Note: the image for this post is a tribute to the unusual (and delicious) local treat of roasted guinea pig.
Thanks to you (our readers) we have had a huge year on Gringos Abroad. Our page-views more than doubled – from 340,000 in 2011 to 756,805 this year (a growth of 223%).
- Annual Page-views: 756,805
- Annual Unique Visitors: 160,323
The average visitor reads just over 3 pages and stays an average of 4 minutes 26 seconds. We have published 294 posts and have 4199 comments – an average of more than 14 per post!
Gringos Abroad is the most popular expat/travel blog in the country.
Top 10 Posts on Gringos Abroad in 2012
This is the surprise post – we published this in response to a reader question and never expected the volume of interest that it has received. The cost of gas in Ecuador has been one of the few things that has remained the same since we arrived 3.5 years ago and is a stable factor in the cost of owning a car in Ecuador.
Read more: What’s The Price of Gas in Ecuador?
This post has become a hub of free and pay books/courses for learning Spanish. The eleven resources included in the post are ones we actually purchased and used – many which we continue to use.
Read more: 11 Books & Courses We Used to Learn Spanish
Why not drive in Ecuador? Well aside from $0.25 buses and $2.00 taxis – there is another good reason to avoid buying a car. The style of driving isn’t what we were used to back in Canada. And in spite of what we said when we first arrived, we did end up buying a car and I got my drivers license.
Read more: So You Want To Drive in Ecuador?
It’s a hot question. Is it okay to overpay, as long as you can afford it? Or do expats have a responsibility to avoid inflating the economy where they live? Is it even possible to do that?
There is a certain irony when one of our top posts in 2012 is a post about top posts from the previous year. The nice thing about these “best of” posts is that they highlight the most popular (as determined by other readers) posts of the year. Some of the posts that I’m especially proud of from 2011 are: Living Abroad: The Bad Days, Two Years In Ecuador: Why We Moved, Why We Stay and Culture Shock in Canada – Our Trip Home.
Read more: Top 10 Posts on Gringos Abroad in 2011
Our residency process was quite a, well, process. We learned a lot and Dena shares our experience in this post. Because the residency issue is one of the toughest hoops to jump through, readers devoured this information.
In the past year, crime has increased in Cuenca. When the local paper published a map of where the crimes are concentrated we shared that, along with some of our experiences.
Filming House Hunters in Cuenca Ecuador last fall has been one of the more controversial topics on the blog. There is a segment of expats that, while not having any trouble learning about a place themselves, want to keep all “the others” out of their paradise. As if they are “good expats” and the others would be “bad”. It makes me laugh. This post is a summary of what the actual filming experience was like.
So that’s it! The most read posts of 2012.
In November, Drew started writing for Gringos Abroad (Kids Abroad). She is planning on contributing monthly. Her guest posts have become a great source of visitors to her own blog: Culture Sponge where she writes about favorite things about living in Ecuador and from her travels. So far, she has published:
- My 16 Favorite Places in Ecuador: Stuff for Kids To Do
- My Move To Ecuador: From the Eyes of an 8-Year-Old Canadian Girl
Any comments on favorite posts? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!