2021 Annual Wrap-Up Part 1: Highlights, Challenges & Stats

Posted January 2, 2022 in Blog Updates, Life Updates / 2 Comments

Annual wrap-up

Happy New Year everyone! 2021 has been a rollercoaster year for me, but I’m grateful for all the people who have supported me through it. Below is my reflection on the highlights and challenges of the year, plus my reading, writing and blogging stats. Though I didn’t achieve all my goals, I’m still proud of myself for doing my best despite the curve balls that life threw at me. I hope you are reflecting on your own year with kindness too. Just to get through these crazy times is an achievement in my book!

Text reads: "Some accomplishments of this year that are worth celebrating: Making mistakes and learning from them, speaking up for yourself when it was hard, trying new things outside of your comfort zone, practicing kindness and making people smile, setting boundaries to protect your mental health, making it through a difficult year!" There are illustrations of a disco ball, party hat, fireworks, balloons, stars and champagne glasses. The graphic is credited to @Justgirlproject

Highlights of 2021

Challenges of 2021

Reading Stats

I didn’t quite reach my goal of 30 books this year, but I’m still pleased with myself as I didn’t feel like reading at all for the last couple of months. For more about my favourite books of 2021, see 2021 Annual Wrap-Up Part 2.

Image of an open book from Goodreads. Text reads: "My Year in Books. 5295 pages read, 24 books read. Anstice Brown. This is my journey in books for 2021!"

Top 5 books:

  1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. I Am Change by Suzy Zail
  3. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
  4. Scared to Death by Anthony Horowitz
  5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

My daughter’s favourite book: The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.

Blogging Stats

Blog posts: 51

Words written: 23,226

Events participated in: Blogging from A-Z Challenge, WEP Feb Flash-Fic Challenge

Most active month of blogging:  April

Comments: 338

Likes: 144

New WP followers: 6

Top 5 popular posts:

  1. Golden Summer (Inspired by the Kiss) WEP Flash-Fiction
  2. A is for Afterlife
  3. A-Z Challenge 2021 Theme Reveal
  4. A Family Wedding, Covid-19 and NaNoWriMo
  5. Reflections on my First Author Event

Writing Stats

New followers/subscribers: 32 to my email newsletter, 18 to FB author page, 42 on Twitter.

New short stories: 1 (unpublished)

New flash-fic: 1 (“Golden Summer“)

Submissions: 2

Publications: “Beneath the Roots” in Fall Into Fantasy 2021 from Cloaked Press.

Shortlists/awards:

Favourites of 2021

Songs:  “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, “Easy On Me” by Adele, “Cold Heart” by Elton John and Dua Lipa, “Levitating” by Dua Lipa and DaBaby, “Stay” by The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Shivers” by Ed Sheeran, “I am Woman” by Emmy Meli, “Rasputin” by Boney M & Majestic.

TV shows: Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye, Line of Duty, Silent Witness, The Great British Bakeoff, Call the Midwife.

Films: Spiderman: No Way Home, Raya and the Last Dragon, Free Guy, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Black Widow, Luca.

See Part 2 for my end of the year book survey!

over to you

How was your year? What are your favourite memories? Did you achieve any goals or overcome challenges?

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