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March and April 2022 Journey and Running a blog Recap

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Whew, what a few months it has been! I simply obtained again from every week in Tennessee, and I truthfully really feel like I simply ran a marathon.

The final two months have been crammed with loads of ups and downs (ups like happening a few enjoyable journeys; downs like lastly having COVID meet up with me), however I believe the positives undoubtedly outweighed the negatives total.

Let’s get to the replace!

March and April: The months in journey

  • Nations visited: 1 – USA
  • States visited: 2 – Washington, DC and Tennessee*
  • Flights taken: 2
  • Days spent on the street: 6

*Technically talking, I got here residence from Las Vegas on the very starting of March, however I included that journey in my final round-up!

The time I spent in Tennessee was additionally cut up throughout April and Could, so you will hear concerning the second half of that journey in my subsequent replace!

Journey highlights

Cherry blossoms in DC – I took a quick break after my journey out West in February, however quickly was plotting a last-minute journey to tick off a bucket listing merchandise: seeing the cherry blossom bushes in bloom in Washington, DC. I satisfied Elliot to take a time off work, and we drove to DC for an extended weekend on the finish of March throughout peak bloom.

Cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin was very crowded, and we had hassle discovering eating places to eat at since we deliberate every little thing so last-minute, however ultimately it was undoubtedly price it! DC actually is extremely stunning within the spring. (And sure, I will finally write about that journey in case you wish to do it your self subsequent 12 months.)

Going again to Memphis – On the finish of April, I headed again to Memphis, Tennessee, to attend the final TravelCon journey running a blog convention. I used to be a speaker this 12 months, and liked having the prospect to go to Memphis once more! I did not do many touristy issues aside from eat a lot of BBQ, however we had some cool experiences as a part of the convention – together with a particular second line march behind a brass band down Beale Avenue to the opening celebration. I will always remember that!

Second line band on Beale Street
The band that lead our second line march down Beale Avenue

Journey lowlights

Having to reschedule a piece journey due to COVID – After avoiding it for greater than 2 years, Miss Rona lastly caught up with me in April. I am fairly positive I obtained it the day of the Guardians’ sold-out baseball Residence Opener, although admittedly I had been extra lax than in earlier months about avoiding crowded areas/indoor eating since numbers in Ohio had been very low.

I fortunately had a really gentle case (it was no worse than a head chilly for me, although I’m triple vaccinated!), however I did need to shuffle round my Tennessee journey dates to make sure I may do a full 10-day quarantine. Fortunately this wasn’t troublesome ultimately, however it was an added stressor!

The additional good half, although, was that I did not have any anxiousness about catching COVID at TravelCon, or on any of my flights now that the airline masks mandates have been dropped. Silver linings, I suppose.

Amanda at Cleveland Guardians Home Opener
Cleveland Guardians Residence Opener

March and April on the weblog(s)

I undoubtedly fell off the publishing wagon this spring – however possibly I will blame COVID? (Ha.) In all honesty, I have been making an attempt to replace older content material on each my websites, which has meant much less newer stuff going up.

Fortunately, when your fundamental web site is 12 years outdated, it will possibly hum alongside simply superb with out tons of recent content material.

Site visitors stayed fairly regular in March and April on each websites, with a slight uptick in April that may hopefully proceed by the subsequent few months!

A Harmful Enterprise visitors: 167,384 distinctive guests and 207,961 pageviews in March; and 169,251 distinctive guests and 229,426 pageviews in April.

Hottest put up: 3 Days in Detroit: The way to Spend a Lengthy Weekend in Motor Metropolis – Detroit (like many different Midwestern cities) typically will get neglected as a journey vacation spot, however it’s such a cool metropolis! This information may also help you intend a fantastic lengthy weekend there.

Different posts printed:

Daffodil Hill at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland

On Cleveland Traveler, numbers have stayed fairly regular, which is all the time what I like to see! The uptick in visitors in April was thanks to 2 posts going semi-viral on Fb.

Cleveland Traveler visitors: 33,686 distinctive guests and 43,260 pageviews in March; and 53,544 distinctive guests and 65,587 pageviews in April.

If you wish to see what I have been as much as on Cleveland Traveler recently, go to the positioning right here.

March and April on social media

In the previous couple of months, I have been dabbling extra in video content material on social media, each on TikTok (extra particularly, my Cleveland Traveler TikTok account @clevelandtraveler), and on Instagram with Reels.

I will admit that I used to be very anti-Reels once they first rolled out (and I nonetheless do not like it when my *complete* feed is simply Reels), however I am warming as much as them. You possibly can undoubtedly inform a extra full story with video, I believe, and it has been a enjoyable inventive problem for me to make them.

Hottest put up on Instagram (@dangerousbiz): My hottest picture was this one from my February journey out West. This spot is “Film Highway” in Alabama Hills, and I perceive why so many individuals appreciated it! My hottest Reel within the final couple months was this one, exhibiting “Instagram vs Actuality” on the Tidal Basin throughout cherry blossom season.

Hottest put up on Instagram (@clevelandtraveler): On Cleveland Traveler, I’ve had a bunch of current content material get a lot of views and likes (area of interest accounts are the way in which to go, folks). However the preferred was this put up from a neighborhood dessert store!

March and April enterprise replace

(Bear in mind, I report my earnings once they hit my checking account, which means these advert earnings are from December and January, and the affiliate earnings are largely from February/March journey.)

A Harmful Enterprise March earnings report:

  • Promoting: $9,628.82
  • Associates: $3,098.3
  • Different: $397.93

A Harmful Enterprise April earnings report:

  • Promoting: $9,630.67
  • Associates: $2,259.77
  • Different: $277.76

(Be aware that that is my earnings earlier than deductions/bills and taxes.)

On Cleveland Traveler, the final of my pre-holiday advert earnings hit my checking account in March, after which dipped again to extra “regular” numbers after. Nonetheless fairly good, although, for a smaller area of interest web site!

Cleveland Traveler March earnings report:

  • Promoting: $5,544.25
  • Sponsored video: $350

Cleveland Traveler February earnings report:

(Be aware: A Harmful Enterprise was began in 2010, and has been monetized for greater than 10 years; Cleveland Traveler was began in 2019, and has been monetized for simply over 2 years.)

Enterprise highs

Talking at TravelCon – I spoke at TravelCon on the finish of April about certainly one of my favourite bloggy subjects: affiliate marketing online! I’ve now given a model of this speak so many occasions that I wasn’t even nervous getting up on the Massive Stage within the large ballroom of the Memphis convention heart. The speak went very well, and it was unbelievable to meet up with so many associates (and meet so many new folks) over the course of the weekend.

Amanda on stage at TravelCon
Me on stage instructing folks about affiliate marketing online!

Enterprise lows

Truthfully, I do not really feel like I had any huge enterprise blows within the final two months. Certain, getting COVID and having to rearrange work journey plans sucked, however the tourism board I used to be working with was tremendous understanding and versatile (and the journey did nonetheless occur!), so I can not actually matter that as a low.

Upcoming this spring/summer time

My calendar is slowly beginning to replenish for the subsequent couple of months. I am nonetheless not planning issues too far upfront due to… properly, every little thing… however I do have some journeys I am enthusiastic about on the calendar!

Here is what I’ve deliberate:

Could: London and Paris: Elliot and I will likely be dusting off our passports (him his UK one for the primary time ever!) and heading throughout the pond to spend 10 days cut up between London and Paris. Regardless of my many visits to London, Elliot and I’ve by no means explored the town collectively – and Elliot has by no means been to Paris in any respect! Our journey to date is crammed with afternoon teas, gazing lovingly at iconic landmarks, no less than one bike tour, and way more! You can comply with alongside in real-time on Instagram.

June: Arctic Canada: I am booked on a severely EPIC journey that may take me to Baffin Island in Nunavut in mid-June to sleep on the floe fringe of melting sea ice and search for narwhals and polar bears. That is the costliest journey I’ve ever booked, however all I am feeling is giddy pleasure about it! (This does remind me that I must order a brand new digicam lens although…)

I’ve just a few different tentative issues this summer time, too, together with an extended weekend journey to Lexington, Kentucky, and maybe one other journey to Las Vegas to look at Elliot compete in a taekwondo competitors. However we’ll see!



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