Unpatterned Turns 2

Get out the streamers, the party hats and the most annoying noisemakers you can find. Pop the finest bottle of bubbly and try not to spill on your keyboard, ladies and gents. March 19th marked the 2 year anniversary of the first Unpatterned post. Huzzah! After rereading my first post, I have decided that so much and so little has changed in that 2 years. Here are a few stats and facts about the blog and life.

84 posts to date (an average of 3.5 posts per month)

Top 5 posts by views:

  1. Pre & Post Painted Dining Table The most popular post by a LANDSLIDE. To be fair, also one of the oldest. Here's the original photo...no major changes, but I've definitely beefed up that bar and some of the accessories in the room! People really love their DIY. So do I. I need more of that. 
  2. Style Dreaming: Vintage Golf Wear More golf updates planned for spring. I hope.
  3. Interview: Brad Pogatetz - Photography  This was one of my favorites as well...still grateful to a local artist humoring a tiny blog.
  4. Top 10 Reasons to Drink Coffee I'm guessing people are searching for a much more scientific article when they find this!
  5. The Macaron Experiment We need to have a rematch! I want successful macarons.

Top 5 posts I've enjoyed sharing/creating (excluding those listed above):

  1. Unpatterned Style: Red Hot 80's The first in the Unpatterned Style series. I loved putting this post together and cracking up as my dear friend/model and I did our thing under the L tracks on Irving Park. I miss these posts. I hope to see a revival of them in some fashion come Spring. 
  2. Dreamer Episode 1: Half Marathon & Dreamer Episode 2: Half Marathon Complete It was so therapeutic to share my dream and finishing the half really was a huge accomplishment for me. I have hopes to complete another.
  3. South Beach, FL: From Patios to Jumpsuits My first real travel post. Truth be told, the travel posts are some of my favorites to share overall. Plus I loved Miami and I REALLY love that jumpsuit. Still rockin' it in weather/occasion appropriate situations. I mean, I really have gotten a lot of mileage out that thing. Apparently I find myself in jumpsuit-worth situations often.
  4. Dead Composers and Other Things I Didn't Buy in Ohio Flea markets, antique stores, thrift stores, rummages sales...shall I go on? Well they are kind of my jam. It was fun to get something out of the trip to this gem since I wasn't able to make a purchase. Plus I was really freaking proud of the post title. Still am.
  5. Top 10 Reasons I Don't Miss Cable TV Man, rereading that post makes me want to punt the cable box out the window right now! Yes, I said PUNT. I would film it while rapping about sticking it to cable and that thing would go viral on YouTube.

Things that have changed on the blog since unpatterned's creation:

Um, almost ZERO? Still have no header. Sidebar minimally updated. When I wrote my first post, I referred to unpatterned as being in beta. Ha, well the beta testing is 2+ years in and we still look the same.  In due time, my friends, in due time. Rome wasn't built in a day, or 2 years, right?

Things that have changed personally since unpatterned's creation:

Jobs acquired: 2. Jobs left: 2. Current jobs held: 1. I know, seems like wonky math...life unpatterned, I tell ya.

Weddings thrown: 1

ARE Exams passed: 1

Cable status: Active (or should I say "in a relationship")

Other countries visited: 2 (Mexico and Canada, which sorry Canada, but I was too busy catching up with an old friend to put together enough material for a travel post.)

Root canals: more than jobs

Things you can expect in 2013:

More. More posts, more topics, more frequency, more development. Mo' money mo' problems. I kid.

So, as I said, a lot and a little. Big life changes, small life changes, blog fluctuation as it goes. Regardless of the above and the plans I have for Unpatterned in 2013 (they are bigger than the past 2 years!), I want to thank you, dear reader. Having this little space on the interwebs is so fun, therapeutic, and inspiring for me and I am so glad that I am able to share it with you.

From the deepest roots of my molars and the bottom of my heart, I thank you for reading.