Most Popular Posts of 2019

Last year I wrote a post about the statistics on this blog out of interest to see which posts were the most popular. I decided to do this again this year using the number of views a post has attracted. Still way out in front is the one about the world’s tallest totem pole so I suspect this is down to the search engines!

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  1. Alert Bay V | The World’s Tallest Totem Pole (2013)
  2. Passion Facade Doors (2017)
  3. Lincoln Cathedral – stained glass (2017)
  4. Nativity façade doors (2017)
  5. Road Trip | Cape Town to Hermanus (2013)
  6. The Magic of May (2014)
  7. Call to Place | India (2019)
  8. Geology of Cornwall (2015)
  9. Misericords of St Laurence (2015)
  10. Call to Place | Australia (2018)

Interestingly only one of these posts was written in 2019. So it seems the older posts still attract views. This year I reblogged a lot of my older travel posts that hadn’t had much attention when they were originally posted and I tried out some new methods of travel writing linking up with Cathy over at ~wander.essence~ with more personal tales rather than the typical tourist information. Even some poetry crept in! If you need some ideas to liven up your blog then pop over and see the interesting ‘invitations’ that Cathy has on her site.

I wrote several new posts about Paris which attracted quite a lot of likes and comments and was going to do the same about other cities I have visited in the past like Lisbon, but life was interrupted again in the summer when my son came down for another operation and I was doing daily hospital visits when he was back in for another month due to an infection.

The October Squares photography challenge (hosted by Becky)  proved popular (she has a new challenge starting in January if you would like to join in) and then I ended the year writing about my long ago adventure travelling overland on the so-called Hippie Trail which also attracted a lot of likes and more importantly to me, comments.

What to do in 2020 is a big question. I shall be starting with the January Square photography challenge and I hope to do more travel writing, poetry and actual travelling this year. I am also going to challenge myself (and I invite you to join in if you would like to) by looking at certain photographic techniques this year. See my 2020 Photo Challenge for more information.

In the meantime I thank all my visitors to this site: your likes and especially your comments mean a lot to me and encourage me to continue to post on this blog as well as my Cornish home. I wish you all a happy, healthy and exciting New Year

Jude xx

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

40 thoughts on “Most Popular Posts of 2019”

  1. It is fascinating isn’t it what posts attract the most attention, and incredible how some come back time after time. I’ve noticed squares is completely changing my stats, to the extent I’m ignoring my end of year reports!

    Thank you so very much for the link, I’m so fortunate to have you and others as regular squarers and commentators. You’ve kept me going this year.

    And here’s to a fabulous 2020, I’m off to investigate your challenge. Can’t wait!

  2. I’ve never checked my stats, perhaps I should! Thanks for your continuing comments on my site, and here’s hoping you have a good year in 2020, Jude! Oh, and hope we can meet up

  3. I like all of your posts of course, but your travel memoirs are particularly fascinating, and completely authentic.
    Here’s to another year of blogging friendship in 2020, and my very best to you and the OH as always.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  4. You’ve had a busy and productive year on your blog. I hope your son is doing well now and those hospital visits are well in the past.

    What we are going to do next in the coming year is always the big question … will it be more of the same, or in a different direction. Regardless of which one you choose, I wish you a new year full of all the things you love best.

    My blogging hiatus continues and I honestly don’t know when – or even if – I will be returning. Our multiple misadventures in Portugal continue to follow me and quite frankly have taken the air out of my balloon. I am still camera-less and while at first I felt rudderless, now I’ve settled into a routine without them. When the busyness of the holidays are behind me, perhaps I will begin to feel differently.

    My very best wishes, Jude 💕 Happy New Year!

    1. Oh, I do hope you don’t stop blogging, I love reading your posts. Sorry to hear Portugal dented your enthusiasm, I was knocked back for years after being mugged in Namibia and losing my camera. Maybe in a while you will feel able to blog more about your trip. And you could always join in with my new challenge to reenergise yourself. You’ll have to buy a new camera first though, hopefully your insurance covers the one you lost.

      1. It’s interesting that you too lost your enthusiasm after losing your camera in Namibia … although being mugged is considerably more serious!

        1. I guess so. I was just afraid to be alone in a strange place and terrified of walking around with a camera. Maybe one reason I don’t travel so often now.

    2. Oh Joanne, I am so sorry to hear that misadventures still continue to find you! When the holiday craziness settles down, maybe we can connect & grab some lunch together?

  5. I have never thought to do this but I am sure it is an interesting exercise. Hope your son is recovering well & I look forward to seeing what is up your sleeve for 2020😘. Happy New Year Jude!

    1. Well, the son isn’t finished yet with his troubles, but nothing will happen until March when he has another scan. So we could be in for yet another turbulent summer!

  6. As a recent follower, I didn’t know about your son’s health difficulties – I hope 2020 brings some resolution. Your analysis of your stats is interesting, though I’m not sure how you researched it. I think revisiting older posts is interesting and I’m making a bit of a point of it these days. I’ll definitely join your Photo Challenge. I’m no class act in the photography department and rely on a reasonably good eye rather than sophisticated technique. I could do with pushing myself a bit more.

    1. I’m hopeless on the technical side, I sort of understand it in a logical sense, but fail miserably in practice. We shall see. Mainly it is to stop me shooting willy-nilly and get out there with a purpose. Be nice to see what your eye finds 🙂

  7. Thanks, Jude 🙂 🙂 If I had more time I’d go back and check those high scorers, but I don’t really need to. Your posts are always well written and beautifully photographed, with the right amount of authoratitive information supporting them. You deserve your following. Happy New Year! Hope it’s a good one for you.

    1. Although I am feeling despondent at the moment I am hopeful for 2020 being a more exciting year. Thank you for all your wonderful support and incorrigible humour that gets me through the tough times. I hope we get to meet up sometime soon!

  8. I’m really enjoying your travel writing Jude, and am glad you’re going to continue. Please don’t stop writing about/photographing gardens though — i need that ongoing inspiration.

    I hope your son’s health improves and he won’t need more treatment.
    Wishing you and yours all the best for 2020.

    1. Thanks Su. I’m sure I will continue visiting gardens and already I’m anticipating the arrival of the spring bulbs. As for my son, his operation wasn’t a complete success so there will be more at some point but when and what is unknown. He has another scan in March so he will have some idea of the alternatives then.

      1. I hope the outcome of the scan is positive; it’s so tough to see our kids suffer — and of course no picnic for him.

        Yay for Spring! We haven’t had the worst of the summer’s humidity yet, but I imagine I’ll soon be longing for autumn.

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