One Year Of The Northernist

2 Jan 2017

Today is a super duper special day, as it's my blog's first birthday! I can't quite believe that a year has gone - it's absolutely flown over - and it's already time for me to look back at my blog over the year. It actually feels like I only set it up a couple of months back, but it all started way back on January 2nd 2016.

I started off my blog with this post, all about the things I wanted to achieve over the year and explaining why I set up a new blog. I remember being so eager about starting to blog again, and I spent so long perfecting my layout and thinking about the things I wanted to post. I swear, I was doing my boyfriend's head in with all the ideas I threw at him at random points of the day! But after I published my first post, University got so hectic and intense, that I went quiet on the blogging front until June.

Again, I only managed one post that month, but it was all about the things that University taught me. Posting that reignited my love for blogging, and so I made sure that I would post at least one thing in July. And I actually ended up posting six things in July, as my mum went off on holiday while I house-sat for three weeks. As I wasn't at Uni anymore and had the odd shift at my bar job, I tried to put a lot more effort into my photos and content. This was the month that I published my first baking post, about salted caramel millionaire's shortbread, and after a really warm reception, I realised I had the perfect space to share my love of baking. Some of the other posts I was particularly proud of that month were my Alice In Wonderland palette review and my graduation post.

August was the month that I started to work three different jobs, so my monthly post count dipped slightly as I adjusted, but I managed five posts, which I was quite chuffed with. I felt like I was finding a rhythm with blogging and I was really enjoying my content. Some of the posts I loved were my chat about our day at Edinburgh Fringe, the gooey triple chocolate brownie recipe, and my first ColourPop haul. September was pretty much the same. I was adjusting to life, so didn't post too much, but five posts were fine with me. I particularly loved my post about Leeds festival and my carrot and orange cupcake recipe.

October was when I started to up the pace a little with my posting, and with Halloween on the horizon, I was able to do a bunch of baking posts. I also managed to develop a huge following in Canada after posting this double chocolate and raspberry brownie recipe, somehow. That was the first time I realised that people were actually reading what I was putting up, and I had a bit of a 'holy cow' moment. It's still one of my favourite posts on the entire blog, not just because of the thousands of views it had, but because I really love the photo - plus, the actual brownies tasted insane. Some other posts that I loved from October were my cookies 'n' cream cupcakes, my classic cornflake tart, and the second ColourPop haul.

In November, I picked up the pace even more with a whole ten posts, which I was so so proud of. I had so much on my plate towards the end of the year, and I was so pleased with myself for splitting my time so well. I feel like November was the month that I really came into my own and realised that I loved writing about what I wanted, rather than trying to follow the trends and "fit in". It was because of this sudden sense of wanting to do this blog thing how I wanted to that I decided to post my review of Lady Gaga's most recent album, Joanne. While it has only just hit 100 views, it was something that I felt passionate about and wanted to post, so for me, the views just didn't matter at all. Bearing this in mind, it's quite difficult for me to pick a couple of favourite posts from the month, so I really loved my review of Makeup Revolution's Fortune Favours The Brave palette, my review of Black Mirror season 3, my recipe for Crunchie mess cupcakes and my brownie Christmas trees.

While I thought that ten posts was a crazy amount, I pushed the boat out in December and managed to post fourteen times, resulting in 50 posts over the entire year. I love that it's a round number - not sure if that sort of thing pleases anyone else, but I find it so satisfying. But yes, I was considering trying out blogmas, but I just wouldn't have had the time, so fourteen posts is really amazing. Again, it's difficult for me to pick out just a couple of faves, but I particularly loved my post about the White Lies gig, my toffee and gingerbread cupcakes recipe, my day at York Christmas market post, and my round-up of 2016. There are so many others that I really enjoyed writing, but this post is already pretty long, so we'll wrap it up there.

If you've made it right to the end of this post, you'll see that it's been quite a rollercoaster of a year for The Northernist. There was a huge dip at the start and a really great big climb at the end, and I'm hoping that this climb will continue on into 2017. If you've taken a look at my 2017 post, you'll know that I'm aiming to get at least five posts published a month, and I'm still going to posting the things that I like instead of trying to follow the crowd. I'd found so much joy out of writing on here during the last few months of 2016 when things in real life got pretty tough, so I still want this to be a place where I can post what I like and get all my ramblings out of my brain.

To those of you that have been here since the start or those of you that know me from Olivia's Notebook, thank you very much for giving me those 'holy cow' moments where I realise people actually read what I post. To those of you that are brand new, hello! Thank you for joining us and I hope you like what I talk about. And the biggest happy birthday to this little blog of mine. Hopefully, I'll look back on this post on the 2nd of January 2018, and smile at how far you've come.

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