Saturday, 6 January 2018

My 2017 Blogging Journey

MissZarabelle 2017 Blogging round up.

What a year 2017 has been for my little blog. After buying my own domain way back in January I cannot believe how much it has come on and how much fun and how many internet friends I have gotten out of it. Before I go any further I want to say thank you to everyone who has read even just one of my blog posts or left a comment, it's such a rewarding hobby and it just makes me so happy to think that other people get some enjoyment out of my keyboard rambles. Oh, and yes, I do know my succulent in the picture is dying. I tried though and that's what counts...

As I said, January was the month when I took the plunge and bought my own domain. I published my 2017 Goals and I think on the whole I did pretty well. My new organisational skills are balancing out the absolute failure of watching my spending. I haven't picked my 2018 goals yet because I want them to be achievable (I'm never gonna not buy that extra coffee am I now, let's be serious) and beneficial. I also published my 40 thoughts every ELA has on a night out which is a pretty good representation of every night out I went on in Germany...

February brought new fun and lots of travelling. The Bavarian spring school holidays allowed plenty of time to travel and I headed to Stuttgart with some friends and we stayed in an airbnb, which fast became my go to site for finding accommodation. At the end of Feb I was off to Frankfurt for the most bizarre experience of my life - Fasching. Think a fun Halloween for adults with massive street parties. March allowed me to do something I had always wanted to do and went skiing which was an incredible experience.

During the school Easter holidays I was able to fly back to the UK for a few days and spend some time in London. I got two visit two areas which had been on my London bucket list for ages; Camden and Notting Hill. Then it was my birthday. The big 2-1. I was so lucky that my birthday was during the holidays and with Ryanair tempting us with 9,99 flights to Verona it was pretty much a no-brainer. My birthday was spent in the most beautiful Verona and we squeezed in a slightly chaotic trip to Lake Garda before I hopped on a bus to Venice with one of my best friends Louise. It was an incredible trip and I feel truly honoured to have been able to make such special memories with friends I met in Germany who I still think about often.

May was never not going to be emotional and to be honest, I probably cried more that month than I have my whole life. Every day I was discovering more beautiful things about Nuremberg and I threw myself whole-heartedly into everything I did and I published this very emotional three week countdown. My return to normality was made so much better when I got to be a bridesmaid for my Aunt's wedding at the end of the month - trust there to be a 28 degree heatwave that day in Scotland of all places!

June was exciting as I moved back to St. Andrews and started my Summer job. I moved into a new flat and had a delightful afternoon tea at the Old Course Hotel for a friend's birthday. By the time July rolled around I was well and truly back to the daily grind, so much so that I took myself away on a little day trip to Durham and gushed about Why I Love Solo Day Trips. I haven't done any more solo trips since then unless going to Dundee for some shopping counts, so I want to make 2018 the year where I do more!

August was exciting as I was invited to the Fringe festival to see Out of Love and it was the first time I had been invited to do something just based on my blog. I couldn't believe it! I was so touched that someone would want me to write about them and had enjoyed my content that much. I also posted a little round up of my Summer and what I had been getting up to. Then, at the end of the month I flew to Copenhagen for a few days and had the most amazing brunch everrrr at Mad & Kaffe.

September was when things got a little crazy as the semester started, helped by the lovely team at Unibox who kindly sent me their back to university box. I set myself some semester goals which I really think helped keep me focused and I am really proud at how hard I have worked this semester. That being said, it didn't leave all that much time for blogging which is something I am really going to try and balance a little better in 2018. October was when I really discovered my love for Hygge which gave me the perfect setting to read a little more and in November I published my Winter reading list. I have read almost all the books on it now, a massive shout out to 'My not so perfect life' which I devoured in under 48 hours. Reading is definitely something I want to talk about more on my blog, so if you have any book recommendations or books you want me to review then leave them in the comments!

December was simply crazy, most of which is explained in my most recent festive catchup post. I've had a bit of time thinking over the holidays about whether I wanted to keep dedicating time to my blog when the semester starts and after a little wobble in blogging self confidence I'm determined that it's something I want to incorporate into my routine more. The months when I focus on my blog are genuinely some of my happiest months upon reflection, so I don't see why I would give up something that I take so much joy out of.

I loved writing this post and going back through all my posts from the year, picking my favourites and the ones that really helped shape my blog this year. Again, thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with my ramblings and read my blog. Since I installed Google Analytics on 29th March, theres been 1,661 of you who have visited my site and that blows my mind.
Thank you, and I can't wait to see what 2018 holds!


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  1. Wow! What a year! I love that you went to Verona! I'm reading that post right after I've published this comment, and what an incredible second half of your year abroad in Germany! Huge good luck in your final year push! You can do it! Remember to play just as hard as you work; I did that and I don't regret a thing of my final uni year. Excited to see what 2018 holds for you xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Faye! You'll have an amazing time in Verona I'm sure! Can't wait to read your 2018 journey too xx

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  2. What a good idea for a post! It sounds like a pretty successful year for you :)

    Jaynie Shannon*

    xx

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    1. Thank you Jaynie! It was a great year, hope you had a great one too! x

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  3. It sounds like you had a truly remarkable year- all of that travel sounds amazing. I hope 2018 provides as much space for growth and exploration for you :)

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    1. Thank you so much Anna! I was so lucky :) Hope you have a great 2018 too! x

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  4. This sounds like an amazing year. Hope you have an amazing 2018!

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    1. Thanks Katie! Hope you do too! x

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  5. What a nice way to reflect on the year! You've accomplished so much! You should be really proud of yourself! Here's to another great year! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you have a fantastic 2018 too x

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  6. I love how much thought you put into your posts...have a wonderful 2018, Zara!!

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    1. Thank you so much I really appreciate that! I hope you have an amazing 2018 too! xx

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  7. Aw, what a lovely post! Such a good idea to reflect on the year as a whole, sounds like it was a great year for you! Hope 2018 is just as good, if not better, for you! Laura x

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    1. Thanks Laura!! I hope you have an amazing year too x

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  8. I love this post such a fantastic creative way to look back on your year ❤️ Hope 2018 is a fantastic one for you 😃

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    1. Thanks Melanie! It's crazy how much you manage to do in a year when you look back over it! I hope you have a great year too x

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  9. Oh how lovely this little recap was to read. I like how you talked about each month indidvidually.
    Hope you'll have a terrific 2018.
    Lea, xx

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    1. Aww thank you Lea, so glad you enjoyed it! xx

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  10. You've really had a fab 2017 haven't you? It's so amazing. I love reading reflective posts lile this and seeing what people have gotten up to. That's so cool you got to go see out of love for your blog!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. It was, still can't really believe I got invited to something from my blog! Thanks for reading Jordanne xx

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  11. I love this! It's the first time I've seen a yearly roundup done month by month like this. It sounds like you've had a pretty eventful year! Verona for less than £10? Amazing. And happy domain purchase anniversary! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Sophie! I thought it would be a nice way of looking back on 2017 in the months to come as well :) Hope you have a great year xx

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  12. Sounds like you've had a great year! You've managed to pack a lot in.

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    1. It's definitely been busy, but so worth it! Thanks for reading Anna! X

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  13. Hi Zara! We are new to your blog and this post is a great recap of 2017! Buying your own domain is wonderful and really allows you to take ownership over your site. We'll be sure to follow along to see where your 2018 journey takes you! - Lady Bluebottle
    https://ladybluebottle.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! So glad to have you on board :) x

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  14. Oh My god you had such an incredible year. I went to lake garda a few year back and it was beautiful. The halloween event sounds cool. Looking forward to following your journey from now on xx

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    1. Thank you so much Gina I really appreciate that :) X

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  15. What a year! I hope 2018 goes well for you!

    www.itsmiraclewhip.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I hope it is a great year for you too :) x

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  16. Loved it. Where you bought the domain? I'm thinking on taking my blog to te next step.

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    1. I got mine from GoDaddy and it was really straightforward to set up! Good luck! x

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