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My 2nd Blogiversary & Top 10 Posts

Where has the time gone? It doesn’t seem like it’s already been a year since the last blogiversary, and it certainly doesn’t seem like it’s already been two years since my first post, which I made just about a month before we moved to Germany.

Screenshot from today of the visitor map. The visitor count is lower because WordPress has only tracked countries since February of 2012.

Last year at this time, I had 69 followers. Now I have 96. I thought that was kind of a funny coincidence. (That’s the count from WordPress and email followers; I know at least a few more have mentioned they follow via my Facebook posts). As of last year, I’d had a total of 18535 views from over 120 different countries. This year the total is at 50912 from 155 countries. However you got here or wherever you’re from, I’m glad you all are reading, and I hope you’re enjoying joining me on my overseas adventures. If you’re not a follower yet and would like to be, the right side-bar has options to follow via email, Facebook, and RSS. WordPress users also have the option of using the Follow icon at the top left of the page.

On my last blogiversary, I shared some of the top ways people have reached my blog. This year I thought it would be fun to share my top ten posts since the start of the blog, from 10 to 1, with a little bit of info about each. Technically #10 was my About the Author page, but since that’s a page rather than a post I decided to start with the next in line:

10. Apple is Masculine, Butter is Feminine, and the American is Confused~The gender of different nouns is one of the more confusing aspects of language learning, especially if you’re a native speaker of English where we don’t have to worry about that sort of thing. In this post I talk about the gender of articles and some other aspects of the language like pronunciation and forming compound nouns. This post is part of a category of the blog dedicated to learning German.

Our culture class goodies

9. German Culture Class Day 1 Part 1~Shortly after we arrived in Germany, we went to the Army Community Service’s “Culture College” where we learned different thing about German culture and life in Germany. We even practiced a bit of the German language. Even after having taken four years of German in high school, which included a fair bit of discussion about culture, I learned some new things in this class. This post was the first in a series about the four days we spent in the culture class.

8. Applying to Jobs in Germany as a Military Spouse~For most military spouses in Germany, job opportunities are limited to those that are on military installations. In this post, I talk about some of the many jobs I applied for and the sources where I found those opportunities.

7. The Game: How I Met My Husband & Experienced My Initial Relationship to a Person in the Armed Forces~This post, which has gotten 612 views as of today, was written in response to a two-part question posed by Laura of German American Abroad as part of her challenge called The Game. In The Game, she asked bloggers questions about their lives and requested them each to write a post with their answers.

6. Our Temporary Lodging at the Patrick Henry Village Guesthouse in Heidelberg~When we first arrived in Germany, we had to spend about 10 days in room 666 (nope, that’s not a joke) at the Patrick Henry Village Guesthouse before we got our permanent housing on PHV. Unfortunately the whole military installation in Heidelberg shut down at the end of August, but if you want to see how it used to be, check it out. Now we’re living on an Air Force base in Kaiserslautern, which I wrote about for Germany Ja.

My Mazda 3

5. Passing Germany’s Vehicle Safety Inspection & Registering the Mazda 3~Our car actually initially failed the Vehicle Safety Inspection. In this post I talk a bit about why and what we had to do to make sure it passed the second time around. I also talk about getting the car registered including getting license plates and an emissions decal.

4. Receiving Mail In Germany With an Army Post Office (APO) Box~In this post I talk about signing up for an APO box to receive mail in Germany, having mail sent to the APO box, and some of the drawbacks to using an APO address. One of them is that some companies won’t ship to an APO box (or will but won’t ship certain products), and one of these days I plan on doing a post about some of the companies I’ve bought products from that are APO/FPO friendly.

3. Es Tut Mir Leid, Mein Deutsch Ist Nicht Sehr Gut (I’m Sorry, My German Is Not Very Good)~This post is mostly about my previous experiences in German classes, choosing new German-English dictionaries (a full-size and a pocket one), and finding a German grammar book. I’m guessing most of the reason this post is so popular is not because people are wanting to read about those things (although maybe some are), but because so many have reached my blog with parts of the title in their search terms.

2. Cake in a Jar for Care Packages~Years ago I sent cake in a jar to a coworker’s brother who was deployed to Iraq. It was a hit with him and his buddies, so I decided to share the process I used. Since then, the post has had 2005 views. I’ve also seen several cake in a jar questions in the search terms. Most are answered in the post but just FYI the answer to “Should I frost the cake?” is DEFINITELY NOT! (I do recommend sending a container of frosting along though).

And…drum roll please…the number one post so far with 3093 views:

Collage from Germany Ja’s reprint of this post. Click the image to go to that post.

Some Favorite German Products~One of the fun things about living in Germany is getting to try products I probably never would have come across in the States. In this post, I share some of my favorites, many of which I’ve been able to find in the commissary. I put up a second round of products here . I also wrote a post on a few American products I had never used before I came to Germany.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at my top ten posts and that you’ll join me for another year of Overseas Adventures. Thanks for reading!

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8 Thoughts on “My 2nd Blogiversary & Top 10 Posts

  1. Happy 2 year Blogiversary!!! No cupcakes this time? 😉

    I’m so happy “The Game” is getting more views on your blog than mine. And wow, you have a LOT of stat views. I am at half of that, after 2 1/2 years of blogging.

    • Thank you! Hah, no. Not this time. I’ve had way too much sugar the last couple days.

      I thought you might like to know about that. Hopefully it’ll send some readers your way too 🙂 I really haven’t been able to figure out a rhyme or reason for all the views. I don’t think it’s necessarily anything I’m doing since the highest day I had so far was 280, and I didn’t post that day or the few days before it. Most people seem to arrive by search terms.

  2. Happy blogiversary! That’s awesome! I love reading your post! It is so much fun to read about your life in Germany! Can’t wait for the next years full of posts!

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