Traveling Nine To Fiver Turns One Year Old

Wow! I can’t believe that 2015 has come and gone. I feel like I just spent the holiday weeks setting up Traveling Nine to Fiver and can’t believe it’s been 365 days. It’s been an amazing year where I have traveled more than ever before while somehow taking almost no days off work, I’ve fallen in love with writing again, and have found a passion for the first time in awhile.

Where to stay around the Monterey Bay in California. Great places with even better deals. Find a hotel or even a campsite for your getaway.

My first post was all about a day trip driving for Monterey to San Francisco.

I started Traveling Nine to Fiver a year ago to force myself to be purposeful in my travels, as well as of course travel more, to share my experiences with others and to get back into writing. These are all things I’ve accomplished I am happy to say. I committed to myself that I would post twice a week for the full year and then after that I could decide where I want to take it. So I didn’t make it every week but I’ve made more than 100 posts over the year.

The Tangibles

Let’s start with the statistics. Traveling Nine to Fiver was visited by over 44,000 unique people this year and the visited over 65,000 pages. That absolutely blows me away. The blog has averaged over 10,000 page views a month for the past few months and getting close to that many visitors.

A guide to the city of Seattle. The best things to do in Seattle from where to eat, what attractions to visit, where to stay and what tours to join.

Partnering with Savor Seattle food tours. Oh and getting a fish in my face.

I’ve worked with brands, destinations, and more to be able to bring more opportunities to you all as well as increase my ability to travel and experience new places.

I’ve written for a variety of other blogs in guest posts and becoming a regular contributor over at Girls on the Grid, a local Sacramento blog.

I even made a day and a half’s worth of income directly from the blog. I know that isn’t a lot but it is more than I was planning on making this year.

Finding Purpose

Finding my own "Big Magic". Inspiration on living a creative life by Elizabeth Gilbert in her new book "Big Magic".

I found my own “Big Magic” with writing this year.

I’m a writer. That is the biggest thing that has come from my first year of Traveling Nine to Fiver. I may have known this on an unconscious level when I started this adventure, you’d think at least since I committed to writing twice a week, but to be honest, I didn’t think of myself that way. But now I do.

I’m a writer and I’m going to keep writing. It’s hard work though and I’ve got to make conscious decisions to make this a piece of my life. Waking up at 6 a.m. isn’t something I enjoy doing but I’m making it a habit. I want to write every day, as well as continue to invest in Traveling Nine to Fiver to help it grow.

I’m waking up every day looking forward to sharing a new piece of the world with everyone who will listen. It’s a great place to be.

Top Posts Of 2015

That’s enough about me, now a little bit about what you all loved on the blog. The top ten posts vary from best things to do list, to travel hacks and even just some of my musings. So here you go, the top ten posts of Traveling Nine to Fiver’s first year.

Playa Flamingo Cuelbra Puerto Rico

You all really love reading about my Puerto Rico adventures.

What’s Next

I’m excited for 2016. I’m turning 30, I’ve got a bunch of adventures planned, and hope to dive further into writing. For Traveling Nine to Fiver, you’ll continue to see posts twice a week, a weekly newsletter, plus some more giveaways and opportunities for readers.

I’ll be working to increase readers at Traveling Nine to Fivers, start working to monetize the site some more, partner with more destinations and brands, and hopefully even put together an e-book. On top of that, I’ll be working on getting some freelance writing opportunities and will be sure to share those in newsletters.

While there will be a dozen or more small trips still to plan, I’m heading to Cabo in January for a relaxing week on the beach, planning a two week trip to Bali in June and my birthday trip to Nashville in the fall.

I couldn’t have imagined everything 2015 included, and I can’t wait to see what will come in 2016. Thanks so much for being a reader of Traveling Nine to Fiver, hope you’re enjoying the journey as much as I am.

Let me know what was your favorite thing from 2015 and what you’re looking forward to most in 2016! Leave a comment below.

The travel blog Traveling Nine to Fiver wrapped up it's first year. Learn about our journey traveling, writing and more.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.