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 21, 2020 by thebritishberliner
It’s my blog birthday!
Hip! Hip! Hurrah!
I can’t believe that on Wednesday, October 21st, my blog was 7 years old.
Honestly, I can’t quite believe that just 84 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.
I went to the ITB in Berlin and one afternoon, the Head of the European Branch of Twitter did a workshop and showed us step-by-step how it worked. And that was it!
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.
Due to the global pandemic and the circumstances surrounding travel, my yearly report-ish, will be WITHOUT numbers & figures!
Here we go!
So why did I start this blog anyway …?
At the beginning of 2014, I told you that The Tall Young Gentleman used to be 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….
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 recommend London and my original home-town – Manchester.
OK, hundreds of people asked me about Germany.
I recommend Berlin of course and then I thought, why don’t I write about my favourite places and they can see for themselves?
So here we are!
My blog is seven years old.
It’s been an amazing ride. In fact, the last seven years have been fantastic!
My blog is a flourishing child.
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 young 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!
Just for the record, I would just like to say that I was approached to talk about Black Lives Matter by the German media, but I rejected the invitation as my personal experience with racism is so rare, that I didn’t feel qualified to talk in a comprehensive, expert manner.
I did however, write a few in-house articles for organisations I happen to be a member of, act as consultant / advisor in-house, and write my own point of view. You can read my article on Racism in Europe here.
And even though I’m not travelling at the moment, before the covid pandemic, I had planned to visit various parts of former Yugoslavia!
Nevertheless, I managed to travel to Norway, really interesting parts of Germany, and Austria!
And in the era of Brexit, you can find me talking about it on TV, documentaries, in the news, on live radio, for academic papers, and in a film!
In fact, before the pandemic rose it’s ugly head, I had already completed filming in a movie about the identity and conflict facing British Expats abroad re-Brexit. The film is a student project organised by the University of Applied Science or Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft (HMKW), Berlin and would have been shown around Germany!
Sadly, as you might all be aware my talks and chats on the topic of Brexit, is a 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. Or if it’s all too much and you simply want to go home.
As well as how to get German citizenship, if you’re British!
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 everyday life and where she goes.
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!
Need I say more.
As you all know, I’m a very proud British person but as the coronavirus pandemic raged through the world, Britain fell apart and continued it’s thorny path to a hard Brexit. Was it any wonder that British expats in Britain, and beyond, scoured for information as to what to do, and landed on my page?
I’ve personally been through the process and have retained both British & German citizenship. It’s still not too late so if you need any help, I offer a consultancy which you can find here!
Here’s the article: How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
Apart from my post about obtaining British-German citizenship, the most popular British post was about York!
I don’t know if you’re all dying to go the countryside or whether because of the horrible time we’re living in at the moment, you just like the idea of a ye olde England and a nostalgic part of Britain’s history.
Here’s what I wrote: 10 exciting things you didn’t know about York!
I guess 2020 is a mood for rustic living and a simple life. I know this because my most popular Germany post this year was not some historical city of yore, but of food!
Food from Lower Saxony. In East Germany!
Here’s what I wrote: A 5 minute guide to Saxon food in Dresden. Now isn’t that just cute!
I’ve been living in Berlin for more than 18 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.
Here’s what I wrote: How I got scammed in Berlin!
The most popular post is an article that I wrote back in 2014!
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.
This post shockingly went VIRAL & more!
Thank you Poland!
Here’s what I wrote: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!
I always say that this blog.
Is not about political issues but somehow, it’s full to the brim with stuff about the UK Referendum, Terrorism in Europe, the monarchy and the Queen, being a British expat, the European Union (EU), Brexit, and what it’s like to live in Germany!
Not surprisingly, what happened to George Floyd, brought to the fore, the blatant clarity of racism politics in America.
But don’t think for a moment that because we live in Europe, we can rest on our laurels and pat ourselves on the back, because we can’t.
It put a spotlight on Europe too.
Judging by the number of people who read and shared this article, you all agreed.
Here’s what I wrote: Racism in Europe!
Most of my readers are professional upper-middle-class people. Just like me.
Staying at a €5.00 hostel or jetting off to Cambodia on a whim, just isn’t an option these days.
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!
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Surprisingly, I also get a significant number of readers from Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan!
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!
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.
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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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Victoria, congratulations on your blog-anniversary!!! 7 years how fantastic, so many bloggers don’t really last this long. I think we both started around the same time, although you have written a lot more blog posts than me. My blog is just a hobby, so I don’t put as much effort as you have done with yours. You also write so well, with a great sense of humor and variety. Keep up the good work for many more years to come. Stay well my friend.
Thanks so much Gilda. That’s awfully nice of you to say so!
It has been a wonderful journey and I’m most proud of my young blog as writing has always been a passion and travel. Well, travel has always been a part of my life since I was a little girl and my mum took us on the New Holland shipping ferry in Sheffield! But then again, it could have been Newcastle or Liverpool, but Sheffield seems to have stuck in my mind! 😀
In truth, it hasn’t been easy as unsurprisingly, this isn’t my full-time job! Indeed, I work a 40 hour week as a Corporate Management Trainer, wife to German husband, and mother to teenage son (now 18. Gulp!) and two cats!
It was actually easier back in 2013, but as soon as my blog exploded 6 months later, I also got quite popular as the international community tend to love everything British, & by the time Brexit came around, I was the darling of the German media.
I can’t deny, it’s enormous work, but I love every minute of it! 😀
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