I’ve been looking back through all my posts this year on the blog and generally reflecting on the season. It’s been a different year as i’ve taken a bit of a step back from the blog and tennis. The last few months have been quite busy for me as i’ve moved roles at work into the realms of project management. I’ll also be moving house in the New Year. It will be nice when everything is more settled!
I’m proud to still be blogging after seven full seasons of covering the tennis. During 2018, I felt like I was slowly getting back to why I started the blog in the first place. I lost my way getting too focused on the visitor stats, spending the majority of my time churning out previews and predictions just to maintain the numbers. This was the first year where I stopped getting so worked up about trying to cover every tournament and accepted that this was OK. This was a big hurdle for me to overcome.
I’ve had a lot of comments throughout the year about cutting back on the previews/predictions. I know it hasn’t been a popular decision with many readers! I’ll still do them from time-to-time for the bigger tournaments but it’s not my focus anymore and I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to. The preview posts have such a short shelf life and are redundant within a few days. Most sites do the preview posts now. I always like to try and do something different, and have a unique selling point, otherwise there’s not much point in doing this.
The new season is nearly upon us and i’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been on a tennis detox since the ATP WTFs and have barely watched anything since then. As I write this, i’m enjoying the start of the Hopman Cup! I’m going to start the new season with renewed vigour but I do wonder how long that will last. I’m not making any promises like i’ve done in the past about the content on MTB. I will take it one day at a time and see whether I have the motivation. Read on for my blog highlights of the year…
1. Australian Open review
I always enjoy writing about my tennis trips as they are fun to read back in years time and hopefully, they help out other tennis fans. I love detail so I went all in with my post about visiting the Australian Open. I’ve had so many positive reactions and e-mails about this post. There’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t think about Oz and i’ve been reliving our trip a lot lately since it’s nearly a year!
2. V.Williams vs. Kasatkina review
Watching back the Indian Wells semi-finals on Saturday morning without finding out the score has become a bit of a tradition for me over the past few years. I had high hopes for Venus vs. Dasha and it didn’t disappoint. I was so excited about the match that I reviewed it in its entirety on the blog.
3. Interviewing Johanna Konta
Without doubt, the highlight of Eastbourne was getting to do a one-to-one interview with Jo Konta. I still can’t believe this happened. I listen to the audio every now and then when i’m having a rough day. It’s always a nice confidence booster.
4. Kasatkina quotes
Another highlight from Eastbourne was getting to ask Daria Kasatkina questions in a press conference after her win over Alison Van Uytvanck. It was the first time that I had managed to ask one of my favourite players some questions in press.
5. Countdown of favourite matches
For the eighth year, I counted down my favourite matches of 2018. It’s become a tradition on Moo’s Tennis Blog! I always start the year with good intentions of keeping a list going and watching back the good matches but it doesn’t last long 🤣.
Thanks for all the support and wishing everyone a Happy Tennis New Year! Let’s see what happens in 2019… 😁