The end of the year on Brightest Day

2016 is almost over, and while many will be sighing with relief, it hasn’t been all bad. I haven’t posted anything for a few days now, and don’t plan on writing another proper post until next week, but I did want to take some time to thank you for reading, and to look forward to the new year.

First things first, thank you to everyone who has read Brightest Day, subscribed left a comment on the blog or on social media, contributed a guest post, and been involved in any way. You have helped to make 2016 a record year for both page views and unique visitors, despite me letting the blog slip a little until the Autumn, and the fact that we were competing with 2015, which featured my most popular post ever by quite a margin.

To be honest, I’ve never been massively concerned with the success of this blog – I just wanted a platform to write and engage with anyone who was interested – but the fact that Brightest Day has continued to grow year on year is nonetheless encouraging. By today’s standards it’s still a pretty small blog, but the feedback that I’ve had from readers has been incredibly encouraging, and I love working on it.

So what can you expect in 2017?

The most exciting thing for me is that I plan to take Brightest Day off this free domain that I’ve had from the beginning, and get my own domain from WordPress, that will hopefully feature the name of the blog rather than my own name! This will give me even more control over the site’s look and feel, and let me do more to turn it into what I want it to be. I’ll keep you posted as and when things change. If you’re a subscriber, I’m pretty sure that WordPress will simply carry your subscription over to the new site.

In terms of new content, I experimented with formats in 2016 more than I ever have before, and I plan to continue having guest posts, interviews and the like to make sure that it’s not only my voice that gets a platform. If you want to be involved, or you know someone who would like to be, please email me to talk about it!

As well as all that, there’ll be more of what has worked since the start. There’ll be book and film reviews, comments on literature and pop culture and, of course, my thoughts on Christian life and issues of faith.

Thanks again for reading. See you in 2017!

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