300,000 views & a thank you giveaway..

I recently hit 300,000 views on my blog, a massive milestone and something I can’t really comprehend! 300,000 times someone has clicked onto my website to read what I have to say!

I have made great friendships through sharing my experiences on here, and can’t count the number of times I’ve received emails or messages from readers telling me they can relate to certain aspects of my ‘story’ or providing advice and reassuring me that everything will work out in the end. It’s a great support network and whether you read my blog because you can relate, because you’re just curious about the topics I discuss and story I share, or to just see some photos of the places we all know and love, I’m grateful for everyone who clicks onto http://www.livingtheturkishdream.com and interacts with me.

As a teeny, tiny thanks, I’m doing a giveaway. The prizes aren’t anything too exciting, just small token thank you’s.

There are 3 main prizes, to signify each 100,000 views. Since the majority of people who read my blog presumably have an interest in Turkey, all the prizes are Turkish/holiday themed.

The first prize is these 3 necklaces with a Turkish ‘evil eye’ or ‘nazar boncuğu’ theme – one is a small gemstone, the other is a Hamsa (also known as the Hand of Fatima) which is thought to provide protection from the evil eye, and the third in the shape of an eye with the famous blue bead in the middle, also thought to protect the holder from evil. These are really dainty and cute and a definite reminder of good old Turkey, you can’t go anywhere without seeing the nazar there, people hang them in houses, lay them into pavements, pin them on their children’s clothes, on cars… everywhere.  I love these necklaces so much I think I’ll have to go and buy some for myself!
The 2nd prize is another with a nazar theme, one of the many blue glass stones, you can never have too many of these in your house! A pair of sparkly earrings with a nazar design, and a bracelet to match.
The 3rd prize is one of the below, the winner can chose which they prefer and I’ll make it to suit them. Either a mounted, glittery map of Turkey, with small gems stuck onto whichever resorts or cities of the country that mean something to you. Mine has a heart over Fethiye, since that is my favourite place in the world. Perhaps you had a special holiday in a particular area, perhaps Istanbul holds your heart or you have a long distance relationship with someone in another part of the country? It’s a good piece to display on the wall and a constant reminder of Turkey and just where those special memories were made.
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The other choice is a mounted, personalised word cloud, it will be totally unique to you with family names, hotel names or words that remind you of your holidays. Shapes, colours, words and fonts can all be edited to suit you and the things that are important to you. Another lovely piece to display on the wall and remind you of your holidays.
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There will also be 5 photo key rings sent out as mini-prizes.

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this blog post – it has to be on here directly (scroll down and click leave comment). I’ll choose the winners at random using a random number/name generator.   Winners will be chosen after 8pm on Sunday 15th March and will be announced on here via a new post. I know there are people who read my blog from all over the world, but the giveaway will only be open to UK & Ireland residents due to postage costs overseas.

A little disclaimer, I paid for these prizes with my own money, they were not given to me. There is no fee to enter and winners will be chosen entirely at random, it is not a competition, just a lucky draw.

Thank you all so much once again, and good luck.


  1. It is a lovely idea. Well done with your successful blog. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with one lol. But my life pretty dull. I enjoy reading yours. xx

    1. Haha, my life is dull now, the only way I get through is by looking back at photos honestly! Thanks Clare. x

  2. Kirsten harvie · · Reply

    that sparkly map of Turkey is lovely😍😍

    1. Thanks Kirsten, I saw something similiar on a friends Facebook but in the shape of a US state, decided to make one Turkey related instead 🙂 I love it x

  3. So happy your blog gets a lot of views as I love following your story. You have some great prizes xx

    1. Thanks Sophie! I was nervous about posting as I thought they weren’t very exciting lol x

  4. Lucy butler · · Reply

    Your blog is my bus ride to work entertainment! I think it’s lovely how honest you are and what a great eye you have for beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing with us all – especially as your stories mirror some of my experiences 😊 congrats on 300,000!!!

    1. Aww thanks Lucy, what a lovely comment. Glad I provide some bus entertainment hehe! x

  5. Angela Cook · · Reply

    I love reading your blog, have you ever thought of putting it in a book. X

    1. Thanks Angela, lots of people say that but I don’t know where to start tbh! x

  6. Sonja pile · · Reply

    Love to read your blogs, and love Fethiye as it is our second home. Keep writing 😘💕

  7. Judy Buckley-sharp · · Reply

    I love reading about your life in Turkey or do I really mean Fethiye?! It is obvious you love the place. We have been visiting the wonderful country since 1995 and just wish we could spend more time there.

    1. Aww thanks Judy, wow thats a long time! x

  8. Samantha · · Reply

    Such a joy to read your blogs… I feel like I’ve almost live the Turkish Dream with you! Haha (I wish!) I really hope this time away from your loved one goes as quick as possible for you both! Absence makes the heart grow fonder (as they say) 😉 Inshallah, the time spent apart will be nothing compared to the future you both will have. I really do wish you all the happiness you deserve xx

    1. Haha, thanks Samantha, I hope so 🙂 x

  9. Brigid Finlay · · Reply

    Love reading your blog about your time in Fethiye with tales of you, Berkay & Boncuk. x

  10. I have a paradise designed bedroom it’s my little haven for tranquillity peace and just somewhere I can go and think of being away with my friends the ones I have in Turkey that is… think of the food the culture and the good times I’ve had since I’ve been visiting. You’re blogs keep me going through my 9 – 5 job it’s something different and I love reading them. Keep posting them it keeps me from going insane!!!

    1. That sounds lovely! Aw glad to help haha x

  11. Such a lovely idea xx

  12. Hannah kate shaw-peters · · Reply

    Such a lovely idea. I absolutely love your blogs they are so inspiring and I can really relate to them. I think it is such a scary thing to write a blog and see what the outcomes are but you are so good at what you do. Keep going at it, well done on the 300,000 you deserve it xx

    1. It is scary sometimes! Thanks , glad you can relate x

  13. Love reading your blogs dani 🙂 the scenery pictures are all so beautiful ❤ keep up the lovely stories look forward to reading more in the future xx

  14. I love the days when you post a new blog. They are always so down to earth and entertaining. Please don’t stop!

    1. Ive been neglecting it a bit lately but will need to start posting more again! 🙂 x

  15. Fabulous give away/prizes and continued to be fab blog

  16. Barbara Yarwood · · Reply

    Love reading your blogs, love Turkey, have booked to go to Calis Beach in August. I feel I know and love the place already through your blogs.

    1. Aww thanks Barbara, I hope you love Calis as much as us x

  17. I love your blogs. Ive been going to calis for 15 years and you still inspire me when im there xx

    1. Long time! Thanks Beth 🙂 x

  18. Congratulations on all the views Danni!

  19. I have only begun following your blog recently. catching up with previous blogs and your updates are great reading. I almost feel I know you and love the photos of my favorite country. Keep posting. X

  20. Claire Bates · · Reply

    This is such a lovely gesture! I love reading your blog! Xxx

    1. Thanks Claire! Glad you enjoy x

  21. been most interested blogs I have read for years true love story which has lasted with the good things and also the bad things in life keep up the good work

    1. Aww thanks Dave, lovely comment 🙂

  22. Jean munro · · Reply

    What a lovely idea Danni. Like everyone else love reading your blogs and it’s brilliant you’ve reached 300,000! Think that’s amazing. Like you we love fethiye it’s our second home and can’t wait to get back there end of April. Keep up the great work and hope time is passing not to slowly for you. Love Jean xxx

    1. Thanks Jean 🙂 So jealous of you going to visit, say hello to Fethiye from me! x

  23. vickyb801 · · Reply

    I am really impressed with how positive you are staying Danni, in such a difficult time. I know how tough it is to be separated and I just wanted to say I think you are doing a really good job.

    1. Ohh Im not really positive at all honestly haha! Thanks x

  24. Congratulations!
    And what a lovely idea for a giveaway – I adore that glittery map! I’d stick gems on Istanbul and Izmir and Aydin and Kusadasi and Foca and Ankara and Kastamonu, and the tiny villages of Daday and Saricam where my grandmother’s family came from. And Fethiye, for you!

    1. THanks Deniz! I love the map too! Aww thats lovely 🙂

  25. Elly newton · · Reply

    How nice I love reading your blog x

  26. Diane Clark · · Reply

    Well done, I love reading your blog. It is great to see the Fethiye area from the perspective of someone who lives there. Thank you.

  27. Barbara carpenter · · Reply

    Love reading your blog
    Wish I was able to leave everything in the uk and move to turkey
    Maybe in a year or two hopefully x

    1. Aw, keep your options open, maybe one day 🙂

  28. Eve Ewers · · Reply

    Just love reading your blog, I also love Turkey, Fethiye & Calis. This helps me keep in touch and keeps me sain in between visits! This year I am hoping to extend my visa to stay 6 months! Yeah!

    1. Thanks Eve, Good luck! Enjoy 🙂

  29. i find your blogs interesting and useful thank you for sharing it with us all your amazing thank you 🙂

  30. Love reading your blogs

  31. Love Reading your blogs Dani, congrats on all the views..x

  32. Tracy bowman · · Reply

    Love reading your blogs. Such a nice thing to do and always nice to have a reminder of Turkey. Your framed picture maps are beautiful. X

    1. Thanks Tracy! I saw the idea on a friend’s Facebook – love it x

  33. lucina Küçük · · Reply

    Love reading your blogs and how close they relate too me also 22 and living here only difference is maried and have a daughter 🙂 your army blogs are great too, which might be me next year but illbe staying in our village x

    1. Aww glad you can stay there 🙂 I’d never be able to stay with Berkay’s family, would drive me nuts haha! x

      1. lucina Küçük · ·

        Haha luckly bayrams are ok and hopefully kick my turkidh into gear… Although i would rather just stay in our house but cant 😦 but hoping being here wont make ittime go slower though

  34. Love reading Dani’s blog. Am willing the time to pass for you to both be together again x

    1. Thanks Kerry, me too x

  35. Tim McKie · · Reply

    What a lovely idea. Many congratulations on having a blog that can reach out to 300,000 people. It is always interesting.

    1. Thanks Tim, I love that I’ve made connections with so many new people 🙂

  36. Been a pleasure reading your blogs and the time you helped me out with a translation I really appreciated that.
    All the best for the future, John and Lesley 😊👍

    1. Thanks John & Lesley, thank you for reading!

  37. I’ve been reading your Blogs since day ‘one’….I was in the same situation kind of like you with a Turk….which is now my husband for the last 27 years and still liove ‘happily after’. All the best to you….XXOO

    1. Aww lovely story 🙂 Thanks Irene. x

  38. Sharon Shields · · Reply

    What a lovely idea! All three prizes are gorgeous but love the alternative 3rd prize with the words in a heart. Really got me thinking about words to put in it, should I be lucky enough to win it! 😉 xx

    1. Haha Sharon, I love making them, have given them to friends and family for birthday and Christmas presents, always go down well! 🙂 x

  39. Julie Edmonds · · Reply

    I love reading your blogs Danni, I will be back in Hisaronu in August. My dream is to one day live in Fethiye, heres hoping <3, Hope you and Berkay have loads of wonderful years together once he is out of the army. Best wishes to you both xxx

    1. Thanks Julie 🙂 Thank you, I hope so! x

  40. I love it when I see you’ve posted a new blog. I love Turkey and all Turkish things….. Ok not kokorec ??? I like reading your stories, it’s my little fix of Turkish life until we go again in August x

    1. Ewww kokorec, gross! 😉 Thanks, glad you enjoy reading x

  41. Deborah Nelson · · Reply

    I love reading your blog/posts. I can relate to many of your situations, having lived in Turkey & being engsged to a wonderful Turkish man. When I read you stories, it helps my longing to be back in Turkey. Thank you.

    1. Aww glad you can relate, thank you x

  42. Anne zar · · Reply

    Danni your blogs are fantastic and I have said a few times you can have a successful book with this and your photos we’ve never met but I think we lived nearby each other in calis unfortunately I am what I call a mobile wife living between fethiye and UK as my mam is on her own here and I can’t leave her alone I look forward to reading your continued blog. Take care and good luck for the next 300,000 x

    1. Aww lovely thanks Anne, I would like to make it into a book but don’t know where to start really. Where did you live in Calis? 🙂 That must be tough, thanks for reading. x

  43. Mary Snaith · · Reply

    Thank you for writing your blog; I love reading it on the 5am train Into work, looking at the photo’s wishing I was there living the dream too instead of quality checks at 7am before a day of treating patients. Lol I love my job really. I went on my first holiday abroad as a single mum to Fethiye with my son and daughter and fell in love with the place, my son had an accident and hurt both wrists, the amount of help the locals gave me was unbelievable, a piece of my heart will always be there.

    1. Aw thats a nice story, although sad he was in that situation! Glad everyone pulled together to help. Glad I provide some reading at 5am haha! x

  44. hoosewifey · · Reply

    Great prizes and congratulations on all your views. Always enjoy reading your blog posts 🙂
    Mary x

  45. This is wonderful. I’ve commented on your Facebook photos as the American who married a Turkish mamliving my own Turkish dream. I hope the time flies by so you can be with hubby and come back to your dream 🙂

    1. Thank you Rabiya! 🙂

  46. Danni, you do a brilliant job with your blog and I thoroughly enjoy reading your updates and following yours and Berkay’s story. Well done on reaching 300,000 views and here’s to 400,000!!! Xx

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