So we’re getting really close to the end of 2010, and I wanted to catch you, my lovelies, before you shut down, check out, and revel in the holiday happiness that begins tomorrow. Because that’s what I’m going to do. Martini in hand, of course.
About halfway through 2010, I stopped paying informal blog awards forward because I felt like I’d leave so many great bloggers out. That said, singling out the blogs below might seem contradictory, but I’ll tell you why I wanted to do this: some bloggers actually changed the fashion blogosphere for the better this year. They supported, connected with, and positively impacted other bloggers—and that is HUGE in my book.
If I didn’t mention you below, please don’t be offended. I seriously treasure each and every one of you. We all have our own reasons for blogging, and so many of you are rocking it day-in, day-out. But these bloggers went the extra mile to create conversation, community, friendship, and awareness. So thank you and congratulations on your accomplishments in 2010!
G&G 2010 Blogger of the Year: Beautifully Invisible
Beautifully Invisible really transformed this year, especially after moving to a self-hosted blog on WordPress.org. But that’s not why she’s my 2010 Blogger of the Year. She flew to the top of my list because she was willing to push herself on so many levels—technologically, emotionally, philosophically—you name it. She dove right into the world of self-hosted blogs, with no prior experience, then essentially wrote a primer on it. She sought out constructive criticism and actually listened and implemented suggested changes. Her posts are grammatically correct (God bless you for that, B!), presented properly for the Web, intelligent, thought-provoking, and above all, original. She leaves thoughtful comments and acknowledges her readers. And she has been a star in terms of rallying behind other bloggers and helping when she can through well-crafted posts and totally fun tweets.
G&G 2010 Most Valuable Blogger (MVB): Modly Chic
Katy of Modly Chic came up with an idea to connect bloggers—Fashion Beauty Friend Friday (FBFF)—that she started with literally a handful of bloggers earlier this year. She had a vision, had the courage to establish ground rules and approach other bloggers and, wow, has it just blossomed! The group now includes 100+ bloggers who respond to a set of questions authored by Katy on their blogs every Friday. And there’s even a Twitter hashtag: #FBFF.
Topics covered in the FBFF series definitely included irreverent, girlie fashion stuff; but many weeks, topics we wrote (or vlogged) about—like dealing with negative comments and body image—were deep, inspiring, and attitude-altering. And the fashion blogosphere noticed…many of our posts have been included in IFB Links a la Mode Roundups week after week.
If that’s not enough, then Katy created a FBFF Google Group for the distribution of weekly FBFF questions that has become an invaluable resource for bloggers with other blog-related questions, concerns, or announcements. Bloggers in the group regularly provide feedback and support to fellow members who are sorting out copyright issues, feeling burned out, facing technical problems, and more.
G&G 2010 Most Improved Blogger (MIB): Lee Oliveira
Talk about progress. Sydney, Australia-based street style photographer Lee Oliveira just started blogging this year(!), and in record time he pulled a Beautifully Invisible and overhauled his blog with a new, clean (and gorgeous) self-hosted design on WordPress.org, his own domain, videos, and more. He learned the art of commenting, got on Twitter—and virtually overnight—grew a large and loyal following. Lee leveraged social media like a star and if you peek at the comments on his blog, you can see why. He gives as much as he gets. And that’s why his growth in the blogosphere has been explosive. I only wish I had become acquainted with Lee when I was in Sydney…oh, imagine the photos!
But Lee didn’t just aim high in terms of his blog. His own street style photography—the purpose for his blog—also made significant strides this year. As someone who picked up a big honkin’ DSLR last year and still doesn’t really know how to use it, I admire Lee’s growth in that area. I also love that Lee asks his subjects—the ladies and the gents—about the fragrance they wear. It’s a different spin on street style photography that you obviously can’t get in the photos, but we all know how important fragrance can be as a personal marker.
This was one of my favorite shots Lee took this year:
These blogs are regular reads, for exactly the reasons listed below. Love you guys!
- Most amazing illustrations: Heather’s Design Blog, My Glamourology, The Jersey Gem
- Most breathtaking photography: PinkBow
- Most diverse: The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe, The Well-Appointed Catwalk
- Most engaging blog series: A Brit Greek
- Most fabulously unpredictable: Jemina
- Most fearless: Style by Santina, Style Activist, The Fashionista Foodie
- Most intellectual: Fashionable Academics, In Professorial Fashion, Wendy Brandes
- Most kind: FIERCE, Leia’s Delights, Sweetfaced Style
- Most ladylike and Lucille Ball-like: Forever Amber
- Most likely to make it out of a s***storm, unscathed: Miss Vinyl Ahoy , Polka Dot
- Most likely to make me buy yet another bottle of nail polish: Fashion’s Maven
- Most likely to make you LOL: Fashion Coconuts
- Most likely to make you smile: The Fashionista Next Door
- Most professional blog(s)/blogger(s): BonBon Rose Girls, Dramatis Personae, Pretty Shiny Sparkly
- Most profound: Mis Papelicos
- Most refreshingly honest: Profresh Style, Those Graces
- Most self-deprecating: Style Underdog
- Most supportive: Center Sage, Fuyume, Midnight in a Perfect World, Vogue Inspired Fashion for the Real World
- Most unabashedly, unapologetically original: The Citizen Rosebud