This Thanksgiving break I inexplicably got it in my head to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress. What I should have done is a) picked a more opportune time when I wasn't already extremely busy, and b) created a test domain to migrate my blog to before switching to live, which I could have built in peace and tested to my heart's content until it was rock solid. But I didn't.
I realized this morning that it's been almost three weeks since my latest blog post. Gulp! Since the inception of this blog in March 2010, I've never gone more than a week at most without publishing an article. If you're a blogger, you will understand how anxiety-inducing a slowdown in posts can be. Here is a quick update on what has kept me so busy lately.
Please excuse the rather strange headline, but I thought I'd come right out with what this blog post is about: A collection of the most outlandish questions and requests I get through the Contact Me page on Joburg Expat. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and sit down - this one is going to be fun!
Like every blogger, I like to look at my blog stats. Not nearly as much as I used to when - ironically - there weren't many stats to look at, but I still glance at them occasionally. This is how I discovered that last month Joburg Expat surpassed 1.5 million pageviews. In this blog post, I have listed my Top Five most-read blog posts for you, and some other Top Five stats.
I'm often a bit suspicious when some website selling international financial services announces the creation of blog awards and offers badges to expat bloggers like myself. But if such a company, like Money Transfer Comparison just did, shows they have spent a lot of time getting to know a blog and can summarize it to their readers, I take my hat off. Read for yourself.
Clearly, a lot of people landing in my domain have already heard of my blog and use its name as a search term, which is kind of flattering. Others are finding me because, apparently, they are tired of purchasing their clothes hangers from a street vendor and would prefer a no-hassle online retailer starting with "A" to conveniently ship them right to their doorstep.
When I first started Joburg Expat I didn't have any big readership in mind. I just wanted to share what I knew so that others would have an easier time making their decision to move to South Africa and, once there, settle in and all that. Who knew there'd be so much interest? I sort of lost track of my pageviews after the excitement of checking them daily wore off.
It's late in the day on January 1st 2014, and I find myself with absolutely no New Year's resolutions. Other than perhaps finishing this blog post in the next three hours so that it will actually appear on January 1st. Instead of looking at the new year and setting all sorts of goals, I thought it might be more fun to look back at the old one and come up with some statistics for you.
Today I Googled my own name - Melusine - to find out where it came from. And what do you know, it has changed my life. Because, it turns out, I am in everyone's face, every day. Or almost everyone. I had to read the entire page on Wikipedia to get to it. On the way there, I learned many other mostly useless but nevertheless interesting facts bout water fairies, postage stamps, and Goethe.
I woke up today with the strong urge to give my blog a face lift, after having neglected Joburg Expat just a tad the last few months. It could have to do with, well, not actually BEING a Joburg Expat anymore. Although I still have a long list of topics to write about, it's not the same as living there and having your car break down in the middle of nowhere and then writing about what happened next.