2013 on Confuzzledom

I thought it might be fun to take a look at my most-viewed posts and top search terms over the past year. Stats are always fascinating… especially search terms. Here’s what I discovered:

My top 5 posts in 2013*:

  1. I Wouldn’t Thank You for a Valentine. This is always my most popular post, and I suspect most of the people who view it are GCSE pupils looking for help with their coursework. Instead they get my ramblings on Valentine’s Day. Maybe that will teach them to do their own work in future! This post got 444* views this year… what a great number!
  2. Primark comes to Karlsruhe. Still going strong after more than a year! This post has had 242 views for this post since 18 December 2013.
  3. Neighbourhoods Around the World –Karlsruhe. Thanks to Annabelle at the Piri-Piri Lexicon for this link up. This post has gained a whole 162* views since I posted it in October!
  4. Turkey mince and vegetable pasta bake. I had no idea so many people were stuck for ideas on what to do with turkey mince and vegetables!
  5. You know you’re turning German when… I’m glad this one made the top five (even if it was only just) because it’s one of my favourite posts I’ve written. And it’s still sooo true… all of it!
Turkey mince pasta bake
Turkey mince pasta bake

And now my top 5 search terms*. You can see how they match the top posts…

  1. Primark Karlsruhe
  2. I wouldn’t thank you for a valentine/I wouldn’t thank you for a valentine poem
  3. confuzzledom
  4. give me something to do
  5. turkey mince pasta bake

Nothing particularly interesting there… all the good search terms are one offs. But it’s nice to see what brings most visitors to my site. I wonder whether the “Confuzzledom” searchers were actually looking for me or wondering about the word confuzzledom?

And because the above wasn’t particularly interesting, here are five of my favourite search terms that have found me this year (not in order though, because that would be too hard!):

  1. If sneezles were wishes
  2. squishy wiggly
  3. squirter jan jo
  4. I must continue my quest to slay the red light (actually, this may be my favourite search term ever!)
  5. u bearble bitch making me sick
*Statistics as of 18th December when I wrote this post

Over to you… tell me about 2013 on your blog!
~Please note that I am currently still in England and this is a scheduled post. I will reply to any comments as soon as possible~

35 Before 35 – The complete list

Fiiiinally I’ve finished gathering things for my 35 Before 35 list. It does have its own page (which you can click on at the top), but for those of you who don’t bother with them tabs up there I thought I would repost the entire list. Here are the 35 things that I want to achieve before I turn 35 (in 5 years time… minus two months). Items that are crossed out (okay, one item…) have already been achieved.

  1. Visit the Ukraine
  2. Eat fondue in Switzerland (again)
  3. Learn Spanish
  4. See another musical
  5. Get over my fear of sewing machines and learn to use one
  6. Travel round Britain again
  7. Complete a cross stitch picture for myself
  8. Do 3 OU courses
  9. Make cheesecake
  10. Go whale watching
  11. Spend a night in a 5 star hotel and order room service
  12. Ride in a hot air balloon
  13. Read (or re-read) 50 non-fiction books (Read: 1/50)
  14. Go back to Austria and finally try Marillenknödel
  15. Read 20 books in German (Read: 3/20)
  16. Spend new year in Madeira and see the fireworks display (it previously held the record for the world’s largest!)
  17. See a Shakespeare play (not performed by Oddsocks)
  18. Bake 10 different kinds of biscuits (Baked: 2/10)
  19. Find a recipe for garlic soup and make it
  20. Attend a world cup rugby match
  21. Read all those books from the BBC Big Read Top 200 list of books that I haven’t before (132 books – I had read 68 before starting) (Read: 7/132)
  22. Visit the Postojnska cave in Slovenia
  23. See the Northern Lights
  24. Go to 5 different Christmas markets (other than Karlsruhe and Durlach)
  25. Either attend a cake decorating class or buy a book and teach myself at home
  26. Paintball!!
  27. Spend the night in a wine barrel (http://www.tourism-bw.com/Gourmet-Country/Spend-the-night-in-a-wine-barrel)
  28. Play blacklight (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) mini golf (Done on 8 April 2013, read about it here.)
  29. Visit a continent I’ve never been to before (following the seven-continent model, this means Africa, Asia, South America, Antarctica or Australia)
  30. Learn to crochet or knit (or both)
  31. Watch 15 films I haven’t seen before
  32. Start paying off my student loan
  33. Have a poem published
  34. Drink champagne in Champagne
  35. The KVV beer tour (drink a beer in each of the local breweries that can be reached by tram/S-Bahn)