It’s my blog birthday!
Hip! Hip! Hurrah!
I can’t believe that on Monday, October 21st, my blog was 6 years old.
Honestly, I can’t quite believe that just 72 months ago on an Autumn Sunday evening, I decided to put pen to paper and open up a 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!
I mean, I knew it, but I didn’t know it – know it!
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.
So much has taken place that I can hardly stand 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. Six years later. Here we go!
Before we go on, why did I start this blog anyway…..?
At the beginning of 2014, 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 was I the only British parent but I was also the New Parent Co-Ordinator at the time….
OK, hundreds of people asked me about Germany.
So here we are!
My blog is six years old.
It’s been an amazing ride. In fact, the last six years have been fantastic!
My blog is a flourishing toddler.
And I am exceedingly proud.
I’ve had an amazing collection of marvellous stories, visits, and adventures like how I met Prince William.
As you do!
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, family, 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!
And I’ve travelled to 8 countries this year.
And in the era of Brexit, I’ve spoken about Brexit a million times over on TV, on live radio, in the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel (my bit was under Berlin-Brexit Stories #2 on 15th January 2019 – 17:56) but sadly, it’s the gift that just keeps on giving ‘cos the mess and chaos isn’t over yet or likely to be for quite some time!
I’ve written a very comprehensive piece about what to do if you’re British and have no way to obtain dual citizenship, permanent residence, or any other thing. And sadly, what to do if it’s all too much and you simply want to go home.
And all because of you.
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 culture, history, travels around the world, Brexit, the Royal Family, Europe, and being British in Berlin!
It’s about a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with her German husband and her half British – half German son, her promotion of 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 still the one that I wrote about Poland.
It was very tongue-in-cheek.
Most people got it, but at the same time most didn’t, so I got a lot of abuse for it.
The blog post was called: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go! This post shockingly went VIRAL and I have received 342 comments and up to 308,426 hits in my social media feed!
Three hundred and eight thousand, four hundred and twenty-six (308,426)!
That’s well over a quarter of a million views, hits and shares!
Can you imagine that I wrote it five (5) years ago? And it’s still going as strong as ever!
Thank you Poland!
I looooove you!!!
THE MOST IMPORTANT AND UTTERLY RELEVANT POST
As you all know, I’m a very proud British person.
However, after the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.
Indeed, I even told a reporter of the Bloomberg newspaper that the only way you would get me out of this country, would be kicking and screaming!
But the writing on the wall was crystal clear, that British – European relations wasn’t going to get better anytime soon, but via Brexit, effectively worse.
I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German so it should come as no surprise when at the end of 2016, I decided to apply for dual British-German nationality, and then wrote this post: How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
It seemed you all agreed ‘cos that article was so relevant in the ugly politics of Brexit, that it went VIRAL too!
I received close to 100,000 (one hundred thousand) in the figure of 95,964+ views, hits and shares on a post I wrote just a year ago!
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THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH POST
Apart from the post: How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality, the most popular British post was about me.
Literally About Me!
It seems that you’re all interested in me as a person.
You like what you see as I received 158 comments, and close to twelve thousand (11,676) views, hits and shares!
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: Germany is Boring.
Yeah, I got insults and abuse for this post. Mainly from people who never read it.
It received 144 comments and over 50,338 views, shares and hits!
I wrote it exactly six (6) years ago, and it still hits a nerve!
Ah well, I’m famous now.
THE MOST POPULAR BERLIN POST
I’ve been living in Berlin for more than 17 years and it really is a lovely city.
But it wasn’t always so.
And I should know.
Because one day I got scammed in the stupidest way ever.
And did I learn my lesson?
Not really, because when I tried to get my money back, I got scammed.
The post I wrote was: How I got scammed in Berlin!
Haw! Haw! Haw!
You obviously found it hilarious as up to five thousand readers viewed, hit and shared it!
THE MOST POPULAR INTERNATIONAL POST
This title went to posts about Amsterdam.
I wrote three (3), but two (2) of them seemed to hit a nerve!
You’re all pretty much liberal-minded and are tolerant on the European lifestyle circuit.
You were shocked, but not too upset to read the following post about what happened at the sex-show in Amsterdam!
Having said that, you also seemed to be able to distinguish between family-friendly Amsterdam, and “the other one,” with this post: How to visit Amsterdam in two days. With a teenager!
I received 132 comments on my blog, but I have absolutely no idea how many comments were made throughout the social stratum as I couldn’t follow them anymore.
I also received more than 71,390 hits in my social media feed!
THE MOST POPULAR MOTIVATIONAL / ADVICE POST
You obviously love, or want to travel, and need help doing so, as the most popular post of advice was: How to visit Amsterdam in two days. With a teenager!
You also liked: How to use the train in Europe 2019 – 10 tips to help you!
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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.
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!
And most recently of all,
Most of my readers are professional upper-middle-class people. Just like me.
Nevertheless, I shouldn’t fail to tell you that the post that totally changed my career from being just another blogger to being totally awesome was: A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards That post was written in May, 2014. A little after the 6-month mark!
You were 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!
As well as the fact that I got to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton!
I hope I did you all proud. You seemed to think so!
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
THE TOP 10 MOST POPULAR COUNTRY, OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG IN 2019
Surprisingly, I also get a significant number of readers from Spain, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand!
It’s amazing that even though I only blog a couple of times per month, 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!
Not too shabby I might add!
COUNTRIES I HAVE BEEN TO IN THE LAST 1 YEAR
THE MOST POPULAR GROUP PRESS or FAM TRIP
Even though I have been to many a press trip, my third huge FAM / Press Trip to the Philippines seemed to resonate with you most!
However, it wasn’t the press trip itself that you seemed fascinated by but rather, what I did in Manila, the capital!
That most popular post is: Is Manila a crime-ridden place or is it something completely different?
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 9 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!
The leaves are falling!
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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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