Review of the year 2016: toddlers, babies, life and my top 5 blog posts


What a year! My second beautiful boy was born in June and we had a pretty tough few months with feeding/weight issues, a hospital visit at 8 weeks and general crankiness til he was 4 months old! When I wrote about parenting 2 boys I think I was in a bit of a negative place…. things do get easier and we’ve had a great few months now…

All the while his big brother W has developed such a character over the year. Full of chatter, very clever with words, numbers and his imagination… and potty trained to boot!

Early in 2017 we desperately want to find a new, bigger home. We’d put an offer in on one but had to pull out as it was overvalued, so really hoping something in the desired area comes up very soon!

And then before you know it, I’ll be back in work in June 2017! I decided to take a full year for maternity this time around, I’m not planning on having any more and it’s lovely having extra time with W as well as baby S.

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions but I would like to get fit again (been saying that for years!!) and ever since my dad died I’ve been trying to be a better person whether it’s helping local charities or whatever…

The blog’s ticked along nicely in 2016, I’m a stats geek so glad visitors are up 60% this year! The bulk of these are from Google so people randomly finding my blog which is ace!

I’ve thought about giving it up but I’m going to keep going with it in my sporadic fashion… it keeps my work (digital marketing) skills up-to-date e.g. SEO and I’m now on Instagram and been dabbling on Pinterest, my blog is my little corner of the Internet for me… and I enjoy it!

No real blog ambitions for 2017… I went to my first few blogger events in 2016 and will hopefully go to more in 2017, it was really lovely to briefly meet other local bloggers. I’d like to say I’ll do fewer reviews as they tend to hang over me and stress me out too much but the reality is I hate turning them down! So basically expect more of the same 😉

I was chuffed to make a couple of round-ups…. Britmums used my ‘poignant’ breastfeeding story full of ‘raw emotions’ in a breastfeeding round-up which was a proud moment, and a baby toiletries (Child’s farm) review I wrote got added to a Tots100 pregnancy round-up.

I always love looking back at my top 5 most popular posts so this year’s in reverse order were….

#5 – REVIEW Clarins mum-to-be treatment – an oldie but a goodie from 2014, still gets lots of traffic from people googling this

#4 – 9 places you can donate baby clothes in Cardiff – I am SO glad this made the top 5, it went a bit viral locally when I published it (thanks in part to local uber-blogger Cardiff Mummy Says sharing it) and I know for a fact that some of these places have had donations because of the blog post….. and that is a good feeling!!

#3 – the ultimate guide to holidaying with a 1 year old – I wrote this epic guide in 2015 and it does well on Google for lots of related searches, and I can see people have shared it in forums too

#2 – 9 baby classes to do in Cardiff (or anywhere) – this was #2 last year as well and still get lots of google traffic daily for things like ‘messy play cardiff’

#1 – the Bumbo vs Snug – same as last year’s #1 post, this oldie from 2014 still gets lots of google traffic daily too… I really should be on commission!

Thanks everyone for reading, commenting and sharing in 2016 – it really means a lot. Hopefully you will stick around in 2017 xxx

Ps last year’s round-up post is here if you’re interested

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10 thoughts on “Review of the year 2016: toddlers, babies, life and my top 5 blog posts”

  1. I’d be so sad if you gave up blogging. Always look forward to reading your posts, no matter how far apart you publish them. You should write a post sharing your SEO tips as I know virtually nothing about using it! Good luck with the search for the new home. Our house is now on the market and we’re searching near Bristol for our new abode – exciting – yet stressful! Happy New Year, Heledd. xx

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  2. Happy new year and congratulations for all that you have achieved so far. Really great to catch up on what you have been up to. Dont give up the blogging:)
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
    Mainy

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  3. Don’t stop blogging! Its a great way to look back on what you did! Love your top 5 posts, a nice mix there!
    Thanks for linking up your year with #ShareYourYear! Hopefully you’ll carry on so I can see what you get up to in 2017, good luck with finding a bigger home!

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  4. Virtual high five on the potty training! 🖐🏼
    It’s sounds as though you had a positive year, for both you personally and your blog.
    I’ll be returning to work soon too and I’m anxious to see how it’ll all play out.
    I’d definitely like to go to a blogging event this year. Feel like it would really benefit me.
    All the best for 2017!
    #KCACOLS

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