2022 Year in Review

Last year was the first year that I didn’t write an end of year review. In retrospect, I’m sorry that I skipped that tradition given that Adventures from Elle celebrated five years of existence in 2021 and had received recognition on national television and in the local paper. However, I couldn’t bring myself to write a recap publicly. 2021 was one of the most difficult years of my life, personally and professionally. The pandemic was at its peak with the delta CoVid-19 variant in circulation between August to November 2021, and I still don’t feel as if I’ve fully recovered from that trauma. However, I’m happy to report that I’m in a much better place emotionally for 2022, and my workplace + life in Jamaica are mostly back to normal. I celebrated SIX years of blogging on Adventures from Elle this month too. With that said, let’s recap 2022.

Thanks to Air by Char & Cher for my balloon.

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2022 Adventures

Girl jumping with Jamaican flag at Sacsayhuaman
Elle in Cusco

I don’t understand why my colleagues think I’m “always traveling.” I spend 50% of my time at work, 40% at home or running errands, and about 8% commuting. However, that 2%, ha! Here’s what I did this year:

Great River by Animal Farm

My favourite local trips for 2022 are a tie between Animal Farm and Chukka, while my favourite (and only!) international trip in 2022 goes to Peru! I visited 11 out of 14 parishes this year too. I realize that I haven’t visited my favourite parish of Portland in over a year though. We’re fixing that in 2023 ASAP! The other two parishes I didn’t visit in 2022 are St. Thomas and Westmoreland.

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Blog Stats & Milestones

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  • I’m really proud of myself for balancing long shifts, school presentations, personal life AND consistent blogging in 2022. I wrote 47 articles in 2022, bringing my total article count to 219.
  • I broke my 2020 record of most articles ever written in a single year (previously was 45).
  • I received 50% more views than 2021. My main traffic continues to come from Search Engines (mostly Google), followed by the WordPress Reader, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, in that order. It’s really cool that Twitter is in my top five referrers too because I’ve never used the platform. It means that you guys are tweeting my articles over there, and for that I’m grateful.
  • My readers mainly hail from Jamaica, the USA, Canada, UK and Trinidad & Tobago, in that order.

My increased readership meant more Word Ads earnings which is great. I also had a few more paid collaborations this year, for which I’m grateful. I’m manifesting more partnerships in 2023, as I continue to tread the delicate balance of hobby + business blogging.

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Next, I must give special mention of my books Sightsee Jamaica and my Large Print Jamaican Word Search Puzzles. The feedback has been mostly positive. Thanks for your support of these books in 2022. I learnt a lot from the experience. For now, they are only available for purchase on Amazon.

Other milestones accomplished this year include:

Best of the Blog in 2022

Bowl of rice, plantain, fish and vegetables
Dinner at Pretty Close 876

Out of my 47 new posts in 2022, these 3 were your favourites in terms of readership & engagement:

However, these 3 are my favourites in no particular order:

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Personal Life

Christmas Day at work

Practicing medicine in the Jamaican public sector is not for the faint-of-heart. We operate on barebones resources with serious drug and staffing shortages. My medical colleagues and nurses continue to migrate in droves to first world countries for better wages and working conditions. This year, it made headlines that Jamaica has the second highest brain drain rate in the world after American Samoa. Brain drain is a term which refers to the loss of a country’s skilled and educated people as they migrate in search of better opportunities.

It’s a thought I’ve entertained too, but I haven’t made the move because I know I’ll miss my family and tropical weather dearly. Also, despite feeling bitterly unappreciated by our ruling government, I am still patriotic to Jamaica– the only land I know. We have our issues with crime, poverty etc. but I am fiercely proud of and indebted to this country. The Jamaican government funded my medical school education on a merit-based scholarship, and while my job often leaves me burnt out and discouraged, I take pride in serving my people. I’m now in my second year of internal medicine residency training so I’m trying to remain focused on the task at hand– completing residency.

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In other news, my relationship is thriving. My immediate family and friends are healthy. I’m forever grateful for my mother as she is the reason why I’m where I am at in life. I thank God every day for good health, a supportive circle and the ability to live life on my own terms. I pray for continued good health, and that for my readers, friends and family.

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2023 Hopes

I hope that a recent investment I made will be worth it, and that my finances will recover enough to make an international summer or autumn trip possible. I’m eyeing a trip to Central America or Europe. I’d also love to spend Christmas 2023 in New York. Lastly, I hope to get started on my research project which will herald the start of the end of my postgraduate training, and that I can end 2023 as a senior resident. Blogging may take a backburner for me in 2023, but I still look forward to writing as often I can and for as many collaborations as my schedule will allow. I currently have 3 posts scheduled for 2023. 🙂

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Wrap Up

Girl lying on bench in forest

If you’ve made it this far, I just want to say thank you again for being on this journey with me for the past SIX years! I appreciate every read, like, comment, share, social media follow and email or WordPress subscription. What did you enjoy about Adventures from Elle this year? What else would you like to see? Talk to me below, and remember to support the blog on all platforms because it’s free! 😀

See you in 2023! XO, Rochelle.

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Adventures from Elle is a travel blog for locals & visitors who want to experience the best of Jamaica, one adventure at a time. The blog is curated by Rochelle Knight, a junior resident (M.D.) in internal medicine and published author. She began the blog in 2016 as a medical student & wants to see the world, starting with her home country. Purchase her book 'SIGHTSEE JAMAICA' on Amazon and join her in Jamaica!

31 thoughts on “2022 Year in Review

  1. You had a fruitful year of travel and adventure, especially after a hard-hitting 2021…I’m so glad you got to visit Peru, which I recall you’d been dying to go to; it’s a shame that the country’s going through tough times now…I’m glad you had a better 2022, and it can only go up from here! Hope you make it to central America and/or Europe (and New York) soon!

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  2. Glad that you visited and wrote about our Villas in Runaway Bay (Villa Cupola, Escape Villa at Vista and escape Villa at Richmond) and that you enjoyed your Chukka adventure as well as dining at “Plantation Smokehouse”. I read all your blog posts and enjoy every one so I do look forward to reading more in 2023. Best wishes for a fabulous adventure-filled year ahead!!

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  3. By far one of my favorite blog for the year. I’ve been noticing that you’ve been following my journey (blog wise) for a while before I followed. I’m happy we connected. By the way, I really need to start paying attention blog stats…. I might hop over in your inbox a lot so you can teach me the ropes 😂 (if our schedules allow) looking forward to the great things you’ll accomplish in the upcoming year as you desire to share.

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  4. As a new travel blogger, I found such joy and warmth in your content. It definitely motivated me. Rochelle, you killed 2022! Your hard work this year will spill over to 2023. Above all, take care of yourself! Doh fret, we’ll be here whenever you can post!

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  5. Interesting recap of your 2022. It was inspiring to be a part of it. I stopped to write yearly recaps. To be honest the reason is that nobody seems to have an interest to read it. I even missed to celebrate our 5th blog anniversary. Maybe because in our German culture it’s unusual to celebrate yourself. You wrote 47 articles in 2022 – that’s almost one per week and a great accomplishment!

    The last two years I had a lot to do with ongoing updating my informative posts regarding travel requirements for Jamaica. They brought at least a bit traffic to our tiny niche blog. Plus I took the rise in admission prices of many attractions as an opportunity to update whole blogposts. The years from 2020 to 2022 learned me a lot and I try to find back to that kind of blogging flow, inspiration and spirit that I had once.

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    1. Thank you! That’s true. My year in review posts hardly get any traffic either. They are consistently my lowest read posts, but I write them for me. 🙂 I enjoyed looking back at my previous years in review when writing this one, and seeing all the progress in terms of my goals, writing style etc. It’s a visual way to track my progress.

      I’m happy you enjoyed traffic this year by refreshing old blog posts. I enjoyed a similar privilege too, and may spend a lot of my 2023 just updating old content. Best wishes for the New Year!

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  6. Congratulations on a wonderful 2022! I hope 2023 is filled with more highlights and great adventures – travel and life-wise! I have enjoyed seeing Jamaica through your eyes and absolutely cannot wait to visit. Loved all the beautiful sceneries, especially those of the waterfalls and rivers… I also enjoyed reading about your visit to Peru. Looking forward to reading more about Jamaica, medical tips that could help travellers, and any other adventures you have lined up!

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