The day after Christmas usually isn’t as memorable as Christmas day itself, but for me December 26th marks the day that I started this here blog, and holy wow it’s been two years already!
Now I know how couples who celebrate being together for so long feel on their anniversaries. Well, kind of. If my blog were my boyfriend, I guess. Anyway, I’m glad to have made it to this milestone. I remember during the first couple of months of blogging, I didn’t pay too much attention to how frequently I posted, or whether or not I promoted those posts, or even whether or not a lot of people read those posts. I was just happy to have my own space for writing about what I felt like writing about. But when my sophomore year was finally over, I decided to get serious and set a goal to achieve 1,000 views one month, and wouldn’t ya know it, I did it. Then, my goal was to double that the next month and I ended up with not 2,000 views, but 4,000 page views! Fast forward about a year and a half and I’ve gotten over 80,000 monthly views, built somewhat decent followings on all my social media (Twitter needs a little work, but we’ll get there slowly but surely 😉 ) and got connected to so many other awesome bloggers.
That was a little bit about my blogging back story in case you were wondering. Obviously, it’s not all peaches and cream all the time. There were times when I was just too exhausted from school to really think through upcoming content. And it sometimes sucks when posts you work really hard on don’t get as much attention as you think they will. But keeping your chin up and working hard definitely pays off.
I’ve gotten to work with top brands like Neutrogena and Too Faced, been a VIP at College Fashion Week, attended a Red Carpet Premiere, and so much more. Plus, blogging has helped me garner important skills that made me a more competitive applicant when I applied to my first internship and my beauty and fashion internship.
Last year for my one-year blogiversary post, I wrote about 10 Things I Learned From One Year Of Blogging (check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!), so this year I want to do something a bit different and go through the top 5 posts I’ve written in 2017. This also works really well because New Year’s day is next week, so yay for perfect timing! I’m also going to clue you in on my favorite post I’ve ever written, and we’re gonna take a look back at my first ever blog post. So now that this super long intro is finally over, let’s get to it!
Top 5 posts…
From the day I wrote this post, it’s been doing consistently well. I think I definitely revealed a couple of ~surprising~ bits of information for doing really well in class, so if you’re interested, take a look.
I’m kind of surprised this one has as many views as it does, but I did put a lot of work into it. I always give tips based on my own experiences and what I observe could work for people, but it was more so on this one because I remember advising myself to do these exact things at the time and I decided to turn it into a post!
I wrote this one because I was SO SICK of stores and back to school catalogues trying to convince students and parents that they actually knew what you actually needed for class, when in reality people were buying a ton of crap that they’d end up NOT using.
Soooooo I actually wrote this one in 2016, but it’s STILL the SECOND MOST READ POST on my blog!! I really love this one so so much because it’s certainly true that A LOT of students bring items they shouldn’t bring into their dorm rooms. I’m not here to rat you out or scold you or anything, but there are actual consequences if you get caught with those items. So, I listed some of them in this post and I provided substitutes that work just as well in their place.
And, my most read post is…
This post ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS gets read every single day! Even when it’s NOT move-in day season for students! That last part kind of baffles me but I guess people want to keep the knowledge in their back pockets? Oh well. Anyway, this is another one that I wrote back in 2016 that has still stayed strong over the last year and a half. Crazy, right? If you’re wondering what the most-read post is that I did in 2017, it’s The 8 Best Free Apps For College Students!
My favorite post of all time…
Is probably my post on How I Landed An Editorial Beauty & Fashion Internship In NYC. I love when people write things about how they landed that dream position, or how they got to where they are now, so I really enjoyed writing this post. I also really love writing anything related to career and internships in general, and my friends always ask me to take a look at their cover letters and help them re-vamp their resumes! So if you ever have any career or internship questions, feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
My first ever blog post…
Was 5 TV Shows To Cozy Up To This Winter. At the time, I was really feeling all the shows I was watching on Netflix and was inspired to create this post. If you’ve stuck around long enough to remember that post, wow, thank you lots for hanging out with me for two years!!
So yep, that’s my post in honor of my blog’s second birthday! Don’t forget to take my reader feedback survey to be entered into my giveaway to win a NYX Lip Vault! As a special New Year’s treat, I’m extending the deadline to Sunday, January 7 and the winner will be emailed on January 8. Good luck!
Here’s to more fun events, more awesome brand collaborations, more cool ideas, and more awesome readers like you (I say as I raise my imaginary glass of champagne). Cheers, y’all!
Thanks for sticking around, friends!