Reflecting on 2017: Blogging

It’s been a great blogging year, though I’ve been so busy that finding time to write and format blog posts and to read the posts of other bloggers became tricky. I applaud all bloggers who are able to post regularly AND find time to keep up with the posts of other bloggers. If you work full time while doing this, please give me some tips on how you manage it all without getting burnt out.

I still miss the Year in Review post WordPress usually puts together for us at the end of the year. It did a great job of concisely wrapping up our blogging year for us and presenting such stats in a nice graphic, which we could then post on our blogs. Since that’s no longer available, I have to do this myself, but since I am busy and have limited digital art skills, I’ll just talk about it all in a usual post. I guess it will be boring for some, but it’ll definitely be very useful for me.

I’m glad to see that my blog has grown a lot since the last blogging reflection post I did last January. My site views and visitors have increased from 16,000 and 7,000, respectively, to approximately:

23,850 views

13,600 visitors

I do not know if that’s impressive or not, but I choose to believe it is, so YEAHIE ME!! 😀 I’ll celebrate it.

I’m also surprised to see that my subscriber count has increased as well. Last year this time, I had just over 800 peeps subscribed through WordPress, but that number has grown to approximately

1,700 WordPress subscribers

I think that’s an impressive number of people following along with my blog, and I’m amazed that they’re interested in what I’m posting on here. I’d like to celebrate this and I think I’ll do so by hosting a GIVEAWAY!! 😀 (I keep saying this but never do it, but expect a giveaway post around mid-January because I need time to figure out how to do anonymous survey things.)

As for my busiest day last year, it was September 4, when I published these two posts:

The Pottermore Presents E-Books, content by J.K. Rowling

Tough Travels #5: Strongholds

I guess a lot of folks wanted to know more about the Pottermore e-books and get some fantasy books recommendations that day. I also get a lot of refers from WordPress Reader, which I guess is also good since that’s the platform I publish on so, Yeahie!!

My most popular posts for the entire 2017 is more or less the same as last year, mainly the Writing Myths posts, which I think is kinda weird for being so popular, and my Favorite Harry Potter Book Covers post. Other popular posts include these reviews —

“salt” by Nayyirah Waheed

“The Wife of His Youth” by Charles W. Chesnutt

“Soledad” by Angie Cruz

— which I’m grateful for because they are all good reads. (I had some problems with the end of Soledad, but I still recommend the book.)

As for those who comment the most, shout out to:

The Orangutan Librarian

Dragons and Zombies

Bookidote (Lashaan & Trang)

Sara Letourneau

Bibliosanctum (Mogsy)

And that’s it on blogging in 2017. It was a good year with lots of growth.

As for 2018, I don’t have any big plans for the blog, except maybe to do more giveaways once I get the hang of it. I don’t plan to change much since I’m fine with the way I blog. I just hope 2018 will be as great and that I’ll meet more new bloggers in it! 🙂

25 thoughts on “Reflecting on 2017: Blogging

  1. Congrats on your blogging growth! Ugh, reading this post actually made me realize that WordPress doesn’t do its neat wrap-up thing anymore, which is sad, but it’s impressive that you took the initiative to do that on your own. In response to the question you raise earlier on, my strategy has always been to invest time in the blogs that 1) truly, actually matter to you and engage you on a deep level and 2) invest in your blog as well, so you can form a reciprocal relationship that keeps on giving. Excited to read more of your posts in the future. (:

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    1. Thank you, Thomas! 🙂
      Yea, I looked forward to those year-end summaries. I read on a support forum that they might bring it back.
      Thank you so much for the advice. The first is one I try to do the more I realize it’s not possible to read the posts of all the blogs I follow, and the second is one I haven’t considered, so many thanks for that.

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  2. Oh! I really hang out on your blog a lot 😀 Haha, thanks for the shout out!

    That’s really some amazing stats, especially the followers, wow! But you deserve it, you always write interesting posts, have lots of variation on your blog & are very active!

    Have a great 2018 🙂

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    1. Haha! Yep, no problem.
      Thank you!! 😀 I hope you have a wonderful year as well.
      Btw, I’m now reading a novel called Delicious! about a girl working at a food magazine and parts of it made me immediately think of the pastries on your blog. Sometimes I’d get so hungry that I’d have to stop reading.

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      1. Hahaha, that’s so cool!

        I know what you mean though! If I read a book that mentions lots of yummy food or cooking I get so hungry! I had it last year with ‘Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet’ – the main character was always baking and it all sounded so delicious!

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  3. Awesome stats!!! I totally know how you feel about the working full-time and blogging thing hey. I really struggle with it because some days when I get home from work I really don’t feel like going near a computer, I therefore am a random poster haha. I wish I could give you some tips but I’m still figuring it out as well :-/ I hope you have an awesome 2018!!

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