It’s now been a year since I got out my Canon G7x and vlogged our whole two-week Walt Disney World trip in October 2017. I felt pretty clueless back then. I didn’t know how much footage I was really filming or how to split between shots of what is happening and talking to the camera.

I like to think I’ve become slightly less clueless since then (which is a bit of a shame, as that first ever Disney vlog was my most viewed of all time – I kinda wish it was one I was more proud of). In fact, there’s a lot that I’ve learned through a year of vlogging.

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I can’t quite believe that Faraway Lisa Mae has existed for an entire year. It’s been over 365 days since I sat at home, bored on a week off work, and decided that I needed a new outlet for my thoughts and for my writing.

This isn’t the first blog that I made, but it has been the most successful by a country mile. Around 115 blog posts and 28,000 page views later, and Faraway Lisa Mae is still going strong. It may not be the same as it was when it started out, but that’s all worked out for the best. This blog has evolved as I have. I hope it continues to do so long, long into the future.

Here’s to the next 12 months.

First, though, it’s time to take a look back at some of the lessons that I’ve learned. Some may be relevant to you, others won’t be, but I hope you can take something useful from it.

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