The Classic Brunette: My Third Blogiversary + Reader Survey

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Third Blogiversary + Reader Survey


Bloggers, am I the only person who is horrible at remembering their own blogiversary? I feel like it comes and goes by and it completely slips my mind each year. Granted, this is only my third year blogging, but still! I always remember it's in the beginning of August, but no matter how hard I try to remember I always forget. It's not like it's not important to me, I just always feel like my head is a million different places at once with my blog, and it just seems to fall on the back burner! Last year's blogiversary I prepped early with photos, but this year is just about celebrating the blog itself! I'm sharing a few of my favorite posts from over the years as well as some answers about me as I was tagged in a fun blogging chain by Carly from The Carly Collective! I will also have a reader survey at the bottom of the post, because you all are SO incredibly important to me and I want to make this blog a better space for YOU! (So pretty please take the less than 5 minute survey!) Also, this is going to be a bit lengthy, so stay with me here!


Let's start out with my favorite posts! These are a few of my faves for various reasons, and if I wanted to bore you to death I could probably share way more, but I will leave it to just 5!

1. My First Post: Although rather embarrassing to look at now, my first post is one of my favorites! I started out the blog with a different name, and you can probably tell that my current name does not match my looks back then. (Hint: Look at the color of my hair!) It's weird looking back on that post considering only about half of the things I said would be included on the blog have actually showed up on a regular basis! (For example it's been about two years since we've seen any nail art on The Classic Brunette!)

2. Tips And Advice For Freshman Year: This advice still rings true three years later! For those of you who are headed to college in the fall, I would highly recommend reading my thoughts on what you need to know before you go. My favorite piece of advice is #5! On a similar note, check out my guide on How To Be A Great Roommate!

3. Blogging Tips From Gossip Girl: I just love how fun this post is! Gossip Girl is one of my favorite shows, and somehow I made it relatable to the current blogging world. These tips are extremely helpful, so thank's Gossip Girl for teaching me the ins and outs of writing a good blog!

4. New Orleans Part 1 & Part 2: These two posts are so sentimental to me because of how much the city of New Orleans means to me. I didn't know it back then, but the city, its history, and the class I took while there was all going to have a huge impact on my college career. I ended up writing my thesis on Voodoo and I got the chance to visit NOLA again this past January for research.

5. Fall Outfit Post: This was the first outfit post where I actually felt like a fashion blogger! I had shared some ootd blog posts before, however I wasn't all that comfortable in front of the camera. I think the red lipstick gave me the confidence I needed to break out of my shell a bit. Either way, it's one of my favorite style posts to date!



Now for the 11 questions tag and for you to learn a little more about me! :)

1. Are you more of a dog or cat person?
Oh I am a cat person for sure. I've grown up with cats all my life and I would adopt all the cats in the world if I could. I actually just adopted a kitten! Although I really love dogs as well, I could never picture myself owning one for myself. My roommate/best friend has one and taking care of her is sometimes overwhelming. 

2. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Probably the fried rice from Benihanas. It's just SO good! 

3. Summer or Winter?
Winter! Although I love that the summer brings a nice break in school, that won't be the case for me anymore. I'm not a fan of hot weather and will start getting too warm at around 75 degrees. I also think everything fun happens in the winter including Christmas, my birthday, and New Years, so I'm always looking forward to it!

4. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
I have far too many! But I think I'm going to have to go with The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. I know how cheesy and completely awful the shows are and yet I can't turn away! (Spoiler!) Anyone else still upset over Peter not winning?

5. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging three years ago! I remember not having too great of a year during my first year of college, and wanted to have an outlet to discuss college tips, style, and other things that interested me. I think I mostly started it as a form of creative outlet where I could give advice to those who wanted it or even just to give advice to myself. 

6. Besides blogging, what are some of your other favorite things to do?
For some reason I find answering questions about my hobbies so hard for me! The second anyone asks I suddenly have no idea what I like to do. I love watching movies, reading, going to trivia nights (seriously, anyone else a little obsessed with trivia?) and I like to do crafts when I have the time. 

7. What is your dream job?
Being a full time blogger would definitely be my dream job! I would love to have this turn into a career. However if I'm talking about a more real-world career, I would love to run social media for a fashion or beauty company or work as a writer for a magazine (online like Bustle or print like Seventeen). If I ever decide to take a complete change from these fields I think I would also enjoy being a criminal profiler, I oddly feel like I would be good at it! I took a Forensic Psych class in college and it was probably one of the most interesting courses I've ever taken. 

8. What is your Starbucks order?
I'll normally order a cool lime refresher with lemonade instead of water in the warmer days. Either that or an iced white mocha. I'll change the white mocha to hot during the colder months. For food I'll either order a ham and cheese croissant (SO GOOD!) or a classic coffee cake!

9. How do you come up with ideas for blog posts?
Most of the time it's just from my real life experiences! If I'm thinking about something fashion/beauty/lifestyle related and have a question about it I'm sure others are too. I'll write posts on things that are relevant (like my recent Instagram algorithm post) and things that I would want to read on someone else's blog. 

10. What is the last book you read?
Darkly Dreaming Dexter. It's the first book in the Dexter series and it was exactly like the first season of the TV show. Can't wait to read the rest of the books!

11. What beauty product can you not leave the house without?
Mascara! I just feel naked without it!

Now the way this little chain thing goes is that I tag other bloggers to answer my 11 questions, however I'm opening it up to everyone to answer! Here are my questions for all of you, which you can answer in the comments :)

1. What does your perfect day look like?
2. Who is your celebrity crush?
3. What was the first concert you ever went to?
4. Do you have a blog? What do you write about?
5. If you could travel to any destination for free where would you go?
6. What is your favorite movie?
7. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
8. What is your favorite cult beauty product?
9. What is your proudest accomplishment?
10. What's the weirdest dream you ever had?
11. What's your favorite memory from this year so far?



If you've read through this entire post, THANK YOU! You all mean so much to me and I'm so happy that you make it possible for my blog to continue on growing. I would appreciate it if you took the reader survey linked above so that I can continue to make my posts more beneficial to you!


14 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary!

    1. What does your perfect day look like? A day at the beach, for sure. With snacks, books and absolutely no work to do at all.
    2. Who is your celebrity crush? Right now Daveed Diggs has the key to my heart!!
    3. What was the first concert you ever went to? Backstreet Boys, of course!
    4. Do you have a blog? What do you write about? I do! (www.thedailypaigeblog.com) I blog about organization, productivity, budget-friendly fashion, and my life, trying to be organized and productive ;)
    5. If you could travel to any destination for free where would you go? Paris! I've never been.
    6. What is your favorite movie? Moana!
    7. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why? Roy Williams, UNC's head basketball coach. He's the man.
    8. What is your favorite cult beauty product? I don't think I have any – I barely use makeup!
    9. What is your proudest accomplishment? Graduating from college and getting a job right out of college are my top 2!
    10. What's the weirdest dream you ever had? Just the other day I dreamed that I started a coworking space and became a millionaire – of all the things to start.
    11. What's your favorite memory from this year so far? The first day we adopted our little floof, Theo. We met him and his brothers and sisters to try and choose who we wanted to bring home with us, and on the ride home, he hugged me and fell asleep on my chest. I've been in love ever since!

    xoxo, Paige

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! I just read your Gossip Girl blog and I loved it! That show is one of my all time favorites. I'm addicted to fried rice too! So yummy.

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  3. Happy blogiversary! Haha that's awesome that it's been three years, congrats!

    Hmm this is fun :)
    1. What does your perfect day look like? Coffee, writing, and backpacking, finishing up the day with some reading and writing in a hammock in a pretty spot along a trail :)
    2. Who is your celebrity crush? Hmm no idea.
    3. What was the first concert you ever went to? Atlanta Symphony!
    4. Do you have a blog? What do you write about? I do! www.therestlesswild.com and I blog about running, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and local adventure :)
    5. If you could travel to any destination for free where would you go? For free? I'd probably choose Australia because I've priced it out and that's the most expensive place to get to from where I'm at ;)
    6. What is your favorite movie? Oooooh good question. Probably Frozen, haha
    7. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why? Hmm maybe Georgia O'Keeffe?
    8. What is your favorite cult beauty product? Mmm tough question, I don't really wear much make-up.
    9. What is your proudest accomplishment? Confronting my fear of heights and taking up climbing.
    10. What's the weirdest dream you ever had? Ha, I have this weird recurring dream where I help smuggle people out of places - war bunkers, dystopian cities, things like that. It's pretty weird.
    11. What's your favorite memory from this year so far? Hmm probably taking a friend backpacking on the Appalachian Trail for a long weekend. It was her first backpacking trip :)

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  5. Happy Blogivesary!! My four year old loves your favorite movie ;)

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  6. Happy Blogivesary!!! you have done so much i am so happy for you!!!

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! :) I'm just six months in, so a baby in comparison.

    1. What does your perfect day look like?
    Just a causal hang out day with my family. :)
    2. Who is your celebrity crush?
    Honestly, I don't really have one.
    3. What was the first concert you ever went to?
    No clue. :P Two kids have fried my brain.
    4. Do you have a blog? What do you write about?
    Yes, I write about motherhood + parenting.
    5. If you could travel to any destination for free where would you go?
    Kruger Park, South Africa. :) I haven't been since I was 14.
    6. What is your favorite movie?
    The Notebook
    7. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
    Probably my grandfather, so I could tell him all about my husband and children that he never got to meet.
    8. What is your favorite cult beauty product?
    Errr...nada.
    9. What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Giving birth to my two children. I felt like superwoman, ha!
    10. What's the weirdest dream you ever had?
    I have so many I honestly can't remember.
    11. What's your favorite memory from this year so far?
    The sound of my children laughing together for the first time. :)

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  8. happy anniversary! such a huge accomplishment! wishing you many more!

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  9. Aw happy blogiversary!! I'm totally the same when it comes to the 'hobbies' question! Anytime it comes up I automatically forget everything I'm interested in lol

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  10. Happy Blogiversary!! I honestly can't even remember what my blogiversary is! I know I'm in year 4 but I can't remember the date!

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  11. Happy Blogiversary!! 3 years is a long time!!

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  12. 1. What does your perfect day look like? the beach and naps and lots of food ;)
    2. Who is your celebrity crush? Ryan Gosling
    3. What was the first concert you ever went to? Britney Spears
    4. Do you have a blog? What do you write about? Yes! Fashion and Lifestyle
    5. If you could travel to any destination for free where would you go? Greece
    6. What is your favorite movie? Moulin Rouge
    7. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela, he's my hero
    8. What is your favorite cult beauty product? Laura Mercier translucent powder
    9. What is your proudest accomplishment? my blog
    10. What's the weirdest dream you ever had? too long for this hahaha
    11. What's your favorite memory from this year so far? definitely the concerts I've attended

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  13. Happy Anniversary! That must be so exciting for you!

    1. What does your perfect day look like? Sleeping in, going to the beach to soak up some sun and swim, cuddles with my cat, a starbucks date, and a fun adventure of some sort!
    2. Who is your celebrity crush? Adam Levine!
    3. What was the first concert you ever went to? I've never been to a concert before! (Pathetic, I know.) But if I was going to go to one I would want to go to a taylor swift concert first!
    4. Do you have a blog? What do you write about? Yup! It's www.everythingbeyondmyskye.com it's a lifestyle blog and I write about beauty, school, organization, life and style!
    5. If you could travel to any destination for free where would you go? Somewhere with a gorgeous beach. Maybe dubai or hawaii or the fuji islands?
    6. What is your favorite movie? Pitch Perfect 1 & 2!
    7. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why? Morgan Timm of www.mostlymorgan.com I LOVE her blog and her blog advice is KILLER! I have learned so much from her!
    8. What is your favorite cult beauty product? Lancome Mascara
    9. What is your proudest accomplishment? Starting a blog and etsy shop, when i'm not even 18 yet!
    10. What's the weirdest dream you ever had? There's a girl I wish I was friends with, and I dreamt that she asked me to put insulation around her windows because she was cold at night, and offered to pay me $100, and I declined the money and told her that hanging out and talking with her while I put in the insulation would be payment enough.
    11. What's your favorite memory from this year so far? My first time driving!

    Skye I www.everythingbeyondmyskye.com

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