A lifestyle expat travel blog about culture, history, Brexit, the Royal Family, travels around the world, Europe, and being British in Berlin!
Posted on October 27, 2014 by thebritishberliner
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!
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.
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 so much! I love you all!
So 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, the English Language, travels around the world, what she does in normal every day life, and where she goes.
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
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
Thailand missing out by 1 point, so I’ve added it too, for the exotic factor!
COUNTRIES I HAVE BEEN TO IN THE LAST 1 YEAR
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!
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
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.
This article is not sponsored. It’s my blog birthday!
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!
Do you have a blog? Have you ever celebrated it? What post is your favourite? Was there anything that you found surprising?
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I'm a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with my German husband and my half British – half German son. My blog is a lifestyle expat travel blog and puts a focus on my promotion of culture, history, travels around the world, Europe, Brexit, the Royal Family, British-German life and being British in Berlin - I am The British Berliner!
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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! 🙂
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 🙂
Happy Bloggerversary!!!! Did l just make that up??? :-). Here’s to many more wonderful years. I love Pimms, so pour me with lemonade please!!!
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! 🙂 🙂
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!!!
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!
Happy BLOG birthday 🙂
Thank you so much. You guys rock! 🙂
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!
Thanks very much Kmihran! That’s praise indeed. I hope to continue going on the line of trying to be as professional as I can, but with injections of humour along the way. 🙂
My pleasure – keep up and I hope to see you on my blogs as well, I appreciate it!
Of course! Support and motivation from the blogging world is so important. I’ve been amazed. 🙂
yes, I remember I was hooked by all the Poland posts – and that’s something, for a Russian!
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!
Clinking glasses all the way. In this case, a cup of tea as it’s just after 12:00!
Congrats on your one year blogiversary sexy lady! Keep up the great work and cool blogging posts.
Thank you my good man! Very much appreciated. Praise from the The Regular Guy NYC is high praise! 🙂 🙂
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!
LOL! Thanks awfully babe. I know! I think going out on my blog birthday was very apt. Here’s to me. And you. Congratulations all. Clink! 🙂
Yay congratulations on your first year of blogging from one Brit abroad to another! 🙂
That’s awfully kind of you Joella. Thank you so much. 🙂 Brits abroad. Yay!
Congratulations…!! I do hope you celebrated with a huge cake! I love all your posts!
Thanks so much for your support africanagirl. Let them eat cake!
happy birthday!! congratulations are the momentus occasion! 😉 xx
Thanks very much Annie! I’m brilliantly pleased!
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!
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! 🙂
Congratulations! We’ll be here for the second year too, if you keep sharing your Berliner stuff with us 🙂
Thanks so much Lily!
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Congratulations!! You’ve accomplished quite a bit! Looking forward to more of your adventures 🙂
Thank you so much Francesca! That’s so sweet of you. I’ve been fantastically lucky and hope you stay right along the ride with me. 🙂
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Keep up the great work. I love your blog and your point of view is fresh and a little quirky… kinda like Berlin and Britain!!
Thank you so much Stacey! That’s awfully kind of you to say so. You’re right! No wonder Berlin fits me to a tee ‘cos we’re all as mad as each other! Quirkiness forever LOL!
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