29 December 2017

My Blogging Year in Review || 2017 Edition

We're in the home stretch my blogging buddies! Over the first six months of the year, it felt like this year was taking forever to finish and look at us now, folks! We're in the final stretch. The finish line is in sight and we're about to break the ribbon and call it a year! Look at us!
Last week, I reviewed 2017 from a personal perspective. That post was all about my travels, my trials, my triumphs and other happenings of the last 365 days. However, today, I'm looking at the achievements of this blog.

I never imagined that this blog would grow the way it has this year. I could never have imagined that. I am so grateful for that. Thank you!

So, what happened on Social Spying in 2017?

First Guest Post
This feels like it happened a lifetime ago-so much so that I hardly remember it happening. But, it did. I don't think I have done any collaborations with other bloggers since this one. I'd planned and hoped to do some more in 2017 but those never came to fruition. Hopefully, in 2018, that'll change. However, my first guest post was called '5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Studying Abroad' written by Cecile. No one knew it at the time, but that was a sneaky foreshadowing of my own moving abroad- to the UK which you can read all about here.

Changed My Blog's Layout
My blog has undergone many changes. It's been altered by my hand over and over again- whether it's colour, typeface or the size of a font. I even invested a few dollars and bought my own theme! I'm really happy with my blog currently, but I see myself making further adjustments in 2018. Time will tell what that ends up looking like. A goal that I'm just going to throw in here is that I'd like to possibly go self-hosted in 2018. I can't say that it's something I've explored in great detail, but I'd like to further look into it in the new year.

Changed My Blog's Logo
I need to add this one on here to celebrate it! The logo of Social Spying has changed multiple times this year- and its set to change again soon. I finally removed the 'Girl vs. Greece' slogan which is something to celebrate in itself. In 2018, I may even re-brand and change the name of this blog entirely, but for now, Social Spying is there to stay.

Most Viewed Post
I'll be honest, this one always catches me by surprise. Here's why: I like to think my personal posts are the most well written and well received, but this year, my most viewed post isn't personal at all- it's about blogging. Okay fine. I guess it was written from my personal experience of blogging...so maybe that counts. Back in June, I wrote a post called 5 Staggering Unspoken Sins of the Blogging World (and How to Avoid Them), which you should check out if you haven't yet. Seems to me that you're missing out!

Got Pinterest for My Blog
My love for Pinterest has ebbed and flowed in 2017. Sometimes, it was the first social media that I checked in the morning, in other moments of the year, like now, I haven't been on it for a good month and a bit. However, I'm glad that there's a page dedicated to my blog. Feel free to go over and give it a follow here.

Started a Twitter Account for my Blog 
I've really enjoyed the odd rant, thread and ease of conversation on Twitter. I've probably enjoyed this social media the most in 2017. I enjoy having direct and more instantaneous conversations with many of my blog friends. If you'd like to reply to my tweets, give my tweets the odd 'like'  and 'retweet', then you can find and follow me here.

Made Two Youtube Video
I'm definitely no Youtuber but, it dawned on me at some point this year that after two years of blogging, no one knew what I sounded like. To change this, I ventured into the world of video-making and put myself on Youtube. I made two videos about blogging and found that I really enjoyed the process throughout. I think I'll try to create more content on Youtube in 2018, which you can hopefully find here.

Posted 76 blog posts
In 2016, I posted 45 times (...okay, it may have been more but those aren't posts I'm proud of, which have seems been drafted and shoved into my archives never to be seen again...so they don't count). However, this year so far I have posted almost double that- and I'm proud of each and every one of them!

Most Popular Country
This one is very apt considering that I live here now, however, Social Spying is the most visited by people in the UK. They may all be views from me but I like to think not.

Favourite Post to Write
This is a tough one; I've enjoyed writing so many of my blog posts- some more than others. However, the first to come to mind was actually one that I wrote about how my parents show their love to one another after 30 years of marriage called 'More Than Just An Old Faded Photograph'.

Celebrated My 2nd Blog Birthday
Social Spying turned two in 2017! And so far, it has been the best year yet!

Finally, I just wanted to say thank-you! This year, I have been on the receiving end of such kindness in words, compassion and loyalty in readership. There have been people who have positively critiqued me and helped me make changes to Social Spying which has allowed me to create this space which I dedicate soo much of my heart towards. Thank you is a very small number of words for the very large kindness this blogging community has shown me over 2017. With that, tthhhhaaannnnkkk yoooouuuu! May 2018 and the years that follow bring you experiences worth capturing, people who make you laugh so much you stop breathing and joys that give you reasons to smile forever.

Till next time-
Steph

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6 comments

  1. Yay to all the great things you and your blog have done this year!!!
    Let 2018 bring more amazing things for Social Spying xx

    Sophie's Spot

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  2. You've done so much Steph! If you ever want to guest blog on my blog you can! Happy New Year!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  3. I know how hard it is to keep one thing in progress for such a long time, so belated happy 2nd blog birthday! Hope you'll have another best year in 2018 <3

    Dabin / http://dabindb.blogspot.kr/

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  4. I love your blog and it's so cool to see what you've accomplished this year! Also I would totally love to collab. :)

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  5. You're thinking of changing your blog name - to what?? O.o It's exciting doing a blog make over, I think I might do one in the early part of 2018 just to give me a boost into blogging, I've gotten so lazy.
    I would definitely consider your best posts to be personal ones, I think "how to blog" is a popular search and therefore will get more clicks but you have so many wonderful posts this year, it is hard to pick a favourite! ^_^

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  6. You're honestly one of my favorite bloggers and you deserve so many more followers and views and everything! Your posts are so authentic and original and now I'll stop before people start thinking I'm sucking up, hahaha. But for real, I wish you and your blog all the best for 2018 :)

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

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