Celebrating our 1st Blogiversary with gratitude, statistics and twinkling lights

Today marks a year since we started our blog and published our first post, how exciting is that?

Yes, it’s been a whole year of blogging, editing, learning, growing, pouring out words and proofreading. And, thanks to the eventful festive season, the special day almost slipped by without us realising the anniversary had crept up.

We are not the best photographers or writers but reliving the memories and writing travel stories to share with the rest of the world is the next best thing right after travelling.

We are on the constant rediscovery of our creative process, and we firmly believe that the time it takes to be good at something is as important as loving the field you are pursuing.

And even though our writing skills need lots more cultivation, it’s such a fun medium we can use as a tool to express ourselves and connect with people from all around the world as well as preserve memories that may otherwise be lost.

Visiting Strandhill Christmas Market where lots of handmade goodies and treats are on display.


Celebrating our first blogiversary with gratitude, some statistics and twinkling lights

The unexpectedly frosty morning that stopped everyone in their tracks a couple of weeks ago in Sligo was a gentle reminder that the winter is coming and is coming fast. And before we could even blink – December and the fast-approaching festive season was upon us and then gone again for another year.

As we continued to learn more about our heritage, we wanted to incorporate dishes and traditions that are representative of our roots, and we also wanted to include lots of time for slowing down, reflecting and expressing gratitude.

It’s no secret we live in a society of excess, struggling to separate what we need from what we want. That’s why it’s essential to appreciate every new day as a gift, be grateful for the knowledge we obtain along the way, learn how crucial it is to slow down and most importantly – for the people that cross our path.

One of our favourite things about growing a community of like-minded readers is that we get to connect and hear your stories, your failures and heartaches and your achievements and all the in-betweens that represent life.


Grateful for our readers

With this blog post, we wanted to celebrate 1st Blogiversary and take the time to thank those that have been supportive of our travel blog, either you’ve been following our family adventures from the very beginning or are a more recent follower.

We know well that everyone’s time is precious, so this is us sincerely saying thank you to all of you once more, you are all amazing!

We didn’t want to let this year go by without saying a big, and warm Thank You to our readers!  We are thankful for all of you and your posts, your messages you send us with your thoughts, encouragements, reviews, and your appreciation of the stories we write.

  • To every single person who reads our travel blog- whether it’s one time or every single day.
  • To everyone who has taken the time to tell us how much they appreciate and enjoy Our Crossings travel stories.
  • To all of my virtual friends who motivate us every single day.

As William Arthur Ward wrote, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joys, and change opportunities into blessings.”

Exploring Sligo on a cold and blustery winter day is fun!


Our Crossings statistics

Yes, can you believe we tipped over our first year as bloggers? And now we are looking forward to the second year and couldn’t be more excited!

In the first year of blogging, we published 52 posts with a total of 96,990 words and were ecstatic to have 1, 278 people following our family adventures by the end of the year.

Although we are never keen on statistics and certainly don’t check them every day, it’s so much fun after one year of writing posts and publishing them, to look at how many people have stopped by including from some amazing parts of the world such as Martinique, Uzbekistan, American Samoa and even from the far off corner of Timor-Leste.

In total, we had 10,126 visitors, 16,374 views and 1,518 comments.

WordPress statistic insights tell us that Allan from PhotoblographyToo, Brian from Equinox, Blogimommy, The Travel Architect and incredibly talented Francisco Bravo Cabrera, all fantastic bloggers, human beings and artists whose blogs you must definitely check out, are our biggest supporters and most frequent visitors.

Thank you, guys, we can’t tell you what a privilege it is to write for wonderful readers like you.

The last day of 2019, was spent with friends and family surfing and hiking along the coast.
The best way to celebrate yet another decade coming to an end- by capturing beautiful moments and making memories.


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“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”- Sarah Ban Breathnach

May the New Year be a year of great success and great achievements for all our readers. Good luck, good health, and peace. Wishing you a joyful New Year.

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Our Crossings follows the daily adventures of Latvian expats living in Sligo as they surf and explore the world

55 thoughts on “Celebrating our 1st Blogiversary with gratitude, statistics and twinkling lights

  1. Congratulations to you and your family. A year is quite a blogging milestone in this day and age and needs to be celebrated. I always enjoy reading your posts and following your travel exploits. It works both ways in that you are also one of my most loyal followers. Thanks for continuing to read and provide your comments on my posts. All the best in the next year. Allan

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    1. Thank you very much, Allan, for your never-ending support. The time has absolutely flown by and connecting with like-minded people from all around the globe while sharing our family adventures, is certainly something to celebrate. Have a good day and look forward to hearing from you in the future. Aiva

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    1. Thank you very much.

      I just recently stumbled upon someone else’s Blogiversary post and had even no idea such thing exist. We are still very new to the blogging world but connecting with people around the world has to be one of the best things that came out of it. Thanks so much for tagging along and wishing you a very Happy New Year. Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much and right back at you, my fellow traveller. Your blog looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to read more about Toronto and your travels across the world. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year. Aiva

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    1. Thank you, Mark! It’s been a whole year since we officially launched this website, and undoubtedly,  the best part of joining the online writing community has been meeting so many like-minded people. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, your support is very much appreciated. Aiva


    1. Hi, Kristine and thank you very much! So great to hear from you, it’s been a very long time, hope you are doing well. Yes, we are happy to celebrate our 1st Blogiversary! Thanks for stopping by and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Aiva


  2. Congratulations! You have put in a lot of hard work; you have regularly posted all throughout the year and there’s some truly beautiful work here. It’s also so nice that you take the time out to reply to every comment, acknowledge it, and also read what other fellow bloggers write about. Plus, a beautiful, well organised site and layout. All the best and may you enjoy many many years of travelling, writing, and storytelling.

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    1. Thanks so much for such beautiful words, you made my heart swell up – I’m grateful to you for visiting this blog, reading my posts, sharing your views, supporting me, which makes all the difference to me.

      One year may not be a long time in the blogosphere, but we are super excited about everything and look forward to what the next year will bring. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva


    1. Thank you very much – I appreciate your support and your feedback. Starting a travel blog has been a fantastic journey – as good as any of the overseas trips we write about, if not even better. I always wanted to challenge myself to take on some writing project, so a year ago, I dusted off my computer, found my English dictionary and started writing – it was one of the best decisions ever.

      Thanks so much for sharing A Story Every Day from Flying Edna. You were right – I loved it so much that the little story made me tear up, and it was something I needed to read. ”Each day is always a beginning. See if you notice today where a new world is showing up…”’

      Have a good day and thanks for stopping by. Aiva


    1. Thank you very much. In 2019, we stuck to our pre-arranged schedule and successfully published a total of 52 blog posts with an average of 2000 words per post on Our Crossings travel blog.

      That’s publishing once a week, and that’s what we were comfortable with producing – instead of releasing half baked travel stories, our primary focus was providing value with well-crafted and informative blog posts.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Thank you very much, Rebbeca for reading our posts and contributing comments – I couldn’t have a done it without any of the readers. It has been a fun year writing posts, reading comments, and answering questions our readers have submitted from time to time. Thanks so much and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much, guys for becoming regular readers each week. I love reading and answering your comments and opinions, and it makes it all worthwhile. Yes, you are right – English isn’t our native language, it’s Latvian, followed by Russian and German.

      I’m still self-conscious about everything I write, but life is an ongoing journey filled with opportunities to learn and people to meet, and I am determined to grow and become a better version of myself. I would love to reach the level of proper writing manner as a non-native language speaker and rediscover both my style and my voice in English.

      Celebrating 1st Blogiversary was something I didn’t plan on doing. Still, I realised that its an excellent opportunity to look back and acknowledge everyone that has become part of our blogging world – including you guys! Thanks so much or tagging along, it’s very much appreciated. Aiva

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    1. Awww….Thank you very much. It means a lot to me. I believe pursuing happiness will always take you down the right path and Our Crossings travel blog is my passion project. Thanks so much for supporting – I’m a huge believer in helping other people, and I’ve made some amazing friendships and connections along the way. As my favourite quote says – “When you’re kind to someone else, you’re also kind to yourself.” Aiva

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are giddy with excitement celebrating 1st Blogiversary and can’t wait to see where the next year takes us. I can hardly believe that one year has gone by since I first started Our Crossings. Still, this week marks the first anniversary of my first post – thanks for being part of our online family and fro following along with our family adventures and thanks for cheering on. Aiva


    1. Thanks so much, guys! I am so grateful for all of the ways Our Crossings blog has helped me grow and for an amazing opportunity to connect with incredible people like you. Thank you for being with me on this journey, for being a part of this community, and for your constant support and kindness. Aiva ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much, Caroline. Travel is good for your body and soul and writing about it is good for your growth – it helps me and others who read our posts to understand other people and places, and it lets readers travel to far-off destinations that they may never see. Thanks so much for your support, my friend. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year. Aiva


    1. Thank you very much. Celebrating Blogiversary, scrolling through the old posts and thanking our readers is such a great way to mark a year on the blogosphere. Thank you very much for stopping by and showing your support, it’s very much appreciated. Aiva


  3. Aiva you are a wonderful person with a lovely family with great talent and a fantastic photographer! Your blog is incredibly informative and filled with some of the most interesting places one would love to visit. Actually one feels like one has visited after reading your posts. I thank you so much for mentioning my blog and I wish to congratulate you on this, your first year! This is a great accomplishment! Enhorabuena! (in Spanish)…I know there will be many more years and I look forward to your posts every day! I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you to the Blogger Recognition Award, you certainly deserve it! All the best, and my greetings from sunny Valencia,

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    1. O my goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve received such a beautiful and positive message from someone and it’s been a long time since Our Crossings received any Awards from fellow bloggers. You made my day, Francisco and I know it seems like I already say it a lot, but it bears repeating—thank you! Thanks for the Blogger Recognition Award and thanks for always finding time to stop by and read my little ramblings about places I’ve visited! All the best, and greetings from rainy Ireland, Aiva

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      1. Your beautiful photography, your incredibly detailed and informative narrative and the interesting places you always bring to us in Our Crossings makes you deserve any and all awards available and it is my great pleasure to have been given this opportunity to nominate you. I am greatly humbled by your words and thank you from the bottom of my heart! I look forward, as always, to your next post! I hope we could share some of our Valencia sunshine with your rainy Ireland! All the best!

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      2. Thank you Aiva, I know that your beautiful photography, your very detailed and informative narrative and interesting places that you delight us with is deserving of many awards! I greatly enjoy reading Our Crossings and always look forward to your next post! Thank you, so much for such nice and kind words! I truly appreciate it! I only wish we could share some of our Valencia sunshine with rainy Ireland! Thank you again, Aiva and my greetings and all the best!

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    1. Marching into a New Year seems like a perfect opportunity for a quick look back at what we’ve achieved over the past 12 months and how far we’ve come. And it’s definitely been a busy year! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva


  4. Congratulations on your first Blogiversary. Thank you so much for all the time and effort that you put into your travelogue. I think your photos and writing are fabulous. And I love that quote, by the way. Thank you too for taking the time to visit my site and for posting such uplifting comments. Bless you. Very best wishes for 2020 and safe journeying.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely words – they are very much appreciated. Although the blogging world intrigued me, I knew nothing about it, and I still remember how excited I was when I published my first post. Thank you so much for following our family adventures.

      From all of us here at Our Crossings to all of you and your family, we wish you a happy, healthy and enjoyable New Year. Aiva

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  5. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year!! Your blog is so amazing and professional. Congrats on all your success, and I love following along on your journeys. 🙂

    Miles of smiles,


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    1. What a lovely thing to say, Grace, thanks so much! I love blogging, editing and journaling and having this little corner of the digital world where I can, hopefully, inspire other people. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva


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