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Despite the fact that I am fairly positive 2020 goes to go down in historical past as The Longest Yr That Ever Was, it is in some way already September! I did not do a lot in any respect this summer season, but it appears to have handed reasonably shortly.

I assume that is simply what occurs when daily feels the identical and each simply slips into the subsequent. If I am being sincere, I have not been 100% positive of the date or day of the week since April.

Since my days and weeks have been fairly tame these days, I made a decision to as soon as once more mix two months into one recap publish. Let’s have a look again on the highs and lows from July and August!

July and August: The months in journey

  • International locations visited: 1 – USA
  • Cities visited: 3 – Cleveland and Sandusky, Ohio; and North East, Pennsylvania
  • Flights taken: 0
  • Days spent on the highway: 4

Journey highlights

Lavender frolics – I am not normally house a lot in the summertime months, so this yr I made positive to tick a pair issues off my native bucket checklist that I usually miss. A kind of issues was visiting a neighborhood lavender farm in July to frolic and take some pictures. I wrote about it on my Cleveland website.

Luvin Lavender Farms
Luvin Lavender Farms

Lake home journey – Should you observe me on social media or should you’re subscribed to my publication (are you? try to be!), you already know that I truly went someplace in August! It was only a fast journey and solely 2 hours away from house, however the home I rented with Elliot, my sister, and her boyfriend on Lake Erie was simply good, and the break was one all of us wanted. Learn all about how we deliberate the journey right here.

Sunflower fields without end – It is sunflower season in Ohio, and I’ve already visited Three fields to date! Two have been only for pictures, and on the second a pal and I went to chop our personal bouquets. I’ll hold visiting sunflower fields, as a result of I am fairly positive it is unimaginable to be in a nasty temper when taking a look at these cheery blooms.

Sunflower picking at Greenfield Berry Farm
Sunflower selecting at Greenfield Berry Farm

Journey lowlights

All of the borders are nonetheless closed – Canada, Europe, and many of the remainder of the world remains to be retaining People out, that means I haven’t got any thrilling journey plans on the horizon. At this level, I am even beginning to doubt whether or not journeys I rescheduled for subsequent Could and June will even occur. I am making an attempt to remain optimistic, however most days fascinated about these journeys simply makes me depressed.

July and August on the weblog(s)

I do not wish to jinx it, however visitors is slowly beginning to get again as much as extra “regular” ranges. In each July and August, visitors on my essential website was much like what it was in the identical interval in 2019. (Granted, it is nonetheless down about 17% from February this yr, however I am going to take it.)

This uptick in visitors was pushed by largely People planning extra native journey and highway journeys for the tip of the summer season. I will be curious to see what occurs now that it is “again to high school” season – and now that we all know that borders will stay closed to US residents for at the very least just a few extra months.

A Harmful Enterprise visitors: 212,252 distinctive guests and 280,257 pageviews in July; 209,166 distinctive guests and 278,841 pageviews in August

Hottest publish: What It’s Actually Been Prefer to Run a Journey Weblog Throughout a World Pandemic – In lieu of publishing a month-to-month recap publish in July, I wrote this one as an alternative that sums up all of the bizarre truths about making an attempt to maintain a journey weblog (and journey enterprise) operating throughout this pandemic.

Different posts printed in July and August:

Vegan Doughnut Company donuts
My new favourite donuts in Cleveland from the Vegan Doughnut Firm

On Cleveland Traveler, I truly had my greatest visitors months of the yr in July and August! Summer time outside content material (together with posts about seashores, patios, and climbing trails) has been doing properly. However I anticipate that to drop off as fall strikes in.

Cleveland Traveler visitors: 11,299 distinctive guests and 15,618 pageviews in July; 16,409 distinctive guests and 22,939 pageviews in August

A few of what I’ve printed:

*These posts have been written by my pal Kat from World Vast Honeymoon, who freelances for me over on Cleveland Traveler.

July and August on social media

It has been a bizarre up and down couple of months on social media. Some posts blow up, whereas different are full duds. Within the grand scheme of issues, I finished caring about issues like Instagram likes way back. However I nonetheless assume the pictures I am sharing are good!

Hottest publish on Instagram (@dangerousbiz) – This shot of the NEOWISE comet, which was viewable over Lake Erie again in July.

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Once you dwell close to an enormous lake, it is powerful to rely on climate forecasts for issues like cloud cowl – as a result of clouds come and go just about as they please. However Elliot and I made a decision to take our possibilities final night time anyway and headed as much as Lake Erie for sundown, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the NEOWISE comet after darkish. The clouds did not cooperate for sundown, however they did cooperate afterwards, and I used to be capable of get some photographs of the comet! A number of issues to know, although: on this explicit case, it was type of like “seeing” the Northern Lights on a weak night time; we could not actually make out the comet with our eyes, even after full-dark. However my digital camera was capable of seize it in an extended publicity shot. So no, it did not seem like this to the bare eye. The orange within the clouds is not from sundown, however reasonably the reflection of sunshine air pollution from the town of Cleveland, since we went to a park that was mainly proper downtown. But it surely’s nonetheless actually cool to see the comet on this picture! The climate forecast for the remainder of the week does not look tremendous promising for comet-viewing, so I am glad we went out final night time to attempt to seize this. Has anybody else seen the NEOWISE comet this week within the Northern Hemisphere?

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Hottest publish in Instagram (@clevelandtraveler) – This shot of one of many “Guardians of Visitors” on the Hope Memorial Bridge with the Cleveland skyline within the background was the clear favourite.

Hottest publish on Fb – This picture of me sporting a masks sparked a number of debate – and result in me banning fairly just a few folks from my web page! This ballot about whether or not folks needs to be touring or not was additionally a conversation-starter.

July and August enterprise replace

Visitors is on the rise, and earnings is following – however far more slowly. With borders nonetheless closed and journey shaming operating rampant, folks nonetheless aren’t reserving a lot journey in the intervening time.

My advert earnings from July and August was truly earned in April and Could, which have been the worst months for advert earnings in 2020. Issues are beginning to normalize once more now, although, which you will see mirrored within the coming months.

As for affiliate earnings and different miscellaneous issues… affiliate bookings are beginning to trickle in once more, and I obtained paid not too long ago for initiatives completed earlier within the yr. However my earnings are nonetheless method down from the place I’d anticipate them to be mid-year.

A Harmful Enterprise July earnings report:

A Harmful Enterprise August earnings report:

  • Promoting: $1,973.48
  • Associates: $467.70
  • Course gross sales: $224.52
  • Different: $416.58

(Observe that that is my earnings earlier than deductions and taxes.)

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Amanda at Luvin Lavender Farms

Cleveland traveler July earnings report:

Cleveland traveler August earnings report:

  • Promoting: $96.60
  • Product gross sales: $90.85

(Observe: A Harmful Enterprise was began in 2010, and has been monetized for greater than 6 years; Cleveland Traveler was began in 2019, and has been monetized for eight months.)

Enterprise highs

Launching my Cleveland merch store – I spent a while throughout lockdown working with an illustrator pal of mine to design a novel Cleveland picture that I am now formally promoting on posters, mugs, and tote luggage in my Cleveland Traveler Store! I am actually enthusiastic about these merchandise, and legit love all of them. However now comes the problem of getting the phrase out about them.

Cleveland merch picnic
Tote luggage, mugs, and extra!

Educating myself extra about internet design – I launched my Spherical Door Media website earlier in the summertime, and located Squarespace really easy to make use of that I made a decision to change my sister’s yoga studio website (which I handle) over to Squarespace, too. I did a complete revamp/redesign of the positioning, and I believe it got here out nice! If anybody wants a easy enterprise website like this constructed… properly, you realize the place to seek out me. 😉

Attempting my hand at portrait images – I’ve struggled quite a bit with being creatively motivated in the course of the pandemic, so when the prospect to strive some portrait images fell into my lap, I jumped on it. Each my sister and her greatest pal are pregnant proper now, and I did some maternity pictures for the pal final week. They got here out rather well contemplating I do not normally shoot portraits! I will be taking my sister’s maternity pictures someday subsequent month.

Bestie bumps

Enterprise lows

Earnings diversification is difficultSo many individuals have been encouraging bloggers to pivot and switch to different methods to earn cash when advert and affiliate earnings have been so low. However pivoting is HARD, people. Even when you’ve got nice concepts, it does not all the time imply these concepts will end in a profitable new earnings stream. I am making an attempt, although! Between the merch store and images and perhaps even some primary internet design, I am hoping I could make up for a number of the losses I had within the first half of the yr. But it surely’s an extended highway, and making a living on-line by no means actually occurs in a single day.

The place has my motivation gone? – I have been struggling quite a bit these days with feeling motivated. I’ve nonetheless managed to eke out one new publish per week on every of my websites, however it’s changing into an increasing number of troublesome to get motivated to put in writing about previous journeys. It has been even more durable to seek out new issues to share on social media. I haven’t got an answer to this one; simply gotta hold powering via.

Upcoming this fall

October: Michigan highway journey – Despite the fact that it nonetheless feels tremendous, tremendous bizarre, I’m *tentatively* planning a visit for subsequent month. Elliot and I have fun each our birthdays and our marriage ceremony anniversary inside a pair weeks in September and October, and we normally attempt to go someplace collectively to have fun. This yr, we’re feeling assured that we will safely and responsibly make a journey as much as northern Michigan for some contemporary air and fall colours. I am doing a TON of analysis, and for now solely reserving issues with free cancelation. Keep tuned for extra updates subsequent month!

So how are YOU? How have the final couple of months been?