Can you pull all the strands of your 2016 together before diving into the new year?

Image: "#retrospective" by Michael Landers (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Over the past two weeks, we’ve published year-in-review posts on Discover celebrating some of our favorite writing and current-events commentary, poetry, photography, and art of 2016. This week, find inspiration by looking back over your own work.

"Looking back" by Susanne Nilsson, (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Looking back” by Susanne Nilsson (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Some of you might already be planning retrospective or best-of posts, and if you are, be sure to check out these great tips.

We’re asking you to look back over your past years’ worth of blogging (or however much you have, if your blog is less than a year old). You can publish a roundup or best-of post, but I encourage you to push a little harder and find a way to build on or synthesize your best work of 2016:

  • Build on your most popular post, or the post you’re proudest of — if other people loved it and/or you’re proud of it, you probably have more to say!
  • Create a collage using images and text from your favorite or most popular posts.
  • Take the text of your ten most-read posts, and create a word cloud with it. Publish your word cloud in a post, and reflect on what it means and how you’d like to see it change by the end of 2017.
  • Review your most-viewed tags or categories, and publish a post that uses your five most popular. How can you bring these popular topics together into one narrative, or one photo, or one sketch?
  • Write a found poem using lines from your ten favorite posts.
  • If you don’t feel like returning to your work, try any of these ideas using the posts you found most compelling in 2016; look back over posts you’ve commented on or liked.

As we get ready for a new year, it’s always good to remember where we’ve been.

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    1. You have lots of options other than blog-in-review (and FYI, I don’t think they’re “cheating” at all) — you could look at your most popular/favorite posts and think about how to extend them and take them into 2017.

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      1. Since I just got my holiday cards in the mail today, I may have to hustle to accomplish such august aspirations! Also, did not mean to cast aspersions. I just meant I like to publish new writing each time, but reflection is good for the soul. I’ll think on it!

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    2. I’ve done hundreds of “Looking back” posts, both in print and in digital media. Although they are a lot of work, people love them.
      Just notice that TV networks have started doing this as well.
      I look at it as a springboard to 2017.

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    1. Hello,
      I used to hate the “Looking back” features both in print and in digital media until I realized how they have helped me to move ahead.
      By looking back at 2016, I am putting a closure on it, gleaning the best from it and building on it in a constructive way.
      I have to escape the holidays to do this. Watch me.

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      1. Hi Emmapalova,
        I must agree, “Looking back” does help us all move forward. I have to admit though – it sometimes is not easy, but an optimistic view of life does help. Thanks for the reply and I will watch you.

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  1. Hey guys,
    Having started blogging just a few weeks back, I don’t have a lot of content to look back to but looking back at my past few posts, I’m thankful for the support, the encouragement and the constructive feedback from you guys. Sharing my life, experiences and all the darkness has really helped in many ways and I’m looking forward for a great year ahead! Much love! xoxo #2017

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    1. Hello,
      You can always write a post how blogging has helped you through the dark times. That’s why many people started writing in the first place.
      Looking back is a recap of what happened to me and why, and also at what am I looking forward to in 2017.
      It does not necessarily have to be a painstaking recount of day to day blog posts of happenings, but more of consequences of blogging.
      It must have opened up a whole new world for you. Write about that.
      Love 2017

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  2. Having experienced some very hard times the second half of 2016 (and still experiencing), the moment is more than well suited for me to look back and not just move a little bit forward with my blog, but to take a big leap and and modify its very basic nature, being until now the main theme photography related, from now on the journey through my inner self and my struggle against depression and anxiety. Even more so, I will start a new blog for my photography work!

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  3. Hi everyone,

    For this round, I wrote a recap of Year 2016 which includes tons of favourite stuff like Books, Writing, Star Wars and others. It wasn’t the greatest year, but it’s okay nonetheless.

    Taking this opportunity to also wish everyone Happy New Year! 🙂

    P/s: I look forward to read your life goals or New Year’s resolution, do share yours (and your blog) at my blog’s comment section so that I get to visit them and read 🙂

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