A Year on the Blog: 2019

It’s been another great year on the blog. As it comes up to its 9th birthday this summer, I can only say it’s been a fun, positive activity that’s enhanced and even transformed my life. I love writing it; have had wonderful experiences that I would have otherwise missed; it’s encouraged me to be more adventurous in my eating, cooking and travelling and to reach out to people I meet along the way. It began as a positive exercise at the end of a challenging time in my life and thus I only ever intended that it was a positive force in itself – it wasn’t a place for complaint or negativity. That’s my continuing intention – this isn’t ‘my life’ it’s some of the best parts of my life; the half-full glass part. It’s only strayed at odd times, usually when I’ve had a disappointing meal in a restaurant. Even then, my policy is not to attack small independents, but only big names who draw in the crowds by their fame and then – well at least when I’m eating there – fail to live up to their reputations. I work on the policy that I’m not likely to do them damage but it allows me to vent a little frustration.

The blogging world has changed a lot in the 9 years since I began and many bloggers are highly respected these days rather than greeted with suspicion and even disdain; some have even turned their blogs into successful and lucrative careers. In the great big blogging world of today my following is a modest one, even after all this time, but I’ve been delighted that my list of followers has grown by about 50% this year – from just under 1,000 email followers to 1,467. I’ve never looked to make money (although it would be nice!), so I don’t have ads here; I even pay to prevent WordPress adding them. I’ve wanted to make money if I can from my writing – which is actually quite a hard thing to do! But the last year or so has seen me earning a small regular royalty from GPSmyCity for some of my travel posts they publish on their app. The delight of this is that they approached me and thus their support is like an unexpected but wonderful gift. It has also made me ‘professional’ enough to be accepted into The Guild of Food Writers at the beginning of this year, which was a great honour and pleasure.

The year 2019 saw the blog receive 81,000 views, an average of about 222 per day. GPSmyCity published another 16 posts, taking their total of my articles to 60.

Here are the year’s Top Ten Posts – the posts which have received the most views; not necessarily 2019 posts, some are oldies that still continue to be popular. They’re given in order of most views this year:


No.1: Rick Stein’s Lamb & Pistachio Kofte

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No.2: What to Eat & Drink and Where in Turin

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No.3: Ottlenghi’s Roastedย Aubergine with Saffron Yoghurt

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No.4: Tostadas – Spanish Breakfast or Snack

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No.5: Fegato alla Veneziana

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No.6: Spiced Apple Cake

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No.7: Grom Gelato, Piccadilly, London

Click here for post. And to read about the first ever Grom in Turin, click here.


No.8: Greek-style Stuffed Vegetables

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No.9: Beef Meatballs with Lemon & Celeriac

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No.10: Old-Fashioned English Bread Pudding

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Like my recent Ten Best of 2019, it’s always a great feeling to look back over a year and remind yourself of all the best parts! I hope that 2020 will bring you, follower friends, many good things and I wish you much happiness, good health – and fun!


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16 thoughts on “A Year on the Blog: 2019

  1. I stumbled upon your blog when looking for places to eat in Genoa and I’m so pleased I did. Many congratulations on being accepted into The Guild of Food Writers, and a very happy 2020 to you! May it befilled with good food and happy travelling.

  2. I love your ‘old school’ approach – it’s not just about modesty but also about dignity, and there is always respect and care for others too. And a light touch, which is always soothing. The stories of your travels, family occasions and recipes are a pleasure to read. Happy New Year !

  3. It is always a delight to read your blog and you have changed my attitude to polenta for ever (I am trying to convince other polenta nay-sayers now) for which Thank You. Well done, and keep on going!

  4. I don’t even know how to see which posts were the most “liked.” But I love blogging and will continue to do so. More than that, I love following blogs and learning more and more about food, cooking, travel, and culture. It’s so much more than I’d ever though it would be when I began in 2012. I don’t have ads on my blog. In fact, I worked hard to get them off. Some blogs can hardly be read because of the intrusive ads and pop ups. It’s been a wonderful journey, like getting to meet you!

    1. Thank you, Mimi. I love your blog and it was great to meet you when you were in London ๐Ÿ™‚ You can get all the views stats etc on the Stats page, clicking ‘Insights’. I find it interesting to see which are the most popular – and which countries are reading the blog. I’ve even had to look up a country because I don’t know where it is! Happy blogging to you into the new decade and I look forward to continuing to read all about your foodie adventures:)

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