Hi guys, I’m so excited about this post. Although I’m in disbelief that it’s time to write it again. Today’s post is my final post of the year (I mean, it’s NYE, of course it’s the last…) and it’s time for Me vs You. For those of you who have joined me this year, I did this post at the end of 2017 and another one dedicated to the end of my Recipe A Day May series. In this post, I’ll be comparing my 5 most viewed posts of 2018 with the 5 that I enjoyed writing the most/ I’m most proud of. Each post will have a little snippet regarding what it’s about and a reaction to its position on the list or an explanation as to why it made mine.
I had so much fun doing this post last year and it’s a really fun way to recap. Last year your favourites and mine overlapped a little but there were a few differences and I’m excited to see if we have much in common this year. If you can’t tell already, I’m writing the intro before I open analytics…
Last year I got my stats for that post on Christmas Eve and I’ve decided to pick up from where that one left off. The stats for this post are from 25/12/2017 to 30/12/2018. Yes, I’m leaving it as late as possible to make this as accurate as I can.
My 5 Most Viewed Posts 2018
Initial reaction: I forgot something when I first thought about doing this post. This year, I have a lot to thank Google for. Most of my beauty posts, foundation reviews especially, have done very well in terms of search engine rankings. That’s had a dramatic impact on the stats here. Don’t think we’re going to have much overlap here…
I know I’m cheating as this is 6th place, but this post is only 9 views behind number 5 and last time I checked my views for the year, this was 5th. And (spoiler) this is my favourite post I’ve ever written. When I last checked my yearly stats (probably October), I was really happy knowing that post was going to make this list.
Looking at the top 5, there’s only one in there that made it there from sources other than search engines. If we take Google out of it for a moment, this is my second most viewed post of the year, and it’s the most engagement I’ve ever had on a post. And I’m incredibly grateful for that.
This one wasn’t easy and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who ever clicked on or commented on this post. I got a lot of messages after posting this from girls who have had similar issues thanking me for talking about periods in such an open way and that’s the best result I could have ever hoped for; to get people talking. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
My actual 5 most viewed posts of the year
Fenty Foundation Review
My first ever blog post is my 5th most viewed of the year. Thanks, Google. I’m not going to link to this one because I think you deserve better quality that post. Just know that I think this one of the worst foundations on the planet for dry skin. But it gave me hundreds of views from search engines and I think it probably helped me grow my DA a little too so I guess I can’t hate it too much.
Some of you will know that I did this challenge recently, but I did it for the first time at the beginning of the year. The series as a whole was popular so I’m not too surprised to see this here, but this did considerably better than the other two posts from this series. I appreciate the fact you all wanted some budgeting inspiration.
When I was talking about taking Google out of it earlier, this is the one that didn’t come from search engines. So, this is the one that you guys actually voted #1 for the year.
I’m so shocked by this one. This post didn’t do that well when I first posted it. It didn’t do badly, but it was a very average post and that was only in September so I’m surprised that it gained enough search engine momentum to make it my 3rd most viewed. I didn’t see many people talking about this launch at all and generally got the vibe people weren’t that interested so this is a huge shock for me.
Yep, that foundation again. The initial review was just a first impressions and because it was fairly negative, I tried to use it for a few weeks afterwards, mixed it with different products and tried to make it work on dry skin. I didn’t have much success and I can probably count on one hand the number of times I used this foundation after this post went up, 14 months ago. Not a fan. The colour is exceptional though. Team Fenty, please release a dewy version, thanks.
This post has nearly 1000 more views than the one in 2nd place, which is insane. It was my first post to reach over 1000 views. Again, thank you, Google. I knew this was the top spot and I knew it would be by a long way. This one went up in April and I don’t think there’s been a day since June that I haven’t had at least one search engine view on this post.
The foundation launched at the same time as the Revolution stick foundation that everyone was talking about. I decided to try and review something else. Quite possibly the best blogging decision I’ve ever made. I only bought it to review it, wasn’t sure I was going to like it that much. But I thought it would be a good one to review. Turns out, I did really like it and it became my most successful post ever. Trust your instincts.
In case anyone is wondering where the recipes are, 7-20 are all recipes other than the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation which comes in at 10.
My 5 Favourite Posts
Initial reaction: I’d only been blogging for 3 months when I did this last year. Choosing from a full year of posts is HARD. Other than number one but we’ve already spoken about that.
I don’t know whether this post specifically is one of my favourites, but I love a challenge and I loved making all of the posts that came in this series. The initial post, all of the sugar free recipes that I made while I was doing this and sharing the results. It was an interesting couple of months and it took me out of my comfort zone.
As I said, I love a challenge. This is my planning post from the second time I did the challenge and I loved writing this one because I got to reflect and improve on the first time. I think I did a lot better the second time…
Vegmas!! I loved making Vegmas this year and really wanted to do this post especially. As we’re about to enter Veganuary, I’d like to say that a ‘first’ anything on a vegan diet can be challenging. But nothing is quite as intimidating as your first Christmas. This series did okay view wise. I knew it wouldn’t get the most views ever because it’s so far from your average Christmas, but I hope it helped a few people.
I’m cheating a little because this one isn’t here for the actual recipe. This one is a favourite from Recipe A Day May and the series in general was a yearly highlight. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so tired, the entire month was a blur, but I loved it. May was my best month ever for views, the series went down so well. 31 recipes in 31 days, only one that I’d ever made before. I’m still sorry I had to cheat that day. It was quite the experience. I can’t wait to do it again next year…
Thank you once more. After my introduction, I don’t think I need to say much more about this post. But I do want to say that I thought that starting the This Month series in general was a bit of a gamble.
Even though I started these posts in a light hearted way, I knew a post like this one would come eventually, albeit sooner than I anticipated. This edition of This Month was just me having a rant but I’m incredibly proud of this one and This Month in general. Turns out you guys like it when I talk about periods. Every This Month post I’ve posted has done reasonably well and I’d like to say another thank you for how well my gamble was received.
I know this is a long one, so well done if you made it to the end. I need to stop saying that, they’re all long… Is a favourite of yours up there? I’d love to know if there’s one here that you enjoyed reading too.
This is my 212th post of the year and I’d like to end it with a huge thank you to anyone who has stopped by this year. Some posts you write more for yourself, some you write thinking they’ll do well. But I literally could not write this post if you hadn’t been here reading, liking and commenting. Thanks for all of your support this year! I hope you have an amazing NYE and an incredible 2019.
Until next year,