Happy Holidays from Beyond Prague

The Last Post for 2022

As I always do, I’m taking this last post of 2022 to extend thanks and holiday greetings to the readership of Beyond Prague.

If you’ve followed me for several years already, thank you for your continued readership. If you’ve started following in 2022, thanks for coming on board and I hope you will stay for a long time to come.

Time to Reflect

The November/December timeframe of 2022 marked the tenth anniversary of Beyond Prague and my other website, Pickled Wings. I started building the websites at the urging of a friend and never imagined they’d become the long lasting and satisfying hobby that they have become.

Let’s take a look at where Beyond Prague is after ten years:

For most of the website’s existance, it was a free sub-domain of WordPress. A few years ago, I decided I’d put enough work into it and it had developed enough of a following for me to justify buying a top level domain name for it.

A few years ago, I decided to connect the website to social media via Facebook and Twitter. While Facebook works well enough, having Twitter really didn’t make any difference. In 2022, I shut down the Twitter connection and replaced it with Instagram. So far, Instagram is working better than Twitter did for bringing extra traffic to the website

The most surprising, though not unwelcome, direction Beyond Prague went in was a book writing deal. In late 2018, I was approached by UK based Kuperard Publishers to write the second edition of the Czech Republic volume of their Culture Smart! book series after they had seen the website and liked my writing style. In early 2022, the paperback and ebook editions of the book hit the market

After ten years, the top five most viewed pages on the site are:

    1. Slivovice – Moravian Tradition, Distilled
    2. Trdelník – The Czech Treat that Isn’t
    3. Moravský Vrabec – A Bird in Name Only
    4. Made in the Czech Republic – Velorex
    5. Czech Blog Links

    The top five countries for vistors to the site are:

    1. United States
    2. Czech Republic
    3. United Kingdom
    4. Canada
    5. Germany

    The Way from Here

    I don’t plan any big changes to the way I do things on the website, the current formula works well to bring in a steady flow of visitors to keep things from stagnating.

    2022 saw me buy a new camera to replace my previous one. Hopefully, that will translate into improved photo quality overall.

    At that, I say good-bye to 2022 and thank you once again for your readership.

    Happy holidays and a joyous New Year!

    A Weekend in Budapest

    This past weekend, we took a trip to Budapest. You may be familiar with my existing article about the Hungarian capital city; if not, you can find it here.

    Budapest is a delightful city and certainly not to be missed if you’re traveling through central Europe. This weekend, we mainly went to take in the Christmas markets, but we also fit in a cruise on the Danube river.

    Here’s a few shots of the weekend: