It’s the New Year and, in addition to cleaning our closets, making new lists of resolutions, buying the latest exercise clothes, and starting new chapters, some of us have spent the last few days pouring over last year’s blog data. Although this doesn’t sound very sexy, it’s actually really interesting to us because it helps us get to know you better. We look at which of our blogs you’ve read and clicked on, and use this data to try to understand who you are and what you’re interested in so that we can better tailor our topics to your interests. (Oh and of course we are never competitive with each other about who wrote the most read blogs!)
So, just like the New York Times does their “best of” every year, here’s what the Google numbers tell us about you: You are a wonderful person (OK, I added that!), possibly our customer, perhaps an artist or art appreciator, passionate about interior design, drawn to travel, somewhat intrigued by France and you always like a before and after success story! Your top five Huffington favorite blogs in 2016 were (drum roll):
#1. A Cottage Renovation;
I totally agreed with you on this one and ate up every bite of Meg’s delicious cottage renovation. From the yummy before and afters, to the revelation of the secret paint color, every morsel of this blog was a feast for the eyes — in my opinion, and in yours, apparently! Thank you, readers, for confirming it.
#2. and #3.
Our #2 and #3 were two consecutive blogs written about the before and after renovation of one of the world’s tiniest apartments: Our favorite little pied a terre in Paris. We introduced some of the before’s in one blog, called “Can this apartment be saved” and apparently got you interested enough to stick with us for the sequel, “Paris Renovation in progress.” We loved hearing your comments about this, with everything from “why did we hang the painting in the fireplace” to the compliments on the paint color and chandelier. Thank you for sticking with us on that!
#4: “Paris Apartment for Sale“:
Maybe it was the word Paris, or maybe you felt sorry for me because you knew Santa wouldn’t come through on this one, but our #4 blog, published just recently, got a lot of attention. It probably goes to show that even if we’re not in the market, we love to read about real estate for sale … especially when it’s in Paris, on the Ile St. Louis, and such a deal! This one had us all green with envy, and it seems you agreed too!
#5: “Porch Inspiration“:
Your number five favorite definitely has a theme going: You loved the cottagy look that Meg introduced, and the mix of comfort, warmth and the clean lines of a gleamingly white screened in porch. Who could blame you?
Although they weren’t the most read blogs, there were a couple of runners up this past year:
“Painting Lavender in Provence.” Bethanne Cople’s painting workshop in Provence was followed by a lot of people, possibly dreaming about a trip with this amazing artist in their future? (We hope so! We’d love for you to join us.)
You also like our blogs about art and and artists, particularly when they include some of their personal history, like in this one, entitled “What Makes These Artists New and Different” . That’s a good thing because our passion is art and we love to write about it!
“Easter in Paris” was a powerful one for you and us, mostly because we got to take our wonderful store manager, Alva, to France. Sadly, shortly after we published it, we learned of the bombings in Belgium.
“Best Mosquito Repellent Ever.” While it’s not our habit to do a hard sell on products in our blogs, and some may have been surprised by the subject of mosquito repellents, we inadvertently sold out of all the product after we published the blog on “Aromaflage.” Who knew? That was fun!
The trilogy of Nola Burt and the Cashiers Show House! Yes, you stuck with us for this funny little departure into the fictional character or Nola Burt, the muse of the Burt Farm guest cottage that we redesigned for the Cashiers show house. One of you actually came to the store to say that you were a friend of Nola Burt’s (O.K. that kind of threw us for a moment until we figured out you were kidding). But it was all in good fun, and we thank you for appreciating that we love to have fun and be a little irreverent from time to time!
“The Maine Event.” My own personal favorite to write and read was the beautiful wedding that we attended over Labor Day, in Maine. This one did get a lot of clicks … but they might have been mostly from me!
So here’s what we know: That you like décor, art, travel, restaurants, recipes and product recommendations, when they’re from the heart. You’re drawn to cottagy renovations mixed with a little Parisian glam. You seem to go for the mix, and you love a story with a happy ending. Most of all, we know that we like you and that you are friendly and kind when you respond to us and that you keep us going with your nice questions and supportive comments. And that’s a good thing because we love to write (most often about what we love to write about!) but we can’t do it without you!
So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being with us this past year, and we hope that you’ll join us for more adventures in 2017. Happy New Year!