A review of 2015 – empfire

17th December 2015

A review of 2015 - empfire

Reflecting on my blog, Empfire, in 2015.

As 2015 draws to a close I thought I would reflect on this year in terms of blogging and Empfire.

2015 marked 4 years since I started blogging at Empfire, and if there is one thing that I learned from my blog this year it’s that you should always, always stay true to yourself. To quote myself:

“Blog for yourself and stick to your beliefs.”

I’m going to carry this sentiment through to 2016. I should probably print it off and stick it on my wall…

Anyway, without further ado, here are my highlights of 2015 on Empfire.

Favourite posts

I’ve published over 120 this year but here are a few of my favourite posts and series. I have selected posts that I personally enjoyed writing and the posts that generated a lot of interest from you guys. I love it when a blog post sparks a conversation and your responses are always so interesting to read.

Thinking about my favourite posts of 2015 made me realise what I really, truly love blogging about. As you can probably tell it’s mainly travel and personal reflection. In 2016 I hope to focus on these topics on my blog more than ever.

Blogging events & collaborations

This year I attended 4 blogging events; 3 of which were meet ups and the other was a business workshop.

I realised that while I love meeting other bloggers, I prefer events where I am able to take away more than just a goodie bag at the end. I love to learn, and the entrepreneur workshop I attended thanks to Joe Blogs and Hiscox was probably my favourite event of the year.

In terms of post collaborations, I was fortunate to work with quite a few brands this year. However, while working brands might sound dreamy (who doesn’t like free stuff?) it can actually be hard work, and sometimes even frustrating. I’ve got a post planned for 2016 in which I will be sharing the negatives of collaborating with brands.

In fact, I’ve recently been considering whether I will continue to work with brands in the future at all. I’m starting to think the stress isn’t worth it. I’ll keep you updated with what I decided to do in the new year.

Learn to Code

This year I bought back tutorials to Empfire. Many, many years ago, Empfire was less of a blog and more of a resource website, and when this was the case I had a lot of tutorials on the site. I removed them when I started focusing on blogging, because nobody seemed to be interested in tutorials, but things have changed and tutorials seem to be popping up again. Hooray!

I launched a two tutorial series called “Learn to Code” with the aim of teaching bloggers how to code in HTML and CSS. My reader survey and website stats suggest they have been looked at and downloaded quite a few times, which is great news. I’m just so passionate about coding that I want to encourage others to get involved too, so I am really pleased that people are using these tutorials.

I have plans to add more e-book style tutorials to Empfire next year but obviously I can’t write them as quick as I like (thanks to working full-time). But do stick around if you are interested because there will definitely be some more tutorials in the near future.

2016?

I have quite a few plans for 2016, especially after reading your responses to the reader survey (it’s still not to late to take part!), but I will be writing about these in detail in a separate post in early January.

But basically it involves a new layout, a new focus (don’t worry, you’ll like it!) and a new domain extension. As I say, more info in early January!

I’m going to leave you with two questions:

  1. What was your favourite post published on Empfire in 2015?
  2. If you blog, what was your favourite post published on your blog in 2015?

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  1. Congratulations on the fourth year of Empfire. I’m just starting to blog and getting into the blogging community, so it’s too soon for me to have favorites. This is really my first time blogging, but I had coded before and had Web sites. Before Nostalgicism, it had been 7 years since I last had a Web site. Now, I’m just trying to not have a nervous breakdown, heh.

  2. Cat

    Congrats on 4 years at Empfire and on launching your tutorial series this year! I think that’s great that you were able to attend a few blogging events. I still haven’t been to one.

    I’m interested in hearing about collaborating with brands. I’ve had many emails about post collaborations, and I’ve been ignoring them so far. Sometimes I wonder if I should try it.

    I think my favorite posts are usually life and travel ones. I just think it’s fun to read about people who live in or have visited places I’ve never been 🙂 I plan on having a recap on my blog later too. Looking forward to seeing what the new focus is next year!

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I’ve got a post coming up about some really bad experiences I’ve had when working with brands. I’m still debating whether or not to stop. I guess I’d like to know other people’s opinions on the subject.

      I’m glad you like travel and life posts because they’re my favourite to write. 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your 4th year blogging. I’m glad you want to keep blogging. xx If think my favourite was 8 photos of happiness, but that is one of my favourite posts on my blog too. I like seeing a glimpse of emotion behind a post.

  4. Congrats on your 4th year with Empfire!
    I love your blog. Every time I go blog hopping, yours is the one of the first blogs I visit (though I don’t leave a comment every time!)
    I loved your travel posts the most.

    I think my favourite on my blog will be one of my recent posts. : Timeless Thoughts : Cycling!

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