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2013 in review (Or: Not quite as many posts as 2012, but…)

It’s time for the 2013 annual report for my blog! It wasn’t quite a post a day like last year, but I did pretty good…

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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2012 in review (Or: Oudjaarsavond)

oudjaarsavond = Old Year’s Eve. I can’t believe it’s been two years since my last oudjaarsavond celebration.


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Milestones (Or: 200 posts)

I can’t believe it’s been 200 days since I started this blog. Back on a cold day in early January! The year is quickly coming closer to an end, though there is still a lot of road left to travel, it seems.

The three top posts so far:

A chance meeting (Or: American present, Dutch future) – the story of how Marco and I met in person.

Dutch televisie (Or: Soaking up some Dutch) – various useful television shows you can watch online, usually with Dutch subtitles.

Crazy Dutchies (Or: More Euro 2012 decorations) – Orange, orange, orange. What more can I say?

Top commenter so far:

Bel’ Occhio (a poster living south of Vancouver), with posts of gorgeous flowers, maple walnut cookies, and Chronicles of Oswald, gentleman rabbit. It’s a pretty diverse blog!

Who knows what the next 200 posts will bring. Hopefully more sports recaps from Marco, with the Olympics coming up! 🙂

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New toys (Or: A flood of widgets)

The title of this blog post is sort of a play on words, since it deals with flooding at the Centraal Station in the Hague, but also some new widget options that WordPress is offering.

First off, Marco sent me a link to a video of the flooding at the Centraal Station. It’s a short 15 second clip. Basically, they have been renovating this station for about two years — it was a mess the last time I was there. They removed the roof this weekend to continue their refurbishing, but forgot that they were in the Netherlands.

There was heavy rain over the weekend. And a building without a roof. Eek. Thankfully it’s mostly concrete floors.

Second, I was pleased to see that WordPress has added some new widgets. Inclding one that I have already implemented called “Blogs I Follow”. You can show a list/grid of images of the most recent blogs you followed.

Things I noticed:

1.) Since it is ordered the most recent blog you followed first, it makes more sense to keep the number low (depending on how many blogs you follow every day and how often old blogs drop off the list). I would much prefer if this was a random list so that refreshing the page would show new blogs. I was really looking forward to going to my favorite blogs and hitting refresh a lot…

2.) It seems to bleed into my Milestone widget (the 5 months countdown). But I will leave it be for now and see if anyone else notices.

3.) It’s prettier than I expected, and the images are slightly larger than I expected as well.

There are more widgets mentioned so go take a peek!


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