Another year has passed by and with it I want to take a brief look at last year, the things that happened as well as a look at what I hope will happen in the future.
2017 has been a year of ups and downs for me personally but I ended it on a high. It’s my first year of blogging here at My Peacock Books and I’ve loved it! I’ve developed a blog that feels personal to me, shows off my personality and I enjoy having fun with it but at the same time I’ve been able to connect with some amazing people out there, including some brilliant bloggers.
For less than a year of blogging (I started here in April) I’m amazed that my blog has had nearly 6,000 views, well over 3,000 visitors, 2,567 likes and a total of 510 followers (social media included)! Thank you so much to everyone who has visited, liked, commented and followed. You’ve really made me feel welcome in the blogging world and I can’t thank you enough.
So which posts have been the most viewed of all last year?
The most viewed post with over 200 views is What Makes A Book Young Adult / YA Versus Just Adult? This post was my first real article/discussion post and has been read again and again. I still haven’t written up a follow up to this, apologies, but I will do this year and hopefully soon. It’s a post I’d still love to hear new opinions on so please do visit and comment if you haven’t already.
The next most popular post with 143 view is Free Books/ARCs Help the Publishing Industry so Stop Complaining! This post has had a bit of a mixed reception. Some people agreeing with my view that books given free for review are nothing to complain about, but it’s brought up some interesting debates over book piracy and it’s something I plan to look into more in future.
In third place for most viewed thing, with just under 90 views is Does Editing in Books Matter? I’ve always had issues with books and editing, personally believing that books should be as well edited as possible, but there are varying views and it’s great to read some of them and see what others think.
So all three of my most viewed posts have been articles. In fact virtually all my articles have topped all other posts as being the most popular proving I should write more 😉 However I want to show off a range of my posts and I can’t help but laugh at the 4th most viewed thing on this blog…my About page!!! 😮 Sure if you want to know more about me please do visit (I’ve recently updated it) but really, I didn’t expect that to be so popular with 85 votes!
One of my poems got very high views (47) Is This The Final Goodbye? It was written for Metal Health Awareness week and there’s more than just a poem in this post but a lot about mental health awareness, as well as a true story of some of what I’ve been through. It’s never easy to write about yourself but I hope it was well received and if you do take a look I hope it doesn’t upset too much.
The book review with the highest votes (45) is for a book I would still recommend today and that’s The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson. I know the author’s brilliant ability to immerse you into a dark and exciting fantasy world, having read her previous book Visions of Zarua, however The Lost Sentinel is her newest work and so much happens in this story, it’s a really great read!
And a fun one to end with. The arty post with the most views, a photograph, is this one, Pedestrian Pigeons, for the weekly photo challenge ‘pedestrian’. It’s of a fun photo of pigeons! So please take a look if you want 🙂
So, that’s a look at some of my best posts of 2017. Other news from last year include the fact that I’ve been approached by a new publisher for reviews. I don’t know if it’s a one-off thing but I’m hoping it’s a regular thing as they have some very interesting books and I’d love to have more to read! Along with the ups I’ve had some downs though, the worst being my diminishing ability to read digital books. It’s just something that I can do in small bouts but it gives me headaches so I can’t do it often.
So what do I hope for 2018? To be honest, more of the same would be wonderful! I’ve received around 500 followers (more than I imagined I would) and wouldn’t it be amazing to double that? But in reality even if nobody else followed this blog, I’d still write here as often as I can because I just love writing, blogging and sharing my thoughts with anyone who cares to read them 🙂
One of the big things I’d really like to do is to get writing more. I know I have a lot of posts in my head on different subjects but it’s getting around to the actual writing that’s hard. It’s not just the confidence issue, especially around creative fiction writing, but also a case of not having the time. Like many of you I’m busy a lot with offline life and sometimes things crop up that means I can’t always write when I want. Reviews seem to come to me easily, but writing not so well.
I’d like to be able to visit more of your fabulous blogs. This though is completely dependant on my time and I admit that I am struggling at times. I’m not able to visit everyone I like as often as I like but I certainly want to get into the groove of being far more active with your blogs so I hope you’ll forgive me when I can’t attend and like to hear from me when I do, lol 🙂
Another thing is social media…I’m hopelessly lost on some of them. I’m not the most active online at least that’s how it looks, it shows when I disappear for days (or occasionally weeks) at a time This is something I hope to get fixed, and get into the habit of knowing how to use these platforms better for my blog so that my channels aren’t boringly repetitive. The key is to knowing how to use each platform, that way I won’t be entirely lost. I think maybe I should have just put: be more organised – that seems to be the real goal here!
I plan to set a lower goal of books to read in the Goodreads Challenge. If I’m honest I’d also like to take a chance or at least a look at some other book challenges too. Not sure if I’d take part but if you know of any you enjoy let me know 🙂
One more thing that I think I need to work on is the tagline of my blog as well as making it clear to people that Phoenix the Peacock is a mascot (as some have called me Phoenix in 2017! 😮 ) My tagline used to be Books, Art, Poetry & Peacocks! It’s now changed to Books, Art, Poetry, Peacocks & Lots of Other Stuff! but I’m not sure if that’s imaginative enough or not? I want something memorable and instantly recognisable. What do you guys think?
I do have a personal resolution too…I want to work at being happier. That sounds weird and silly but I make it no secret on this blog that I do sometimes suffer from horrible bouts of depression. I’m not naturally a depressive person, I don’t want to be at least, but at times it can be overwhelming. It’s at these times that I struggle personally the most, although it’s also a time of great creativity with much of my darker poetry becoming a cathartic experience and lifting me out of that low. So this year I hope will be a happier one for me personally…and I also wish that for all of you ❤ 🙂
I may even write more about this subject in the future, it’s not always popular but mental health is a topic that can be misunderstood and can be hard to talk about and I would like to break that barrier, especially on this blog.
So that’s it! A look back at the best of 2017 and a look to the future of 2018. There will still be lots of book reviews, poetry, the usual types of posts and hopefully you’ll all continue to enjoy reading 🙂
What are your best moments of last year? What are you looking forward to this year? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you and love to have more interactions and blogs to read 🙂
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