Life & blog update: January 2020

one sunny Saturday in Kostrena, Croatia

Life & blog update: January 2020…was a slow month. A beginning of a new year, a new decade but ultimately it was quite a boring month compared to December. Though, we had a great New Year’s party with a couple of friends playing board games.

Again, for the most part of the month our household fought unsuccessfully with various children’s illnesses. At one point I felt very low and full of self-pity. When will this end? The toddler gets sick (because he has to get used to the germs at the daycare), then we all get sick and the baby girl coughs often too. We had to cancel many plans for outings and had to stay in instead. But we are all healthy and to moan about this is so wrong when there are people who deal with real health issues in their lives.

There was one sunny and warm Saturday when we went to the beach. Of course, we also managed to have a couple of board game nights and I met up with my best friend who came home for holidays so it wasn’t all boring after all.

I finally went to see a chiropractor and had a back massage too because of my back pain. I really should start exercising but I just can’t make time for that. I’d rather eat (yeah, when you breastfeed a baby you’re actually more hungry than when you’re pregnant, or that’s just me). Talking about baby girl is getting interested in food. The way she looks at me when I eat 😂. She’s almost five months old so I’ll probably introduce solid food within a month. And she wants to grab everything within her reach. She simply beams with delight when she sees her older brother but he’s still quite jealous. He’s become quite a chatterbox. It’s very amusing to hear him talk.

I didn’t blog as much as I’d wanted but I’ve finally started to write a post I’ve been meaning to write for almost two years!! You’ll see soon what it is (a proper travel post). I’ve recently read an excellent article on SEO so I checked a couple of my posts on Google and saw that my post Visiting a chocolate factory is ranked #2 when you type in visiting a chocolate factory. Unbelievable! My post How many times have You visited London? is actually #1 but I don’t get traffic every day with that post as I do with the chocolate factory post. Most of my other posts are way down on any search engine. I guess I was quite naive when I started blogging and never thought about SEO. I just wanted to write about my travels. I’d need a lot of time to learn about SEO but maybe I could try and implement at least a couple of techniques for some future travel posts. What about you? Are you SEO proficient?


Published posts in January

Life & blog update: December 2019

2019 on the Red Phone Box travels


How was your January?


Have a great February!




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  1. I’d love the link to the SEO article you found. I’ve done very little over my many years of blogging for SEO. I don’t want to do anything drastic but am up for a few easy tweaks here and there. I totally understand how much of a bummer constant illness, especially with a little one is. I imagine it’s scary with a little baby at home too. I worry about that as Carson brings home a lot of things from daycare, but I guess plenty of people deal with it! Glad you got a few fun things in in January despite the illness.

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  2. Hi, That is really awesome to find your blog. I was really looking for SEO Articles. I am currently on the Premium package at I want to improve its SEO but I can’t install Plugins. any Good Suggestions for my blog. It is on inspiration and motivation. is the blog link.
    Rising Star


  3. I do SEO at work sometimes. 😊 I was unaware of it all when I started blogging but quickly got interested. I now know for example that my blog’s name is too long for seo purposes and I should lose the ”the” from the beginning but I’m too lazy to dig into redirectly urls. 😆 Did you use the incognito browser when you looked up your ranking? If not, the browser tailored the results for you and it’s not the true ranking. Anyway, hang in there! It’ll get easier in 18 years, as people keep saying to me! 😂

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    1. right, just opened it now in incognito browser and got the same result:) yay! then I should drop ˝the˝ too in my blog’s name which is also long:) in 18 years…then we’ll have different problems, like the other day my son told dad drive faster, SO I told my hubby, you’re not giving him the car when he turns 18 :)))

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  4. Team “feeling very low and full of self-pity”? I’m all with you!!!
    Although it’s not cause by toddlers problems …… thaaaaaaaank God I’m done with that. I love my 15 year old very much and we have other sorts of problems with a teenager, but that period of time when they’re ill and coughing all the time, and you have to stay indoors…. Uuuuurgh never again!
    I hope February will be more exciting for you and that we’ll have plenty of sunshine!!!! That’s what I have missed the most.
    Do you have the link for the excellent article on SEO? I’m so clueless about that – as you may remember – and I try to get better!
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Your SEO ranking thing intrigued me so I checked my owns and changing the address of my blog has really not been a wise move. For example one of my post called QUESTIONING TRAVEL BLOGGERS is ranked #6 when you search on google
      but it still “belongs to the former domain name 😦

      And when you click, obviously, it tells you the blog doesn’t exist anymore.
      Whereas the address you can find the post is

      You wouldn’t know how I can sort this problem, would you?!

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