Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Most Popular Posts of 2014

As the year is coming to an end, we all get reflective on it and try to compose what has happened and where we're moving to next. Last year I did a two-part look back at my favorite images I had posted. For this year I wanted to do something different. In this post I will showcase the most popular posts of 2014 on Mersad Donko Photography, sorted by month. I wanted to show what was the most popular and which posts got the best response.

With a little work I went through my Google Analytic and Blogger Statistics, and picked the most popular blog post in each month, for 2014. After reading this, I want you to tell me if this is an accurate representation of your own views on what should be popular, and maybe even tell me if some blog posts are missing from this list that you liked.



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January 2014: Golden Sunset Clouds

This was the most popular blog post in January this year. The images show a golden sunset over this hills and mountains of south Herzegovina, and dramatic effect this has on the clouds, that are hovering in the sky.

February 2014: Bosnian Sarma Recipe (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)


There are 3 recipes on this list, and this is the first one. Posted in mid-February it is a classic Bosnian dish, perfect for the cold season.


March 2014: Our Cottage in the Mountains


An escape to the mountains, proved to be the highlight of March. In this post I showed our little house in the mountains, dogs playing in the yard, as well as the many hidden spots of the village Sanica, on the foothills of mountain Prenj.

April 2014: Night on the Sea

These here were quiet moments on the beach, that I loved shooting as much as I loved the pictures that came out of it. And so did you. A night on the beach, overlooking the Croatian town Sibenik at night, was the most popular post in April 2014.


May 2015: Passing Time

This was my 600th Post, and it showed one of two timelapse videos I made this year. While the first timelapse showed in this post was only a test run, it proved interesting enough and was the most visited post in May.


June 2015: Peach Ice Cream Recipe

This Peach Ice Cream Recipe post, was not only the most visited post in June 2015, it is also the most viewed post of all time, on my blog. Maybe it is because it was posted during the prime season for peaches, but this post (that is still trending as I type this) contains one of the most delicious Ice Cream Recipes you will ever eat!


July 2014: Summer in the Woods

While the picture above doesn't depict woods, the post that houses it sure does. This was the most popular post in July, that is still trending today!


August 2014: The New Kitchen

August was a big month for me. I moved into a new house. And while I did an elaborate house tour post, this one here with some first images from my new kitchen, was more popular.


September 2014: Reflections on the Lake

These wonderful reflection images from the Jablanica Lake marked the highlight from September 2014. The scenic views from this post, were amongst my favorite lake images I had ever taken.


October 2014: Cherry Strudel Recipe

October had two baking posts. This one here as well as the Greek Baklava Recipe. This wonderful Cherry Strudel Recipe post by my good friend Selma, was the most popular post in this month.


November 2014: The Vanishing Road

My introductory post to the "Visiting Rujiste" travel series was the highlight of November. Followed by a three-part photo series, "The Vanishing Road" set the stage for one of the weirdest road trips I took in 2014!


December 2014: Stars over Mostar

As the nights were getting colder and colder in Mostar, going out was more and more challenging. The city is known for heavy winds in winter. But on this winter night everything was perfect, and I managed to capture (thanks to some long exposure) stars glowing over the city.



I wish you all Happy New Year.
How will you be spending New Year's Eve?

Thank you so much for all your visits and for your continued support.


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52 comments:

  1. Hi Mersad These all look wonderful. it was quite some work putting all this together and I am about to go out birding but this evening I will enjoy going through all the 12 posts for each month. I really love your landscape work and where you take us into places that many of us will never see. I love any B & W work you have done in the past and you have inspired me to have a go, which I have and will continue that medium. Must dash however I wish you well in 2015 and I hope you have many more adventures and lots of photographs to show us.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Margaret and for your visits and support in 2014. I'm looking forward to your new posts as well, and I'm glad I was an inspiration of any kind to you.

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  2. Hello Mersad, I would agree with all these wonderful posts, gorgeous images too. What a lovely way to look back over your 2014 year..I have enjoyed visiting your blog and will look forward to many more beautiful post in 2015. I wish you all the best in 2015, a happy & healthy New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year. I look forward to your posts in 2015.

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  4. Sehr schöne Zusammenfassung und die Fotos sind einzeln alle wunderschön. Ich mag gerne, daß du auch über die Wohnung oder Kochen postest. Liebe Grüße

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    1. Danke Flögi. Ich poste immer was in meinem Leben so los ist, und manchmal sind das dann Sachen wie Kochen, Garten und Haus :D

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  5. of these you posted, my favorite is the kitchen and i loved the one of your home to.. my favorite of all your posts were the ones that showed your skills at night photography

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  6. since i don't do recipes, the landscapes definitely are my favorites. :)

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  7. Ahhhh...just a stunning post. Thanks so much for taking the time to point out all these great posts...I will read them, one by one. And, I can't wait to see that ice cream recipe.
    I'm linking up to follow along....:)

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    1. Thanks for following my blog, and for linking my Facebook Page. It's the best way to stay in touch!

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  8. Nice collection of posts. I like December's the best. Happy New Year to you!

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  9. What a great idea for looking back at what you have achieved in a year on your blog... I might have a look at this for my blog too

    Mollyxxx

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    1. I will be on the look out. Thanks for visiting.

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  10. What a nice recap. More power to you in 2015.

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  11. Mersad, reviewing these posts I see that you had a very successful photographic 2014. Stunning, and mouth watering images. May you keep up with the quality in 2015. I'll look forward to seeing your photo adventures.

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  12. My favourites are the March cottage in the mountains and Yumm the peach icecream

    Best wishes for the coming year 2015

    much love...

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  13. I am so glad you did this. The photos are certainly stunning. I am looking forward to reading about the cabbage rolls. We love them.

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    1. I hope you will enjoy them Amy. Thanks!

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  14. Excellent idea! Last one is my favourite! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  15. Happy New Year, Mersad! And your little dog, too! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Bill. Happy New Year to you and Laura as well!

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  16. Great job, Mersad! Loved this post. Happy New Year.

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  17. What a beautiful year as seen through your camera lens. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  18. Mersad, I really enjoy your photography and you have done a fantastic job of putting this together!

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  19. If I had been the one to choose a representative from each month, I would have been at a loss as I really enjoy every one of your post. When I head over for a visit, I know I am going to see beauty rather it be landscape or food. Happy New Year. I wish for you love, laughter, and good heath..

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  20. You have a great talent for scenic shots! I haven't tried any of the recipes so I can't judge them. Have a great new year!

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  21. Viele schöne Orte gesehen und uns mit vielen schönen Rezepten verwöhnt, hast du tolle Posts geschrieben. Ich schaue gerne bei dir rein und liebe es auch soviel von deiner Heimat sehen zu können. Danke dir dafür und auch für deine Besuche bei mir.

    Wünsche auch dir und deinen Lieben einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr. Mögen sich alle Wünsche erfüllen und vor allem Gesundheit der stetige Begleiter sein.

    Herzliche Grüsse

    N☼va

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  22. Divine images (and recipes); happy New Year to you and your lady companions :-)...oh, and Beni too!

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  23. Fantastic post Mersad...I can keep falling in love with your work over and over again! Looking forward to 2015 here :)

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    1. Thanks so much Sid. Love visiting your blog and reading about your latest ventures.

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  24. Always a pleasure to visit your blog and your part of the world. So looking forward to seeing what you post in 2015. Thanks for some great moments in 2014. Happy New Year!

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  25. A very nice array. I'm sorry to see food when I haven't had breakfast yet, but...

    ROG, ABCW

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  26. Wonderful pictures. It's not surprising that the Peach Ice Cream Recipe post has become very popular. Already the photo makes one dream...
    Happy New Year!

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  27. Wow, this is a great way to bring back memories and lovely for us, too. It must have taken ages to prepare. Happy New Year, Mersad.

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  28. What a wonderful collection! The banner image is out of this world. Happy New Year Mersad. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  29. You and I have a similar way to post today for New Year and the Year's end.

    May the best step forward for you and your loved ones this year, 2015. Happy, happy celebrations!!

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  30. Nice cavalcade of popular records! Now, I fount the peach ice cram recipe...
    Happy New Year!

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  31. So many beautiful images, Mersad.
    Thank you for sharing, and I hope to see you often at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/12/fading-glory.html.
    Happy New Year!

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  32. Your photos make me want to travel. Wonderful choices.

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  33. Nice recap of this past year's most popular posts.

    Happy New Year! Hope this coming year is even better than the last.

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  34. Now that was a good idea Mersad :) I remember most of these, excellent choices all. Here's wishing you a happy and healthy new year.

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  35. My favourite is "Stars over Mostar". Happy new year from Spain!

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  36. Excellent. You are a fine photographer. My choices might have been either the wonderful pink sky in April or the perfect September lake reflection. But, of course, I miss seeing your beautiful sister and beautiful girl friend in this medley!

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  37. I like this idea so much! All of your pictures are so beautiful it would be hard to choose just one.
    Happy New Year!

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  38. A great collection of photos.

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  39. It is always interesting to see what is most popular and sometimes I wonder to myself, why? Love seeing your beautiful photos of everything. Happy New Year!

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  40. I had seen the posts except for the tour of your house which is fantastic. I love the clean simplicity of it and Benji matches the colors perfectly. I am so wishing for flowers and fresh peaches right now.. Yummy.. You have a very interesting blog as you feature many parts of your personality.. Happy New Year Mersad....Michelle

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  41. It's been a great year! I haven't looked at a single post you have done since I started following you, that I didn't find fascinating and stunningly beautiful! I am less interested in food posts (on anyone's blog) but that's just me. :-) Many people love them, and I can see that you are quite a good cook too. My son-in-law is a chef, so I do "get" it. :-) I just love seeing your beautiful country and all the places you visit. You have a gift in photography as well as cooking, that's certain! By the way, I have looked for a list of books you mentioned in your "new layout" explanation. We have a new book club blog, my Mom and I, and books have always been a big part of my life. I was curious if you have some great reads to recommend.

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    1. Thanks for all of your comments and catching up Marie. I'm glad to have you as a reader. Give me the link to your book blog, and If I think up some books for you I will gladly let you know.

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  42. Your September shot really stands out for me the most, but boy, does that strudel look tasty!

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