Now that it is a new year I thought that I would share my 10 most popular blog posts of the year gone by (excluding giveaways). For the last few month's I kind of feel like I have lost my way with blogging and was unsure of what direction this blog was heading in. So instead of listing my ten favourite posts of the year gone by like I did last year, I decided to see which were my most popular posts and this has helped me to decided what direction I will be taking this blog over the next few months.
I am really surprised with my ten most popular posts as some of them I honestly never expected to do as well as they have done, whilst other posts I really expected to be here are not. So let's have a look at my most popular posts from 2015.
1.) Slow Cooker Slimming World Campfire Stew Recipe.
I never expected this post to do well at all, I was just trying out some new recipes and decided to post about slow cooker campfire stew, as I fancied featuring a recipe for a change. This post literally took me about 15 minutes to write up and I have hardly promoted it at all, but the views have went crazy. This post was on Pinterest before I had even joined Pinterest as someone else had pinned it. I still get hundreds of views every single day from Pinterest and Google for this recipe a year later, which is crazy. I only wish all of my blog posts got as many hits as this one as it gets thousands of hits each month.
2.) Slimming World Week Three.
When I seen this post had so many views I wondered what on earth was going on and then I realised it was because it contained my Slimming World Syn free salt & pepper chicken recipe. Again this is all down to Pinterest as this recipe keeps getting pinned and viewed every single day. I do love this recipe but the photo that goes with it is terrible, I think I need to re-do the image for this one. I never in a million years thought that this post would do well at all, obviously Slimming World recipes are popular. With this in mind I will be bringing back my Slimming World posts and featuring a weekly Slimming World recipe on my blog starting in the next few weeks.3.) How To Grow Your Pinterest Account And Get More Blog Traffic.
I wrote this post back in the summer after I attended a workshop in Newcastle hosted by Pinterest UK. I only joined Pinterest last spring and had no idea at all how it worked so I was keen to go and find out more. I am glad I went as I learnt so much, most of which I am still waiting to find the time to implement. What I did learn and the little changes I did make have made such a huge difference to my traffic. I only have a fairly small Pinterest following of around 600 people and I am terrible for rarely posting on it, however apart from Google it is my biggest source of traffic and on some days I even get more views from Pinterest then Google. I am going to spend the next few months really working on Pinterest to improve my traffic even more.4.) Gung-Ho Came To Newcastle.
I am not at all surprised to see this post in my most popular posts as this is one of my favourite posts from the year too. Back in September Chloe was invited to take part in Gung-Ho a fun 5k inflatable obstacle course by Alex Winters from cbeebies. This was such a fun event and got so much interest when people heard about it and was shared via Gung-Ho on their social media accounts too which boosted my views quiet a bit. I loved writing this post and we can not wait to go again in the summer, if an event is near you then I really recommend going.5.) Jungle Jacks Soft Play At Eldon Leisure Newcastle.
This is another post that I am amazed has done so well, I get so much traffic from Google on this one every single day. Back in the summer Eldon Leisure complex, inside Eldon Square shopping centre in the heart of Newcastle, had a make-over. To celebrate they invited local bloggers to the opening, however I could not make it so they invited my little ones to try out the new Jungle Jacks soft play , which they enjoyed. I decided to write a quick blog post about it as I don't think many people were aware that the soft play was now there and now so many people land on my blog after searching for reviews of what it is like. This has inspired me to blog more about are days out and places to visit in are local area this year.6.) Gro Hush Review.
I reviewed the then recently launched Gro Hush white noise baby calming device from the gro company at the start of 2015. We were sent this when Jacob was suffering colic and was around 4 months old, so we did not get the full benefit of the Gro hush as it is recommended from birth. However this was a great little gadget that certainly helped settle a restless baby, it is well designed and portable and defiantly worth a try if you have a restless newborn.7.) A Collection Of Nursery Rhymes Book Review.
Back in the summer we were selected to become Parragon Book Buddies, which means we get to review a wonderful Children's book each month. The first book we were sent to review was ' A Collection Of Nursery Rhymes'. This is such a gorgeous book filled with stunning illustrations and classic rhymes, making it perfect for any nursery. Book reviews normally do well but I was still rather surprised at just how well this post has done, I will be carrying on with my monthly children book reviews this year as I adore books.
8.) Lylia Rose Review & Wishlist.
This is a fairly recent post that I only published a few weeks ago so I am really surprised to see this in the top ten. Lylia Rose is a online ladies accessories store that stocks some gorgeous items at fantastic prices and is run by blogger and mum of two the lovely Victoria. I was sent a gorgeous make up bag to review and also created a little wish list of items from the store and Victoria kindly gave my readers a 20 % off discount code. You should go check out her site it is lovely and great for gift ideas.9.) Newcastle's Hidden Gems.
This is actually a sponsored post written with Travelodge, it is all about my favourite places in Newcastle. I really enjoyed writing this post and showing what a fantastic city I live in, something that I am guilty of taken for granted. Writing this post made me realise that their is so much to see and do in Newcastle and I need to get out and about more and be a tourist in my own city more often. It has also prompted me to start writing more about things to do in Newcastle on my blog, after all it is in my blogs name so it is expected.10.) The Marriott Hotel Beamish Package.
Back in September we were invited to spend a night in the Marriott hotel near the Metrocentre as part of their Beamish package, which included a fun family day out at Beamish. I love Beamish it is one of my favourite places to visit and I remember visiting as a child and is somewhere my own children love to visit too, as they love the trams and trains. I am not surprised this post has done so well as it got lots of lovely comments and is one of my favourite posts of the year too. Hopefully as the children get older we can share more of are weekends and holidays away as we have lots planned for in the future.
So those are my ten most popular posts from 2015. If you have a blog were you surprised by how well some of your posts have done too ?