It’s a bit of an annual tradition for me to write a post marking the turn of the New Year, and it feels like it’s been quite a year! For me, it’s difficult to believe that this time last year, Britain was going into another hard lockdown in order to contain coronavirus – that feels like a lifetime ago! Although that felt incredibly painful and lonely, I’ve found the rest of the year much more enjoyable, and it’s contained many positive memories and moments which I feel very fortunate for.
I recognise that this has still been a very difficult year for many though, especially amid the pandemic and all of the sorrow which it has brought. Regardless, I hope that each and every one of you out there have still managed to find plenty of joy and happiness over the last year.
Now for the annual tradition of revealing the statistics of the last year! Before that though, I’d just like to express my huge gratitude for everyone who takes the time to read this blog – it’s been a real privilege and honour to have spent another year with you.
- Views: 3,022,260
- Visitors: 350,390 in 184 territories
- Comments: 4672
- Posts: 455
- Words: 71,307
These numbers will always go up and down each year, but it does amaze me how far this blog has come. I still remember, over eight years ago, staring at an iPad screen and exploring how exactly to create a blog. Being clueless about website development all those years ago is quite a contrast to this year, where some of my proudest moments have been launching my own Latin Vocabulary Tester used by schools across the United Kingdom, and even ending up very briefly in WordPress’ annual State of the Word presentation!
It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m extremely grateful to you – the community! – who have made this possible.
This year ahead is also notable for me because it’ll be my last one at school, which is something I’m constantly mindful of! Although a series of challenging exams come before then, and vast amounts of my time continues to be consumed by learning Latin for them, I will miss it greatly. I’m hoping that this blog won’t be impacted too heavily by this over the next few months, but I’ll always try to be transparent and open if that changes.
If the last few years are anything to go by, I’m sure that the year ahead will be full of unexpected surprises, but I wish you all the best for it! Happy 2022! 🎆