Beyond Prague Turns 5!

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Time to Raise a Glass

I started Beyond Prague in November of 2012. That means November of 2017 will mark a full five years of this blog’s existence.

When I started blogging, at the urging of a friend, I had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I do or that anyone would enjoy what I choose to blog about as much as it seems they do.

I most certainly didn’t imagine myself still blogging after five years.

Staying True to the Goal

Reflecting on five years of this blog and the current content of it, I can happily say that I have largely stayed true to my goal for it to be a general resource for those planning to travel to the Czech lands for either tourism or the expat life.

In the course of creating articles for places of interest that visitors could see if they ventured outside the capital city, I have also experimented with additional features to keep things fresh. Happily, going by the blog stats page, most of what I’ve added as new features has been well received by the readership.

On the matter of the information available through the stats page, let’s take a look at some Beyond Prague trivia (all figures current as of October 2017):

Number of followers: 219

Top 5 visited posts:

Trdelník – The Czech Treat that Isn’t (Total views: 2,797)

Slivovice – Moravian Tradition, Distilled (Total views: 2,345)

Moravský Vrabec – A Bird in Name Only (Total views: 1,238)

Czechs and Czech Culture (Total views: 1,069)

Made in the Czech Republic – Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth (Total views: 939)

Top 5 visitors by country:

Czech Republic (Total visitors: 13,242)

United States of America (Total visitors: 9,614)

United Kingdom (Total visitors: 3,760)

Canada (Total visitors: 2,671)

Germany (Total visitors: 1,292)

Of course, the stats page only gives numbers and general ideas of what works and what doesn’t in the content. It says nothing for how individual visitors actually feel about the website.

After five years, I’d like to know this.

Your Place to Speak

I’m grateful for everyone who takes the time to visit Beyond Prague, even if they decide not to become followers.

I’ve put together this short and informal survey to give me some additional information about the readership that the stats page doesn’t give.

I hope you will take a bit of time to fill it out and give me the information I need to continue making this blog an enjoyable place and useful resource for you.

The survey is annonymous and I’ve set the deadline for responses as November 8, 2017 at 14:00 Central European Time. I plan to post the results on the blog shortly after that deadline.

Please take care when responding as you will not be able to edit your responses once you leave the survey page.

Please follow this link to the survey and thank you in advance for taking the time to fill it in:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFW8WXH

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Kutná Hora Revisited

Yesterday, we took a visit to Kutná Hora, a well known historical town in the central part of the country. The city is typically one of the places visitors to the Czech Republic know about before they even arrive in the country.

Our visit yesterday gave us some beautiful autumn weather to reacquaint ourselves with the city and gave me the opportunity to revisit and refresh my existing articles about the city’s attractions.

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My main article on Kutná Hora was given extensive text revisions and expansion as well as a complete refreshment of the photographs:

https://beyondprague.wordpress.com/bohemian-regions/central-bohemia/kutna-hora-home-of-the-old-money/

My article on the famous ossuary in the Sedlec distric of the city received a less intensive text revision and completely fresh pictures:

https://beyondprague.wordpress.com/bohemian-regions/central-bohemia/kutna-hora-home-of-the-old-money/sedlec-ossuary-macabre-magnificence/

I hope you’ll enjoy the refreshed articles as much as I enjoyed renewing them for you.

Sychrov Chateau Revisited

With Sychrov being included on our recent holiday to the Český ráj region, I’ve taken the opportunity to give my existing entry on the chateau an extensive update in both text content and photos.

Please take a look. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as enjoyed making them:

https://beyondprague.wordpress.com/chateaus/sychrov-chateau-elegance-in-exile/

A Couple of Older Articles Updated

The Freshening up Continues

As I mentioned in a post a while ago, one of my goals for this blog in 2017 is to update some older articles, particularly Brno focused ones. This weekend, I have brought myself a couple of steps closer to the goal:

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Since 2015, Brno’s popular vegetable market has undergone a number of changes and I have finally refreshed the photos and revised the text of my existing article on it to reflect the current state of things there:

https://beyondprague.wordpress.com/moravian-regions/southern-moravia/brno-the-hub-of-south-moravia/brno-vegetable-market-freshness-in-the-centre/

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On a somewhat smaller scale, a recent visit to the Zetor Gallery has given me the opportunity to fully refresh the photographs in that article:

https://beyondprague.wordpress.com/museums/zetor-gallery-tractoring-through-time/