2017 Review – Blog & Youtube Statistics

This is a slightly nerdy post, so ignore this if you want to see my full review of my year in London, which I’ll be posting shortly after this. I’m only a small and amateur blogger and Youtuber. But given that fact, I feel I’ve done really well this year, as it’s been really interesting to look at some of the statistics. So as I was looking through the analytics pages, I thought I would share some of the key figures with you as well, so you can see which of my posts and videos were most popular, and if you’re the type of person who enjoys statistical things.

Thank you so much to everyone who has viewed, liked, shared and commented on my content during 2017. I wouldn’t bother doing any of this if nobody was interested, so it means a great deal to have so many loyal followers, and I hope you’ll stick around to see more of my adventures in 2018! If there’s anything you particularly want to see from me, then please do let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. But for now, here’s how things have gone this year.

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Blogger Recognition Award

As if nominating me for the Liebster Award wasn’t generous enough, Holly from Life Of A Blind Girl has also nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award twice this year, in January and October, which is very kind indeed, thank you Holly! Do go and check out Holly’s blog, as she publishes lots of great posts about visual impairment, disability awareness and her hobbies and interests.

The Blogger Recognition Award simply requires you to write a bit about your blog and give advice to new bloggers, and then nominate other bloggers to do the same, to share the love and give them some exposure and recognition. So that’s what I’m going to do here. Thanks again to Holly for nominating me!

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Building My New Social Network With A Visual Impairment

I’ve shared overviews of this story as guest posts on Scope’s community forum and the Nystagmus Network’s newsletter. Many thanks to them both for featuring me! And if you’ve found me via one of those articles, hello and welcome! 🙂

On September 30th, I gave a talk at the Nystagmus Network’s Open Day about how I had been building a new social network for myself in London. It was my first time giving a public speech about myself, but it went really well. I spoke for about 15 minutes, then we had a group discussion for the next 15 minutes. It got a very positive response, and I got chatting to many people as a result of it, so I was very happy with it. I’ve written blog posts about how I prepared for it and my experience at the Open Day, as well as publishing a vlog of my trip on Youtube.

So this post is a written version of that speech, and I’ve posted a video version that I filmed on the same evening. Both are longer than the actual speech I gave at the Open Day, as without constraints on time or length I’ve been able to explain things in a bit more detail. So the actual speech was a slightly more concise version of this, although 15 minutes was still quite a bit of time to fill!

Obviously my situation is unique to me, and everyone’s circumstances will be different in their own way. I’m just giving examples of the things I’ve done. The overall aim is to show that it’s important and worthwhile to try things that interest you and grasp opportunities when they arise, as you never know what will result from them. You may have to push yourself out of your comfort zone a bit, and I know that can be easier said than done. It was a challenge for me, and it still can be sometimes. But the more you try things, the more confident you’ll get, and you’ll soon start to reap the rewards of your efforts. Otherwise, you’ll always be asking yourself ‘what if’, which is never helpful.

So I hope you enjoy reading this. Thank you to Sue Ricketts and the Nystagmus Network for asking me to share my story at the Open Day, and to all those who responded to it so well.

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New Year, New Start

Happy New Year everybody! I hope it turns out to be a happy, comfortable and prosperous one for you. If you’re currently going through any difficult times, then I hope the coming year brings some positive vibes and fortune for you.

For me, 2017 is going to be very interesting, as shortly before Christmas my mother and I moved to London! Hence I’ve been very quiet in this blog over the last few weeks. Relocating has been the plan for some time, but thanks to curveballs of one kind or another being thrown our way, it’s only during the past year that it’s finally come to fruition. It does feel like now is the right time though, that it’s been worth the wait to get this much needed fresh start.

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