Happy New Year! And 2016 Gold, Silver & Bronze Posts

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This is just a short post to wish all my readers a very

Happy New Year!

And to take a quick look back at the gold, silver and bronze posts on my blog in 2016.

As you are probably aware, I dedicate a number of pages to providing colleagues with information I hope you’ll find useful (all the categories are listed in the column on the right). The top three last year were:

‘Useful Links’

‘Articles of Special Interest to New Translators’

‘European MA Translation and Interpreting Courses’

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the MA course review project. Your posts have been shared far and wide and no doubt helped a number of people reach informed decisions about their further education choices. Please keep spreading the word and do get in touch if you have completed your MA recently and would like to write a review.

I am also extremely grateful to authors that have penned posts about other subjects. The three most popular guest blogs last year were:

‘DipTrans: the real costs and returns’ by Gwenydd Jones

‘The distance-learning MA Translation Studies at University of Portsmouth’ by Louise Souter

‘When should we apply extra charges to translation projects’ by Nancy Matis

Finally, the three most-read posts in 2016 that I wrote myself were:

22 more reasons more reasons why an agency might stop working with you’

(which was the “sequel” to the highly popular 18 reasons why an agency might stop working with you’)

‘Lump it and Like it’

(which talks about charging for our work on a project basis rather than per word/hour/etc.)

‘Revision: a Can of Worms?’

The third post in this last list is on one of my favourite themes, since I believe it’s an often overlooked area of our work that deserves more attention. My translations are usually revised and I also do quite a few revisions and reviews myself and I am always trying to improve the editing of my own and others’ work. To gain some insights from peers on the topic I conducted a survey on revisions in 2016 and I’ll be posting the last of the summaries of my findings shortly. Links to the other survey results are listed on the dedicated ‘Revisions’ page.

Having spent a fair amount of time in 2015 writing posts that were practical, I decided I wanted to write a few opinion pieces summarising the past month in my ‘What I learned in…’ series. It’s been great fun to do something different, but I’ll be writing the last one on December 2016 soon as I have plans for other posts. I’d especially like to find time to get back to the ‘Bite-sized Tips’ series.

Lastly, it was an honour to be nominated for the 2016 ProZ.com Community Choice Awards. I didn’t win the best blog category (up against stiff competition!), but I was pleased that the above-mentioned guest post by Nancy Matis was placed first in the best post category. Many thanks to everyone for your votes and support. I hope 2017 will be a good year for us all.

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