Trip Down Memory Lane! – My Five Most Popular Posts Published in 2014!

My Five Most Popular Posts of 2014
My Five Most Popular Posts of 2014

5 days ’til 2015!

I thought I would take the time to ‘countdown’ my 5 most popular posts of 2014! I know the number may be a little skewed as some of the top posts were published earlier this year in January, but that’s OK. Most of these posts are very near and dear to me as well because they explore a more personal side of me and some even give glimpses and share stories about my life in Taiwan.

So, let’s get this countdown started! Out of the 62 posts published this year, here are the top 5 (in terms of number of views)!

#5

My 5th most popular post has nothing to do with travel and it was written with a flare of humor. It is a story that constantly comes up in conversation from time to time in real life so it is not surprising that it was one of the popular reads of this year. Of course, it has to do with my Taiwanese husband and it happened in a city that is known for its fun, excitement, and entertainment! Yes, it is……

My Taiwanese Husband & His Most Amazing Moment in Vegas (no idea why this isn’t blue like the other links)

My Taiwanese Husband & His Most Amazing Moment in Vegas
My Taiwanese Husband & His Most Amazing Moment in Vegas

#4

The next post served as a trip down memory lane for yours truly and as a way to commemorate and celebrate 15 years of living in Taiwan. It was a fun and light-hearted post which seemed to rub some expats in Taiwan the wrong way as it was regarded as being ‘too nice.’ You guessed right if you said the post is called….

You Know You’ve Lived in Taiwan a Long Time When…

You Know You've Lived in Taiwan a Long Time When...
You Know You’ve Lived in Taiwan a Long Time When…

#3

The post landing in the number three position represented a big huge monumental step for me. It was like I had been keeping a big secret to myself and writing this post made everything feel so definite, so real, so official. It may not have reached the number one spot, but it did get the most comments of any post I have ever published EVER! You deserve a high-five if you guessed…

OMG…I’m Writing a Book: The Events that Started it All!

OMG...I'm Writing a Book: The Events that Started it All!
OMG…I’m Writing a Book: The Events that Started it All!

#2

The post in the second spot was published in the first half of 2014 and once again, it involves a story centering around my husband (who knew that writing about him could capture so much attention? 🙂 🙂 ) I wrote about how the tables were turned and he was the center of attention in Canada and I love the fact that all attention was on him and not me! You get a gold star if you said….

Standing Out Like a Sore Thumb: Are Foreigners Only Noticed in Taiwan?

Standing Out Like a Sore Thumb:  Are Foreigners Only Noticed in Taiwan?
Standing Out Like a Sore Thumb: Are Foreigners Only Noticed in Taiwan?

#1

I am so glad this post has received so much attention. I think that it has been read several times every single day since it was published this year and I am so glad that it has because it is a story that is very special to me as well as my husband. It speaks about a beautiful and generous woman who went out of her way to make me feel welcomed and a part of my husband’s family. It is a story that warms my heart at the very thought of it and one that will make you understand why I love living in Taiwan so much!! You deserve a thumbs up if you remembered….

Lucky Money: Receiving My First Chinese New Year Red Envelope

Lucky Money: Receiving My First Chinese New Year Red Envelope
Lucky Money: Receiving My First Chinese New Year Red Envelope

Honorable Mention:

This post came so close to cracking the top 5 that I just had to include it. It took me nearly 5 months to actually have the courage to post this. It explores some reasons as to why I am the type of blogger that I am. It was very personal and the comments I received were also very personal. Because of this post and its positive feedback, you will start to notice some changes on my blog starting in January and one big change in particular! 🙂 So, if you thought about this post, then you are absolutely right!

Small Town Girl in a Taiwanese World – How Taiwan Changed Me

Small Town Girl in a Taiwanese World – How Taiwan Changed Me
Small Town Girl in a Taiwanese World – How Taiwan Changed Me

Two of My Favorite Posts!

This post claimed the #7 stop but it is also one of my favorite posts that I absolutely loved writing. It was fun and upbeat which is so my personality in real life. I love to joke and have fun and this one hits that nail on the head. It really documents some of the funny aspects of expat life and shows that living in a foreign country can be quite entertaining as long as ‘approach it with a positive attitude and smile.’ (The motto that I live by!) You get a pat of the back if you guessed….

Do You See Blue Carrot Head? – An Expat’s Life in Taiwan is Never Dull

Do You See Blue Carrot Head? - An Expat's Life in Taiwan is Never Dull
Do You See Blue Carrot Head? – An Expat’s Life in Taiwan is Never Dull

My next favorite post wasn’t even written by me – it was written by my husband. I just loved how he wrote it out of the blue and even though I may have nagged, I mean may have encouraged him, he wrote a great post and I am so proud of him!! If you guessed this post, then you deserve an A++++ for effort! 🙂

My First Guest Post (Written by My Husband): How My Wife Danced into My Life

My First Guest Post (Written by My Husband): How My Wife Danced into My Life
My First Guest Post (Written by My Husband): How My Wife Danced into My Life

Conclusion

So, I guess the moral of this story is for me to write more personal posts sharing aspects of my life as well as more personal narratives as they seemed to be the ones that people enjoy reading. Also, I should share more personal accounts showcasing life as a foreigner in Taiwan as well as being married to a Taiwanese guy!

BTW, my husband has a couple of posts already written which are hilarious (hint: me and airplanes, me and my awesome (?) driving skills) so keep a look out for those!!

Have you read any of these posts? If so, which are your favorite posts?  If you are a blogger, what was your most popular post of 2014?

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26 thoughts on “Trip Down Memory Lane! – My Five Most Popular Posts Published in 2014!

  1. I haven’t read all of these since I just discovered your blog a couple months ago. I need to catch up. I liked the post about your husband in Vegas. I think it was Jocelyn’s mention of that on her blog that introduced me to Foreign Sanctuary.

  2. I hadn’t read the one about the red envelope! Absolutely loved the story. I am a big fan of grandmas! They are the best!

    I just checked out of curiosity to see what my most read posts are, four out of the five top posts are related to my boyfriend! And the top two are the stories of how we met.

    1. Grandmas are indeed the best!! My grandmother also adored my husband!!

      I remember reading those posts about you meeting your husband. I think posts of that nature give some insight into your life and people get to know you more on a personal level. Look forward to reading more about your life in Shanghai in the coming year!! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! Wishing you an amazing 2015 as well!! I hope your new year is filled with lots of joy, peace, laughter, and happiness!

      Thanks for the video! I am very familiar with this song as they play it during the main lantern lighting show at the Taiwan Lantern Festival each year!

  3. Sweet, thank you for sharing this list! I hadn’t read your number 1 post, so I shall read that next (already in a tab now!). 😀
    I love all your posts, and as you mentioned, personal stories are also great, but I think my favorites are your photo essays. You have a great eye and visit such interesting places! ^^

    As for my posts, I haven no idea. Shall have to look into that and perhaps do my round up in January as I am still jetlagged and groggy. 😄

    I’ve missed reading your blog!!

    Happy New Year!! Best wishes to you and your husband for 2015 (and beyond!) 😀

    1. It is great to look back and see what caught people’s eye the most. I am glad you enjoy the photo essays. I love taking pictures but sometimes I take to many and have a hard time narrowing them down.

      I look forward to your new posts as I am sure you will have some great travel stories to share.

      Happy New Year to you as well! I saw on facebook you visited Meiji Shrine to welcome the new year. Do most people in Japan do that?

      1. Yes, we did! And yes, a majority of people will do their first shrine visit of the year around midnight if they can. More sensible people (like me, before I met YJ) wait until later in the morning when it’s warmer and not as crowded, haha!) Meiji Jingu gets the most visitors out of all the shrines in Japan for New Years, so it’s not my favorite. 😉

  4. Hi, Constance, Isn’t it fun to see what people have enjoyed the most? I just did that and it’s given me a good idea of what types of posts to write more of in 2015. Love hearing all about life in Taiwan, and though I enjoyed reading about the red envelope I really enjoy all your stories.

    Best wishes for a happy and successful 2015. Tell your husband I’m looking forward to reading his posts. 🙂

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