Hello everyone, at the end of every year, I try to think about this blog in terms of my readers, and how I can improve this blog in the new year. I really love blogging. I think it’s fun. I love to write- it’s my passion… Well, one of them- I’m a bit of a generalist.
Last year, I wrote this post, and started my Lululemon OOTD Challenge- I made it to outfit 50, and then I just felt like they were getting somewhat repetitive, so I stopped. I still do plenty of OOTD posts, but they’re more sporadic.
This year, I want to, as always, say thank you to my readers- especially those of you who “like” or comment on my posts. Your opinions are extremely valuable and they help me decide on what I should be writing. WordPress is great, and they tell you to pay attention to your analytics to see what your audience is looking for. But what guides me the most are the interactions I have with people who read my posts and ask questions.
There have been quite a few times when someone has asked me a question (in the comments) or left me a comment and that has resulted in a post as a result of that question or comment. In the linked example, @AddictedToInk asked me to clarify what I meant by Paying as Gift or Goods on PayPal. I had started to respond to her in the comments, but the reply was forever long and I ended up creating this post instead.
In a more recent example, Michele told me that she finds single item reviews like this one (about the Pleat To Street) most helpful since she does her Lulu shopping online. So, I wrote another individual item post (about the Base Runners). I intend to continue to write individual piece items and give fit reviews as I do think that they help people decide where to spend their hard-earned cash.
The year before that, I wrote this post as my final post of the year. In that post I talked about my top 5 items of the year. I think I’ll do that again! It’s just too fun to look back and see that I still use all my old favorites and continue to enjoy them.
My top 5 this year, in no specific order are:
Stress Less Hoodie in Bordeaux Drama, Vent It Out crop in Space Dye Twist Ultra Violet Multi/Naval Blue, Pigment Wave Speed Shorts, Retreat Dress in Heathered Black Cherry, and Moody Mirage Define Jacket.
The Stress Less hoodies are so comfy & slouchy, plus Bordeaux Drama is one of my favorite colors. The Pigment Wave craze was inescapable, and its similarity to Unicorn Tears drew me in. I was happy with these Speed shorts and the pattern distribution when I received them. So fancy! I am really enjoying the Vent it Out crops. The stripes line up, which is nice, but they also function well and never ride up or fall down when I work out in them. For casual wear, my Retreat Dress has served me well. I wore it several times during the summer- practically lived in it- and the Light Luon fabric is perfect for the hottest days. As for the Moody Mirage Define jacket, I absolutely LOVE Define jackets, and was so sad when they discontinued them and so happy when they brought them back! They haven’t come out with too many pretty colors since they were re-released. I liked the cranberry colored one, but it had the snake print on it, so I didn’t pick it up. This is actually the only Define jacket I’ve purchased since they re-released them. I’d love to see a bright green or purple, but what’s come out so far has either been too similar to items I already own, or has been in neutrals.
It was SUPER hard to choose just 5 items, but all of these are unique and I feel that they merit “favorite” status. I also considered choosing Fuel Green Base Runners and my Ultra Violet Pleat To Street skirt, but I’ve written individual articles on both of these (linked) and thought they had had enough of the spot light 🙂
WordPress also suggests that you make “blogging goals” for the following year. So, I guess my blogging goals for next year will be writing more individual item posts, writing an update post to my post(s) about Victoria’s Secret and La Senza, continuing to always provide updates on my New Year’s Resolutions, and to continue to post OOTDs.
I hope y’all can give me some more ideas on what you’d like to see and what I should be writing about. I’d be so happy to hear from you! What do you think of this blog? How could it be better?
I really can’t thank you all enough for reading.