Hello there my dear readers! As another rollercoaster year comes towards its end, there’s no doubt my blog and my blogging “life” has played a huge part in it. Today I wanted to look back over my blogging year, outline my aims for the year ahead and recognise some blogs that I absolutely adored this year!
My Blogging Year: What Happened?
Well, despite a pretty lengthy blogging break just over halfway through the year which was completely unexpected but very, very much needed, I think I would consider 2015 a very successful blogging year for me. I reached 1,000 unique WordPress followers, which is absolutely insane but a massive milestone for me and one I’m extremely proud of. I’ve also noticed my posts engage 20 times better with readers than they have ever done before. The interaction on some of my blog posts this year has literally been overwhelming but I couldn’t be happier that you guys are enjoying what I write. I also got nominated for Blog of the Year this year at the Lovestories Awards! I didn’t win, but it was a huge honour to be nominated and another massive achievement for me and my little blog.
My Best Blog Posts
I think this year more than any other, I’ve ventured into “other” types of posts and I’m really, really glad I did because it’s made me much more motivated and helped me enjoy blogging that little bit more. Obviously everyone has blog posts that do well and some that don’t do as well and everyone has their own posts that they prefer for whatever reason, whether it be it was more fun to write, got a better reception or another reasons so here are a few of mine which I really enjoyed this year!
What Do Your Favourite Books Mean to You?
How Much Work Goes Into Reviewing, Exactly?
7 Things I’ve Learnt Since I Started Blogging
Mental Health Awareness: My Story
Quick Tips for Writing Book Reviews
20 Things Anyone Obsessed With ‘To-Do’ Lists Will Understand
20 Things Book Lovers Are Awesome At
25 Thoughts I’ve Had In My Time As a Book Blogger
I Have Absolutely No Idea What I’m Doing… And That’s Okay!
What I’ve Learnt About Effectively Sharing Blog Posts and Links
15 Reasons Why I’m a Rubbish Blogger but Don’t Actually Care
Blogs I’ve Loved This Year!
Of course there’s always room for some shout outs and to praise the blogs you’ve loved reading recently. Here is a little list of some blogs I’ve been particularly drawn too this year, all of which are written by incredible ladies who you should definitely check out (there are so more I could name but this post would be far too long otherwise!)
Underland to Wonderland: I only found Danielle’s blog this year, where the hell have I been?! Being another massive Disney fan, Underland to Wonderland is a blog I frequently read and have advertised with more than once.
Dorkface: I love the positivity Jemma’s blog brings and the range of blog posts. And of course, I can’t not mention #girlgang that she set up in December which I’m very happy to be a part of! (Check out the button in my sidebar!)
Absolutely Lucy: Lucy has always been one of my favourite bloggers and writers but this year I’ve followed her blog religiously as she set out travelling in January. Her travel posts are fantastic and I am so jealous!
Andieology: This is a blog I have a very love/hate relationship with. I love it because it’s just perfect. Everything is perfect. The posts, the writing, the photos. I hate it because it makes me jealous.
Blogging Aim for 2016
I am rubbish at these but that never stops me writing a little list and just, hoping for the best at the end of every year! My blogging aims for 2016 are:
- Reach 1,500 unique blog followers
- Increase my social media following; Twitter and Facebook
- Collaborate and work with brands more and hopefully start doing sponsored posts
- Be more consistent. Even if I don’t blog every day, which is something I will probably never do, I’d still like to always have blog posts scheduled and ready throughout the year
- Be more creative with my blog photos and learn some tips for better blog photography
- Get back into book blogging more!