2019 is coming to an end, bringing with it a heck load of anxiety and stress but also surprise. I’m just so in awe of the fact that I’ve been now blogging for almost two years? My 2 year blog anniversary lies somewhere in the first week of January so yeah, time really flies. The first time I published a post, I assure you I had no idea how much I would love blogging about books or how it would become a huge part of my life. I’ve grown a lot in so many different ways and I’m extremely proud of it, especially my tiny little blog which seems to be growing bigger and bigger.
So looking at this year’s wrap-up in terms of my reading and blogging is sure overwhelming but I love looking back at al my accomplishments anyway. So let’s get on with it!
2019 Wrapup: Bookish and Blogging Year At A Glance
I’ve got most of my statistics off of the Goodreads site which informs me that I’ve read 31,045 pages over 112 books! Since my DNF reviews also go into my read books I’ve actually read 106 books but that still means that I accomplished my annual reading challenge of 100 books!
The longest book that I read was Ghosts Of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare and other authors (617 pages) and the shortest one was The Dream Of A Ridiculous Manby Fyodor Dostoyevsky (32 pages). I quite enjoyed Ghosts Of The Shadow Market, which came as a bit of surprise to me. But then, how can I not love a book that contains my precious Jem Carstairs? On the other hand, I’m definitely not part of the Dostoyevsky fanbase, not to mention that his name is a nightmare to remember and write.
The most popular book that I read was The Hunger Games, which was a nice re-read. Hunger Games is for me what Harry Potter is for others. It was sort of the beginning of it all, especially the dystopian and YA genres. The least popular book I read was From Wild Thoughts To Verseswhich is an indie-book that was an okay read.
My average rating this year went down a little to 3.9 stars as compared to last year’s 4.1 stars. Is this about the kind of books I read or have my reading tastes gotten a bit pickier?
I’ve seen significant growth in my blog this year, especially owing to the fact that last year I was a complete noob throwing everything I had into WordPress. This year I knew a bit better and learnt a lot more which I’ll be implementing in 2020.
Some people are… hesitant about revealing their statistics. I was too when I was a wee little blogger, looking around at all the celebrity bloggers around me but now I know better. Statistics don’t define my growth, what defines it is the amount of fun I have here on my blog, the number of friendships I’ve formed and the knowledge I’ve gained. Nevertheless, it’s fun looking at numbers to see how much my blog has improved so we’re going to do exactly that.
In 2019, Not Just Fiction received around 7,352 views with over 3,621 visitors. I published 62 posts (this one would be the 63rd) which got about 1,559 likes and 1,128 comments. As compared to last year, my blog’s views grew by 78% and visitors by 90%. I had 52% more likes and 41% more comments. That’s a hell lot of improvement 🙂
My most popular post was 8 Characters Who Have Been Through Hell and Deserve Some Love. Guess you all did decide to give them a lot of love!
At the end of it all, I have you all to thank. Every one of you who supported me, read my content, left a like or a comment and I hope you will continue to do so. I’m not taking any names because I’ll surely miss out someone but I continue to blog because of my love for books but also because of the incredible amount of love, support and positivity the bookish community has given me.
Happy New Year’s Eve you all, see you next year 😉
NOTE: I’ll be celebrating my 2 year blogoversary sometime in the first week of January. I’ll be doing a Q/A post so feel free to comment with any questions you may have about my life, books or blog and I’ll do my best to answer them. A section of my post will also be dedicated to the kind of posts that have been the most loved on my blog so please let me know which sort of my posts you like best and what sort of content would you like to see from me 🙂
How was your 2019 in terms of reading and blogging?
What goals did you accomplish this year that you’re proud of?
Also, what are you most excited for in 2020?