My blog is really just a little baby in the grand scheme of things. My very first post went live on 12th August 2014 where I had a Bloglovin blog with no domain name and pretty much no clue what I was doing. I posted so sporadically I couldn’t really call myself a blogger. It wasn’t until 2015 that I really got into the swing and later that year I started getting into a routine of posting most days which somehow I managed to continue all throughout 2016. I won’t just write blog posts for the sake of it but with so many ideas, and the beginnings of some brand collaborations I found daily worked well for me, although of course well deserved time off for holidays was much needed.
My blog now has just under 450 posts live, and I can’t wait to throw a celebration when it comes to my 500th post, any excuse for cake right?! For me – like most others – 2016 was a fantastic year for blogging and gave me time to try and improve. I finally moved from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress during 2016 and I am so happy with the additional functionality and the way my blog looks. Although I do feel like a complete re-haul of my layout is just waiting to happen.
Views wise I have grown slowly and steadily, nothing crazy but in all honesty other than write I didn’t do much to push this. I don’t have the time to fully invest in social media like I wish I had, what with a full-time job, a music website to edit, freelance work and of course my social life it just wasn’t possible. So for the little I did do I was happy. I managed to grow my DA to 29 by the end of December which made me so happy and I am really hoping to get properly into the 30’s sometime this year.
2016 also saw me do Christmas gift guides for the first time ever and led me to work with some amazing brands, some of who I have looked up to for years such as Burts Bees, Tipple Box, Grants Whisky, Menkind, Findmeagift, Nakd, and Biscuiteers. Over the year I also did my first restaurant review, thanks to Bella Italia in Watford and worked with Indigo Herbs on a few projects which is always a pleasure. Alcohol seemed to be a big hitter for me as I worked with IloveGin, TasteCocktails, and Beer52.