2016 marks the end of my first year blogging at workinglook.com.
I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things about what works the blog (frequent posting, vlogs) and what doesn’t (long stretches of radio silence).
As I look back on blogging in 2015, I’m counting down the top 10 posts that I believe have most shaped this blog (and in turn have shaped me as a blogger). They are:
#10 – How to Find the Real Deals at the Michael Kors Outlets: This is a revised version of a post I developed for a now defunct blog. Long after I retired the blog, this post continued to draw more daily hits than all the other posts I created for both blogs combined (sad but true). Eventually I gave into popular opinion and updated the post for Working Look. While it’s far from my favourite piece, it is without a doubt my most popular one, which qualifies it for the number 10 spot on this list.
#9 – Eight Traits that Kill Your Style: This is one of my first posts at Working Look, one that touches on the psychology of style, which I am deeply interested in. The unconscious reasons we dress the way we do is an area of deep interest for me. Reviewing this post has taught me to focus more on style psychology in 2016.
#8 – #OOTD My Pre-Loved Prada Dress: Part of a short-run series of outfit of the day posts. I love sharing my own wardrobe, but I hated the stairwell background and was dependent on a friend to snap the pics. Moving forward, I realize I need a low maintenance way to share outfit selfies in the year.
#8 – Could a Capsule Wardrobe Make You Smarter at Work? It’s no secret that I love believe in the benefits of capsule wardrobes. This post explores a lesser known cognitive benefit.
#7 – Should You Buy It? This is the first quiz I created for the blog and a damn fine tool for making better purchasing decisions (if I do say so myself)!
#6 – Weekend Wardrobe Challenge: Pause Before Purchase: In the later half of the year, I started the Weekend Wardrobe Challenge series, designed to help readers make the most of their existing collection. These next two posts are among my favourite of the series:
#7 – Weekend Wardrobe Challenge: Put Clothes in Purgatory: This is a tip I have long used in my personal life to keep my wardrobe streamlined without committing to permanent eliminations.
#6 – Why I’m Only Buying 5 Garments for the Rest of 2015: Publishing this post constituted making a public commitment to stay on a strict shopping diet – and I kept it! (Well, I almost kept it. You can see my full reveal update on how this challenge panned out here.)
#5 – Five Ways to Upgrade Your Style When You’re Broke: Towards the end of the year, I experimented with vlogging, an experience that has been equally frightening and fun. This was my very first video.
#4 – How to Dress a Curvy Body: This video earns a spot on this list, not because I think it’s particularly good (it’s not) but it was an effort to share style tips in a new and more visual way. I’m already a little bit embarrassed of this video and would like to change it, but making it taught me a few things about making more engaging videos.
#3 – Three Tips Before Taking Off The Tags: This video taught me that my hair looks better wavy. While I’m not proud of the hairstyle, I do stand by the tips!
#2 – The Liberating Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe: More bad hair and capsule wardrobe love!
#1 – Why Splurging on Style is Good for People, the Plant and Your Pocket Book: If I have to pick one, my top choice for 2015 posts is this one. I think it best represents my 2015 blogging voice and my philosophy towards slow fashion.
To any readers who followed this blog, liked a post or shared a comment in 2015, I want to thank you for your support. Your feedback (good or bad) is very beneficial and encourages me to become a better blogger.
Happy New Year everyone. May your creative endeavours bear fruit in 2016!