2016 has been the year when life changed so dramatically that it was hard to find time to do blogging as there was always some run around the mill kind of job happening all the time. There was also a change of job description which consumes most of my time leaving no energy to even switch on my personal laptop at the end of the day. But it's only in adversities like these your real passion comes out and blogging have given me everything I have since the last four years.
The Life's Way in its fourth year of going live way back on 27th December 2012 achieved it's One Million Pageviews in 2016 on my birthday 22 July. The Life's Way achieved 518917 pageviews to take the total count to 1.26 Million pageviews with 396 blogposts shared in 2016. The Life's Way achieved many more features crossing 3200 followers on instagram.com/araijain and first 100 followers on www.facebook.com/TheLifesWay page along with twitter.com/TheLifesWay crossing 8900 followers.
Though I didn't got sponsored by any brand for any of the products in 2016 but there was a lot of great events which gave some great goodie bags this year along with many which only gave a USB stick. The best being the Fanta Fun movie invite of Trolls which really was my top most dream come true where I won the Samsung's A5 (2016) smartphone which I am going to gift to my mom. Smartphone win has been eluded to me from so many years and this was a dream come true when finally I got a packaged one in my hands. Thanks to Fanta and their PR team for the same.
Secondly, I loved attending my first Logitech launch event of UE Roll2 and to my surprise I got one personalized at the end of the launch. It was so great to receive the launched product on the same day of the launch to keep. I am grateful to the brand and the PR company who invited me to that event.
Thirdly, I am eternally grateful to Huawei for calling me to their smartphone launches where I have always got some nice goodies from Hugo Boss Sunglasses to Huawei Band and selfie-sticks this year. I gifted my Huawei band to my father and sunglasses to my mother when they visited South Africa for the first time this year. Though my wish is to get a Huawei Mate 9 or P9 Plus smartphone as my day to day phone but it has not happened in 2016. Fingers crossed for 2017!
I am so grateful to Tsogo Sun's Montecasino and Silverstar Casino PR teams for always making me a part of all their events. I have always received something or the other from Silverstar Casino as a gift and this year again I got one night stay in their Presidential suite.
Thanks to Indiblogger for their IndiOne press releases launch where you get paid if chosen by the brand to post their content on your blog. I got chosen by some of the brands but it was not enough to cover the costs I spent on my blog in 2016 and no major assignments came from other brands too so making it extremely difficult year for The Life's Way.
2016 also saw my first visit on the MSC Cruises Ship from Durban to Mozambique on a 4-nights-5 days trip which was really an exciting experience of a lifetime. It was also my first trip to Durban and Balito. I travelled to Richards Bay, St. Lucia and Kruger also in some of the subsequent trips in 2016. I had so much fun showing my parents in and around Johannesburg and loved visiting some of the great places in Pretoria for the first time myself. Thanks to Flight Centre and Protea Hotels @ Paul Kruger Gate for making MSC cruise trip and Kruger trip possible respectively.
This completes my 1000th post on www.thelifesway.com and I hope to see some 250+ posts this year and achieve 2 million pageviews by the end of 2017. But this year I want to get fully sponsored by the brand who can invest in me and in return I give them my content and a share of my day to day life. Looking forward to an awesome 2017 in The Life's Way!