One Year Blogiversary – Thank you for reading!

I made my maiden post one year ago on May 30th.  I had no idea if I would stick with it.  I had no real idea even why I was doing it.  It just sounded fun and was one of those things I thought I would regret if I never tried.  I was worried if creeps and weirdoes would abound.  It turns out blogging has been a fun outlet for me with no weirdoes at all.  The blogosphere has been an inspirational and supportive system. It even encouraged me to join Instagram (bulldogtravels) and Twitter (@finulamarie) ! (If anyone has a teenager I could borrow to better show me how to use them I would be willing to feed them!)

I was hoping blogging might get some of my travel-related restlessness out of my system.  The reality for me is blogging and following so many wonderful travelers on their journeys has only left me wanting to see and experience and photograph more places.  The bucket list is growing not shrinking friends!  I have been taken to places I never dreamed of going to or seeing through other blogger’s posts.

I am grateful for every click, like, and comment I have received over the past year.  I still get excited every time I get a new like, comment, and especially followers. I am humbled that anyone would enjoy my writing or photography enough to follow me!  People have viewed my blog from 43 countries!  Wow!  I hope to keep your attention and interest over the next year.  I hope to double my followers over the next year!  I have a trip to Ireland planned over the summer and lots of smaller trips that will surely be blog-worthy.  I am also particularly excited about a photography expedition I have planned with a Bay Area Zoo.  Stay tuned for more Bulldog Travels to come!

In honor of my Blogiversary I want to do something I have never done before.  Since David Letterman recently retired I will borrow something from him and give you a few fun Top “Ten” lists.

*Top Seven Favorite blog postings (From before I had a lot of followers),

*Top Five Most Supportive and Inspirations Blogs I am following, and

*Top Eight most liked and commented posts

Top Seven Personal Favorite Blog Postings

(My personal favorites from the early days before I had many followers)

  1. Arches National Park
  2. Mushroom Festival Postings
  3. Mendocino Botanical Garden (Dahlias)
  4. Winged Victory of Samonthrace
  5. San Diego Zoo
  6. Random Zoo Postings
  7. My Happy Place…part two Garden of Eden Maui

Top Five Most Supportive and Inspirational Bloggers

(Some of my favorite blogs and personalities in no particular order)

  1. Indah Sustani @ Indahs: Travel Story & Photography
  2. Terri & James @ Gallivance
  3. Crystal Trulove @ Conscious Engagement
  4. Marisa LaValette @ SavvyCitiZen
  5. Darwin on the Rocks and Around the World

Top Eight most liked and Visited Posts this year

(Most Visited, liked, and commented on posts)

  1. Travel Fails
  2. Travel Journal
  3. Relics of a Trip Gone by
  4. Negative Star Dining
  5. Something new, something old
  6. Belize Butterfly Sanctuary
  7. Belize Botanical garden
  8. Various Photo Challenges

Thanks again for those of you out there who have supported me! Happy Travels!


46 thoughts on “One Year Blogiversary – Thank you for reading!

  1. A whole year, that is wonderful! Congratulations! I am glad you decided to stick with it. One thing I like about your blog is that your topics run the gamut, and I never know what you’ll talk about next. You have a great attitude about life, and you manage to put fun into every post. I enjoy how you not only take great photos, but how you also play with your photos to add creative effects. It’s been fun getting to know you and your part of the world. Thanks for the props on my blog! (I can top my friend Andrew, and have been keeping my blog since I was unemployed and needed an outlet in 2007!)

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    • Great for you! ’07! That’s wonderful. I love following your adventures too. I hope our paths with cross when I am up there sometime soon.

      I am glad you enjoy my posts. It’s fun for me to share my stories and photos. It’s nice to know they connect with some people. 🙂

      I look forward to the next year with you. 🙂

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  2. Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for the sweet shoutout for Savvy CitiZen! Congratulations on one year of blogging! Keep at it! I love getting your blog posts in my email inbox. I’ve been blogging since 2009. The time goes so fast! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Congratulations on the year of blogging. That ‘places to visit’ list seems to only get longer, not shorter. It’s like the more you travel, the more sights there are to see. Arches NP is one of my favorites as well 🙂

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  4. Thank you for mentioning me and my blog among the ones you like the most 🙂 I’m so happy ! 🙂

    I’ll check your favourite posts, I’m sure I’ve missed a few ! 🙂

    Happy blogiversary, don’t ever give up, your blog is awesome !!

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  5. I thought I wasn’t getting emails of when you blogged Jenny; recently changed our computer, and didn’t realize ‘primary’ and ‘social’ are separated; as you can tell I’m not social media savvy, but regarding your request for a teenager that is savvy; I have a few you can borrow anytime 🙂 I’ll have to catch up now on your blog, love it all—–Keep on bloggin.

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  6. Congrats on your One Year Blogiversary! We’re pleased and flattered to be on your of Top 5 List of supportive and inspirational bloggers. Blogging is a wonderful, creative outlet, and in my experience, you get out as much as you put in. It’s about work, but it’s also about fun. But after a year as a successful blogger you already know this. Best of luck in Year Dos. ~James

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  7. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary! Thank you for taking us along through your travel and sharing your beautiful photos and stories! Love these photos of your dog. 🙂

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  8. Hi,
    I’m Janice from Reflections. Thank you so much for following my blog! I am touched and honored. I am out of town for a few weeks and will not be posting until then. In the meantime, check out my archives. I have over 170 posts. Like you, I love dogs and travel. Nice to meet you.

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