2016 in Review

Sunday, January 08, 2017

In 2016 I wrote 116 blog post – I’ve just had a quick scan through then and I honestly don’t remember writing half of them! Last year flew by and I seemed to have blacked out most of the year. 2016 was a bit of a mixed year. Politically well I guess the less said the better. Personally, not much has changed. I have technically got a new job but other than that everything else is the same. Blog wise I’m feeling a lot happier and more confident that I did this time last year.

There were a few times when I thought about closing this blog down. I also thought of changing the name but after talking it out with other bloggers I decided Seeing Spots is here to stay.
I’d say a few of my highlight but there are quite a lot which I think Is a good thing!

New yearweekend in Liverpool I started the New year in Liverpool with my mum. We booked ourselves into a hotel and went shopping, ate in Spoons had a not so cheeky Nandos and despite Illness had a lovely weekend away.

I had ablogging life wobble I’m not sure if this is a highlight but I’ve decided to include my wobble. I get like this every now and again. I have bad paranoia and last year it was bad. To the point, I let it rule a lot of things and in hindsight it was paranoia and I really don’t care what the people I thought were being snide to me were or not. I’m living my life. I think if I’m doing anything bad people will call me out on it. This year I’m going to do what I need to do. I am compartmentalising my life to an extent but feel like it’s going to work for me.

I did get to a few events including Body shop event  which was to celebrate the launch of the British Roses Collection. 

2016 in review

The Stylestation event which is in the Arndale and it’s a place to get your hair done before a night out. 

2016 in review

There was also a summer event at Housing units blogger event I love going to Housing units, it always feels like a treat and this even was a little different as the store was closed to the public. 
housing units hollinwood
There were some paid for events as well. Including Press tent spring meet, which was a meal, brush lettering and lots of Licor 43 based drinks.
the press tent spring meet up
BlogOnMSI happened twice and I went to both Blog on summer  & Blogon winter 

Blog on MSI May 2016

Friends

There was also TCFF 2016 (CREDIT https://wearingmywardrobein2016.wordpress.com/ FOR PHOTO)Which I attended in place of my friend Kelly who was too ill to attend. Its amazing to spend time with so many amazing bloggers. This wasn't even all of us. 

TCFF liverpool 2016

2016 did have a few other highlights including afternoon tea. I went a couple of times but the one that stood out for me was the Clock tower Rochdale this is inside Rochdale town hall and wouldn’t look out of place in a 5 star hotel. They are only open during the week but if you’re in the area it’s well worth a visit. 

Clocktower dining room Rochdale

Unsurprisingly I had another birthday. I think I turned 35 but don’t quote me on that. I often have to ask someone or work it out on a calculator! What was a surprise was my lovely friend Rebs sent me   Sugarmoon birthday surprise brownies through the post. These were Salted caramel flavour and extremely delicious. I liked them so much I ordered some Chocolate orange ones for my mum the week later. Its always nice to get snail mail but it’s even nicer when it’s unexpected and tastes so delicious.


When It got to August and I released I hadn’t done one post in July at all I set myself the challenge to Blog everyday in September which I did manage and I’m really pleased about. Some of the posts were fluff and nonsense and everything was written well in advance apart from a few posts. This helped me to see what can be done when I get organised and it also made me realise it will be easier to concentrate on posting less but better quality content that I’ve worked hard on. I find when I read blogs they are often very short and don’t always have a lot of detail where as I like to tell you everything (and use brackets)(A LOT) I tell you more than you need to know and may be I need to do shorter snapper posts. I’m aiming to blog twice a week in 2017. Improve the quality of my photo’s and make sure things are edited and are pinbable as well as including tags on photos which is something I neglect a lot. I am also hoping to be organised so I can get ahead so I have time to do all the fiddly things we don’t see on the surface.
Blogging every day in September 2016

One of the other highlights of my year was getting a New cinema in my local town centre. We’ve been out one for a good 10 year and it’s so good to have one that is handy. I’ve been to see a few films and I’m thinking about buying one of the monthly pass cards so I can go and see more films. 
Odeon Cinema oldham,

2016 also saw me going on 4 holidays or 2 holidays and 2 mini breaks. The first I covered at the beginning. I also went to Harrogate with friends to Celebrate my friend finishing her MA. We had a lovely cottage and spend the weekend chilled out with it must be 5pm somewhere in the world as a slogan of the weekend. In October I went to Lazarote. I love this Island and this time I was lucky enough to see some 3Dstreet art 

Lanzarote, 3D Street art
In the middle of December I visited Gran Canaria with my mum for a week. GC is another place I love but we hadn’t been for around 10 years, I’m so glad we went back and I have rekindled my loive of the island. I want to go back again soon. 
Gran Canaria, Playa Mogán beach

Manchester Christmas Markets

Being local to Manchester means I get to go to the Manchester  Xmas markets This year I went with a few friends and I did 2 posts about it. The first is about  the  food and the second a more general overview 
Manchester Christmas markets Italian Coffee


Over all I don’t think 2016 was bad at all. It had some trials and a few spots of ill health for friends and family members. A few too many A&E visits and a lot of high stress moments but looking back through these posts there were some bloody lovely parts as well.

How was your 2016? Let me know in the comments. Also if you've enjoyed this post why not Stumble this post. 

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23 comments

  1. Looks like you went to some good events last year. I love blogging events

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    1. Me too, a lot of the time it's about meeting other bloggers but they are always good fun

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  2. I love reading years in review! I've yet to go to a blogger event because of my anxiety, but I really want to go :)

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    1. Thank you. You should try and see if there are any small events near you and maybe connect with other blogger who are going to meet first and or ask about taking a plus one. Hope you get to go to one this year x

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  3. Sounds like you had a great year! All the best for 2017.

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    1. Thank you, it was a good year over all. The same to you for 2017

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  4. Sounds like a pretty good year for you! Wish I had done half of those things! Also, the snail mail idea was really sweet, I'd love to do something like that this year.
    I wish you all the health and happiness for 2017.
    Saph xx
    theravenwoman.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, it was a good year. You should try and do something similar. it's always good funx

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  5. I would love to get to a blogger event in 2017 but because I've never met any bloggers in real life the thought terrifies me haha! ox

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    1. Don't be terrified. You'll find everyone is lovely and try and arrange to meet a couple before the event or see if you can take a plus one so you have someone with you x

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  6. Sounds like you had a great 2016, and some wonderful events you got to attend x

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    1. It was a pretty good year and it was good to look back and remember everything i've done this year x

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  7. Lovely to read about some of your successes. Always good to look for the positives.

    2016 for me was a stale year in terms of blogging myself, but I have started working again alongside my friend again (who had a very good year with her own blog), and it has led to a really positive look on this new year. Looking forward to exciting things ahead.

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    1. I did feel like it was a rubbish year blog wise. I blogged less than ever before but I did manage to get to go to some good events and met some fab people

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  8. I think your 2016 sounds choc-full of wonderful experiences!!! I am so excited to see what 2017 brings for you.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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    1. Thank you Leigh. It really was and i'm also excited to see what 2017 has in store x

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  9. 2017 sounds like a fab year and there's a new one here now!

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    1. It was a good year and i'm looking forward to the new year

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  10. Sounds like you've had a busy year! Your birthday brownies sound amazing, I love salted caramel ♥

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    1. The brownies were amazing, they might be the biggest highlight!

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  11. What a year! So much going on that it's not surprising you felt like you blacked out. Fair enough, I think it whizzed past for many including myself. Hope 2017 is even better! x

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    1. Thank you. I think as we get older the years go quicker we're already 11 days in to 2017! where did the last 11 days go!?

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  12. Awesome post Steph. I'm glad you got over your wobble - it can only make you stronger and you certainly seem stronger! Brownies through the post are a genius idea, whoever concocted that needs a medal - and OMG, that 3D street art is flipping amazing!!
    Keep going - you're doing a grand job! Have an awesome 2017 x

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