My 2016 MVPs (Most Valuable Posts) and a 2017 Forecast

One more year has come and gone. Well, it will still be around for about four days, I guess. We still have the week! Either way, the sad, nostalgic lament of "Wow, time flies" is overplayed and growing old (just like I am, sigh), so I will sidestep all of the cliché sentiments and move into a foreword of sorts for my ten most popular posts for the year.

At the start of the year, I resolved to post twice a week, once on Tuesday and once on Thursday. I am still a full-time graduate student with what is essentially a full-time teaching and research job, so I decided to start with an easy and manageable schedule that I can add to once I get the ball rolling again (My blog took a huge hit when I disappeared on that unexpected hiatus). I stuck to the schedule surprisingly well for the first half of the year, especially after I launched my Weekly Reading series that I added to every Thursday.

Blogging finally became a routine for me. It was such a sustainable and efficient schedule that I even had time to dedicate to regularly updating my Instagram. I was slowly creating an aesthetic for it and was building up my following, so I finally felt like ExtraExtravagant was getting back on track and growing again. Things were going so well that I considered finally expanding into creating YouTube videos.

Then, this past Fall semester hit, and everything basically went to shit. I was taking four classes as a student, teaching two classes for my teaching assistantship, and working on a grant-funded project for my research assistantship. How graduate school usually works is you take two to three classes per semester and work on either a teaching or a research assistantship. It did not work out that way for me, unfortunately. What that means is that once August hit, 24 hours in a day became way too little time for all of that, let alone blogging, so yet again, I had to place blogging on the backburner.

Fortunately, I was still able to produce a few posts, and I am so glad that a few of them managed to make it into the lineup of my ten most popular posts for 2016.

Here they are! You can click on the titles to navigate to the posts themselves.

10. July Haul

9. 5 Hair Myths You Shouldn't Believe

It does not come as a surprise that the Celebrity Style Inspiration for Any Age post is the most popular one. The series itself was probably my most popular series when I launched it in 2015. This is the most recent one, but I planned for the series as a whole to have four more installments (40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s and Beyond). If 2017 goes as hoped, I should be able to complete the entire series by the end of next year.

Another series that I want to continue into 2017 is Style Ideas by Bloggers, my most popular series for this year. I was actually able to complete it for 2016, and three out of the four total 2016 posts made it into this lineup. One of my favorite aspects of running this series is the opportunity it provides me (and you) to connect with other bloggers, so I do not see this series going away anytime soon.

Besides that, the guides (albeit clickbait-y) seem to be a reader favorite too, and the good news is that I have quite a few ideas for more of them all sitting around as drafts, so I hope to be able to get to them too in 2017.

I honestly have no idea how 2017 will go. This coming Spring semester, I will only be taking two classes, but I still have my teaching and research assistantships. Plus, it will be my graduating semester, so I have my entire thesis research project to conduct and write up to prepare to defend and hopefully graduate! After that, I will be going home to Malaysia to visit my family for at least the summer, and everything after that is super tentative and in-the-air, so I really have no idea if I'll be able to get back into blogging consistently again. Fingers crossed!

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Winter Style Ideas by Bloggers

I want to believe that Winter is upon us, but we have only had two days of mild snow thus far in Iowa. It has been freezing cold, though, with temperatures below ten degrees, but this week, it is supposed to climb back up to the high 30s, which actually sounds like repose.

On a different note, with tomorrow being the official first day of Winter, it is time for another installment of Style Ideas by Bloggers! Winter is my favorite season for this series because we have bloggers who live in different areas with different climates, so they transition into the new season in different ways!

At The Pink Paperdoll, you can get inspired to find the beautiful details in your life through décor, travel, fashion, and nature. In addition to lifestyle blogging, Abbie works as a freelance writer.

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Liv is a college student, YouTuber, blogger, and social media lover, who lives for fashion, makeup, and exciting adventures. Liv for Style was launched as the place to go to for inspirational style, the 411 on fashion, advice on beauty, and a variety of informative lifestyle topics. Liv uses Liv for Style as a creative outlet and to inspire women around the world to use today's trends in fashion and beauty to express themselves in a healthy and self-fulfilling lifestyle.

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Jordan is a 23-year-old Los Angeles, CA-based blogger who started The Teacup of Style as a way to express her creativity and inner fashionista. She recently graduated from college and is pursuing her teaching credentials in elementary education. In addition to her blog and career endeavors, Jordan is knee-deep in planning for her wedding in June. The Teacup of Style is proof that sometimes, the busiest of people make for the best fashionistas.

By day, Deb leads product management for a Silicon Valley tech giant. By night (and on weekends), she blogs! She loves all things beautiful and spends most of her time photographing or writing about fashion and doing DIY projects around her house, changing up the décor for the season. A few times a year, she travels far and wide and write to blog about her experiences. On Deesignplay, you can find the latest on fashion, DIY décor, and travel.

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Written by Cait, a Chicago-based 20-something navigating the PR industry, blogging, and the L, Sophisticaition is a personal style blog dedicated to helping you look, feel, and be your best self.

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Where the Pretty Things Are is a life and style blog written by Lydia, a Wisconsinite with a love for fashion and beauty. She focuses on affordable style, everyday makeup tutorials, and everything in between. Lydia shares her insight of the fashion and beauty world with all of her readers, offering them the very best the world has to offer.

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Lauren is a 21-year-old college student and the writer behind My Life as Lauren. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently resides in Richmond, VA. Lauren is a style addict, foodie, and loves throwing parties for every occasion. On her blog, she shares lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food pieces while trying to inspire her readers to live a fun and happy life! Her goal is to be your virtual bestie, and she loves having conversations with readers on social media.

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Imperfect Idealist is a blog documenting the ponderings and personal style of a girl with outlandish dreams, too many clothes, and an insatiable hunger for adventure. It's a space for the creator, Lily, to bare her soul about her latest study abroad misadventure, grueling endurance race, or existential crisis. By writing, she seeks resonance with her life, with herself, and with others. By sharing such raw stories, she hopes to show that we're not alone on this wild, beautiful journey.

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Lizzie in Lace is a personal petite style blog showcasing feminine fashion with a bit of whimsy. There, you can find OOTD inspiration, styling tips and tricks, and a great community of women who are positive and uplifting. Liz is a Kate Spade-obsessed, flower crown wearing, dress twirling kind of girl who believes in wearing tulle skirts for any occasion, eating cupcakes for breakfast, and sporting sequins during the day. Aside from blogging, she teaches guitar as a profession, enjoys traveling, and loves to draw.

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For more fashion inspiration, check out the Style Ideas by Bloggers posts from past seasons.

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