That’s A Wrap 2017 – Top 5 Posts of The Year

Well, 2017 is done. It’s been a bit of a mixed bag on this here old blog. And it’s been a rollercoaster of a year for us as a family. We left our big house in Wales and headed lock, stock and barrel for sunnier climes in Portugal. And we have no regrets. It’s been a big change but for the better. top 5 posts of 2017

The blog has also changed somewhat with me taking a new new direction (more on that to come in my next post). The blog has grown slightly over 2016, and my followers on most social media platforms have increased too. And I like to take time to look back on what posts did well during the year. I don’t include giveaway posts as they always get a lot of attention as there is a prize on offer. But I do like to see which real posts do well, and there are a few surprises this year.

So without further ado, let’s see my Top 5 of 2017.

Why I am reluctant to have a second child

This post was written back in June 2016 and detailed my reasons why I am reluctant to have a second child. It was a very personal post and one I was unsure about posting. But I got some lovely comments and it received the most views this year, which was a big surprise. 

Grobag Baby Sleep Bags: Review

This post comes from way back in 2015 when I wanted to share my love of Grobags with the world. It has been my most viewed post in the previous two years. I slightly tweaked this post this year for SEO and once again, it makes my top 5 viewed posts of the year, coming in second place. This review generally gets a few views a week which helps keep it in the top 5 spot for the last three years running. I really did love Grobags and hope that people find this review helpful in deciding whether they want to use them with their little ones or not.

The Gro Egg: Our Review

Another review from 2015 that is doing well is my review about the Gro Egg, which we were using in BattleKid’s room until we moved to Portugal in May. It made clothing BattleKid for bed easy, whether the weather was warm or cold outside. It also proved to be a useful nightlight. I haven’t done anything with this post and yet it came in third place. 

5 Things to Do in New York with a Toddler in Tow

I wrote this post at the beginning of 2017 with a view to sharing things we did in New York with BattleKid in tow. I did feel apprehensive about bringing a toddler to New York as I wasn’t sure what there was to do with him that would be enjoyable for all of us. I need not have feared, we found plenty to do with him that all of us enjoyed. It was that fear and apprehension that led me to writing this post, to share with other families the sort of things you can do in New York with a toddler in tow. My aim was to prove there is something there for everyone to enjoy, even the little people in your family. And from this post has come a mini series on the blog in which I share 5 things to do in other cities and locations. And I plan for this little series to continue.

Planning Our First Family Visit to Disneyland Paris

This year was a big anniversary for Disneyland Paris, and also for BattleDad. He was part of the opening crew of EuroDisney and we planned to visit with BattleKid for the first time to enjoy the 25th anniversary celebrations. We decided to visit in December to take in the festive season at Disneyland and we had a brilliant time. But once I’d booked our flights and accommodation during the summer, I wanted to get more planning done and so I turned to the blogging community for help. They came up trumps and my planning post was my fifth most viewed post of 2017. I’m hoping this post will help other families planning their visits to Disneyland Paris.

So there you have it, my top 5 viewed posts of 2017 (not including giveaway posts). I am surprised by one or two and delighted to see two of my more travel-related making it into the top 5. If you haven’t read any of these posts, just click the highlighted title to have a nosey.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of you who have visited the blog, read a post, left a comment and supported us during the year. And thanks to everyone who follows me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. I really do appreciate your comments, visits, likes and shares and your support. 

And if you are a blogger yourself, what were your top read posts of the year? Any surprises?

Cath x

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My Top 5 posts of 2015

We are nearing the end of January 2016 already, how did that happen! I’ve seen a few of these types of posts and thought it would be good to do my own list and see which of my posts got the most views last year. And I was quite surprised with one or two of them. So without further delay here they are:

  1. Grobag Baby Sleep Bags: Review. This was my most viewed post of 2015 and although we are not even a month into 2016, it is in my top 5 already so far! I wrote this last July as only my fourth ever review of a product I use and love, and I am constantly surprised that it still gets consistent hits. We really do love our Grobags and have been using them ever since BattleKid was the correct weight to start going into them. I swear by them, hence why I wrote my review of them! (Not a sponsored post)Grobags
  2. Pneumonia risk after Chicken Pox! I wrote this post in response to a visit to the doctors with BattleKid when he just didn’t seem to be getting over a cold he had after he had chicken pox while we were on holiday in Lanzarote last year. What I learned during that visit surprised me so much I felt compelled to write about it. This again get consistent hits and I’m glad because I wrote it in order to warn parents of the risk of pneumonia after chicken pox which I had never heard of before seeing our doctor! If it helps just one parent then my job is done.
  3. The Gro Egg: Review. Following on from my review of the Grobags I wrote about how much I love our Gro Egg for its accurate reading of the temperature in BattleKid’s room. It’s still firmly in place on his shelves and is referred to each night as he goes to sleep and as we check on him before we retire ourselves. It’s a great product! (Not a sponsored post)
  4. I’m looking forward to Christmas! I wrote this post last September as I was already getting excited about Christmas with BattleKid then. I knew last Christmas was going to be a different affair with BattleKid being almost 2 and I wasn’t wrong. It was great and makes me excited for this Christmas already!
  5. Simply for Flying, the Children’s Flight Logbook: Review. This was my third review of a product and is one that will be used for years to come with BattleKid. The brainchild of Bronwyn Darnoc of Simply For Flying, it was one I ordered just before BattleKid’s first ever flight,and although it didn’t arrive in time for that it has been used since. It will be getting a workout again this year with the holidays we have planned! (Not a sponsored post)Simply for Flying Logbook

So there you have it, my top 5 viewed posts of 2015. What was your most popular post of last year?