2021 – A Year in Review
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2021 – A Year in Review

Time flies. It’s already 2022 and I ask myself where the year 2021 has gone? Perhaps, I feel this way because it was a strange year, completely overshadowed with what has now become a never ending pandemic. Will the coronavirus nightmare ever finish?

However, I’m not going to write about the virus. This post is to review the last year, to see the most popular posts in 2021 and also the most popular posts of all times, from when I started writing this blog.

 

 

TOP TEN POSTS OF 2021

 

The list of the best performing posts in 2021 is almost identical to the previous year’s list. There are two new posts this time, while two posts that dropped out from the list are, nevertheless, still among the most popular posts of all times. We will have a look at them later.

The year 2021 was somewhat subdued for me. In the first half of the year, I published all remaining posts from my six-month stay in Belgrade in 2020. After that, I published some new posts related to my visit to two of London’s great museums – National History and Victoria & Albert.

However, starting with September, I didn’t publish any new posts. I started this blog to document experiences from my travels while in 2021, for the first time in many years, I didn’t travel anywhere. I was in London the whole year. But more about that in one of my forthcoming posts.

Anyway, let’s have a look at the new list:

 

2021 - Top Ten Posts
Top Ten Posts of 2021

 

 

10. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – IMPRESSIONISTS

 

The collection of Impressionist paintings in the museum in Belgrade, although not as famous as in Western European museums, is very interesting.

I’m not surprised that this post managed to reach the Top Ten list. Paintings are beautiful and the museum in Belgrade is, of course, the only place where you can see them.

This is one of the two new posts in the list.

 

Impressionists in the National Museum in Belgrade - 2021
National Museum Belgrade – Impressionists

 

 

9. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION

 

This post was in the 5th position last year, this time it’s in the solid 9th position. Still, it remains one of the most popular posts in My Forever Travel.

 

International Collection in National Museum Belgrade - 2021
National Museum Belgrade – International Collection

 

 

8. SERBIAN 19th CENTURY PAINTING IN MATICA SRPSKA GALLERY – NOVI SAD

 

This post is about the Serbian 19th century painting that you can see in the fabulous Matica Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad. I am so glad that I visited this museum when I went to Novi Sad. In my opinion, it’s equal to the National Museum in Belgrade.

As for the post, I’m not surprised that it did so well. I also believe that it will continue to be popular and perhaps even in the higher position in the future.

 

Serbian 19th Century Painting in Matica Srpska Gallery Novi Sad - 2021
Serbian 19th Century Painting in Matica Srpska Gallery – Novi Sad

 

 

7. CRYPT OF SAINT SAVA CHURCH – BELGRADE

 

At the end of the year 2020, this post was in the 6th position. This time, it’s in the 7th place. Continuously popular, the post presents the crypt of the magnificent Saint Sava Church in Belgrade.

However, it remains for me to go back to Belgrade to see the church. They finished the interior decoration some time last year, after I had already come back to London.

 

Crypt of Saint Sava Church in Belgrade - 2021
Crypt of Saint Sava Church – Belgrade

 

 

6. ATATÜRK MUSEUM – ANKARA

 

This post about the Ataturk Museum in Ankara was in the 10th place at the end of 2020. At the end of 2021, it climbed to the excellent 6th position. Although it’s a very big museum, this post is about the paintings that you can see there, featuring various moments in the life of the Father of the modern Turkish republic. Also, I think that it will continue to do well in the future.

 

Ataturk Museum Ankara - 2021
Atatürk Museum – Ankara

 

 

5. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – YUGOSLAV 20th CENTURY ART (PART 1)

 

In 2019, this post was in the 7th place, while at the end of the 2020 it occupied the 9th position. This time it climbed to the 5th position. It continues to be a very popular post and I think that it will continue its success in the future.

The second (PART 2) post on the Yugoslav 20th century art doesn’t feature in the Top Ten list this year, although it finished the year in the 11th place.

 

Yugoslav 20th Century Art Part 1 - 2021
National Museum Belgrade – Yugoslav 20th Century Art (part 1)

 

 

4. HAREM

 

This post about the Harem in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul was in the 4th position at the end of 2020, it occupies the same position at the end of 2021. In this post, I take you to see the most interesting and mysterious part of the former Ottoman court.

 

Harem 2021
Harem

 

 

3. SULTANATE OF WOMEN

 

There is no change in the 3rd place. The post about the period in the Ottoman history when women ruled the empire continues its success. Also, this is my favourite post.

 

Sultanate of Women 2021
Sultanate of Women

 

 

2. IS TURKISH FOOD HEALTHY?

 

This post was in the 2nd place at the end of 2020 and it’s in the 2nd place at the end of 2021. It continues to generate a lot of views on a regular basis. I suppose people are interested to learn about the Turkish food and whether it’s healthy or not. The post is a retrospective of my culinary experiences during my travel across Turkey in 2019.

 

Is Turkish Food Healthy - 2021
Is Turkish Food Healthy?

 

 

1. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – SERBIAN 19th CENTURY PAINTING

 

There is no need to say much about this post. The most visited post in My Forever Travel, it was number 1 at the end of 2019, 2020 and this year too. It is also the most popular post of all times. But if you had a look at it, you’d immediately know why it generates so much interest across the world.

 

Serbian 19th Century Painting - 2021
National Museum Belgrade – Serbian 19th Century Painting

 

 

TOP TEN POSTS OF ALL TIMES

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list of the Top Ten post of All Times is almost identical to the list at the end of 2020. As you will see, there has been some shuffle, with posts swapping places. The only one main difference is that the post “Supplements for Healthy Life and Strong Immune System” is no longer in the list. It ended the year in the 11th place.

So, let’s have a look at the most popular post in My Forever Travel at the end of 2021:

 

Top Ten Posts of All Times - 2021
Top Ten Posts of All Times

 

10. ATATÜRK MUSEUM – ANKARA

9. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – YUGOSLAV 20th CENTURY ART (PART 2)

8. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – YUGOSLAV MEDIEVAL ART

7. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – YUGOSLAV 20th CENTURY ART (PART 1)

6. CRYPT OF SAINT SAVA CHURCH – BELGRADE

5. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION

4. HAREM

3. SULATANATE OF WOMEN

2. IS TURKISH FOOD HEALTHY?

1. NATIONAL MUSEUM BELGRADE – SERBIAN 19th CENTURY PAINTING

 

 

TOP TEN COUNTRIES PER NUMBER OF VIEWS

 

My Forever Travel continued its organic growth in 2021. There was a 10% increase in the number of views and 17% in the number of visitors. I believe that the increase would’ve been much bigger had I not stopped publishing new posts at the beginning of September.

Additionally, as I already mentioned, 2021 was the first year when I didn’t travel anywhere. It means that I didn’t have any new interesting things to write about. Like many other bloggers, I could’ve written about some of my old trips, but I don’t want to do that. Come on, how can anyone write anything meaningful about something that they did, let’s say, 10 or 15 years ago? Equally, I don’t want to write about places that I haven’t visited. Many people do that.

The Top Ten countries, per number of views, at the end of 2021 were:

 

1. UNITED STATES

2. SERBIA

3. UNITED KINGDOM

4. TURKEY

5. GERMANY

6. INDIA

7. CANADA

8. ITALY

9. AUSTRALIA

10. SPAIN & GREECE

 

Right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen this year. I’m not making any plans to travel anywhere at the moment, but that can change. If I manage to travel, I’ll have a lot to write about. If not, if the situation with the coronavirus pandemic continues or if it becomes worse…then, I’ll have to rethink the concept of this blog. But, one step at the time!

 

 

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