Please excuse me a self-indulgent blog to begin the new year as I look back over the previous one.
The top ten most hit blog pages in 2013 on my Travel Blog have mostly surprised me but then I don’t understand how search engines work. I say hit blog pages rather than read because I am neither conceited enough of sufficiently naive to claim that a hit equals a read.
In 2012 the blog recorded 170,889 hits and the upward trend continued into January and I was optimistic that this number was just going to keep going up but then Google changed their search criteria it stopped and fell back and has never recovered. I have finished the year with less than half of the previous year total with only 79,450 hits but in November I did manage to limp past half a million in total.
These are the Top Ten blogs of 2013:
Krakow, Salt Mine
First posted on April 6th 2010
This post is up from number 3 in 2012 to number 1 this year with 5,030 hits. I posted this in April 2010 after returning from a visit to Krakow in Poland. It was a good trip but I am not sure why so many people would hit on it. It is not as interesting as my trip to Auschwitz or the Crazy Mike Communist Tour.
First posted on March 25th 2010
4,220 hits and a second year in the Top Ten and up three places. A bit of a surprise because this is the account of a day trip to Mount Vesuvius whilst on a holiday to Sorrento in 1976 with my dad. From my memories of the same holiday I posted several blogs about visits to Capri, Naples, Pompeii, The Amalfi Drive and Rome but these have only achieved a handful of hits between them.
Moscow and Lenin’s Mausoleum
First posted on July 6th 2012
Strait in this one at number 3 with 1,740 hits. Cameras and mobile phones are strictly forbidden because the authorities don’t want snapshots of Comrade Lenin turning up on the internet in peoples’ Blogs or Trip Advisor reviews so they have to be left in a locker room and if anyone tries to defy this and is caught by the thorough security checks then there punishment is to be sent to the back of the queue! It seems however that a couple of visitors have somehow sneaked a camera in and I found the pictures through Google and I assume people find my post in the same way.
Norway, Europe’s most Expensive Country
First posted on February 15th 2011
1,510 hits – that’s about 2,000 less than the previous year but still holding on to fourth place. This was a second blog about my trip to Haugesund in January 2011. It contains some interesting facts and figures which might explain the number of hits that it has received but I am not really convinced that this is the reason unless top European economists are using it for research purposes!
Fifth place with 1,060 hits and which demonstrates the importance of an About page.
Royal Garden Party
First posted on June 26th 2009 and therefore the oldest post in the top ten.
1,000 hits and staying in the Top Ten and up one place from number 7. This one has always been popular especially around the Spring and Summer when invitations to the Royal Garden Party are going out and when people are wondering how to get one or what to wear if they have one.
Travel Tips when Flying Budget Airlines
First posted on August 2nd 2011.
940 hits and also going up one place. I first wrote on this subject in 2009 and it immediately started getting hundreds of hits and then in 2011 it just stopped completely. I reviewed and reposted it and changed the title from the specific ‘Travel Tips when Flying Ryanair’ to the more general title that it has now and hey presto the hits started coming again.
Twelve Treasures of Spain – Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
First posted on March 2nd 2013 so the most recent post in the top ten so at under a year I will be interested to see what happens to this one in 2014.
With 750 posts a newcomer in the top 10 this year. The “Twelve Treasures of the Kingdom of Spain” was a contest/poll that was conducted by the Spanish Television Company Antena 3 and the radio broadcaster Cope. The final results were announced on 31st December 2007. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the eight out of the twelve that I have visited. Tenth in the competition and the final Cathedral in the list is the unfinished Gaudi masterpiece Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Onyx UK and an Inappropriate Visit to the Moulin Rouge
First posted on August 23rd 2011.
Another post devastated by Google changes and only 696 this year so dropping like a stone from number 2 to number 9. I have written a few times about my recollections of working in waste management in the private sector in the 1990s. All of the posts manage a respectable number of hits but this one gets the most. I don’t suppose for one minute that people are interested in my stories of mismanagement, incompetence and rubbish collection but they do like to read about dancing on a nightclub stage in Paris.
Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius – Living on the Edge of Disaster
First posted on March 23rd 2013, two days before the Vesuvius post at no. 2.
This one surprised me with 690 hits and a first show in the annual top ten because it is an old post from May 2010 which only goes to show that old material sometimes has legs.
There is a famous phrase that says ‘See Naples and die!’ which originated under the Bourbon regime and means that before you die you must experience the beauty and magnificence of Naples. Some, less charitable, now say that the city is so mad, dangerous and polluted that death might possibly be a consequence of a visit there and my post is about Vesuvius, Pollution, Pizzas and Crime!
If you have read one of these posts or any of the 1,140 others on my site ‘Have Bag, Will Travel’, then thank you very much! I guess it proves that George Bailey (It’s A Wonderful Life) was right when he said: “The three most exciting sounds in the world are anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles.”
Dropping out of the Top Ten this year were: Norway, Haugesund and the Vikings, Pula, Croatia and Onyx UK and the Dog Poo Solution
And just ‘bubbling under’ …
Alternative Twelve Treasures of Spain – Antoni Gaudi, Germany, Triberg the Cuckoo Clock Capital of the World, Twelve Treasures of Spain – Seville Cathedral and Russia, Tsars in our Eyes – The Grand Palace at Peterhof