Always acknowledge a comment on your blog and respond to the commentator, preferably at his own blog. Its great to reciprocate the gesture.
Tags: Use of relevant tags is important from the SEO perspective. It helps the search engine track your post based on the tags you use.
Add your personality - If you are writing on a particular topic, there are a number of people who will be writing on the same topic. So you need to add that specialty to your blog to make it look different and to allow your readers to take away something that the others are not offering.
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.