A review of 2016 – Empfire
20th December 2016
As another year draws to a close it’s time for me to look back at the last 12 months on my blog and reflect.
Ironically, just a week ago I was filled with so much self-doubt that I felt disappointed with my blog. I even expressed my feelings on Twitter.
I had that thought that I think many other bloggers will have had at some point during their time blogging:
“Why am I doing this?”
But you know what? After words of encouragement from some of my online friends, and after looking through my blog archives, I realised that all was not as doom and gloom as I thought it was.
I found posts that I’d published this year that I felt really proud of. I found posts that I had poured my heart and soul into, many of which my readers connected with and that sparked conversations. I found posts that I had completely forgotten about, but that gave me so much joy to read back.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging in 2016 it’s that it really doesn’t matter how many people read my posts. What matters to me is the connection I have with my readers. The conversations, the support, the friendships.
Oh, and the fact I enjoy writing this blog, taking photographs, and just sharing my life with others online. That’s important too!
Anyway, sentimental rambles out the way. Let’s crack on with this review…
My favourite posts from 2016
My top 10 favourite posts that I wrote and shared on the blog this year are:
- Age is just a number
- My struggle with reading, writing and spelling
- When people disappear from the internet
- “You don’t look disabled”
- We’ve come so far
- Missed opportunities and saying “Yes”
- Travel Diary | Bjerkøy & Tønsberg, Norway
- Becoming an organ donor
- What to expect from a Victoria’s Secret bra fitting
- Childhood travel adventures (part 1 & part 2)
Your favourite posts from 2016
These are the top 10 posts published in 2016 based on views:
- My favourite planner from Muji
- One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
- Writing blog posts that spark conversations
- The Weekend Blog | Moving on
- My thoughts on blogging…secret blogging
- My favourite podcasts to listen to
- MCM Comic Con Liverpool 2016
- My Instagram Pet Peeves
- Meeting Georgie
- Trust Flow & Citation Flow
Blogging events and collaborations
This year I went to just one blogging event, which was the Jet2holidays event in Manchester. I just didn’t get invited to that many events this year, and I think I fell out of the Liverpool blogging loop so I only heard about events after they’d taken place.
I don’t feel too disheartened to be honest. Because of my anxiety I find that blogging events can be quite draining, and as I mentioned in my 2015 blog review I’m only really interested in attending blogging events like workshops where I have the opportunity to learn something new.
However, I got to meet up with Anca and Katy for a coffee earlier in the year, and of course I met up with Georgie when she was in Liverpool, so I haven’t been a total socially awkward penguin this year!
In terms of collaborations I think I only worked with two or three brands this year. Again, as I mentioned in my 2016 blog review, I’d been thinking about giving up on working with brands as I’d had more negative experiences that positive ones.
But I didn’t give up, and instead I just became more selective over who I did work with and I’m happy to say that although I only worked with a couple of brands they were all great experiences.
Changes I planned for 2016
Back in January I shared a post about some changes I wanted to bring to the blog in 2016.
One of the main changes I wanted to implement was bringing more of a personal focus back to the blog, and just by looking at the list of favourite posts as well as the most popular posts, this was a great success. Personal posts are by far my favourite write and they always seem to be enjoyed by others.
I also planned on switching my main domain extention to .co.uk but I just didn’t have the time to sort out all the behind the scenes stuff. And to be honest, I’m not really in any rush as I read a post a little while ago about how your domain extension doesn’t actually affect your site rank, which is interesting to know.
I did plan on putting a new theme this year but again, life just got in the way and I didn’t have the time. However, it is built, and will be ready to go live in January but there are just some final tweaks I want to make to it before I reveal it to the world.
So stay tuned for that!
If your a blogger too, what have been your blogging highlights in 2016?