2014 blog roundup: the good, the bad and the unusual

Blog roundupAs yet another year draws to a close, it seems to be customary for bloggers to take a moment to reflect on their blog’s performance during the previous 12 months.

This not only provides the opportunity to highlight some of their best posts, but also gives a boost to any that perhaps escaped under the radar. Who am I to buck the trend, so here’s my 2014 blog roundup…

When I started this blog back in May, my intention was to write a variety of posts about words, grammar and language, as well as life as a freelance copywriter. From my tag cloud, it looks like I’ve pretty much stuck to this. What’s more, I’ve also achieved my target of blogging once a week, which I’m really pleased about!

Best of the bunch

In reverse order, my top 5 most viewed posts are:

#5 Whatever the weather, we’ve an idiom for it

#4 7 cool Christmas gifts for writers

#3 Enjoy the right to be left-handed

#2 It’s time to take the plunge

#1 Christmas idioms and phrases unwrapped

Although I published this post less than three weeks ago, it’s the clear winner by miles – with over 1,400 views as of today. According to the stats, most people have found it via Google et al, which means that I’ve got the SEO side of things right. But the disconcerting part is that not one person has left a comment on it…

Most fun to write and research

Without a shadow of a doubt, the blog post I enjoyed writing the most – mainly because it allowed me to get my creative juices flowing while keeping my tongue firmly in my cheek – was I’m a Copywriter, Get Me Out Of Here! Do check it out if you’re a fan of I’m A Celeb.

The most enjoyable to research was 7 cool Christmas gift ideas for writers, as who doesn’t like the excuse to do some online window-shopping? Shakespeare rubber duckie, anyone?!

Winners of the wooden spoon

No blog roundup is complete without acknowledging the underachievers too. The proverbial wooden spoon goes to these three posts, which have barely seen the light of day. I’m not sure if the subject matter is unappealing, if the titles are uninviting or whether they failed to grab attention for some other reason…

On your marks, get set, go! (sport idioms to tie in with the Commonwealth Games)

Literacy: why you shouldn’t take it for granted (to mark International Literacy Day)

Would you recognise a paraprosdokian if you saw one? (a look at this humorous but little known figure of speech)

Over to you

So there you have it: my 2014 blog roundup.

I’d love to know which of these posts was/is your favourite? Or if you’ve particularly enjoyed reading another post not included here. Also, do please let me know in the comments if there are any topics you’d like me to cover next year. After all, there’s little point in me writing ’em if nobody wants to read ’em!

Finally, if you’re wondering how come you missed most of these, the simple solution is to subscribe (via the subscription sign-up box in the top right hand corner) and then each new weekly post will be emailed to you.

(Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at Freedigitalphotos.net)

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