vaporizes and physical energy depletes. And as everyone knows, blogging while traveling never seems to work out as planned.  I believe my last blog post was date stamped December 31st, 2015…..oops. I broke the cardinal rule of running a website – don’t disappear for more than 2 weeks at a time! I apologize. I spent two weeks in Houston and then almost two weeks in Canada and Southern California. It was exhausting, but memorable. Or should I say, memorable, but exhausting? For some reason, exhausting comes to mind first, and then fun, then memorable. Is that a bad thing?

In some respects, I needed a small break from blogging as well to figure out my plans for this year. Blogging is actually a ton of work and is incredibly time consuming. There I said it. It’s easy to burn out, especially when I’m trying to focus on photography at the same time. Maintaining a website, writing articles, marketing, writing ebooks, and growing social media (my least favorite part of blogging), it’s kinda a lot of work. Fortunately, Google Analytics has shown a continued upward trend and Google is indexing more of my posts higher and is giving me more traffic, score.

The most rewarding part of creating your own website (or anything you create) is seeing something that’s entirely your own creation, working really hard to develop it, then seeing it grow and reach milestones.

Hundreds of article ideas lie stored on my computer. I fear I’ll never run out of content which has polarized me a bit because I’m torn between writing for my site and also pitching my articles to other sources. This whole blogging thing is an unchartered path, but that’s what makes it exciting. New opportunities arise and you are entirely in charge of your own creation! It’s pretty inspiring. Today, bloggers are today’s influencers so it’s exciting to move forward into that territory.

The Passport Lifestyle has a lot of room to grow, but I’d like to thank everyone who has subscribed or has kept up with my site.  I am so honored every single time I gain a new subscriber or reader. I’ll be back to my usual blogging schedule, 2 to 3 posts a week. I will also be announcing a fun giveaway soon with a really cool company, so stay tuned!

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  1. January 28, 2016 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Hey Stephanie,

    It’s always weird to be back home dealing with stuff that’s comfortable and familiar, huh? I’ll definitely be looking forward to whatever things come out of the woodwork from you in 2016. Wishing you all the best and can’t wait to see your future articles here and wherever they come out. Take care until then.
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