The British Berliner is 1 year old. Let’s get the Pimms out!

Happy Birthday. My blog is 1!
Happy Birthday. My blog is 1!

OMG!

I can’t believe that on Tuesday, October 21st, my blog was 1 year old. I can’t quite believe that 12 months ago on an Autumn Sunday evening, I decided to put pen to paper and open up a social media thingy. And yes, as of last year, I didn’t really know what a blog was.

Oh, I used to have a travel diary that was purely set up for friends and family, but this blogging thing was something else. This. Was. Real!

It's Me! Don't I look fabulous?
It’s Me! Don’t I look fabulous?

One year.

Wow!

So much has taken place that I can hardly stand it. I mean, this time last year, I didn’t even know what Twitter was. I mean, I knew it, but I didn’t know it – know it!

As a result, this week’s post is going to be about that journey from when I wrote my first blog,  to right now. One year later. Here we go!

Before we go on, why did I start this blog anyway…..?

At the beginning of the year, I told you that “The Tall Young Gentleman” was a member of the Boy Scouts of America: Troop 46. Some of the American mothers were new in town and not only am I the only British parent but I’m also the New Parent Co-Ordinator…..One of the mothers asked me about skiing in Europe. I recommended the Czech Republic. Lots of my corporate clients ask me about Britain, I recommended London and my original home-town – Manchester. Thousands, OK, hundreds of people asked me about Germany. I recommended Berlin and then I thought, why don’t I write about my favourite places and they can see for themselves? So here we are!

And before we go any further, I would just like to thank some very important people.

You!

Without you.

All of you.

This blog would be just an empty piece of cyber-paper floating in the bloggersphere. You have all been so amazing and supportive, reading my blog every week, and sharing it with all your friends and associates.

Thank you all so much! Source: serendipitymc.com
Thank you all so much!
Source: serendipitymc.com

Thank you so much! I love you all!

So let’s go back in time.

Waving the flag of Britishness!
Waving the flag of Britishness!

WHAT IS THIS BLOG ABOUT?

The British Berliner is a lifestyle expat travel blog about a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with her German husband and her half British – half German son, promoting British-German life, culture, history, literature, theatre, style, the English Language, travels around the world, what she does in normal every day life, and where she goes.

Brandenburger Tor at dusk.
Brandenburger Tor at dusk.

THE MOST POPULAR POST EVER

Do you know that the most popular post is actually the very first post, that I ever wrote on my blog! The title: Germany is Boring. Oops! Yeah, I got insults and abuse for this post. Mainly from people who never read it. Ah well, I’m famous now. Right. Right?!

THE MOST POPULAR INTERNATIONAL POST

On the Polish Baltic Sea
On the Polish Baltic Sea

In April, I went to Poland. Poland is one of my favourite places and so was this post: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go! Well! Well!

The Highland Dancing Ceilidh competition with bright tartans, and hopping on one foot in Scotland!
The Highland Dancing Ceilidh competition with bright tartans, and hopping on one foot in Scotland!

THE MOST POPULAR POST ABOUT SCOTLAND

In October, 2013, we went to Scotland. I love Scotland. It’s a wild, windy place and the Scottish people like to tell it as it is. So do you. You said you loved this post: Haggis, Tatties & Neeps: 10 things to do in Edinburgh. I guess it’s time to crunch and swallow!

Morris Dancing. After you. No. After you! Photo credit Arthur Cornwell
Morris Dancing. After you. No. After you!
Photo credit Arthur Cornwell

THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH POST

There’s no point in being The British Berliner if I can’t tell you how to be British. You found this post entertaining: How to be British: Oh and by the way, you need to queue! And so did the trolls and naughty people. Some were so naughty that I had to ban them from my blog!

Myself with Naren, the ultimate prize winner, at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Myself with Naren, the ultimate prize winner, at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

THE MOST POPULAR SOCIAL POST

I had been plodding away at my blog when it changed direction and took a fabulous turn for what I consider to be enormous success. This change happened in May, when I randomly met a PR person and she invited me to the Berlin Music Video Award. Woah! I was being invited for “real” stuff and so I wrote this post: A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards. That post opened the door to even more exciting stuff just a few months after I started blogging. Oh yes!

Queuing at Glastonbury and waiting. If they can do it, so can you!
Queuing at Glastonbury and waiting. If they can do it, so can you!

THE MOST COMMENTED POST EVER

You love British people.You love how quirky we are and the fact that we tend to be particular about certain things, and you said so in the post about being British: How to be British: Oh and by the way, you need to queue! I had almost 50 comments. 🙂  🙂  Thank You so much!

Inspiring Street Art in Berlin.
Inspiring Street Art in Berlin.

THE MOST COMMENTED POST ABOUT BERLIN

You felt that the post that spoke to you most was this one: If you’re looking to make a change: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a family. Choose an alternative walking tour in Berlin! It had 44 comments. I know the big bloggers have a hundred comments and more, but that post was written in May, 2014. A little after the 6 month mark.

I’m delighted!

All together at the Thai Secret Cooking School in Chiang Mai!
All together at the Thai Secret Cooking School in Chiang Mai!

THE MOST COMMENTED INTERNATIONAL POST

I used to live in London. I can’t cook.

I did however, make an effort to learn in Thailand and you seemed to appreciate that, as this was the most commented international post: Thai food is going to kill you: Cook your own! You totally agreed! That was a lot of fun too!

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

THE TOP 10 MOST POPULAR COUNTRY, OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG

  • Germany
  • The USA
  • Great Britain
  • Australia
  • France
  • Canada
  • Poland
  • Holland
  • The Russian Federation
  • Malta

Thailand missing out by 1 point, so I’ve added it too, for the exotic factor!

All smiles and bunny ears at the end of a great day at Baanchang Elephant Park.
All smiles and bunny ears at the end of a great day at Baanchang Elephant Park.

COUNTRIES I HAVE BEEN TO IN THE LAST 1 YEAR

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
  • France
  • Belgium
Citizens of the world. Image@ citizenmag.com
Citizens of the world.
Image@ citizenmag.com

Surprisingly, I also get a significant number of readers from Spain, India, Italy, & Brazil. It’s amazing that even though I only blog once a week, consistently I might add LOL, I still manage to attract a huge number of subscribers and happy Twitter fans who read my blog on a daily basis, and all my funny two-line quips! You too can join in the fun and games right here: http://twitter.com/britishberliner

Not too shabby I might add!

Have you ever seen such a fantastic creme brulee? So creamy, so delcious, so....!
Have you ever seen such a fantastic creme brulee? So creamy, so delcious, so….!

THE MOST POPULAR PRESS TRIP

Even though Northern France is my first press trip, it’s very much worth writing about, so the most popular post was: My first press or FAM trip ever to Nord-Pas de Calais otherwise known as, Northern France! It was amazing. I’m so honoured to have been invited. It was great, but bloody hard work LOL!

The readers have spoken, now what do I think?

My first official press card. Yeah!
My first official press card. Yeah!

MY TOP BLOG ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Starting this blog. Hurrah!
  • Becoming The British Berliner.
  • Promoting and showing you Berlin.
  • Getting a press pass.
  • Going to Berlin Fashion Week.
  • Hanging out with VIP’s at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
  • Sitting on the front row at Berlin’s Night of Fashion.
  • Being invited on my first press trip to France.
  • Being at the first Eddie Izzard stand-up show in Germany. Ever!
  • Attending a workshop on Twitter and then getting it sorted a few days later!
  • Being invited to take part in a Twitter conference.
  • Being an active member of Travel Massive (the Berlin Chapter).
  • International Travel.
  • Regional Travel.
  • Local Travel.
  • People believing in me, encouraging me, and motivating me.
  • Getting my blog business cards.
  • Hanging out at the Berlin Film Festival (the Berlinale).
  • Participating and running all over town during Berlin Music Week and Now We Take Berlin Music Festivals.
  • Being recognised among my peers.
  • Making an established name for myself as The British Berliner.
  • Meeting other real-life bloggers. That was awesome by the way!
  • Talking to and hearing from YOU. Yes, YOU.
"The Tall Young Gentleman" being very pleased with himself!
“The Tall Young Gentleman” being very pleased with himself!

MY TOP 15 FAVOURITE POSTS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!

Thank you so much everyone. I really appreciate it lots.

Thank you for making this blog real, reading, commenting, and connecting. You’re all amazing. Here’s to the next blog year. Cheers!

Next week, it’s back to work. It’s November.

Winter’s coming.

Yay!

This article is not sponsored. It’s my blog birthday!

In Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!
In Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!

I have so much to share with you so I will be returning to our adventures in Indonesia, and Qatar, in November.

Next week, I will be writing about the Eat-the-world food Kreuzberg walking tour that I went to last week! Tasty!

In November, I will also be writing about the British National Theatre LIVE production. The next production coming up at Cinestar Berlin – Original is:

Skylight on: 30.10.14.

Frankenstein – Original Cast on: 13.11.14.

Frankenstein – Reversed Cast on: 27.11.14.

For the rest of the year, Berlin will be celebrating and marking the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Following a smash-hit tour of the UK and Ireland, LET IT BE will descend on Berlin with a six (6) day exclusive showing of a celebration of The Beatles from 11.11.14 – 16.11.14 at the Admirals Palast.

November is going to be exciting!

Watch this space!
On the beach patio of the Hotel Neptun, Leba.
On the beach patio of the Hotel Neptun, Leba.

Do you have a blog? Have you ever celebrated it? What post is your favourite? Was there anything that you found surprising?

See you in Berlin.

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43 thoughts on “The British Berliner is 1 year old. Let’s get the Pimms out!

  1. Congrats! I have to say that your blog is one of my favorites! I love your humor and the way you give all the info needed about a place in a way that makes it interesting and fun! I look forward to reading your blog for years to come! 🙂

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    1. Thanks very much daaaarling! That’s awfully sweet of you to say so. Thanks so much for sticking with me. You’ve got a hell of a sense of humour too. I remember that you said that you have Scottish roots…that must be why LOL! I look forward to reading your blog for a lifetime too! Thanks babe 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much my dear! Oh, you can can all it whatever you like my dear. I accept! Thanks so much for the blog love and it was lovely meeting both you and your Italian husband in Berlin. Europeans rule! Well, at least European significant others do LOL! I love Pimms too and it’s so hard to find the right combination, so the next time we meet up, we’ll look for some together or perhaps we’ll ditch the husbands and just go to England anyway! 🙂 🙂

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      1. Hah hah! I’m halfway thinking of him going to his family in Rome, while l go to London and be with some family too for Xmas. We’ll see how much food l eat on my trip. Might be over the Naija cuisine by then. Yes,.they do rule. We had a blast with you guys as well :-). . Fond memories!!!

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      2. Ha! Ha!! Leaving the men alone at Xmas? You’ll be lucky if the house is still standing when you get back LOL! I tend to spend Xmas in Germany, but Xmas in London sounds pretty alright.
        By the way, if you’re thinking of that “new” place to visit, choose Prague rather than the Maldives. It’s nearer, cheaper, and has plenty to do! And if you go late enough in the year, you’ll even get real snow!

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  2. Wow – Congratulations – Keep up with your excellent presence and shinning star and post. You introduce professionalism, respect and attention with detail. I enjoy every moment!

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    1. Absolutely. Praise indeed coming from a Russian! Thanks so much babe. 🙂 I’m glad you’re along for the ride. Honestly, next year we’re meeting up in Moscow and you’re going to show me how things are done – Russian style!

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  3. Don’t listen to Anna – she’s a lightweight 😉 Congrats on your blorthday 🙂 And to think I was out with you on that very night! Hope the next year is even more successful!

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  4. Happy blog birthday – hope you had a few Pimms to celebrate! Look forward to reading about your travels in year two, and I’m hopefully going to finally make it to Berlin next year so I’ll be checking out some tips!

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy. I did indeed LOL! Thank you for your support. It has always been a pleasure reading your posts so I look forward to meeting you sometime next year! Meanwhile, if you have any questions, do let me know! 🙂

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