Retrospective Travel Week. Skye

On rare occasions, an old travel post reappears on my daily statistics page. When a blog reader visits an old post, I am reminded of it and often revisit it too. I relive the day, but also feel the tug and emotional connection to that place, as well as the drain experienced in writing it. I know that recipe posts are far more popular and have an ongoing life of their own. It is not unusual for one single recipe post to re-emerge in the daily statistics with a reader run of 1000 or more per month. Meanwhile, my well researched travel posts get read once then are lost in the archives. For those who don’t blog, the world of daily and monthly statistics on WordPress is one tool that fascinates me- I’m sure this is true for most bloggers. I know that approximately 5000 people visit my blog per month, and most readers come from English speaking countries with India in 5th position. If I take June as a typical month, there were 4871 visitors, with only 78 of those readers visiting my travel posts. So it’s time to re-categorise my travel posts, and give them a new airing.
This week I’m picking my 5 favourites. You may have already read these, but if not, come along on the journey. The following post was written in 2017 when staying for some time in a lovely old stone cottage on the Isle of Skye. The post will open fully by clicking VIEW ORIGINAL POST.


I’ve thought long and hard about how to write about Skye, and about that young girl, Marion, who left Breakish on Skye during the clearances 180 years ago, and the voices that I hear down by the stream of Maelrubha, the Irish red-headed bald monk who came to preach to the Picts in 671 and the healing water of his well. And about the Norwegian Viking princess who was buried, along with her servants, on top of a stark mull in the Cuillins, and of the warrior queen, Scáthach the Shadow, who lived in the Dunscaith castle on the edge of wild sea at Toravaig in Sleat. Legendary figures surround me, they seem to live and breathe.

Dunscaith Castle, Toravaig, Skye

I am struggling in my search for superlatives: none will do. My English language doesn’t fit this place: it’s too modern and limited and fails to describe what I…

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17 thoughts on “Retrospective Travel Week. Skye”

  1. Oh Fran . . . you are bringing a smile to my lips ! Not only is this probably my favourite travel post of yours but one of my favourites altogether !! Thank you for bringing this back into my mind . . . As Australian state borders rather naturally will open first ere overseas travel becomes practicable . . . I am actually having great fun ‘planning’ where . . . . have always been so keen for the far horizons ! Love, love, love train travel and have never been on The Ghan or the NT, so, perhaps . . . would not mind going Maggie Beer way at the same time . . . fun !!!

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    1. Yes, train trips in Oz, once it reopens, is a great plan. I have been secretly fantasising about a train trip from London up through Scotland then over to the Shetland islands by Ferry. and the Orkneys. Nothing to do with the DI Perez returning to our screens in Shetland. But might have to settle for Melbourne to Adelaide, although I heard that line was closing.

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  2. I must have started following you after this post – gorgeous photos and descriptions. I was interested to read your statistics. As a fellow blogger, I can’t help but looking at mine. I don’t have anywhere near your number of followers on my website, but I recycle older blogposts on my Facebook page and on those particular days, my visitors spike which raises the monthly average to that similar to yours; however, I have to work at it. I’ve also found out that travel posts are difficult because there’s the competition with all of those SEO-driven sites for search results, and so it’s much more difficult to get a click off the internet, which has very little, if anything at all, to do with quality. And that’s a shame, so glad you reposted.

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    1. Thanks for that info Karen, that makes sense., with all those sites like Booking.Com etc. Mr Tranquillo suggested adding BARGAIN AACCOMODATION to all travel blog titles. HAHAH. And then, we do live in a world of recipe hunters. I’ll just keep plodding away. It’s a hobby of sorts and am happy for great readers who pop in like you Karen.

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      1. Thanks, but from what I’ve read you must add “bargain accommodations” a specific number of times to the posts, just the right number of times to make it seem like your post is really about bargain accommodations. It’s a magic number and you have to pay someone a lot of money to tell you exactly what, where and how often to write “bargain accommodations.” And then the following year, the number will change, when google determines that all the websites that had filled their pages with the magic number of keywords are really bogus and they must hire more experts, all under the age of 19, to figure out what that next number will be and to re-flood the internet with “quality” SEO. But I am sorry to tell you that your website has failed the Flesh Ease-of-Reading test, as fewer than 17% of people have the ability to comprehend your blogposts; therefore, they will not be promoted on search results pages in spite of any perfection you may have attained with your Bargain Accommodations.

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  3. How did I not see this when posted… I looked back through my Insta pics to see what I was doing on the day… as you do… I was away visiting my Dad, both time consuming and tiring to do, but doesn’t explain it fully… so I’m pleased you included it in your retrospective, and I’m off to comment on the original post, but for one final observation about blog statistics which I never look at unless I get a message there has been a spike, usually someone exploring the archives, and note my enduring most popular post is the one about dreaming of a ginger cat. Recipes, especially yours, are understandably popular but I doubt anyone can explain that.

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    1. Dreaming of a ginger cat- hahaha-, must read that one as I must have missed it. I almost gave up blogging but realised I was addicted to stats, not just because I want a larger audience, but I’m intrigued by what people read. And where they come from. why is there a spike in readers from Tangiers? and why are they into my garlic post suddenly? Hope your dad is ok…

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  4. Ciao Francesca! I remember reading a post of yours about Skye, but it wasn’t this one. it was about a remote restaurant and I remember forwarding it to a coworker who was going there. I must get to Scotland one day, especially being an Outlander fan! I love travel posts just as much (if not more) than recipe posts! I am also fascinated with my WordPress stats. I don’t have nearly as many visitors as you do, but still-one can while away many hours analyzing stats! They are molto interresante! Ciao, Cristina

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    1. Hi Cristina, that other post was,about the famous Three Chimneys restaurant on Skye. It is really fabulous … I went there in 2000 and again in 2017. I’d love to visit Skye again but it’s unlikely. Yes, stats are fun. I have one post about my granddaughter’s 18th birthday that has had about 15,000 views. Why, I have no idea. Ciao, xx

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