A blogiversary seemed like as good an excuse as any to bake cupcakes.
I made my first post to Overseas Adventures on October 7th, 2011, about one month before we made our move. Originally I had planned to start the blog from the time we moved, but the moving process proved to be complicated enough that I decided to start early to give people an idea of what that was like and hopefully help some others along the way. Since then, I have gotten several questions from readers and many people searching terms relevant to moving here (more on that later), so that seems to have been a good call.
When I first started, I figured the blog would serve to inform family and friends about life here, and maybe a few other people would stumble upon it and want to stick around. By the end of October last year, I had 7 followers. Now I have 69. I know a few family members and friends occasionally read but aren’t subscribed as they occasionally comment about things I’ve posted, but I did not know most of my readers before blogging.
Screenshot from today of the countries readers are visiting from.
I also never expected how many views I would get from so many places. In October last year, I had 423 views. As of this posting, there have been over 18535 views from over 120 different countries. I appreciate everyone reading. Without you, I’d just be writing to myself.
I also appreciate when people take the time to comment. I read and respond to all comments. If you don’t comment, don’t be shy. I’d love to hear your thoughts. I used to try to ask questions on the blog to prompt discussion but stopped as it was hard to come up with a unique question for each post and I didn’t want people to feel limited to answering the question. I’d like to know whatever is on your mind, so feel free to share.
Since I have been posting for a year and am almost at one hundred posts, I thought I’d also share the top ways people have found my blog. At some point soon, I also plan to share those that may not be that common but I find interesting. Since WordPress lists the exact search term used, I had to do some combining to figure out what was most popular.
By far the most common was “German products” either alone or included with other terms. I counted 170. While I’ve mentioned German products in passing posts about a German Culture Class and in some Photo a Day posts, I am sure most got to my post Some Favorite German Products. If it’s that popular, I may have to write another post featuring more. The commissary doesn’t seem to carry Perwoll anymore and already didn’t carry Somat 10, so I will probably be shopping on the economy more which means more opportunities to find more German products to love and share.
The moon over Patrick Henry Village
“Patrick Henry Village” or “PHV”, usually combined with “housing” was next on the list. I got to over 140 and stopped looking for one-off variations, so there may have been more. Here are all my posts tagged with Patrick Henry Village. I also have a category for life On the Army Post. If you’d like to know what life was like here in the early 70s to 80s you may also want to check out PHVArmyBrat’s blog Patrick Henry Village.
Third most common appears to be “Never Have I Ever” either with “list” or “ideas” with 62 reaching my blog through those searches. That would be because I posted Never Have I Ever Part 1 and Part 2, so named because the list, which I got from Katrin at Land of Candy Canes kind of reminds me of the game.
Meeting one’s husband is apparently a common interest, as 56 people reached my blog searching something related to that, most commonly “How I met my husband”. I assume they’re getting here because of this post, prompted by a game initiated by Laura at German-American Abroad where she asked how I met my husband and experienced my initial relationship to a person in the armed forces.
Over 50 people got here searching something about a “passport”. If you happen to be looking for posts on a no-fee passport, mine are here. I did not have a tourist passport at the time I got my no-fee passport and only recently applied for it. If you are looking for the process in getting a tourist passport while stationed overseas, I’ll be writing about that at some point.
I also noticed quite a few people searching about unaccompanied baggage (usually what to pack), international renters and/or auto insurance, and other terms related to moving overseas with the military, but they were pretty spread out so it was hard to properly track the numbers for them.
However you reached my blog, I’m glad you’re here and I hope you found what you were looking for. There are categories and tags to the right as well as a search box. If that doesn’t help, feel free to contact me, and if what you want to know is within the scope of my blog and knowledge or experience, I’ll be happy to tell you and/or write a post. Here’s to another year of Overseas Adventures and blogging about them. I hope you’ll join me!