As the year 2013 is coing to a close, I am seeing lots of “Best Of” kind of posts-best albums, songs, films and books, for example the ones put together by The Times. I enjoyed these lists, especially because as a mom, it is hard for me to stay on top of movies like I used to do.
2013 was an awesome year for this blog: I got paid for my posts, was named Top Expat Blog in the Netherlands, joined some very talented blogger groups and cooperated with them for projects, blog hops and blogging carnivals. I moved to WordPress, went self-hosted and participated in #NaBloPoMo. I met wonderful people (on- and offline), and think that I have finally figured out what to do with this blog.
I thought about my best posts of 2013 and wanted to share them with you:
1) My post about Handwriting around the World was my most popular so far. I am glad that a rather serious post gained so much attention!
2) You seemed very interested in my Ten Wisdoms I Learned From My Three Children– hope my lessons have proven useful to you and you can use it to your own advantage.
3) You enjoyed my advice on finding your blogging inspiration and I am always happy to help with advice on blogging and sharing what I know and learn!
4) I have learned to love Dutch and wrote about it. It was an extremely fun post to write!
5) I shared my recipe for savoury pumpkin bread and it was one of my most popular posts! I think it was a good idea to add recipes to this blog since my recipes are extremely popular!
6) I had the oportunity to show you the lovely city of Delft for the Show Me My Neighbourhood Around The World series- one of my very favourite places ever!
7) Tired of constant criticism of the Western culture, I described my reasons why I love raising my children in the West in general and in Europe in particular.
8) My posts about the Dutch healthcare and maternity system are always quite popular, but this one was the most popular ever. In this post, I ask the question whether other countries should follow the Dutch example.
9) I shared two great recipes for apple pies, one Polish one and one German one. Both are delicious and easy to make!
10) My sourdough bread recipe was also very popular- it is a great one and as you see, sourdough is not that hard to make at all!
Checking your favourite posts helped me a lot realize what you’re looking for in this blog: advice, recipes, traditions, and inspiration, as well as consolation.
I think I can say that there will be a lot of that next year- and more!