2017 – a reflection

Happy New Year to all my readers, bloggers and friends alike!

Well I finally got around to my end of year wrap up post declaring all achievements, not just with blogging but with life in general.

Overall 2017 treated me pretty well.  It started with a decent PPI refund which allowed me to put my finances in order and I also decided enough was enough when it came to weight management and my health so I joined Weight Watchers in early February.  After 4 months this gave me the confidence to start swimming again which I now try to do at least 3 times a week.  Before Christmas I had a weight loss of  3 stone 10 lbs which I am over the moon about and will continue into 2018, but of course, this meant that my other hobby, baking, suffered.  I’m hoping to get back into my baking this year and bring you more delicious finds!

In terms of blogging and my reading this did all somewhat fall by the wayside due to another project which has had to be put on hold indefinitely (really disappointing) and may even be permanent.  I hate being at the mercy of others! So I’m throwing myself back into reading and blogging 100%.  Watch this space 😉

I completed my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge

albeit by the skin of my teeth (5pm on NYE) and read 52 books in total.  This isn’t a huge number in comparison to other book bloggers but it was an achievement nonetheless given the other stuff I had on.  There were 7 books that I gave 5* too and will stick these in a post shortly.  Do you ever look back on a star rating that you gave and disagree with yourself when you compare them to other books in the list?

I know blogging isn’t all about stats but I like knowing that my blog is building a bigger audience year on year and that what I produce is actually viewed – don’t we all!  It surprises me and interests me which are the most popular posts.  These were my top 3 viewed posts for 2017:

So what does this tell me? 1) a simple baking post brought more visitors to my blog than any other (2) a book I didn’t like or enjoy continues to bring in more views than any other book related post (3) readers like the Hummingbird Bakery cakes…..mmmm will this influence what I do going forward? Probably not.

How was 2017 for you and what are you looking forward  to most in 2018?


  1. 1st January 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Happy New Year!
    The continuing popularity of that 3 Men in a Boat review never fails to amaze me 🙂

    • 1st January 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Happy New Year to you!
      Ha ha me neither – not exactly the best written or promoted but it still gets found 😉

  2. 1st January 2018 / 4:36 pm

    I think 52 books is a great number and you should be proud of yourself! 2017 seemed to have been a good year for you and I hope 2018 also treats you well. 37,808 views wow that is.. a lot! I’m kind of curious now myself for that sponge cake ;-). Happy New Year!

    • 1st January 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you, I’m happy with a book a week. It’s a happy balance between all hobbies and things going on in life 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too Inge!

  3. 1st January 2018 / 4:49 pm

    I managed 71 out of 70 books, though a few of those I included where kids books 😊 I hope
    2018 is a wonderful year for you.

    • 1st January 2018 / 5:35 pm

      That’s a great achievement! Mine included a couple of short stories but they’re all legitimate reads 🙂
      Happy New Year to you!

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