The Artyologist Turns Two
It is my blog’s second anniversary, woohoo! Although does that mean I am entering the “terrible twos” now? I hope not! (Actually, the anniversary is tomorrow, Jan. 27, but as I wanted to post this on Friday instead. . . here I am a day early!)
I can’t believe that it’s been two years since I started this blog, or for that matter that it’s been an entire year since the first anniversary. I feel like all I ever say lately, is “I can’t believe how fast the time is going by”, but really what else is there to say? It does go by quickly 🙂 When I started this blog, two years ago, I really had no idea what I was doing. Actually I still don’t. Pressing that “publish” button was the scariest thing! I had no idea if anyone would ever read my blog, and I wondered if I had made a big mistake in thinking that I should be a blogger. But, it turned out that starting this blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done- not only has it proven to be fun, and a great creative outlet, but I’ve also met so many lovely people through it. (Either because they are readers, or because I discovered their blogs, since I was no longer intimidated by “putting myself out there” so to speak). Two years in, I have no intention of stopping any time soon!
Last year, I marked the 1 year anniversary by doing a blog makeover. As I still quite like the blog format, I am not planning any sort of changes on that front.* I thought that, since I didn’t do any sort of 2017 year end recap or the like, I would today re-share some of my favourite posts from the past year, as well as posts which have proven to be the most popular with readers. I kind of like to look back at old blog posts from time to time.
I feel like sometimes in this digital age, we always have to have “more”. New posts, all the time. Fast and disposable like the rest of our culture is. We look at something for a minute, and then immediately move onto the next. We quickly scroll through our readers and feeds, trying to get through the list, without taking the time to enjoy. Social media in it’s very essence is always about the “new”. But, even though it is web based, it is ironic that amidst all that, there are still our blogs. A digital scrapbook of sorts, which capture the memories of a year gone by. I don’t know if I would notice the passage of time so much, if I didn’t have this blog. The very act of taking photos, and creating posts is a way to capture a memory, and then it gives you something to look back on (which makes you realize it was so long ago! And also how many phases my hair has gone through). I’m just rambling now, but all that to say, it’s nice to, instead of always looking forward, take a moment to look back as well.
Thanks so much to all my lovely readers who follow this blog. You are the ones who make this so worthwhile and fun. I mean, I could still blog if I had no readers, but that would be super boring. So, thank-you!
The 5 Most Popular Posts
Well, the number one most popular post I ever wrote was my history of harem pants- it was still the top post for 2017, and I wrote it in the summer of 2016! But, since it is from two years ago, I will share the top posts of 2017 instead.
Bringing back “Coupon Busters” One Pair of Shoeclips at a Time
A Sentimental History of Lockets
Shopping Ethically for Vintage Repro
My First Blogger Meet Up with Jessica of Chronically Vintage
Operation: Save the Petticoat! (Or, a Simple Petticoat Alteration)
Apparently my tutorials are popular. I shall endeavour to do more things this year, so I can turn them into posts 😉
My Personal Favourite Outfit Posts
Lilacs and Love Letters. This is the post that almost didn’t happen! And it is one of my favourites.
Wearing Vintage (Or Alternative Style) vs. Wearing a Costume. Discussing the differences between dressing up in a different style and dressing up in a costume.
A Feather in My Cap. The first “public” photoshoot!
Fashion Revolution Love Story: An Ode to a Humble T-Shirt. This was a fun post to write.
Five Other Memories
Tea and Tulips on a February Day. I just really liked this photoshoot and wanted to re-share it.
The Artyologist Art Shop. I opened my art shop in July!
Tanith of Tanith Rowan Designs and I hosted our first My Vintage Cover challenge in August, and it was so much fun!
I was Interviewed for Alive Magazine, talking about ethical fashion!
Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm. Some experimenting with my camera and lens at the farm. I was also happy with these pictures and just wanted to reshare.
*I said above that I had no plans to change my blog format, but, that being said, are there any things you wish were different about the format? Any ways I could change it to make it easier to read etc? Thanks!
January 27, 2018 @ 1:34 pm
It is interesting to note that you started your blog when many people were deciding to stop blogging. I’m so happy you chose to blog. The effort you put into your posts really shows.
January 28, 2018 @ 9:09 am
I know I was a bit late to the party… but that’s OK because maybe I’m just helping to keep the party going 😉
Thank-you for reading, and for taking the time to often comment! ❤️
January 28, 2018 @ 8:41 am
In the first photo of the shoe clips post, where did you get those tights? I had a couple pairs of Hue’s fine fishnets in beige, and they’re long gone now and I just CAN’T find more! Hue doesn’t seem to make them any more, and I don’t know where else to look. They’re so versatile I miss them!
January 28, 2018 @ 9:15 am
Honestly I’ve had these for about 10 years, and I can’t remember what brand they were- probably Walmart brand or something!
I haven’t looked around much for a different brand (that’s too bad Hue discontinued), but I know Swedish Stockings makes a neutral pair of fishnets. They aren’t exactly like mine, but from the picture they look nice. I haven’t tried this pair, but I’ve tried others from them, and have been happy.
In case you’d like to take a look at them:
Hopefully you can find something- it’s so frustrating when your favourite product is discontinued!
February 1, 2018 @ 8:10 am
Congratulations on two years! I’m going to go and read your posts about meeting up with the lovely Jessica xx
February 1, 2018 @ 11:41 am
Thanks! I hope you enjoy reading that post 🙂
February 7, 2018 @ 6:44 am
Sorry to be late with a comment, but congratulations! Our blog is just a little younger than yours—it will be two this year. It’s funny what an odd sense of accomplishment that gives you, doesn’t it? I think you should be proud of your good writing, the interesting things you’ve shared, and of course, your very beautiful photography. I always look forward to reading your posts.
February 9, 2018 @ 1:11 pm
Thank-you so much! I’m so glad to hear that you look forward to my posts. ❤️
That is so exciting that yours is almost two years old too- happy (early) blog anniversary to you too!
February 7, 2018 @ 10:54 am
Happy Two Years!!! I always applaud people when they celebrate their anniversaries of their blogs. I shy away from mine for a combination of reasons. But I love that you chose to focus on what is popular and what your favorites have been.
February 9, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
Thank-you Janey- both for taking the time to comment, and for reading along! ❤️
February 10, 2018 @ 2:29 pm
Happy blog birthday. I’m glad you decided to start blogging, you always have a lovely mix of posts.
February 10, 2018 @ 9:18 pm
Thank-you Kate-Em- I’m glad you enjoy reading along!
February 28, 2018 @ 4:02 am
Congrats on the blogversary doll! It’s so exciting that you’ve come this far, and created some absolutely awesome posts. Can’t wait to see more!
bonita of Lavender & Twill
March 10, 2018 @ 8:11 pm