The Beauty Analyst: 2016 Blog Review

Hello beauts! What a roller coaster ride this year has been. Looking back on everything I am so happy I started a blog, I can officially say that over 6 months have passed and I still love every minute of it!  I have created a few questions for myself to answer about my blog, If you want to use the same questions I’ve left them at the bottom of this post for you to use – tag me in and link me your post if you use them!

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I started my blog on the 15th June 2016 using – WordPress. Before I started blogging I had no idea of the amount of blogging platforms you could use to edit and bring your blog to life, however for me WordPress has been so good! It’s super easy to use and I would totally recommend it to any new bloggers out there! My Blog has now had over 4,200 views from over 50 different countries – I cannot thank you all enough!

I also started my Twitter and Instagram account the same day! I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would achieve so many followers in quite a small period of time. I now have 260 followers on WordPress, 309 on Instagram and just over 1,150 on Twitter . The kindness and support from fellow bloggers and followers has been so amazing so I want to thank you all for that! I’m sending you a virtual hug right now!

1.What has been your biggest blog challenge in 2016?
PHOTOS! I have no problem writing blog posts but I really struggle to take photos! I currently don’t have a proper camera so everything is taken from my phone. I also work long hours so daylight is always a problem for me! I feel like my flat laying and editing skills have become better since I began my blog, however there is always room for improvement! 

2.Has your blog changed since you started it?
I would have to say that the biggest change has been that I decided to also include lifestyle posts on my blog. I really love beauty but then I was getting so many ideas for lifestyle posts that I really wanted to extend where my blog was going. My favourite lifestyle post has been my Guide to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It is a blog post I thought I could really help people with, and it has now become one of my most viewed posts since I started my blog! I now love being a beauty AND lifestyle blogger, I blog about anything beautiful so I definitely believe that my blog has become what I wanted it to become now, it’s more me! 

3.What was your biggest blog achievement in 2016?
This has to be being approached by Nivea to review some of their new products launched this summer. Nivea is one of my favourite brands so to be contacted out of the blue by them was a dream comes true. I was contacted by the brand as they had seen that I had blogged about some of their products and they liked how I wrote my blog posts. I was surprised when I received a large parcel of products from them and I really enjoyed writing a review of their products after testing them for over a month – read my post on them here.

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 4.What has been your most viewed post of 2016?
My most viewed post has been my post on the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in Boho Nude – read here. I couldn’t believe how many people from all over the world searched for this lipstick and read my review on it. It’s a gorgeous shade – its my dupe for MAC velvet teddy! Perfect for any season and any occasion!

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5.What has been your least viewed post of 2016?
Currently my least viewed post has been my November Favourites. However this has only been published for 5 days so things might change! I actually love writing favourites posts so will continue to write them as an archive for myself so I can look back on them all!

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6.Which post did you most enjoy writing in 2016?
This is super hard to whittle down! I think it will have to be my ‘Perfect make up for the workplace’ post. I absolutely loved writing this post and letting you all know what the perfect professional look should be. It was also the perfect lighting for all of my photographs and I felt like I’d put so much effort into this post. I was so pleased you all enjoyed it, I received a lot of comments on it too!

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7.What has been the best thing about being a blogger?
I would say the blogging community, I have met so many wonderful bloggers and now I couldn’t live without them. My biggest supporters have been xandra rose blogs and lucy luvs beauty. Me and Alex started blogging around the same time and just clicked, she is now my little ‘twinnie’ and we speak every week about blogging, life, and anything really. I know that I can have a little rant to her about anything and she completely gets me. Also she is the most underrated photographer ever. Her blog photos are just incredible. Lucy also started blogging around the same time as me. Her blog posts have been so helpful as she uses so many different products – mostly ones I have never tried before. She even recommended to me my now favourite Nivea tinted moisturiser. Lucy is so supportive, and her son is the cutest kid ever!

 I am going to do a separate post about my 2017 blogging goals so for now I will leave you with my questions and answers and thank each and every one of you for supporting my blog since the 15th of June, it’s been a crazy journey but I love it!

1.What has been your biggest blog challenge in 2016?
2.Has your blog changed since you started it?
3.What was your biggest blog achievement in 2016?
4.What has been your most viewed post of 2016?
5.What has been your least viewed post of 2016?
6.Which post did you most enjoy writing in 2016?
7.What has been the best thing about being a blogger?

Hope you have had the most amazing 2016, roll on an even better 2017.

lots of love

the beauty analyst x

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9 thoughts on “The Beauty Analyst: 2016 Blog Review

  1. XandraRose Blog says:

    OH TWINNIE! I was reading through all the lovely things you enjoy about blogging, your most viewed and least viewed posts and then I came across the last part, that has utterly and truly made me day! Thank you so much you beautiful lady.
    I just want to say how very proud I am of you for everything you have achieved in the last 6 months, you deserve it all and I whole lot more! I can’t wait to make so many more blogging/personal memories with you! Love you lots xox

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