Content is the king - In the blogging world so diverse and big, you need to establish yourself with a distinction. the only road to it is good, original and valuable content. Be creative, different and surprise your readers once in a while.
Never mess your blog with too much of Adsense ads. It gives a confusing look to the blog.
Make good use of media (audio/ video/ embedded tweets, etc.) in your articles. It helps in grabbing the attention of the reader and supports your text.
It was lovely knowing your takeaways from 2017. Now, let us hear your wishes for 2018. Aren't we all looking at the new year with love and hope? It is better to write down and then refer to it regularly if you really care about them.