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Top 10 Blog Posts, 2009-2016

by Jamie Sanford on February 20, 2016

February 17, 2009 is the first day that my site started collecting data after I had installed Google Analytics. In the 7 years since then, this blog has gone through a lot of growing pains as I tried to figure out what I was doing. I have mostly sorted it out within the last few years, and talking about brand experience, marketing, and/or product is my favorite thing to write about.

I realized that it was my web stats anniversary and so decided to look at cumulative data and share my top posts. It is blatantly obvious that my more recent content is interesting to fewer people than my original batch of random topics.

1. Product Review: Aura Paint by Benjamin Moore

This post has 200% more views than the post in second place. It is now a 6-year old blog post and still gets visited regularly, even with the awful photos from my cell phone.

2. Coach Colortag Saffron

A blog post related to a Coach social media campaign, it was massively popular on my blog for 5 days and then was never heard from again. However, those 5 days were enough to keep it at this high ranking since 2012.

3. Sunday Link Party #28

One of the versions of link posts I have created over the years. Another post that was visited hundreds of times for about a week and then nothing. The referral report in Google Analytics provides no insight, all of the referrals are from Google – it doesn’t look like someone linked to me.

4. Broadway Lighted Vanity Makeup Desk from Vanity Girl Hollywood
A random item on my wishlist – I’m thinking that I wrote an excellent title for this post which has placed me well in Google results.

5. Gifts for Ancestry Research Buffs

A post brought over from when I was writing The Daily Wishlist, someone asked me about gifts that might be appropriate for someone into ancestry research. I still stand behind everything in this post.

6. Video Shopping: Adam Savage – Everyday Carry

I love this one! I went all CSI on a video from Tested about what Adam Savage carries with him every day. It also has resulted in many people making purchases through my Amazon affiliate links. I have created other posts of this nature and none have been as popular as this one.

7. Sequins at the Circus

I was enamored with a costume display at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL, and created an entire blog post about the sequins. I shared this post with a high priestess of sequins, Gala Darling, and she shared it on her site, which gave the post a significant boost.

8. Product Picks #1: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment

The first edition of my product picks series, and still the most popular. A second post about Organix is number 12.

9. Cosmopolitan magazine: good marketers, or an audience full of sheep?

Also from 2009, I listed every article title in a single issue of Cosmo and ranted about the publication in general. I’m not sure I would take the time to write that now, but I am sad that 7 years later, a lot of what I said remains the same.

10. Dr. Martens Shoes/Boots

I am a big fan of the Dr. Martens brand, and have written multiple posts about the brand and the products I would love to own, and already do own. This was the first one where I talked about my love for the brand, and pointed to a few pairs that I would like. I believe this is another case of a really good post title having a long run of clicks from Google.

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Blog Hiatus

by Jamie Sanford on July 3, 2015

I am working on a new content plan/editorial calendar for this blog, and intend to be back soon!

In the meantime, read all about the Massaro House on Petra Island, my dream home.

Or watch this:

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Coach ColorTag – Saffron

by Jamie Sanford on August 1, 2012

I had fun with Coach’s Poppy Project from 2010, so I’m happy that they invited me to join in again in their new ColorTag contest! I picked Saffron, since one of my greatest bag loves is a Coach bag in Saffron.

Coach is celebrating color to honor the new Legacy Collection (which is delicious and can be seen here), and is counting on bloggers to spread colors all over the Interwebs. By clicking and sharing the colors you see, you can win one of many gift cards to Coach, worth up to $500! Random gift card prizes will show up during the tagging/sharing process.

So, tag these colors by clicking and then linking/sharing on your own blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc – and each time, you’ll have a chance to win a Coach gift card. Get to it!

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5 places to connect with me!

by Jamie Sanford on February 26, 2012

This is mostly a re-post from Not So Basic Black, which really will be shut down soon, when I forward the domain here.

In the meantime, check out this list of ways to connect with me!

1. Subscribe to my blog here at The subscription box is on the right side!

2. Follow me on Twitter! I’m @JamieSanford.

3. Check out my boards on either Pinterest or Clipix. (I will post about Clipix on soon)

4. Connect with my professional profile on LinkedIn.

5. Check out my photos via Instagram (followgram link) or Flickr.

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Updates and Design Help!

by Jamie Sanford on February 9, 2012

Deciding to shut down Not So Basic Black in order to bring all of my content to one place is one thing, but getting everything properly moved over and functioning is another.  All of the content has come over without a hitch, but I am now working on a big rebranding project for this site.

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If nothing else, I will have to obtain some Luxe business cards by Moo. I adore my current set of mini cards by Moo, but these are just business card porn!

So, now I’m thinking about getting some professional assistance in the rebranding. I know I want to maintain the imagery of the deer/moose/elk/other antlered animal because I have enjoyed it so much with Not So Basic Black, but I think I want some help with creating something that is bold, that feels like me, and will work well in multiple iterations.  Maybe I will try out 99 Designs?

In other news, I have lots to write about, I still have some stuff to import over, and I have a major “about” page update to take care of as well.  Tomorrow I am spending part of the day with a friend and expect to be near the tents for New York Fashion Week, and I will certainly take some photos and share them here.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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