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What’s Hot Blog: The Most Popular Posts of 2017

What's Hot Blog: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

At the end of every year I start manically looking back to see how my little blog has done and what I want to achieve over the next year. I’ve just had a quick peep at the most popular blog posts on What’s Hot in 2017 and was surprised to find that some of these blog posts weren’t even written in 2017. I find this surprising because, in general, my newer posts tend to perform better because a) they’re of a higher quality b) they are promoted more frequently and c) they just tend to be more relevant. What’s also slightly surprising is one of my top 5 posts was published just two weeks ago! Confusing indeed… So without further ado, here are the 17 most popular blog posts on What’s Hot in 2017. 

  1. 8 Do’s and Don’ts When Choosing an Oxford College 
  2. How Many Books Did I Read for my French Degree at Oxford University? 
  3. 10 Things to Know About Visiting the Sky Garden in London 
  4. Why the Prisoner of Azkaban is the Best in the Harry Potter Series
  5. Book Review: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 
  6. Inside 8 of Oxford University’s Most Beautiful Libraries
  7. 10 Reasons to Apply to Christ Church, Oxford University 
  8. 3 TV Shows to Prepare You For Life at Oxford University 
  9. Daniel Wellington Watch Review: Ladies Classic Sheffield Watch 
  10. What is it Like to Study French at Oxford University? 
  11. The Harry Potter Tour of Oxford University 
  12. Read More Diversely: Travelling Bookworms Reading Challenge 
  13. Girl Behind the Blog: 22 Things About Me 
  14. Christmas Gifts for Her: Fashion, Beauty, Kitchen and Home
  15. 10 More Beautiful Instagram Accounts for Book Lovers
  16. Week One of Work Experience at Penguin Random House 
  17. Why the Book is Always Better than the Film

Do you spot any favourites from that list? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that 7 out of 17 of these posts are about my time at Oxford University. I get asked my time at university quite a lot via my blog email and on social media so I’m happy the response to these posts has been good! I really hope that they’ve given people thinking of applying an insight into what life at Oxford might be like and whether it’s the right university for them. I’ve got a few more Oxford/university related posts planned for 2018 so keep your eyes peeled for those if you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far!

The post that I’m really surprised to see on this list is my book review for The Importance of Being Earnest. In all honesty, I do not think this is a good book review. This post was written in 2014. I am constantly baffled by this post’s popularity but I’m also pretty sure that 95% of the people coming to this post are English literature students looking for Oscar Wilde essay help! I’m not sure there’s anything worth stealing from this post but I also find it hilarious to think that kids all over the country might be copying and pasting bits from my mediocre review into their English homework!!!

Another post that was written in 2014 is my work diary from my time at Penguin Random House. I did a two-week work experience placement with Penguin in September 2014 and I really wish I’d written something more substantial/useful about my time there. Instead you’ll find an account of my first week there which basically sums up how much I love packing books into envelopes.

One that didn’t make it to my list of top posts that I think should’ve done is my post on 10 Museums to Visit in Paris that Aren’t the Louvre. There are some real gems in there that lots of people don’t know about!

Which of these posts did you enjoy? What would like to see more of in 2018? Let me know in the comments below or drop me an email – feedback is always greatly appreciated!

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15 Comments

  1. 5th January 2018 / 8:33 PM

    It is always a surprise when you look back over the year, as I am always shocked by which posts have performed better than others. I will have to read your post about your work experience at Penguin Books, My mother in law used to work for Random House a few years back

  2. 5th January 2018 / 9:08 PM

    I think it’s good that there’s plenty about your time at Oxford university as I don’t think there’s enough information out there and the photos are stunning x

  3. 6th January 2018 / 7:54 AM

    Most of my popular posts aren’t from 2017 either – I think it takes time for a good blog post to get out there and gain popularity, which is why it’s good to create evergreen content I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best for the new year!

  4. KGR
    6th January 2018 / 10:08 AM

    I love finding out what people’s popular blog posts are as it’s interesting to see what people enjoying reading the most! It’s also amazing to see old posts doing so well such as the book review. I’m not surprised your Oxford posts are doing well as I do love to read personal posts more, although I’m a Cambridge Girl aha

  5. Kara
    6th January 2018 / 10:37 AM

    It always surprises me what people’s favourite posts are. I am off to read your Harry Potter series, I love those books

  6. Bex Smith
    6th January 2018 / 10:51 AM

    I always love to see what peoples most popular posts are – I’m not surprised Oxford ones feature heavily as I’m pretty sure Oxford Uni will be a much Googled search term – shows that your SEO is on point, haha! I think my favourite post of yours on this list has to be the one about Prisoner of Azkaban being the best book – I don’t see how people can say its not, its such a great book!

  7. Melanie
    6th January 2018 / 11:35 AM

    The Harry potter tour at Oxford and the girl behind the blog are my faves x

  8. 6th January 2018 / 5:18 PM

    What a great round up on your top posts, it is interesting sometimes to see how different the list can be to what we would expect and how what we see as not the best can become quite a hit.

  9. 6th January 2018 / 7:43 PM

    The Harry Potter Oxford University Tour is probably a favourite for me because, well I love Harry Potter! Although Oxford University is not my favourite ( Cambridge is prettier) I am inclined to on this tour because of the connection to the books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hannah Latoya Bond
    6th January 2018 / 8:05 PM

    I’m a big Harry Potter fan so my favorite has to be the Harry Potter Tour Of Oxford and The Prisoner Of Azkaban

  11. Jinzo_2400
    6th January 2018 / 11:50 PM

    I enjoyed reading your book reviews and I hope you continue to post those here. Us reviewers have to stick together!

  12. shoshana sue
    7th January 2018 / 4:47 PM

    Lol I am equally amused that kids may be looking for info to steal from your review for The Importance of Being Earnest. The posts. I want to read the post on why books are better than film. I am an avid reader and will check this out to see your perspective

  13. Jenni Grainger
    8th January 2018 / 8:24 PM

    Your Oxford posts have done really well, I can understand why as I’m curious even though I know I would never go. I have no idea what my posts do well at, I am rubbish at checking anything after I have posted

  14. MarvellousMrsP
    9th January 2018 / 2:57 AM

    I love how diverse your top posts are! It’s always surprising to see which subjects and ideas draw most attention. My most popular post has always been ‘how To Make chilli vodka’!

  15. 10th January 2018 / 12:38 PM

    Such a nice annual recap. So many interesting posts from the whole year.

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