Three years ago today I hit publish on my first blog post, The Dogs of Santorini, Greece. Such an innocent start to what would ultimately become a life changing event. I started the blog because I needed an outlet, some creative way to express myself. My job at the time was anything but exciting or interesting and I needed to reintroduce that element into my life. I had no idea what LandLopers would ultimately do for me.
Since March 14, 2010 I have hit the publish button 2,100 times. That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Well 828 of those posts are my daily news roundups and another 420 are photos or a photo series. The rest though are all carefully crafted and hopefully well thought out posts about my travel experiences and life. But LandLopers is much greater than the sum of its parts, it has come to define who I am.
As many of you know, I lost my job last summer; a fact that has had some fairly intense repercussions. Looking back at it I now see that it was just another piece of the puzzle falling into place, a series of events that began when I published that first post about Greek dogs. Travel blogging is what I do now and I’m always looking for ways to improve my craft and to make this as enjoyable a web site to read as possible. But ultimately none of this could have happened without one element – you.
I cannot thank you all enough, the hundreds of thousands of people who have read this site over the last three years. You have made me laugh when I didn’t think it possible and challenged me to look at the world in ways I hadn’t considered. LandLopers is so much more than my posts and your comments, it’s a community. It’s a community of people with a passion to explore the world and hopefully to learn from those experiences. It’s a community of smart, slightly sarcastic at times, people who aren’t content to let the world pass them by. It’s a community of kind, openhearted people who know that the best way to improve their lives is by learning as much about the world around them as possible.
So thank you. Thank you for stopping by every day, reading, commenting and sharing. Thank you for reading my sometimes entertaining, sometimes rambling thoughts on the world. Thank you for helping me find direction in my own life and making me realize what is and what is not truly important.
Happy LoperVersary to everyone and let’s hope for another amazing three years!
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8 thoughts on “Three Years of Blogging – Happy LoperVersary!”
Congrats Matt. ……….
you are lucky, you are great blogger.
Best of luck………
Congrats Matt! It’s a very big deal to be celebrating 3 years of LandLopers, you should feel very proud of your accomplishments. This April will be Webjet.com’s 3rd year anniversary so we will be celebrating right there with you! We’re really looking on seeing how you continue to grow, keep up the awesome work!
Congrats on three years! P.S. We now live in the same city (yes, made the move to DC) so we should get drinks soon!
Happy Anniversary, Matt! Looking forward to the next three+ years!
Congratulations! And here’s to many more years.
Congrats! Your hard work has payed off! Have you ever posted about the journey from where you started to where you are now? Our blog is pretty new so I would be really interested in reading about that.
Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blog as we have many places in common – love seeing how other travelers experienced the trip. Also appreciate your quick email responses and helpful information.
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