Happy New Year – sorry that it’s a few days late. You probably all know this, but sometimes, I like to look back and reminisce. Although we are already in 2014, last year was a defining year for both me, and my blog so I want to take the chance to look back over what has been a year of ups and downs, take a look forward and tell you my ambitions for this blog.
First, 2013. What a year of highs and lows – I lost an uncle to cancer, I quit a job I wasn’t happy in without having a new one to jump into, I became an auntie, I celebrated my two-year anniversary of living in the Netherlands, my nan had to have a major operation to remove skin cancer from her face, I started freelancing and got my first ever paid gig (which led to more) and I found a new job.
My blog started to grow, and I realised that by writing twice a week, letting you all know that I was a real person worked (as well as giving handy tips on Tuesdays) and that my best pieces were sometimes written out of extreme frustration. I attended my first press trip, and my second. I got up close and personal with a Van Gogh painting, it opened up doors for me, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
So, what’s next for me, and my blog? Well, eventually it will be re-vamped. (I keep saying that, but this year it will come true I promise. I just need to keep on at Michiel since he does all of the technical stuff for me), I will be having a giveaway – (I’ll have more details for you at a later date, but it is exciting), and I want to start doing more with hotels and airbnb to show you the best places to stay for your budget, but we’ll see how it goes.
I also want to start answering more questions from people who are looking to move here (I have heaps of mails in my inbox at the moment which I need to start answering). With that, I want to take this opportunity to show you some of my favourite posts (also the most popular) from 2013
Here are my most popular posts from 2013:
And here are two of my favourite articles I wrote that appeared in other places:
Here are some of my favourite photos from this year:
Inside the Concertgebouw when I went behind the scenes
Inside the North-South line when I got to go and see what they were doing
Going to the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum
Photograph highlights from my musical press trip
Up close with a Van Gogh painting
That’s all from me – I hope 2014 is better than ever for you. I’ll see you on Tuesday for my travel tip