Four figure success for a dozen blogs!
With the start of a new decade inspiring many writers to crunch the numbers on everything from the economy to sporting milestones, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of the reviews from the first year of our blog which have passed the landmark of attracting more than one thousand visits.
Numerically, the most successful has been Finton’s, the excellent value London Gin from Lidl, which the German cost-cutter shared through its own social media, encouraging 2,311 to read our very positive review, and click onto the iconic video clip from the first Jeeves and Worcester where a very hungover Hugh Laurie meets Stephen Fry’s accomplished butler character.
Imagery has very much been a theme to our regular posts and a personal favourite of ours is the Roku Gin review (with 1,600 hits) which included one of the best known James Bond posters – You Only Live Twice – and the 1970s video which promoted The Vapors’ hit record “I think I’m turning Japanese.” The post also describes the oriental botanicals which offer such a distinctive flavour.
Animal pictures have also proved a winner with our followers: our monstrous ginger cat called Hobbs fronting up for the marmalade flavoured Aber Falls from Wales, while some 1,100 people have looked at the Scottish made Aquine, inspired by that most mystical of mythical creatures, the unicorn.
A photograph of Scotland’s legendary Formula 1 champion, Jackie Stewart, heads up our very favourable review of Caorunn Gin – helping to attract 1,236 readers – while London based Limehouse Gin offers people the chance to enjoy a journey along the Thames and reflect on some of the TV programmes, like The Sweeney, which used the old docks as a backdrop.
Then the much more recent television series based on Midland’s gangsters, Peaky Blinders, not only gave its name to a gin we discovered at The Dartmoor Whisky Distillery in Bovey Tracey, but has become another review to make it into four figures.
There are a number of more general features we’ve written, which have been equally successful including a recipe for tomato soup – with gin of course – a story on the uber successful tonic brand, Fever Tree, and an account of how the Westcombe Park Hash House Harriers stop half way round their route for a swift G&T.
With around a thousand people a week clicking onto GINblogger to research the country’s fastest growing category of spirit, it is only a matter of time before all of our reviews become “millennials”.