Two Months In: My 2017 Blog Stats and Reflection

In case you haven’t noticed, 2017 ended a couple of days ago, and that inevitably means it’s time to reflect on the past year. I thought I’d take a moment to have a look back on my blogging journey so far.

My blog was born on 7th November 2017, and in the 54 days between then and New Year’s Eve, I published 40 posts which amounted to around 23,500 words. I toppled over 200 WordPress followers around the start of the year, with over 1000 visitors to my blog worldwide, primarily from the UK, USA and Canada, and a total of 2700 views.

My most read post from 2017 was about my personal experience with creating a mindset of change over the year, closely followed by a recount of my childhood memories of Wales. Although my most liked post by a small fraction was the one in which I explained how to make a vegan gingerbread house.

My favourite posts to write were an open letter to myself, a travel piece about my adventures in Hawaii, and an opinion essay about how much toys are gendered, and the impacts of this on individuals and society.

I’ve really enjoyed using WordPress as my blogging platform, it feels like there’s a huge amount of community spirit and support on this site that makes it pretty easy to start getting feedback on your own work once you’re engaging with other people’s content.

Aside from WordPress, Twitter has been my favourite social media platform as a new blogger. I’ve found it exciting to build my 600-strong following on there and have discovered so many amazing writers that I would otherwise never have found. My favourite part of Twitter is taking part in the various blogger chats that happen throughout the week, which I found out about through a wonderful blogger called Bexa. Her post about starting blogging is really informative and encouraged me to get into using what can at first seem like a fast-paced, crowded and overwhelming platform.

I used to be very dedicated to Instagram, but until very recently, neglected it a lot. Now I’m back posting on there, I have to agree with what many people have been saying – I preferred it A LOT more when the feed was chronological. I think I’m going to try and stick with it though as I really love photography and this seems to be the most social way of developing that hobby.

I did set up Pinterest and Bloglovin’ accounts to go alongside this blog but haven’t really used them yet. I don’t feel too inspired by these platforms and I’m not really sure what I should be doing with them, so if anyone has a really positive experience with either of these sites in regards to blogging, I’d love to know how you incorporate this into your creative process.

In terms of what sort of blogs I’ve been reading, I’m enjoying posts with mental health, self-care, travel, organisation, photography, and general lifestyle themes. Here are some of the bloggers I’ve consistently enjoyed reading content from over the past couple of months:

James

Courtney

Bexa

April

Alicia

Ashley

Mia

Rebecca

Steph

Ellie

Chloe

Rachel

Lauren

Fiona

Sam

There are loads more of you out there, I just got a little overwhelmed trying to list everyone’s blogs!

So what’s the direction for my blog in 2018? I’ve got several things planned – vegan-oriented posts throughout January, self-care and personal growth content, travel adventure stories, more about photography, my favourite recipes, opinion essays about mental health and introversion, tips for young, solo travellers and advice on being a distance learner… And that’s just what I have planned, I’m sure there will be a lot of other topics covered too! So if any of this interests you, make sure you’re following along!


If you enjoyed this post, you may like:

Why Did I Start Blogging?

My Blogmas 2017 Review


My Social Media Links:

Twitter (@alysjournals)

Instagram (@alystravels)

Pinterest (@alysdc)

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33 thoughts on “Two Months In: My 2017 Blog Stats and Reflection

  1. Bexa says:

    Aww Alys! 💕 You are so lovely! I’m so glad my blog post introduced you to Twitter chats, that’s so cool! I love this post – your blog is doing amazingly! Thank you so much for the mention & your kind words 💖. I’m so excited to read your 2018 posts, all your ideas sound so interesting! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • Alys says:

      Thank you Bexa, your lovely words mean a lot to me! I’m so glad I found those chats because of you, they’ve been so much fun! You’re very welcome ❤ Thanks, I'm excited to see what you've got to say this year too! xx

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  2. chloeluye says:

    Thank you Alys, it means a lot that you enjoy reading my posts! Your blog progress is amazing and I’m so happy to have met you and found your blog. I can’t wait to read your post to come in the new year ahead! X

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  3. Alicia says:

    What amazing accomplishments you’ve had in the past 2 months! Thank you for putting me on the list, I’m honored you enjoy reading my blog and I’m definitely going to check out everyone else on the list as well!!! Happy New Year :))

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  4. ashleyleia says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out! I’m looking forward to reading what you come up with in 2018. I get pretty easily overwhelmed by the whole blogging thing, but the WordPress community is pretty amazing because of lovely people like yourself. xo

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  5. Sam says:

    Thank you so much for the referral Alys, I cannot tell you how grateful I am. It has been great to engage with you recently on my blog and I do hope to keep putting posts out there for you to enjoy. Great work on your blog, congrats and keep it up!

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  6. silkandspire says:

    I really enjoyed you post! amazing what you have done in you time so far. Look forward to reading more of your blog and looking at blogs you have been reading. I’ve very new to the whole blogging wordpress platform so its nice to have some places to start 🙂

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  7. crystalsandcurls says:

    Thanks for the mention you lovely thing! Personally, Pinterest is a MASSIVE source of traffic and inspiration. If you pin images from your blog, even if you have 0 pinterest followers, Pinterest logs the image and if people search something your image is relevant for (so maybe like open letter ideas and you pinned a post for “10 open letters to get to know yourself better”) your image will show up xx

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    • Alys says:

      You’re so welcome! Ah I see, I have heard of that before but I guess I haven’t really committed to it yet. Maybe I’ll give it a try this month and see if I get anything out of it! Thanks for the tip!❤ xx

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  8. Melanie says:

    Impressive stats for a fellow newbie. Keep these articles coming. I enjoy reading them although I may not always get to them same day as published. Looking forward to some good reads again this year.

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