State of the blog at one year

eyeball sculpture Chicago

I don’t write much about the business of blogging anymore, because I know you’d rather read fun posts about places like the Farm Toy Museum or the Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S. than about my Twitter stats or Google Analytics.

But since Quirky Travel Guy just reached its one-year anniversary, I thought this would be a good time to reflect on its progress – and to fill you in on where we’re headed!

New features
You’ll notice in the sidebar that I’ve added a new state map. Click the map to be taken to a page where you can click on any state and view everything I’ve written about that state so far. Finally adding state tags has allowed me to create this feature, so that folks can more easily read what I’ve written about their neck of the woods.

I’ve also added a new album to our Facebook page called “Quirky Bonus Photos.” This is a place where I can share some of the unusual pics I’ve captured that aren’t necessarily worthy of an entire blog post but are still really cool. Like a ketchup dinosaur, a giant lobster, and a restaurant 1/3 mile out into the Pacific Ocean.

Check it out, and be sure to Like Quirky Travel Guy on Facebook if you haven’t yet!

ketchup dinosaur

Future travels
In June, I’ll be at TBEX, the travel blogger conference in Colorado, which should be a great opportunity to meet some of the other travel bloggers I love reading. Shortly after that, I’m planning an epic 9-day adventure in Alaska! This will be state #49 for me, leaving only Hawaii as my final frontier.

I’ll be dedicating the entire month of July to posts about my Alaska visit. My goal is to provide the most complete coverage of Alaska ever seen on a mainstream travel blog. Ambitious, yes, but why not shoot for the stars? We’ll be covering everything from glacier hikes and Denali National Park camping to some of the local flavor that you don’t usually read about, like first-hand reports on Anchorage and Fairbanks nightlife, local restaurants and thrift stores, and so on.

Once I get back from Alaska, I’ll start plotting out trips for the fall and winter, which could include some overseas destinations. So far, this blog has only been about U.S. travel, but it was never intended to stay that way. Once I can save up a few bucks and create some more free time, Quirky Travel Guy will be an international force to be reckoned with.

me at ocean

Site stats and such
Quirky Travel Guy recently topped 1,000 followers on Twitter (woohoo!), and our traffic stats on the site have been solid.

I was especially proud of “66 More Things I Love About Pittsburgh,” which became my most popular article, with more than 20,000 page views and nearly 4,000 Facebook likes.

That post took days to put together and was really the culmination of my entire life growing up in the Steel City, so I was excited to see that so many people connected with it.

I was happy to cover Pittsburgh as one of my Featured Travel Destinations, and I’m looking forward to giving San Diego, Denver, the Grand Canyon, Seattle and New Orleans the Featured Destination treatment in the coming months.

Thanks as always for reading. Are there any places you’d like to read about on the site? Any tips for quirky attractions near you? Your input is always welcome – leave a comment or email me at scott (at) quirkytravelguy.com.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

13 comments on “State of the blog at one year

  1. alaska is my dream vacation so i am insanely excited to read of your adventures in july!

    i have family on lanai. folks in hawaii are pretty laid back. i bet you can couchsurf an entire vacation down there!

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