Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2013 - Plans For Our Year In Turkey




Happy new year, everyone! 2013 has arrived and we've hit the ground running as far as the blog and our online presence is concerned. While none of us can predict the future, we're hoping 2013 is going to be an exciting year for us and this month, in particular, is a busy one.

We've got big - and hopefully better - changes planned for the layout of the blog and we're currently working like mad on those. All will be revealed over the next few weeks when we're good to go. But enough of that for now. What else is in store for 2013?


Fethiye - It's growing

If you read this blog a lot, you'll know we focus on three main areas: Fethiye (well, we live here), Turkish food & recipes and travel. That will continue throughout 2013 and, as far as Fethiye is concerned, its council boundaries are set to expand so we'll have an even bigger area to write about - not that there's ever any shortage of goings on and things to see in this little corner of Southwest Turkey!
Fethiye Marina, Turkey
Fethiye Marina
We'll be expanding our Fethiye Must Sees & Dos page and of course, our Fethiye Eating & Drinking page will continue to be fluid as we add new eateries that we visit or (sadly) take off the places that didn't survive to tell the tale. 

Turkish Food & Recipes - Introducing A New Series
When we started this blog over three years ago - yes, it was that long ago - we'd already lived in Fethiye on and off for the previous seven years and so we'd picked up a few Turkish recipes from friends as we went along. Since we started the blog, that knowledge has accelerated because of cookery books, social media and sampling new street foods on our travels.
Turkish Food - Kuşbaşılı Pide
Kuşbaşılı Pide
Throughout 2012, we ran a series every Friday called the Fethiye Photo. This year, for 2013, we're going to change that and it's going to be a focus on food. The temptation was to call it Fethiye Food Photo Friday (we love a bit of alliteration) but well, that just seemed a bit too much. So, starting this Friday and continuing throughout 2013, we'll have a photo of a meal, street food snack, maybe even something we've made, and we'll tell you the tale behind it, too. Think of it as a Turkish Food Photo Friday. By the way, if you like the look of the kuşbaşılı pide in the photo, you can get this in Çalış from Akdeniz Restaurant.

In conjunction with this, we've also taken advantage of the introduction of Google+ Communities. If you're on Google+, you're more than welcome to come and take part in our Turkish Food Community where everyone is sharing their recipes, photos, stories and questions about Turkish food. We've already got over 150 members so we're also going to be busy moderating that during 2013. 

The upside of a community is that many minds are better than one and we've already been introduced to some kebabs from the Black Sea region and braised pickles amongst other Turkish meals we didn't even know existed. 

Travelling Turkey - In slow fashion
Intercity Buses In Turkey
Turkish Intercity bus - slower than the plane
More about the 'slow' bit when we launch our new blog, but for now, let's just say we're in no rush with life in general - think you may have worked that bit out by now. We've got a few nearby day trips pencilled in for these winter months (weather permitting) and then April is the month we've got pencilled in for our first proper jaunt of the year. And the big revelation of where we're going...yes, that's pencilled in, too. A choice of a few places at the moment so we'll let you know as soon as we know. 

In the meantime, we started doing catch up posts towards the end of summer 2012 where we went into a bit more detail about places we've been to already and added new photos. We'll be continuing with those and, of course, we're still not finished with the lovely Izmir from September. And shhhhhh, we've not mentioned Istanbul...yet...

Social Media - Who knows?
Social media is the interesting one for us for 2013 and is increasingly intertwined with the blog. With Facebook constantly changing in an effort to stay top of the social media pile and so many new kids on the block, it's a lot to keep up with. That's not a complaint; we love social media. Because it's so simple to use - and it's a great procrastination tool - we're predicting Pinterest will come into its own in the UK. And if you decide to sign up or you're already using it, of course we're on there. Come and follow us on Pinterest.

So, as we stride out into the great unknown that will be 2013, vague plans in tow, we hope you'll follow us as we muddle through our life in Turkey. It's always an adventure. 

12 comments:

Looking forward to the delicious and the delightful in 2013

I'm a bit behind on google +. Hope it all becomes clear as I try to use it.

So excited for you with all these amazing opportunities and ideas. :-) Can't wait to see your blog changes soon. :-)

I shall look for you guys up at Google+ Communities. I actually have some questions on Turkish fabulous food as I am planning to visit this year. Happy New Year!

Good luck in 2013 with the new changes!

@ Jack Scott: Well, let's hope it is delicious and delightful! :)

@ BacktoBodrum: Think a few people feel like that with Google+. We jumped on there when it first started so like it, but can see the problems people have with it.

@ Rambling Tart: Well hopefully, the blog changes will actually happen very soon...all being well. :)

@ Kota: Well there are a few knowledgeable people on there now who should be able to help you with any Turkish food questions. :)

@ Joy: Thanks. Think we might need it!! :)

exciting start for the 2013 : ) all the best wishes, look forward to the slow travel part :) really enjoying your g+ food community, great effort; wishing a wonderful year for us all!
ozlem x

@ A Place to Talk Turkey: Thank you very much. And we love yours, too. ;)

@ Ozlem's Turkish Table: Yes, hope we all have a great year...and hope we get to meet in Turkey, too. :)

We sure miss you guys and Fethiye. The whole family looks back on those winter days (one year ago) and the hospitality you showed us. Was memorable.

Looking forward to following you both and the happenings in Turkey in the coming year. Can't wait to make it back one day.

Down an Efes or two for me. Cheers!

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