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Celebrating One Month of Blogging

Celebrating One Month of Blogging

Wow, it’s been one month since we launched Don’t Ever Look Back with a post explaining why we’re choosing long-term travel. The past month has flown by but at the same time it feels like we’ve been around the blogging community for years. This is thanks to all of you who have been following our progress and leaving such nice and helpful comments along the way.

Since the blog was launched we’ve posted 12 new articles (including this one) and have made many new connections all around the world. We’re grateful for all the support we receive through this blog and via our Twitter and Facebook pages, it really is much appreciated. If you have any feedback on how we could improve any of these, we’d love to hear it.

Our Current Situation

We’re now a month closer to our travel adventure and in 4 weeks time we move out of our apartment and back to Amy’s parents house. Rent has been prepaid until the end of our lease so the portion of our income previously assigned to rent is now going directly into our travel savings… it’s amazing what a difference this makes! Now it feels like we’re really getting somewhere and have just passed the 30% mark of our savings goal.

In terms of selling our stuff, we’re still using most of our furniture and belongings so not much has happened yet. We have sold some a computer monitor and ADSL router on eBay which generated just over $150 and have a couple of auctions running at the moment (fingers crossed for bids!). We’ve also committed to selling our entire lounge room suite to family so all is going good so far – the stress will come when we put our big-ticket items up for sale in 2-3 weeks!

To sum our current situation in one word – excited.

Looking Forward

We're moving out in 4 weeks.

Over the next month we’re completely changing our lives in preparation for our travels. Here is what our situation will be in one month’s time.

We will no longer have our own place. Yep, in 28 days we will hand back the keys to our apartment and will call Amy’s parents house our new home. While we’ll lose our space and privacy and the move will add an additional 15-20 minutes each way to our work commute, it will have huge benefits for our savings as we previously identified in three ways we’re saving for long-term travel.

We will no longer have a lot of our furniture and material possessions. As we mentioned previously, we’re selling the majority of our belongings and what we don’t sell now will be gone in 6 months time. In 4 weeks we will no longer own furniture (excluding our bed) or appliances (excluding TV/PS3). While we’re not completely minimalist yet, we’ll have a lot less than we’re used to and it will take some time to adjust.

We will be preparing for Christmas. With so much going on in our lives, it’s hard to think about Christmas. Especially as we’ll be slaving away at work over the holiday season while many of our friends and colleagues will be out in the sun and enjoying the Australian summer. But we’re working for a reason – so that we can enjoy the Northern Hemisphere summer in 2011. It’s difficult to wait, but it will all be worth it in the end!

We will still be working and still be saving. This was covered mostly in the point above – we’ll continue working hard to put as much of our incomes away so we can reach our savings goal as quickly as possible and depart on our adventure!

It’s quite scary when you see our future situation listed like that, but very exciting nonetheless!

The Stats

Here’s a breakdown of our blog stats at the end of our first month of blogging.

  • 12 Posts
  • 73 Comments
  • 246 Twitter Followers
  • 33 Facebook Fans
  • 1,179,780 Alexa Ranking

We can’t complain about those numbers at all. If you want to help give them a boost (which we would love you to do!), please leave a comment or join us on Twitter and Facebook.

Flickr Photos: DennisSylvesterHurd, planetschwa

20 Comments

  1. Posted November 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Congratz :) continue doing what you’re doing with the blog and it will turn out great – if ya got any questions just send us an email :)

    • Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Thanks Nathan! Sofia and yourself are some of our first ever followers which we will be forever grateful for.

      If we can be half as good as what you’ve achieved with As We Travel then we’ll be delighted. :)

  2. Posted November 16, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Congratulations. 1 month is a great, 1st milestone. What goals do you have to reach month #2 and what are you going to do to get there? And what about your 1-year milestone? I’ve found that if you don’t keep looking ahead and making a plan, you’ll start to lose momentum if all you see are the same results month after month. Keep growing, push yourself and try new things.

    • Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      This just serves as a further reminder we need to get started on a bucket list! We haven’t really thought too much about future goals for the blog, but quickly brainstorming here are a few ideas that we’d like to achieve in the next 12 months.

      - Post a minimum of 2 new articles per week. (This seems like child’s play compared to your 5 a week, honestly don’t know how you do it!)
      - Pump out at least 1 guest post per month starting in 2011.

      I guess as the saying goes, if you build it they will come. Subsequent goals would be:

      - Increase traffic each month.
      - Reach 200 Facebook Fans/1000 Twitter Followers.
      - Reach 100 RSS Subscribers.

      Pretty achievable goals but we’ll start the bar low and raise it as we progress. Thanks for the comment and advice! :)

    • Posted January 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Awesome goals because they are measurable. I’ve made it a goal to cut back from 5 a day actually, hahaha. I did it for almost a year and built a nice foundation of archive posts, but now my focus for 2011 is ancillary information (travel guides, guest posts and other writing avenues). 2 Per week is a good start, as a team of 2, could you push it to 3? M,W,F?

      I’d further ask, how will you reach 1,000 twitter followers, etc. What will you do to make that happen? That’s the key.

      Good luck and keep me posted.

      • Posted January 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

        Haha 5 is crazy! Massive kudos for getting through a year with this posting frequency, the hard work definitely seems to be paying off!

        We should be able to increase our posting frequency once we get on the road – at the moment we’re more focused on quality content rather than quantity and would probably run out of things to write about pretty quickly.

        As you’ve probably seen now in our latest post, we’ve revised these goals and upped them to 750 FB fans, 2,000 Twitter followers and 250 RSS subscribers. We hope to build some serious momentum with these avenues once we do get on the road and make them a lot more engaging and interactive.

  3. Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Congrats on 1 month of blogging & welcome to the community! Its really a great community to be a part of. Everyone is so nice and helpful & i love meeting people from all over the world. I know you are eager as I am to get on the road but we have to start somewhere and well we are doing just that!!!

    Best Wishes for the rest of your blogging.
    Jaime recently posted..THE CONSEQUENCES

    • Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Thanks Jaime – everyone has really welcomed us with open arms, it’s been awesome! I think you’re the top commenter on our blog and we absolutely love you for it! :)

      I think getting through this next few months without having this blog as an outlet would be so much more difficult! So glad we took the plunge and got this started.

  4. Posted November 16, 2010 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Hi Amy & Kieron,

    Congrats on your 1 month of blogging. You’ve gotten a lot of comments and followers in a short period of time :)

    Good luck with moving out of your place to prepare for your upcoming adventure! Seems like so many of us are going off to big journeys, and it’s fantastic we can share our stories with each other as we grow.

    - Lily
    Lily Leung recently posted..How to Declutter and Move Forward

    • Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Thanks Lily – we’ve been amazed by the amount of support we’ve received in this short time, hopefully we can keep it up for a while yet! Yes it’s fantastic to see so many people in the same situation as us and that we can share our experiences to help each other. We’ve already received so much great advice to help us prepare for this adventure and hopefully we’ll be able to meet some of our fellow bloggers while we’re on the road.

  5. Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to reading about your travels once you get started.
    Andrea recently posted..Bratislava

  6. Posted November 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, you’ve made a real solid start to both your blogging and travel journeys. I’m looking forward to following your progress on both fronts.

    Keep it up!
    Nick Laborde recently posted..Ya Momma… Was right- ditch the losers

    • Posted November 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Nick. Looking forward to June 2011 and beyond for both of us. :)

  7. Posted November 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Good stuff! Looking forward to your future articles. Congrats on your one month and to many more months and years to follow! Keep it up!
    Michael recently posted..Feeling Alive

  8. Posted November 21, 2010 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Hi Amy and Kieron – I’m so glad I found your blog! It seems you are steadfastly working your way towards your goal, and that’s so exciting! I will start following along as of now.

  9. Posted November 21, 2010 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    You guys have done a great job – you’re stats are awesome!
    Bethany recently posted..Melbourne’s Top Sporting Events

  10. Posted November 21, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Congratulations – on a month of blogging, and on making great progress with all your exciting plans! My husband and I are more likely to take short trips (six weeks away is the most I’ve done; I prefer to keep it under a month), but I love to read about longer trips.
    Rachel Cotterill recently posted..Foreign Fields

  11. Posted November 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Michael, Sabina, Bethany and Rachel for your kind words and support. Hopefully we can keep going with this blog for a long time yet! :)

    @Rachel – nothing wrong with shorter trips, at least you’re getting out there and enjoying what the world has to offer!

  12. Posted November 24, 2010 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    congrats and happy anniversary !!
    greg urbano recently posted..Hiking Honeymoon Island State Park

  13. Posted December 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Awesome milestone guys! Looks like you’ve made a pretty impressive mark on the travel blogosphere too! Can’t wait to read about your adventures once you get started :-)
    Lynda recently posted..The Chronicles of Sydney I

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