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    September 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    It always happens in late September – I realize I'm just one month from my blogiversary and start to get all pensive about my blogging career so far and future path. It's just like in the final weeks leading up into your birthday or the new year, ya know? This year, I'm about as excited as I've ever been to be a blogger full-time...

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    August 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Here we are: approaching the end of the summer. Can you tell from the leaves beginning to turn orange and brown in my photo above? Some people will lament this Lost Summer; as I look back on it, I feel fortunate that my perspective is about how life continues to surprise me, and I'm able to continue making memories even when it feels like we're living in the Upside Down from Stranger Things...

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    July 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    It’s hard to believe July is over – it’s a month I’ve been focused on for a really long time. Why’s that? Because I got married this month! Mr. V and I tied the knot and became Mr. & Mrs. V! It was also a month I knew I wouldn’t be able to focus much on my blog(s) – and I was worried about that especially this year when traffic and income are so tenuous. Luckily, as you’ll see, it worked out well… and now I’m back and ready to start publishing a ton more and continuing to grow...

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    June 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    It turns out that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the end – it’s actually looking like sunlight to step into someday. For the first time since The Before, I finally feel like my blog and my business are in a stable place. As you’ll see, I’ve been fortunate that years of hard work are paying off: my traffic is recovering and my income was at an all-time high...

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    May 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Another month of 2020 has slid by; we’re now into June, approaching the halfway point in the year. When we look back, will we remember much at all about this time? Cognitive psychologists suggest we won’t, though there have been some critically important touchstone moments and milestones – and basically none of them have been good. But that doesn’t mean we should look away, or try to forget...

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    March 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    If I had my way, I’d be starting this monthly recap with a lot of colorful choice four-letter words. I don’t need to say why – everyone knows what’s going on, and if you’re coming here to read my recap, it’s because you have some morbid fascination with watching the dumpster fire that is my business. I get it – I’m a voyeur that way too. But [insert four letter word], man, this [four letter gerund] blows...

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    February 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    February is a funny month – it comes after one of the biggest months of the year for traffic and (usually) income, but it’s short so you can’t get your hopes up. This year, February was good to me, as you’ll see. I had some amazing travel experiences, my blog was healthy, and my income was the highest its ever been. Though Coronavirus came in at the end of the month to start mucking everything up, 2020 is shaping up to be a banner year...

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    December 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    It feels a bit strange to write my December recap after finishing my 2019 review – like I’m duplicating my thoughts a little bit. But, these monthly recaps cover a lot more than my annual review and focus more on the professional side of travel blogging…. hopefully that makes it a worthwhile read anyway!...