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A Brummie Home and Abroad’s Top 10 Posts of 2021

It’s been another odd year for a writer that largely focuses on travel, theatre, food and drink for blog content. But theatre was back in the latter part of the year, and we managed to squeeze in a few UK holidays which I’m continuing to squeeze content out of. (Remember that trip to the Peak District in October? Yep, I STILL have two unfinished blog posts about that trip…). Also – books. Lots and lots of books.

But continuing the trend from last year, 2021 has been my best blogging year so far in terms of views and visitors. So here’s a chance to look back on my Top 10 Posts of 2021. I’ve split these into my 5 Most Popular Posts of 2021, and my 5 Most Popular New Posts of the year. It’s an opportunity for you to catch up with a post you may have missed, or revisit an old favourite! As always, I love comments so please feel free to let me know what post you’ve enjoyed most in 2021.

5 most-read A Brummie Home and Abroad posts in 2021

No 5: Mom or Mum? A Mothers Day debate

Entering the most read post chart for the first time, I consider why Brummies (and Americans) opt for Mom over Mum. Next up – Cob or Bap? Roundabout or Island? Buzz or Bus?

No 4: Van Gogh Alive: No Ordinary Art Exhibition

The only new blog post from 2020 to make it onto my most popular list this year, this fabulous immersive exhibition continued to tour the globe in 2021. In the UK you can currently catch this in Manchester, and it’s coming to Edinburgh’s Festival Square in May. You can bag yourself a ticket here.

No 3: 50 (ish) Things To Do in Birmingham City Centre

It’s been wonderful to see this post do so well in 2021. Maybe local readers have been looking for things to do closer to home. Or maybe – with less people travelling abroad – UK city breaks have become more popular. Whichever it may be, I’m glad that this post represents some of my favourite things to do in Birmingham. There are so many new things springing up all the time that it may be time to refresh this post for 2022 – particularly as the Commonwealth Games is coming to town!

No 2: Top 8 Places to visit with a Rental Car in Tenerife

This has been a staple in my top 10 most popular blog posts for a few years now. It covers some of the wonderful places you can visit with a rental car in Tenerife. But just in case you don’t have a car, there’s info about travelling on public transport too! You’re welcome.

No 1: 10 Travel-Related “Would You Rather” Questions

Retaining it’s No 1 spot for the 2nd year running, A Brummie Home and Abroad readers still like to ponder those very important questions. Like “Would you rather travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget, or travel for one month in complete luxury?” And “Would you rather sit next to a chatterbox on a plane, or a crying baby?”

A Brummie Home and Abroad’s most popular blog post 2021

5 most popular NEW Brummie Home and Abroad posts of 2021

No 5: Theatre Review: Heathers the Musical

Theatre was back! And the Alex Theatre served up some goodies for us. Including the primary coloured bitchiness and black humour of Heathers the Musical. Girl meets boy. Girl and boy fall in love. Boy convinces girl that murdering her friends is a good idea. The UK Tour has sadly come to an end but you can still catch it in London on a limited run at The Other Palace until February 2022. Buy your tickets here. And go listen to Carrie Hope Fletcher singing Dead Girl Walking.

No 4: The Truth About Being 40-Something

By January 2021 I had three years experience of being 40-something under my belt. And I had lots to say. All those aches, pains, weird things going on in your head, hairs, dryness in places you’ve never been dry before… welcome to peri-menopause baby. The prequel to the main event. The trailer for the feature picture. Ladies and gentleman, it’s not pretty.

No 3: Delft and The Hague: Easy Day Trips from Rotterdam

A foreign travel blog post from 2021 about a trip that I definitely DID NOT take in 2021. Or even 2020. But I found this unfinished blog post from our 2018 Rotterdam trip floating about in my drafts and decided to transport myself back to The Netherlands.

No 2: Addressing the Staycation Controversy

I never realised that using the word “staycation” could offend so many people. Personally, I use staycation to describe a holiday spent in the UK. It’s not an insult. I love a UK holiday. Others think a staycation is spending a holiday at home or in your local area. That works too. You do you.

No 1: A Brummie in North Warwickshire: 13 Fab Things to See and Do

As much as I love popping back to Birmingham, my postcode tells me I’m not in Brum any more Toto. So it was time to have a nose around North Warwickshire and make a wishlist of places to visit in my local area. My favourite place that I’ve discovered is Astley Book Farm – it was the perfect place to spend my birthday morning with coffee, cake and oh so many books.

A Brummie Home and Abroad’s most popular new blog post of 2021

Honorable mentions

My most popular new post of 2021 was specific to my local area here in Coleshill. I compiled a list of local independents which were opening up to outdoor dining when the first set of COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in April. Writing for a very specific audience and sharing in neighbourhood Facebook posts can pay dividends when it comes to blog views! And hopefully a few people stuck around for my other content too.

Thank you to everyone that has read, liked, commented or shared my blog posts in 2021. I’d like to wish you all the a very Happy New Year and I look forward to sharing even more with you in 2022. And maybe even that Peak District blog post…

Emmalene xx

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