Being involved in the bloggies three years in a row has been brilliant. I get excited every year when I see Invading Holland has made it through to the final. It makes me very happy. I’m aware that admitting such a thing is very un-English of me but it is really hard to contain myself (even if it does risk perminate banishment from my home country).
It makes me feel very lucky to have such amazing and supportive readers who think I’m worthy enough of being a finalist in such a huge blog award. I’ve said it before but I mean it when I say this blog would not have become what it is today without you. I’ve been a winner of the Best European Blog Award once and now a runner up twice and each time it has been very exciting.
So thank you everyone who has supported Invading Holland over the years. Congratulations to the winner; Tallbloke’s Talkstop. And watch this space again next year when the 2015 Bloggies start.
I have some very exciting news to share with you this week. I’ve been working on a new t-shirt design based on some of your suggestions and it is finally ready. Now you can show off the progression of your integration into (the often confusing) Dutch culture with the ‘Integration 75% Complete’ t-shirt (assuming that you are at 75% or there abouts).
There is a male (grey) and female v-neck (purple) version of this t-shirt which are both available through the webshop or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They cost 19.50 each.
That’s right! I am back from my break and I am very excited to present the new Invading Holland redesign! It’s something I’ve been working on for quite a while and (although it took a lot longer than I expected) I am very pleased with the outcome.
The biggest part of the redesign is the webshop where you can now find all the Invading Holland T-Shirts (including a new one that will be available soon), badges and even the opportunity to get your very own Invading Holland style cartoon (something I’ve been doing behind the scenes for a little while now). The gallery has also been updated to show off more cartoons and the profile page has been rewritten.
Of course there is always the possibility that as you look around you might notice a few things not working as expected (I hope not but you never know) so if you spot any errors or have any other feedback I’d love to hear from you. There will be a few more minor updates coming later but all the big changes are done for now. I’m still looking for some more images to use in the webshop so if you have bought a t-shirt and would like to show off a bit just send me a photo of yourself wearing it. I’ll then include it in the next update.
Next week I will be returning to normal writing beginning with the story of my very Dutch summer holiday, a fight with a sun umbrella and how it led to my latest accident prone incident.
In the mean time; have a look around. I hope you like the new design.
It’s time once again for the annual Invading Holland summer break. Over the next few weeks I’ll be taking a short break from writing so I can rest, re-charge and catch up on a few things.
This is partly due to my day job becoming insanely busy at the moment (and requiring a lot of my focus) as we wrap up the latest project we have been working on for the past two years. It’s also so I can spend more of the time in-between with my family.
So what will happen here while I’m on my blogger vacation? Well, there will still be stuff to read. I’ll be digging through the archives for some of my personal favorite stories and re-posting them once a week for your enjoyment. Maybe you’d even like to suggest a few of your favorites in the comments.
And although I won’t be posting anything new there will still be lots of stuff happening in the background as I get things ready for the next big phase of the blog. I’m putting the finishing touches on an exciting new update that will go live when I am back. I’m really looking forward to showing you guys. I think I’ve teased you enough with it over the last few months… And just so you know it; it will still be possible to order t-shirts and badges while I am away.
So until I’m back; enjoy the weather and see you all again soon.