It’s my blog birthday!
Hip! Hip! Hurrah!
On Wednesday, October 21st, my blog was 2 years old.
My goodness. My blog is a toddler!
And I am extremely proud.
I can’t quite believe that just 24 months ago, I decided to put pen to paper and open up this social media thingy. I mean, when I first started I didn’t even know what social media was all about, and I had never ever met a blogger.
In real life!
And apart from Facebook and who isn’t on Facebook? I knew zilch about social media.
Yep! Yours truly had known nothing about Twitter. Nothing at all!
But I quickly learnt.
My Twitter page was open and ready to go!
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!
My blog is two years old.
It’s been an amazing ride. In fact, this year alone was wonderful with a collection of marvellous stories, visits, and adventures. As I told you when I published my 100th post, a lot of people, bloggers in particular, don’t like the notion of luck and quite frankly, I’m not one to talk of fate, but when I happen to be in the right place at the right time, I don’t know what else to call it.
So I’m going to say it as I see it.
Are you ready?
Here it comes!
My toddler blog has been a resounding success because of the jolly good luck I’ve had, flowing with masses of enthusiasm, buckets of really hard work and shaken and stirred with all the people I have met along the way, who have helped and supported me on my quest to being a fabulous British blogger.
There. I’ve said it!
But before we go any further, I would just like to thank some very important people.
All of you.
Where would I be without your comments, your likes, your opinions and your reads?
Without you this blog would just be an empty piece of cyber-paper floating in the blogosphere. You have all been so amazing and supportive, reading my blog every week, and sharing it with all your friends and associates.
I’ve even had people smiling and recognising me on the streets.
One woman’s smile was so wide, when she discovered that I was just about to sit opposite her on the commuter train! Another guy saw me on my residential gentrified street and screamed outside his van window “Are you that blogger? The British one!” In German of course, so it sounded rather different!
A group of teenaged girls followed me about and giggled as I went shopping in my local supermarket. And being that I live in Berlin and not New York, I got thumbs up, the gruff “I saw you on TV” and appreciative looks when running around town with my signature stripped, dotted or Union Jack pop socks!
I’ve been on TV. I’ve been on the radio. I’ve even been in the newspaper. I’ve travelled to 10 countries this year. And all because of you.
Thank you so much everyone. I love you all!
So come with me and let’s go back in time!
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, Europe, travels around the world, what she does in normal every day life, and where she goes.
THE MOST POPULAR POST EVER
The most popular post is the one that I wrote about Riga. In Latvia.
The people of Latvia were astonishing and really came out and supported my blog on the following post: Riga is gorgeous. Go there right now! This post shockingly went VIRAL and I received 55 comments and up to 25,000 hits in my social media feed!
Twenty five thousand (25,000) views, hits and shares!
Thank you Latvia!!
THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH POST
There’s no point in being The British Berliner if I can’t tell you how to, in fact, be British. You found this post charming: 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!
You were also fascinated by the fact that Queen Elizabeth came to Berlin and I got to be a part of that story and had more requests of interviews that I even knew what to do with. I actually had to turn some of them down! And why? The Queen came to Berlin. I’m British so pass me the Pimms. That’s why!
THE MOST POPULAR GERMANY POST
The most popular post is still actually the very first post, that I ever wrote on my blog! The title was: Germany is Boring. Ooops! 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 BERLIN POST
It seems that when you think of Berlin, you think of it as creative, intense, full of energy and free. Yes, you like music, entertainment, glamour and suspense. You loved the Friedrichstadt-Palast – the venue that is the Las Vegas of Berlin in the post: It’s bizarre. It’s quirky. It’s THE WYLD!
I received close to twelve thousand (12,000) views, hits and shares!
THE MOST POPULAR INTERNATIONAL POST
My readers are as liberal as they come and are tolerant on the European lifestyle circuit, as the most popular international post outside of Latvia and Poland was this post about Amsterdam in Holland. I went to a sex-show in the city of red lights and thin canals: That’s right. 48 hours in Amsterdam!!
Oh yes indeed!
THE MOST POPULAR SOCIAL POST
Travelling and living a life of quality struck a chord with many of you as readers were worried about how to travel on a budget, how to get holidays / vacations or even how to take the first step, so I told you how I do it in this post: How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Have it all! Most of my readers are professional middle-class people.
Remember how I told you that I live a normal life. Just like you.
I’m married, in a relationship with someone, or have been single. Just like you.
I have family responsibilities. Just like you.
I have a full-time job. Just like you.
And by god. I have a daily budget. Absolutely, just like you.
You agreed. Staying at a €5.00 hostel or jetting off to Cambodia on a whim, just isn’t an option. I mean who would look after the dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits or giant iguana? No seriously. Who?!!
THE MOST COMMENTED POST EVER
As you know, Poland is one of my most favourite places. And so was this post: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go! Interesting stuff it seems as I received over 8,000 hits and 72 comments!
THE MOST COMMENTED POST ABOUT BRITAIN
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 65 comments. Thank You so much!
THE MOST COMMENTED POST ABOUT GERMANY
Contrary to expectations, even though German cuisine has a hard, long reputation of being rather stodgy and boring, food in Germany can be pretty awesome, if you know where to look! You obviously did look and you proved it with 49 comments in this post: 10 surprising reasons why food in Germany isn’t just grit and stodge but is pretty awesome, in my opinion! Yummy!
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 53 comments followed closely by the post that totally changed my career from being just another blogger to being totally awesome. The post that changed my life was: A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards. It had 45 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.
THE MOST COMMENTED INTERNATIONAL POST
- Poland – Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go! – You had a lot to say about my post so you did, with 72 comments!
- Latvia – Riga is gorgeous. Go there right now! – You really appreciated what I wrote and you liked it, tweeted it, shared it, and shared it, and shared it. On my blog were 55 comments but I have absolutely no idea how many comments were made as I couldn’t follow them anymore. I was just overwhelmed in a lovely way. Thank you so much!
- Thailand – 3 days in Bangkok: A walking tour isn’t what you think! – I guess going to Bangkok is living the dream. And it is. It’s an amazing place full of colour, energy, people and smiles. I’m not surprised that I received 49 comments.
- The Czech Republic – I didn’t kiss a girl but I ate fried cheese in the Czech Republic. And I liked it! – Even Katy Perry loved my post so she sent it to her followers on Twitter. True story. I was shocked but very, very pleased and I received almost 50 comments!
THE MOST COMMENTED SOCIAL POST
At the beginning of every new year, it’s the norm to think about what you did last year and what you’re going to do this year – How I can afford a life of travel. Don’t choose. Have it all! – Last year, I travelled to 10 countries and this post got me a whopping 60 comments!
Reaching the one (1) year mark – The British Berliner is 1 year old. Let’s get the Pimms out! – I hope I did you all proud. You seemed to think so with 42 comments.
You’re as much in love with Berlin as I am – 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, you’re my BFF! – 41 comments isn’t shabby at all!
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
THE TOP 10 MOST POPULAR COUNTRY, OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG
- Great Britain
- India for the exotic factor!
Surprisingly, I also get a significant number of readers from Sweden, Ireland, Norway & Singapore! 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!
COUNTRIES I HAVE BEEN TO IN THE LAST 1 YEAR
- The Czech Republic – twice!
- Lithuania (new)
- Latvia (new)
- Estonia (new)
- Finland (new)
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 TOP BLOG ACHIEVEMENTS
- Starting this blog. Hurrah!
- Becoming The British Berliner.
- Getting on prime-time German TV – Live!
- Making a documentary about being a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger,
- Becoming Germany’s answer and expert on modern-day Britain and the monarchy!
- Getting interviewed on the radio. In German.
- Acting and making an independent silent film with an aspiring German/Finnish film director!
- Promoting and showing you Berlin.
- Getting newspaper interviews.
- Getting official invitations to Berlin Fashion Week.
- Hanging out with VIP’s at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
- Being invited on my second press trip to Bristol. Coming soon!
- Going to four (4) new countries!
- Keeping things light but still throwing in tiny issues about the appalling circumstances of Europe’s refugees. #RefugeesAreWelcome.
- 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.
- Updating my blog website image, logo & business cards.
- Hanging out at the Berlin Film Festival (the Berlinale).
- Attending the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference – the holy grail of the travel blogging world – for the very first time.
- 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.
MY TOP 6 FAVOURITE POSTS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!
- The beginner’s guide to going up a volcano: because going up a volcano isn’t for everyone!
- How I came to live in Prague once upon a time – Wonderful Prague!
- By Jove. I’m doing a film documentary about being a British expat in Berlin. Isn’t it marvellous?
- The time that I fell off the ski lift in the Czech Republic!
- 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, you’re my BFF!
- Death and Destruction in Berlin: How to get a piece of Shakespeare in King Lear.
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 and I’ll be going to Bristol & Bath.
This article is not sponsored. It’s my blog birthday!
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See you in Berlin.