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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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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Is This the PERFECT Editing App for Bloggers?!

Instagram, for me, has been such a tricky platform to “get right” and judging by the amount of Twitter chats about themes, apps, posting frequency, spam followers, flatlays, lighting etc I don’t seem to be the only one who has been left bedazzled recently.

After using an identical filter on all my pictures, abusing the brightness setting, adding a white frame, doing my best to accomplish the magical ways of VSCO cam and following those who seem to have cracked the code, I found myself in an Instagram rut and confused about what “looks good”.

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I know what you’re thinking, does it reeeallly matter whether your pics are perfect? Isn’t it just about sharing photos and happy memories? Well yes, unless you’re a blogger. At the end of the day each and every one of us, (whether you admit it or not) would go to the ends of the Earth for an amazing theme, it helps drive traffic to our blog and also looks pretty darn cool if you ask me.

I think it’s partly due to the most successful bloggers leading the way in the Instagram world, but that it’s also down to the fact that blogging really does teach us a whole set of different skills – one being photography. We are learning the technical terms, the power of lighting, how to use Photoshop etc, inside and out and so why wouldn’t we want to post a photo of which we’re proud of?

While I am a million miles from achieving something that looks as though it has been published in a magazine, I have found an app which at least makes me happy – and that at the end of the day is what truly matters.

I no longer look back on a photo the day after I post it and think “My god why did I think that filter did that photo any justice?!” or “what was I thinking when I cranked up the saturation?!”

Instead, I am pretty content with how my feed is shaping up…

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Anyway… the app in question is ColorStory. You only have to look at their Instagram page to appreciate the magic it can do.

Described as being able to “create fresh photos, bright whites and colours that pop”, this is the perfect app for those of you who want to step up your insta game.

At the moment, I am just using the free features on the app, with my favourite filters being “Disco Ball” and “Mimosa” from the “Good Vibes” collection and “Pop” and “Ice Ice” from the Essentials package.

However, following the ColorStory’s app itself, I am now lusting after every other filter going.

The app is SO simple to use and once you’ve made your edits you can easily save your photos to your camera roll or post them straight on social media. What’s more, if you use the hashtag #acolorstory the team might just pick up your photo and credit you on their account!

PLUS once you strike gold with your perfect combination of filters, you can save the editing steps to use again on future photos.

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Finally, there’s good news for Android users! Currently the app is only available on iOS but the team are in the process of making the finishing touches to your version of the app too…! 🙂

Have you used Color Story before? What are your favourite filters?

Make sure you check out more of my edits on my Instagram page here and if you are looking for more advice on how to improve your photos check out this post too.

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The A-Z of Me

I saw this post on the lovely Lady Writes Blog and thought it was a brilliant idea! On a daily basis we read reviews and posts which contain a blogger’s thoughts and opinions, but rarely learn much about the blogger themselves.

With the recent redesign of my blog, which you can read more about here, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take up the challenge of the Alphabet post, so here goes…!

Australia – Anyone who knows me could have filled in this letter for me. Since I was eight-years-old I have been dreaming of jetting off to experience the world down under!

Beach – Rain or shine, warm or freezing, night or day the beach is my place of tranquillity. It’s so calming and I have so many happy memories down by the sea. I am so grateful to have been brought up in such a beautiful place!

Charlotte – this is a bit of a cheeky one haha. Of course it’s my name, so whenever another blogger called Charlotte follows me on Twitter/Instagram it’s an unwritten rule, that I have to follow them back 😉

Dolphins – I’ve been lucky enough to swim with dolphins twice now, once in Florida and once on my birthday in the Caribbean! Next on the bucket list is swimming with turtles! We are yet to book our summer holiday, so who knows, I might be able to experience this sooner than I originally thought!

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Elephants – This A-Z list could also be a slight bucket list too! Elephants are one of my favourite animals, there’s just something about them that makes them so awe-inspiring and I would love to go on safari and see them in the wild.

Fridge Magnets – this is something I’ve copied from my Dad and Step-Mum. Whenever Alex and I go on holiday or on an adventure in the UK, we always head to the gift-shop for a fridge magnet. It’s such a good idea (if we do say so ourselves), because it’s a lovely way to remember some of the amazing places we’ve been, without buying impulsive souvenirs which will just get forgotten about in the drawers.

Games – My family is obsessed with board games. Growing up I would play them with my dad and cousins most Saturdays and the tradition has continued. From the classics to the obscure, we blimmin’ love them and, obviously, every single game is highly competitive, but that’s the way we like it 😉

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Happy – CRINGE alert! With summer just around the corner, this is my favourite time of the year, I just feel so much more alive! I live for long evenings, bbqs, beach walks and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin.

Italy – I love the country, I love the people and I love the food!

Jewellery – I am so lucky, thanks to my seriously generous family and friends to have two (almost full Pandora bracelets)! Each charm represents a period in my life or a funny memory and the bracelets will be something I will cherish forever!

Ketchup!!! As it says in all my bios, I am Heinz Ketchup’s no. 1 fan…mmmhmmmmm.

Lara – I have a little sister who is eight years old and a brother, called James, who is 21.

Music – I rarely go a few weeks without booking tickets for a gig or festival for months, even years in advance. Next on the gig agenda is Mumford and Sons at Hyde Park in July. The band mean a lot to me as my boyfriend and I went on our very first date to London during a glorious, warm weekend, where we saw them along with Ben Howard and Vampire Weekend at The Olympic Park! The atmosphere was incredible and I am SO excited to relive the same experience again this year 🙂

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Northern Lights – These two words are probably on every bucket list going and I already know I will be lost for words the moment I see them (hopefully from Iceland in the not too distant future)!

Oreo Milkshakes – My one true love.

Photographs – My friends and family mean the absolute world to me and I’ve always been one for taking photos, printing them out, making collages and displaying them around my room. When I moved to uni, I think I pretty much printed off a photo of everyone I knew and created a piece of art for my wall haha!

Quotes – I can spend hours and hours searching for the perfect quote to describe how I am feeling. Here are 20 Quotes You NEED to Remember.

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Rabbits – They’re SO cute! We were lucky enough to grow up with bunnies, at one point we had 12! The story? Basically we had a boy rabbit and a girl rabbit and they accidentally met in the garden one day and did what rabbits do best and we were too smitten to give them away! 🙂

Saving – Okay, this might seem like a boring one to all of you, but a very exciting one for me! I’ve recently opened the Help to Buy ISA and I am SO much more motivated to save for a house with my boyfriend! The day WILL come! 🙂 🙂

TV – Who doesn’t get addicted to a good TV show? Every now and again I become obsessed, like everyone and it takes over my life. If I am at work/am too busy to take part in a Netflix marathon, sometimes I accidentally Google the ending and ruin it… I really don’t help myself haha. On a side note, totally loving Big Bang Theory at the moment. I think it just keeps getting funnier and funnier! 🙂

Unicorns – I got WAY too excited when they introduced the unicorn emoji!

Vegetarian – I’ve not eaten meat or fish for around 15 years and (wait for it) I’ve never had a bacon sandwich! You can read about all my reasons why and some funny tales of accidental-near-meat-eating experiences here.

Watersports – If you read one of my recent posts you will have seen that we went kayaking the other day! Last summer we tried paddle boarding and can’t wait to give it another go this summer, but above all I really want to try the obstacle course in the New Forest which is pretty much like Total Wipeout!!! Sounds incredible right?!

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X-Ray – I don’t really know why someone would make up a letter of the alphabet and rarely use it haha. If you must know, I’ve had two X-rays, once when I thought I had a broken finger after a rounders tournament and the other when I fell off my bike and tore all the ligaments. It made my arm weaker, so I gave up playing tennis and found hockey instead.

Yosemite Park – This is a place that has been on my bucket list, ever since I met Alex. He’s been fortunate enough to go with his family and says it is the most beautiful place on the planet, so I can’t wait to experience it one day with him too.

Z As this is my blog, I figured I could dictate the rules, I don’t have anything for Z but I am desperate for another M so here goes… M – Moulin Rouge – My favourite film in the entire world. I have watched it a good 80/90 times (I used to count ehem nerd alert ehem), and can pretty much recite it word for word. After our recent trip to Paris, watching the film again, was like viewing it for the first time as a lot more of the city’s references and scenes clicked! 🙂

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So there you have it, the A-Z of me. This was such a fun post to write, so if you’re stuck for inspiration, or have been toying with the idea of putting together a slightly more personal post for a while, this is the perfect one! If you’ve already taken on the alphabet challenge, then please do leave me a link in the comment box to yours – I would love to read it!

 

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