My year in words and pictures

After a full year of blogging and making videos, I think I have a better handle on my craft. I’ve also had the gift of feedback, through likes and comments and shares, and have been delighted to meet readers and fellow bloggers. It’s a fantastically supportive world out there, and to anyone who has taken the time to read or view my work, I say a huge thank you.

Not everything on the blog works. And not everything I think works, works for other people. But mostly we agree, you and I, on where this blog succeeds, which is why looking back over the year has been so heartening.

So to sign off one year and welcome another, here are the highlights of 2015 – with some shout-outs to some fellow bloggers and readers.

Most viewed post

StarsintheskyMy eulogy to my father – my Starman – was easily the most viewed post on my blog this year. I didn’t expect that, and I didn’t expect anyone much to read it, if I’m honest. I wrote it for myself, because I have a blog and a computer, and I’m a writer, so what else was I going to do when my father died?

But I’m happy that it seemed to touch so many people in just the right way.

Most popular post

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Adding together Likes and Comments, the most popular post was my report on the world’s toughest one-day hike, the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand.

I’m pleased about that, as it darned nearly killed me (the hike, not the writing).

Most viewed video

I launched the Jules Told Me YouTube channel this year, and one of the earliest videos I made is the most popular – Skiddaw Adventure, a mountain-hike adventure through terrible weather to England’s most remote hostel. My advice? Definitely go, but wait for better weather  . . .

Best Instagram image

I love the immediacy of Instagram, and the simple platform. An image, a few words and a few tags – and, straight away, engagement with people who like your picture. This is the image I posted that got the most interaction – and it featured in my Kaikoura whale-watching post too.
Whale watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand


Featured on Facebook

Facebook postI found an old picture of the red rocks of central Portugal and posted it on Facebook, thinking it looked more like Australia than southern Europe. Loads of others agreed, because it was shared around more than any other post of mine this year.

Just goes to show – you never can predict what will capture people’s imagination, because I certainly didn’t figure on this being my Facebook No. 1.

Followers and friends

Why do we write? Well, lots of reasons actually, but most of us don’t blog into a vacuum – we write for people to read, and when people like what you have to say and tell you so, well – we love that more than anything.

I’m indebted to everyone who has ever liked or commented on Jules Told Me, but huge hugs to the three most regular commentators on my blog:

Janet at Educated Traveller

Veronica, the incomparable Sicilian Housewife

Cristina from Un Po’ di Pepe

That’s it for 2015, so Happy New Year one and all!

Header image
Bucket List by Alexander Mueller, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

  1. Happy New Year to you, Jules. It was great to virtually reconnect with you and to see what you’ve been up to after many years. I loved your ode to your father and it reminded me that the best writing comes from a really personal place. A line of poetry floated through my head and tracking down the source I was shocked to find myself channeling Sir Phillip Sydney in Astrophil and Stella: “Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite/ ‘Fool,’ said my muse to me. “Look in thy heart and write.'” Who said graduate school was a waste?


    • Thanks Edie, it’s been great to find you again too – and so happy that I joined you in your naked memoir adventures (trawl the tweets, people, to find out more!). Here’s to a great 2016 for all, and all power to your writerly mind!


  2. Hi Jules – I’ve enjoyed reading your posts this year. I think it’s so interesting comparing what we think of a piece/article with what our readers think. For me the personal details and unexpected elements are the most engaging. I’m looking forward to another year of blogging in 2016 and I’m looking forward to seeing what you write too. Congratulations Jules and have a Happy New Year xxx


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