This post is the 100th post on my blog. 100 posts! 100 posts in 270 days. Yikes! That equates to a new content every 2.7 days. It seems like only yesterday that I started this blog, mostly to keep me occupied and also to update my friends back in Australia and around the world. I am pretty proud of myself for committing to it (I never finish anything I start) and frankly a little amazed that you people keep coming back for another episode of my crazy life.
I’ve got a few other stats for you.
350 subscribers is amazing (a big thanks to each of you) and 217 ‘likers’ on my Facebook page.
802 published comments. I’ve had to cull a few of the nut jobs from publication.
Nearly 20,000 page views is phenomenal! I mean that’s a big number. That’s a lot of people that either stumbled onto this blog or intentionally went out looking for it (which is nice).
I’ve had some crazy search terms as well including: “hot bitchy wife” – I like that one. “Will cheese fill you up?” – the answer is no, no it will not. How about “Screaming sex on rooftop” – not recently. I have also helped people “Muslim sad funeral Turkey” and made people laugh “crazy, funny mersin”. One final search term that made me scratch my head “cat, elephant goes out out out by the bell 101” – worryingly this search term has been used 3 times. Three separate people have typed those words into a search engine and somehow ended up at janeyinmersin.com.
Most viewed? All About Janey … in Mersin and Contradictions
First ever post? You’re Moving Where??? Originally titled “Where the Bloody Hell Are You?” I thought it wise to not alienate my PG audience with swearing. Now, of course, I swear like a feking trooper!
Most likes? Coucous Kofte. This makes me laugh as honestly I am no chef.
My Personal favourite? Ancient Wonders. This one was only recent but Daughter and I had such a great day together exploring the ruins and just talking about ‘stuff’. ‘Stuff’ is important you know?
Least viewed? Let’s talk about cheese. This makes me sad as it is one of my favourite memories with my mother in law and after all who doesn’t love cheese?
Daughter’s personal favourite? Five things in Istanbul. Daughter wanted to be included in today’s post because she is a big part of this blog and, of course, my life. Why did she choose this post? “Simple mum. Shopping and Istanbul. What else is there?” Of course.
So that’s my first 100. What have I learnt about myself over the past 270 days? I think I am funny (sometimes). I am happy (most of the time) and, most importantly, I am enjoying myself.
Here’s to the next 100.
As a Kiwi ‘partnered’ to a Turk for the last 16 years, I’ve enjoyed your blogs and understand all that you are going through! I am slightly envious that you took the plunge and moved the whole family back to Turkey……something I’ve talked about for years but we’ve never been quite brave enough!! I’d love my 2 girls,12 and 10, to really live the Turkish life and immerse themselves in the language and culture. You’re showing me the possibilities!!!!! Here’s to the next 100 blogs!!!
Thanks Ann and honestly this was the best decision I think we have ever made. Taking Daughter out of ‘that’ life and letting her be the kid that she was supposed to be – happy.
Give it a go if you get the chance – even if it is for a year, particularly as your girls are at the perfect age, still young enough to learn the language (and old enough to get themselves into trouble at home)
Congratulations on 100 posts!!! That’s an impressive updating record! Love those search terms, and I too am very perplexed by that last one … Mysterious. Some sort of children’s song? I once got a super creepy one that read ‘you’ve been warned Sophie’!
Anyway looking forward to more posts from you!!
“You’ve been warned Sophie”. Can you imagine the weedy little character hunched over the computer typing that into a search engine!
Loving each and every one of the posts and look forward to many many more! My day is always perked up when I see a new post to read and sometimes find that my coffee is inhaled through my nose with laughter…. nice!!
Aawwww shucks Kelly.
You and I are one, what has happened to me has more than likely happened to you too.
I have to say a lot of your posts do sound very similar to my own experiences. I can’t quite believe its been 3 years since we moved here, a roller-coaster ride it certainly has been full of thrills and moments of sheer panic and fear! But definitely well worth it… most of the time!!
Most of the time lol
Congratulations. It feels great doesn’t it, that so many people are interested enough to view what we write. Keep ’em coming!
And keep ’em coming… You have an interesting and honest blog that I can thoroughly relate to Jane. Congrats on the stats 😀
Congratulations …..Im glad i found your blog – ive told everyone in my household about everything ive read, and we’ve discussed. Your posts are given me more confidence to make the move….heres to anoter 100 more posts
You will not regret your decision, I haven’t (well maybe I have but not as often as I would have thought)
Congratulations! Your blog is my favorite and I always look forward to reading about your experiences. Also, “cat, elephant goes out out out by the bell 101” — I’m dying.
I know right? Three times those words were searched – three times. Baffled.
Woohoo!!! I only hit 100 last week…Brava
You are going great guns Jane 🙂
Congratulations.!! Can’t wait to read the next 100 posts 🙂
Thanks a lot for the follow. I really like what I’ve read of your blog so far. Mine is obviously still in it’s sapling stage, and I want to branch out & write not just anecdotal silliness but useful (and still slightly comical) travel advice/tips/review too. Is there any advice you could give me about getting started?
Thanks a lot and congrats on the 100th post 🙂
Well done!!! Keep up the good work!
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