I belatedly realised that I should have copied every other blogger in the universe and done one of these to finish off 2018! Oops!
This year was the year I really started trying to produce content for this blog, and I’d like to say thank you very much to everyone who’s come along for the ride!
(Note, I’m taking out things like my homepage and about me page … they don’t count)
So, in reverse order, here we go!
From a truly ambitious period when I was trying to post a word origin every single day comes one of my favourites – did I say favourites I mean BANE OF MY EXISTENCE – hay-fever. You seemed to like it too!
This post gives you 10 words that we still use today which descend from old Scandinavian words. I think my favourite is still ‘rotten’.
In which I touch upon the internationalism of the Anglo-Saxon world.
I’m not surprised this one made the list, as it was very popular on Facebook – thanks, I suspect, to my friend Helen who pointed out that it was basically where she lived.
I read this BBC article and thought I had to investigate a bit!
A summary of some place-names of Huntingdonshire which contain elements related to animals.
This is such a very random post to have been popular that I suspect it’s coming up on a Google search for something unexpected. Unfortunately you can’t see which search terms people use to reach you on Google.
Thank you to everyone who read any of my Christmas etymology series!
I’m told that the first post in a series being the most popular is a widespread blogging thing
so I’ll try not to feel too much like lots of people didn’t like it enough to carry on …
Aw, thanks for the support, guys! Fourth most popular of the year was only posted in October! About my short story.
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, this blog post about ‘Viking surnames’ is very popular. McCloud? Rogers? Johnson? Check them out here!
A summary article about some Anglo-Saxon tree coffins (think tree sarcophagus) in which I theorised a little about ‘Death Orchards’.
And in a perfect tribute to the power of Google, the top post of 2018 is
Why is this tiny little post number one thanks to the power of Google? Well, because for some reason utterly unknown to me, if you enter “Old English numbers 1 to 10′ into Google, I’m not only on the first page of Google, but the second option! Wow!
(I mean, I know WHY it happened, because apparently that’s the nichest keyword in existence, but that doesn’t mean I can do it again so it’s functionally not helpful)
Thanks for a great 2018, everyone, and here’s to me doing better with regular content in 2019!