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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?