Yesterday was my 2nd anniversary of starting this blog. In the last two years, this blog has racked up over 40,000 views, which is approximately 38,000 more than I ever thought it would. Last year, I confessed my addiction to the Stats page, watching my view count tick up, and especially my need to fill in all the countries on the map. I made a lot of progress on that last goal this year. My number one goal last February was to get an elusive view from Mongolia. I did not get a view from Mongolia; I got 17! Life = complete! I also got a host of views from new countries this past year: Bolivia, Paraguay, Mali, Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, Liberia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Yemen. Plus a host of small countries/territories/islands that happened to find my blog one or 2 times: Grenada, the Seychelles (love your flag, Seychelles!), Palestine, French Polynesia, Martinique, Syria, New Caledonia, the Maldives, Faroe Islands, St. Lucia, El Salvador, Macao, Haiti, Andorra, Guadeloupe, Malawi…the list goes on.
Of course, I’m still hoping for a real dictatorship/censorship state to get through. Iran, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Cuba…join the party! I promise to corrupt you with my western ways!
My most popular posts, by far, are the informative posts about British vs American stereotypes, education systems,
In this year’s edition of weirdest search terms that led to my blog,
Followed by these strange and terrifying combinations of search terms:
‘van buren facial hair’
‘truck drivers heavy breakfast’
‘kristin scott thomas ice queen’
‘alec guinness brown face’
‘men alone in the house images’ —this one scares me
‘thranduil erotic’ —also scary
‘i have a list of paraphrased quotes in my book, can i use a bibliography?’
That last one might be my favorite, b/c this person has no idea how to use a search engine. But the most terrifying one I’ve seen in a while is this one:
‘harry potter feet fetish’
Nope, nope, nope. Not even going to think about it. Wait, I just found a worse one:
Words cannot adequately describe how much I am frowning right now. Moving on…
This blog is mostly just fun for me, and a way to organize my thoughts about British cultural exports. It will never be the sort of blog that rakes in sponsors, or makes anyone any money. Which, I think, is preferable. I plan to continue offering up my thoughts on movies, tv, and books from Blighty, throwing them out into a totally ambivalent world. I will be here to comment on Lady Mary’s 37 suitors, Sherlock’s confusing plot twists, and (of course) everything Harry Potter, including the new movies and the play coming to London. And books. tons and tons of books. I will continue to make this face
when new Doctor Who episodes air, and will respond to any additional comments
about the authorship of Shakespeare plays as follows…in fact, consider this my official response to anyone who believes the Oxfordian theory:
To another good year wasting my time on the interwebz!