On March 21, 2011, I celebrated my two year blogaversary here at Caroline in the City. I haven’t accomplished as much in two years as some bloggers have, but I’m impressed that I’ve stuck with it for this long.
In the last year, blog wise, I’ve:
- switched to WordPress.com from Blogger
- networked with hundreds of fellow travel bloggers at TBEX 10, Meet Plan Go Atlanta and countless tweetups
- took my first step towards monetization through sponsored postss and the 1000-1000 Challenge
In the last year, travel wise, I’ve visited:
- 12 states in the USA: Georgia, South Carolina, New York, California, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts
- 6 countries: Thailand, Germany, Croatia, Australia, England and of course the USA
In the last year, life-wise, I’ve:
- moved to Sydney, Australia
- landed a great part-time job at a well-known American hotel chain
- found an apartment in Dulwich Hill
In the next year, I plan on:
- switching to WordPress.org and making my blog look unique
- more efforts at monetization
- updating my Charleston e-book and maybe releasing Atlanta and Sydney editions
- a trip to Hawaii with my family in May
- more trips to Uluru, Perth, and Cairns here in Australia, as well as trips to Fiji and New Zealand
Instead of having a weekly Read This Blog feature, I will offer you an interview with myself! Here goes:
Behind the blog: Caroline in the City, better known as Caroline Eubanks, is an American freelance writer/waitress currently living in Sydney, Australia. She drinks way too much Coca Cola and does not have a Southern accent, which surprises most people.
What’s in a name?: Caroline in the City was a 90s television show that came on before Friends. The uncreative boys in my 5th grade class called me that and it stuck in my head because I’m useless in nature.
Why you should read: I don’t claim to be an expert on anything. That would probably make me more money, but that’s okay. I’ve been traveling internationally for 7 years, but I make just as many mistakes as anyone else. I think that’s why you should read. Plus, I occasionally say something borderline entertaining.
Favorite posts: I have so many favorites, but here are the first few that came to mind.
- Losing My Independence: After returning from my solo trip to Croatia, I felt like I sold myself short by falling for a guy while I was there.
- Backpacker Chic: I enjoyed writing this post because it’s so easy to fall into a backpacker rut, wearing those zip off pants and cheap shirts from Southeast Asia.
- Why I Travel: I read a controversial post by Nomadic Matt on Huffington Post and this was my answer, to explain why it is that I love travel.
- Trip Relationships: I realized my situation is much more common than I thought. I’ve since talked to many people who have successful relationships that started while traveling.
- Photo Essay: The Great Ocean Road: This recent photo essay had a good response and I loved taking this road trip! I suggest it for anyone visiting Australia.
What are your favorite blogs to read?: I have seriously too many to choose from, since my Google Reader is bursting at the seams, but here are the ones that came to me first.
- Camels & Chocolate: Kristin has the most amazing pictures on her site. She travels more often than not and she’s interviewed some crazy celebs!
- My Beautiful Adventures: Andi is one of those people that always has the best stories! She can get hotel upgrades and meet people like it’s no big deal.
- The Traveling Philosopher: Spencer is truly a philosopher because his posts always make me think.
- ConnVoyage: Connie is the best kind of traveler, because she volunteers along the way, giving her time to kids all over Asia.
- A Dangerous Business: Amanda is one of my favorite bloggers because she’s created a successful site in a relatively short amount of time and hasn’t had to step on any toes to do so. Her own merits have made her one of the top blogs.
What’s your favorite thing about your hometown?: Marietta, Georgia is a suburb 30 minutes north of Atlanta, which is one of the best parts about it. It’s also just so welcoming with historic districts, plenty of authentic Mexican food and of course, The Big Chicken.
As a birthday present to my readers, I’m offering you my Caroline in the City Guide to Charleston I created for last year’s Blogaversary ABSOLUTELY FREE. It’s usually $5 on LuLu, but if you send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send it your way! I’m working on an update for it in the coming months, but it’s a great resource if you will be visiting Charleston anytime soon or if you’ve ever thought about it.