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The Square.Gent 1 year birthday!

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The Square.Gent was launched in October 2016 by 3 expat friends from Slovenia, the UK and Finland: Nina, Heather and Jenny. We wanted to create a space online for English-language information that we wish we would have had when we moved from our own countries to the city we love so much, Ghent.

To celebrate our 1st birthday, here is a summary of the busy year we’ve had launching the website, a list of Top 10 articles of all time, some statistics and suggestions of how you can contribute to The Square.Gent.

Picture of the founders of the Square.Gent
The Square.Gent founders Jenny, Nina and Heather. So busy working at an expat event that we didn’t have time to look into the camera ©Natasa Ahacic
Picture of Nina Jere and Heather Sills from The Square.Gent
In January we participated in Community Gent’s New Years drink with a popular tombola in the STAM cafe. We raffled out 30+ gifts like Roomer bottles, massage and restaurant vouchers, toys and cinema tickets for lucky expat winners. We hope we can organise a similar event next year! Here Heather and Nina are showing off some of the prizes.

Top 10 The Square.Gent articles of all time

The top 10 articles of all time on The Square.Gent are

  1. Dating a Belgian Man
  2. Getting Around
  3. The Ultimate Guide to Books and Bookshops in Ghent
  4. Renting a House/Apartment
  5. Finding a Job Without Speaking Dutch
  6. Best Terrace Bars in Ghent
  7. Learning Dutch
  8. Ghent’s Circulation Plan
  9. Parking in Ghent
  10. All About Biking In Ghent  

 

Some article anecdotes

Here are some funny stories of unexpected events that happened when we were writing and publishing our posts.

This is a love picture

Dating a Belgian Man was written as a fun filler article and was never supposed to be the top 1 article. It gets many views from the Philippines.

The Ultimate Guide to Books and Bookshops in Ghent went viral when it was published with more than a 1000 views last February.

Despite mentioning anti-theft tips when writing All About Biking in Ghent, the author Jenny had her bike stolen recently.

 

 

Some stats from our 1st year

 

 

Since we started we got more than 30,000 views!

We did a lot of Googling ourselves when we moved to the city, and we recognise that a lot of people want to have information at their fingertips, either when they are planning their move, or once they have arrived. Most of our traffic comes from Google, and you’ll find us on the top 2 pages for some commonly asked expat questions

 

Stats month by month from 2017. August was our absolute top month with 5000+ views. Our first month, October 2016 we had 900 views.

We have almost 400 followers on our Facebook!  

Support us!

You, dear expat

Please support us with a like on Facebook if you haven’t already! Did you know you can also subscribe to get an email every time we publish a new article?

If you like what you see and want more we appreciate it a lot that you share our website to both new and not so new expats as well as internationally minded people in Ghent. Forward articles via email, Share it via LinkedIn, Whatsapp… Print out a copy and bring it to your office. Share them on Facebook.

We also love comments, feedback and suggestions for what could make The Square.Gent even better. You can reach us on hello@thesquare.gent

 

Contributors

We have contributors from all over the world. And we are looking for more!

The Square.Gent ‘s contributors Nina, Heather, Rebecca, Duncan and Jenny brainstorming new content for the online magazine on a pub night out

Sponsors

If your company is up for supporting our activities in any way, contact us! We are looking for financial resources, prizes for our events… in exchange for visibility with the international community in Ghent.

Thank you

Thank you for reading our content and supporting us until now! We are looking forward to the second year of The Square.Gent with yet more content, contributors and events.


About the author:

Jenny BjorklofJenny is originally from Finland and moved to Ghent in 2009. Now she works as self-employed organising events, supporting businesses with marketing and helping people starting their own businesses by being a community manager of Entrepreneurs Anonymous & co-organiser of Freelance Business Day. Find out more and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Guest author
Guest authors are expats and Gentenaars who enjoy spreading the word about Gent to the world. If you'd like to join us, contact us at hello@thesquare.gent.

One thought on “The Square.Gent 1 year birthday!

  1. Gefeliciteerd! Congratulations on a great year!
    You are such a helpful resource for expats like me in Gent. Even as a contributor (which I am so happy and grateful to be able to do), I learn something new from every The Square.Gent post. Cheers! Santé!

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