My 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Google Analytics never fails to amaze me. You can learn SO much about your readers and audience, perhaps out of interest but also to help you discover your most successful blog posts and social platforms.

If you’re not already using Google Analytics my friend Sarah has written a post on why Google Analytics should be a blogger’s best friend, so make sure you check it out!

So without further ado, here is a mini round up of my most popular blog posts from 2016:

Most popular blog posts and food from a cafe at Hengistbury Head in Dorset

  1. Is this the Perfect Editing App for Bloggers? 
    I knew this post would make the final after all the interaction I got on social media! I still love this app and use it almost every single day for one reason or another! 🙂
  2. The A-Z of Me 
    I was thrilled to learn that my lovely readers were actually interested in me as a person too! Although you may read every post and social media update by somebody, you don’t truly know or get to understand the content creator, so I personally love reading these types of posts too!
  3. The FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 Review – The PERFECT Present 
    Many things are making a comeback these days in one fashion or another, from vinyls to the way we listen to music, first through headphones, then earphones and now wireless headphones – Polaroid cameras such as this one, are just the same <3
  4. The Next Chapter… Blog & Life Update
    Aww, reading this back is a proud moment. A blog is a commitment and should never be overlooked as something which anyone is capable of. It requires time, effort, dedication, money and passion to maintain a hobby and I am still so happy to typing away…
  5. JewelleryBox Review
    It’s hardly surprising that everyone loves JewelleryBox. Their products are beautiful, stylish and best of all, they’re affordable!

    Are you a blogger? Have you done a round up of your most popular blog posts of last year? Or maybe you love reading blogs and have an absolute favourite post/blogger. I’d love to read and learn all about them, so make sure you leave a link in the comments box :)Until my next post, you can find out what I got up to for New Year’s Eve at Orchardleigh Estate!

    XO

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New Year’s Eve at Orchardleigh Estate

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a magical time celebrating with your family friends!

We were lucky enough to spend two nights away at Orchardleigh Estate in Somerset over New Year with some of our best friends in the whole world. Picture a full weekend of copious amounts of food, drink, music, games and laughter.

Alex and I were the last to arrive at the house and the drive from the road deep into Orchardleigh Estate was like something out of a movie. The fog was thick, there were no lights and we didn’t exactly know where we were going, but knew to look out for a castellated building named Gloucester East – our home for the next two days.

Orchardleigh Estate Gloucester East
Gloucester East, Orchardleigh Estate

Orchardleigh Estate, Gloucester East bathroom

The grade II listed building had ridiculously comfortable beds and beautiful freestanding baths (although the hot water was temperamental – or maybe we just didn’t work out how to use it properly haha).

After an evening of Mexican food and games on the 30th, I felt like we were in a fairytale when we woke up in our very own mini castle on New Year’s Eve. We had an absolutely glorious breakfast (thanks Vicky and co.), before going on a two hour walk around the estate (this did wonders for our step count!). We discovered Orchardleigh House itself and one of the two picturesque churches which reside in the grounds.

Homemade Vegetarian Breakfast

Orchardleigh Estate

Orchardleigh House, Somerset

Church, St Mary, Orchardleigh Estate, Somerset

We had a fab time dressing up and playing Prosecco Pong (of course) in the lead up to midnight and sung our hearts out with Robbie Williams in the final countdown to 2017.

I truly had the most magical weekend celebrating with some fabulous friends and can’t wait for our next adventure together!

New Year's Eve, Orchardleigh Estate, Gloucester East

Orchardleigh Estate, Gloucester House, Somerset

I would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and spectacular 2017! If you liked this post make sure you’re following my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages to be the first to read my new posts  🙂

How did you celebrate the New Year? Have you been to Orchardleigh Estate before? Let me know in the comments!

XO

 

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A Winter’s Walk at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Having 10 days off in a row at Christmas is complete bliss. It’s a time when too many calories are consumed and we easily forget which day of the week it is. So today we ventured out to Rufford Abbey Country Park to blow off the cob webs and admire the stunning views which came hand in hand with the winter sunshine… 

Half of the lake was frozen over, so it’s a shame we forgot our ice skates ;)! 

Of course we fed the hungry ducks and geese (you’re never too old for this activity). 

On the way home we followed the winding country roads and chased the stunning sunset. 

Despite the cold, (the temperature barely exceeded zero), we had a lovely afternoon and it gave me a chance to check out my brand new Jawbone activity tracker – stay tuned for an upcoming review!

Have you been to Rufford Abbey Country Park before? Did you brave the cold this Christmas? 

XO

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My Blog Featured in Aimee Raindrop Writes’ Blogger Series!

Hi Everyone! 🙂

I am so excited and extremely grateful to be writing this post…

A little while ago the lovely Aimee from Aimee Raindrop Writes asked me to be a part of her blogger interview series for 2016.

Obviously I said yes because it sounded like such a fun opportunity and I am delighted to have been featured on another blog – I know how hard everyone works to create amazing content, so I feel privileged!

What’s more, Aimee’s questions allowed me to take a step back and think about blogging for what it actually is, why I started it and what it means to me.

To read all my answers pop over to Aimee Raindrop Writes and if you like discovering new bloggers, make sure you check out Aimee’s full blogger interview series too – enjoy!

Finally, I owe a huge thank you to Aimee in general, because if you are a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that Aimee is super supportive! She comments on lots of my posts and likes loads of my tweets/Instagram pictures (in fact a notification popped up as I was writing this) – so thank you my lovely! xo

Aimee Raindrop Writes

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