Happy New Year’s Eve! I always love sharing an annual post on this day to recap the year and any blogging milestones I accomplished in the past 12 months. While I’ve been really enjoying reading other bloggers’ posts about the lessons they’ve learned during this difficult year, I’ve decided to keep my reflections to myself for once and just share something lighthearted today. As I’ve done in the past, I’m doing an ‘awards show’ blog post to showcase my top posts of 2020. Now let’s get to it and take a scroll down memory lane!
- I published 110 blog posts.
- My website gained 116 new followers, a 34% increase from last year.
- My blog posts had 1,516 comments, a 245% increase from last year.
- My blog posts had 677 likes, a 33% increase from last year.
- The unique visitors to my website more than doubled, increasing by 137%.
- My website views increased by 170%.
- I gained at least 311 Instagram followers (I don’t know the exact number since Instagram’s insights are so limiting), and I finally reached 1,000 followers in August. Finishing the year strong with 1,105!
- I applied to ShopStyle and was rejected, but I finally began sharing shoppable widgets in February.
- I began taking my own photos with a tripod after quarantine started in March.
- I started sharing Month in Review blog posts in May.
- I became a Passion Planner Ambassador in August and finally made my first dollar from blogging.
- I joined Campus Trendsetters in August and received my first PR package in September.
- I started posting three times a week in September to share weekly recaps and outfits-of-the-day.
- I reapplied to ShopStyle and was accepted, allowing me to finally make a small commission from affiliate links.
- I applied to RewardStyle in November and was accepted right away.
I mentioned in both my November Month in Review and my December Month in Review that my big goal for December was to slow down and appreciate my blog… to take it in and feel proud of all the hard work I’ve poured into this website over the years. Since my blog began, and this past year especially, I have really struggled with enjoying blogging because I only seem to see the imperfections. Oh, I look awkward in that photo. Oh, I shouldn’t have said that on the internet—nobody cares. Oh, my photos will never be good enough. But now, as I write this post and see how much my blog has grown this past year, as well as all the opportunities I had, I feel extremely proud. Sure, it took me more than four years to spring into action and experience real growth. But hey, at least I finally got there. Blogging will always have its challenges and frustrating days, but I feel so hopeful for what this new year will bring. Thank you so much for your comments, likes, and unwavering support in 2020. It means the world!
Okay okay, that’s enough sappiness—now onto the blogging awards!
The first category is the Followers’ Choice Awards, which are decided by all of you! The three awards in this category are Most Viewed Post, Most Commented Post, and Most Liked Post.
Most Viewed Post Award
The nominees for Most Viewed Post are…
Unsurprisingly, this past year had a lot of coronavirus-related blog posts. When this whole pandemic thing began in March, I got the idea to do a miniseries sharing outfits inspired by my favorite fashionable characters in TV shows, since we were all stuck at home, binging Netflix like crazy. Of course, I had to include the iconic style of Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl”, and I also created a Jane Sloan-inspired outfit from the newer show “The Bold Type”. When it came time for me to return to college, I tried to pack as little clothing as possible in case school closed again and I had to move back home—thus the college capsule wardrobe was born.
Now that I’ve given you a little refresher of these posts, can I get a drumroll please?! The Most Viewed Post of 2020 goes to…
My College Capsule Wardrobe with 693 views!
This post has more than double the views of the runner-up, which continues to surprise me. The photos weren’t spectacular or anything, but I guess people really resonate with capsule wardrobes.
Most Commented Post Award
The nominees for Most Commented Post are…
And now, the Most Commented Post of 2020 goes to…
Raiding My Mom’s Closet with 38 comments!
I love that this blog post was so well received. Not only did I think the photos and outfit were really cute, but I also love that this post is all about my admiration for my mom! Doesn’t get more heartwarming than mommy-and-me blog posts, am I right?
Most Liked Post Award
The nominees for this category are…
The award for Most Liked Post of 2020 goes to…
The Best and Worst Summer Fashion Trends with 46 likes!
Usually my blog posts get 3-6 likes, but for some reason this post has so many more—and I don’t know why. When the fall rolled around, I thought to myself, “Hey, that summer fashion trend post performed really well. I should do another one featuring fall fashion trends.” I did, and guess what? The post didn’t perform well at all. So who knows… Blog traffic is such a mystery sometimes (or all the time???).
Now, we move onto the Blogger’s Choice awards, where I choose my favorite blog posts from the following criteria: Favorite Photos, Favorite Writing, and Favorite Outfit.
Favorite Photos Award
The blog post nominees for Favorite Photos are…
It’s hard to beat costume photos on Star Wars day, farmgirl wannabe pics, or edgy construction site photos. So which will it be?? The award goes to…
My mom helped me take these photos at an equipment yard in Las Vegas, and they’re some of my favorite blog photos of all time. I mean, how can you not love seeing how huge that machinery is compared to me? Plus, the edgy outfit is super cute, if I do say so myself.
Favorite Writing Award
My favorite part about blogging is the writing (which is why my posts are always so long!), so naturally, I had a harder time narrowing down the nominees for this category. They are…
I had a lot of fun writing all of the above posts and carefully deciding on my diction to either tell a story, make you laugh, or be as relatable as possible. I’m very proud of all of these posts, and it just so happens that the photos in them aren’t half bad, either! Without further ado, the award for Favorite Writing goes to…
This post was all about my experience trying out as a model for Denver Fashion Week (and being swiftly rejected!). I completely forgot about this event until I scrolled through this year’s blog posts, but it was such a fun and emboldening experience that I knew I had to share it on the blog. The best part was the response from my readers—several people reached out to me saying how the story inspired them to be more confident, and hearing that was such an amazing feeling!
Favorite Outfit Award
Last, but certainly not least, is the Favorite Outfit Award. This one is always the hardest to choose—since I love clothes so much, duh—but here are the five nominees…
And the award goes to…wait for it…
I don’t think I would have put this outfit together had I not been drawing on Jane Sloan’s style as inspiration. This outfit is fierce and dramatic, and I love how confident I feel while wearing it. Sure, it’s not something I can wear to class, but one day I’ll have the perfect occasion to rock the middle part bun and this sparkly statement blouse in real life.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today and every day in 2020! The excitement I’ve felt about Graceful Rags’ growth was one of the highlights keeping me productive and sane this past year. Here’s to 2021—wishing you all a much happier and safer new year!
Miles of smiles,