“All time” is a little loose. I am coming up on my 2-year anniversary of the blog in April. So today I sat down at took a look at my stats. There have been almost 53,000 views of my blog since its inception. Wow. I know that some of them may include automatic spammers, but most are not. It’s fun to take a look at what search terms people are using, where the referrals are coming from, and so forth.
Today, I’m going to give you my personal list of my Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts. It’s so different from what my stats register. I mean, my Kaese Spaetzle recipe is awesome, and has over 1000 hits. But certainly some of my readers may want to know what other good stuff they missed besides my recipes and restaurant review. So here goes:
1. Furniture Shopping – Part 1. A rant and rave, and comparison to shopping back in the States. The story ends rather well. And believe it or not, I have grown accustomed to many of the styles here.
2. Press “1” for English. My take on how and why societies seem to become undone by foreign speakers.
3. To Bake or Not to Bake. After just one month in the country, I attempt baking a cake. It was a hilarious roller coaster ride!
4. Repressed Anger?? Arrogance?! Turkish Drivers and Road Rage!! The title says it all.
5. Dear Abby, dear Abby, you won’t believe this . . . A true favorite! Answers to all of those searching my blog.
6. On Being Lucky – summing up my experience of how easy it is to be an expat in today’s world.
7. Making Friends – A story about how language is no barrier when it comes to making new friends.
8.Windows, Doorways, and Walkways of Bodrum. A pictorial of history in the modern city of Bodrum by the sea.
9. Community – a bittersweet story of how I became part of my neighborhood in memorializing the loss of two of its sons.
10. And here it is, that Spaetzle recipe you all have been waiting for!
I vote for the Bodrum post obviously but I was fascinated by the lengthy discussion in Press I for English. Well done for staying the course with the silly man who was ranting at you. I’m not sure I would have been so patient. I’ve only ever had to censor one comment on my blog. Someone said something truly vile about Amy Winehouse (well, you can imagine). What amazes me sometimes is how some people think my blog that I write and pay for is a public forum for them to vent their spleen. Erm no, I don’t think so!
Jack, that “gentleman” caught me on a good day for sure. I usually have this saying, “I’m from Philly. I’ll cutcha!” He got off easy. 🙂
I really liked the bodrum photo collection as well. Very beautifully arranged.Congrats on the two year blogiversary!
Thanks Jake! Looking forward to following your blog too!
Well done to you! You’re lively and above all opinionated and I love that – power to your elbow and plenty of lead in your e-pencil 😀
Thanks Alan! Your comments are often ending up in my spaam. Any idea how to fix that?
Love the Bodrum pics too. Congratulations on your nearly 2-year blog anniversary. It passes so quickly doesn’t it?!
Thanks Julia! Yes, I have no idea where the time goes . . .
Love posts no. 3 and 4! If you need baking tips, just let me know. I’m happy to try and help, but glad a cake mix can always save the day!
Read my husband’s take on driving in Turkey. He did a guest post for me last year! I have no desire to drive in this mad, mad country of drivers. =)
Hi Joy! Welcome to Adventures in Ankara! I will check out your blog post too! I’m sure it’s crazy! I would love baking tips from you. I love to cook but I never really got into baking. Unfortunately, my husband has a big sweet tooth – mostly for cake. I make a great pie and crust. But cake just befuddles me. I made the most moist chocolate devil’s cake last week. REcipe from Williams Sonoma. The cake was excellent, but didn’t rise as high as it should. The icing, also their recipe, tasted great but was gritty! I am blaming it on the “pudre seker” and am thinking about making my own next time. Would love your input!