As we approach the end of another year, my first full year writing on this blog, I thought I would have a reflective look back on 2016….. the highs and the lows. As an engineer I of course decided to base my review on the blog statistics. I know….. lies, blatant lies and statistics, but I had to start somewhere right?
Before I go any further, just let me say that the tools I use give me no personal information at all. I can see no names nor addresses. What I can see is a whole stack of information so that I can “improve” my blog. I can see which articles have proved most interesting to you all. I can see when most people connect in, i.e. what is the best day and time of day to send out new articles. For good or bad I tend ignore all these statistics. Sorry, but I write what I want, when I want. I write what I enjoy writing, no more no less.
Nevertheless, I thought I might be able to glean a gem or two from 2016. So, what do the statistics say, who are the winners and losers…….?
Well the winners are …….. the Spanish and my recipe for Dried Tomatoes. I could perhaps have predicted the former, but never the latter. Who would have thought that so many of you want to know how to dry tomatoes!
And the losers, well there are no losers. As I review the list of countries from which you have connected in I am humbled….. so many people in so many countries, from so many different cultures, showing an interest in what I write. Truly amazing. It has also reminded me of what a global community mankind has created, although there is obviously still much to do. In total you have connected in from 56 different countries. In more than one case I had to get an atlas out, and I am pretty good with geography!
This is my last post for the current year, but unfortunately for you I am sorry to say that I will be back in early 2017. Yes, you will have to put up with more of my speculative thinking and aimless linguistic wanderings. I, as many of you will, also be with family and friends at what is Christmas time for many of you. This will therefore be one of the shortest articles of the year…… in fact I am just about done already. I thought I would close out these reflective musings with four links to four recipes that were read by very few of you and which I think deserve a second chance. All four are delicious and two of them are in fact Christmas recipes, one from Germany and one from Spain:
Spanish Roscón, eaten on the 6th of January to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.
Vanillekipferl, some German Christmas biscuits.
Gâteau Basque, one of my favourite cakes of all time.
Lemon Bakewell Tart, an English classic tart if ever there was one.
For those of you celebrating Christmas and New Year, let me wish you all a very happy one and that a year from now, as we look back on 2017, we can honestly say that it has been a good one, one where as a species we can say we have taken a step forward, and not two back.
tsp – Teaspoon – 5ml
tbsp – Tablespoon – 15ml
Imperial to Metric Measurement:
1 oz – 28g
1 lb – 16 oz – 454g
1 gill – ¼ pint – 142ml
2016 Lincoln W. Betteridge