Another Year… Another Blogiversary!

Time just flies, doesn’t it? It’s hard to believe that a whole 2 years have passed since I launched the “primetime” version of my little site here! This day marks that anniversary and it’s fascinating to look back over the years and see just how far things have come since then!

It was February 15, 2010 and I was just days away from leaving on my truly epic Asian Adventure that would take me through 6 countries plus Hong Kong. I had a small personal blog (that originated way back in 2006 when I was a student in Thailand–if you want to see just how far my writing has come, take a looksee at some of those old posts that were far more “journal” style…) that I was aiming to take “mainstream” for my trip.

Apsara Carving

Apsara Carving at Wat Phu Champasak in Laos

Did I have plans for what I’d do with the blog when I got home? Nope. But I’m still here! Even if sometimes I get a little busy and can’t always write regular posts…

You can read more about the history of my blog and what my first year held in last year’s Blogiversary post, which I closed by saying that I couldn’t wait to see what the next 12 months would hold. Now that those have past, let’s review how this year was, shall we?

A Year of Blogging in Review

In the past year, I really got into my mantra of traveling ultralight. I’ve finally gotten to try out my new ultralight backpack, which at a mere 32 liter capacity makes packing a bit of a challenge, but has immense rewards! I’ve also shared some of the secrets that let me pack so little.

The Monastery

Wearing my backpack at Petra's Monastery

I’ve contributed to an art project with my unique interpretation of “home” and waged war with United Airlines over their awful service and, much to my surprise, actually won thanks to my use of Social Media.

And I wrote one of my most personal posts ever… a moving tribute to grandmother, an epic traveler in her own right, who passed away in 2008. She was the entire reason my family visited Bhutan in 2010, as she wished for her ashes to be scattered there.

Prayer Flags and River

Prayer Flags along a bridge in Bhutan

A Year of Travel in Review

The last year held a surprisingly large amount of travel for me, much of which I was not even remotely expecting! Flashback to last spring and I was bemoaning the fact that my only “real” travel experience of 2011 would be a trip to the TBEX conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Determined to have some adventure on this trip, I spent a little time in Seattle and ended up doing a little Vancouver Island road trip with fellow bloggers What’s Dave Doing and Skinny Backpacker to this amazing little town called Tofino, a great place to get away from it all!

Beachscape

A beach near Tofino

But much to my surprise, this would be a tiny fraction of my travel exeprience in these 12 months! A few months later, work beckoned and I’d be spending larger amounts of time in various American cities. Charlotte, Rochester, Buffalo…all with little side trips thrown in (Charleston, SC, Asheville, NC and Toronto, ON to name a few). Then there was time in the San Francisco Bay Area to visit my family…

Charleston House

A house in Charleston

And then? Perhaps most unexpected of all…my 6 weeks spent traveling around the Middle East. This was definitely the kind of adventure I’d been yearning for and on this trip I’d hit up Israel and Jordan with a completely unplanned trip to Egypt. I visited so many, many historic sites… Jerusalem, Petra, and The Great Pyramids of Giza to name a few, that it was just mindboggling! Want to read more about this trip? Stay tuned…

Drinking Tea at the Pyramids

Drinking Tea at the Great Pyramids...

So there ya have it! My past amazing 12 months in review! And I promise that eventually you’ll get to read about all of these awesome places! And if my past 12 months were this interesting, I’m super excited for what the future may hold!

A Word of Thanks

Before I go, a word of thanks… I want to thank YOU for reading, for if nobody read this blog I probably would have given it up a long time ago… So thanks!

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18 Responses to Another Year… Another Blogiversary!

  1. Turkey's For Life February 15, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Congratulations on the second anniversary of your blog. The time goes so quickly doesn’t it – and you’ve certainly had a busy year by the looks of it! 🙂
    Julia

    • Aaron February 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Thanks Julia!

  2. Waegook Tom February 15, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Happy Blogoversary, Aaron! Looking forward to reading about your travels around the middle east. Hopefully 2012 won’t involve any more flights with your friends at Aerosvit haha! 😉

    p.s. loving that you drank tea in front of the Pyramids! Awesome shot.

    • Aaron February 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Uggggg I’m with you on the Aerosvit front, though with my seeming knack for free flights I can’t absolutely guarantee that won’t happen….

  3. Gillian @OneGiantStep February 15, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Happy Blogiversary Aaron!! Here’s to another great year!

    • Aaron February 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Thank you Gillian!

  4. Maria February 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Congrats and I’m excited to see where you go and read what you experience in 2012!

    • Aaron February 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Thanks Maria!

  5. Cathy Sweeney February 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Happy Anniversary, Aaron. What a great 2 years. Congrats on winning that battle with United, by the way. Well done!

    • Aaron February 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Thanks Cathy!

  6. Teresa Gotay February 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Happy Blog-o-versary! What a good year in travel and social media 🙂

    • Aaron February 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Thanks Teresa!

  7. Caanan @ No Vacation Required February 21, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Happy two year anniversary (I just can’t get behind blogaversary!). Two years makes you a full on veteran!

    Here is to a lifetime more of exciting adventures and discovery.

    • Aaron February 22, 2012 at 12:20 am #

      Thanks Caanan! And blogiversary makes perfect sense! It’s even made it’s way into Urban Dictionary, so that means it MUST be a real word…right??

  8. Ali February 24, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Congrats on one great year of travel and blogging about it! I love the Petra picture!

    • Aaron February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      Thanks Ali!

  9. suki March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    happy blogiversary! so much adventure for such little time! 🙂 can’t wait to see where the rest of it takes you.

    • Aaron March 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      Haha thanks Suki! I’m already in the planning stages for my next adventure (which should happen before TBEX) that will really live up to my tagline. I’ll announce soon, though you can pick up some clues by following my tweets and comments I leave on other peoples sites… 😛

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