Two years ago to the day, I published my first post on this blog.
I cringe a bit when I look back over my early efforts, but I don’t change them, because they show the progress I’ve made over time. Progress in assessing perfumes and progress in writing about it.
770 posts, 24 000 comments, 595 000 visitors and two years later, I find myself slightly bewildered and wondering where the time has gone. I look at my children and see how it rushes by, they were babies just the other day and so was my blog.
Olfactoria’s Travels is starting the terrible twos now, I hope it won’t be as harrowing as what my sons put me through, but now and again these days, I feel a strain I was blissfully unaware of in the early days, when it was all eager exploration and passionate excitement.
But let’s look back at the past two years, which have been a great ride, here are some of my personal highlights.
My First Commenter: was none other than the lovely Katie Puckrik. My heart literally stopped for a few beats when I saw her comment. It was on a review of Serge Lutens Miel de Bois (Which I totally trashed, lol).
My First Reader: The first person to read my blog was Dr O., my long-suffering husband. I made him read my first post without telling him that I wrote it. He pronounced it okay, which brings us here. Had he said it was laughable, the blog would probably have died then and there.
My First Guest Poster: Tara, my dear friend from London, started reading and commenting on OT a good while ago and we quickly clicked. Several emails later, I asked her whether she wanted to write about one of her favorite perfumes for OT and that was surely one of my best decisions. She does exactly what I would do, but still has her distinct and wonderful voice. I’m very glad to share OT with her.
Here is what she has to say about her experience over the past two years:
By Tara: It is a testament to my immediate connection with Olfactoria’s Travels that I uncharacteristically left a comment on the very same happy day I stumbled across it via Google. It was great to find a perfume blog where I felt totally at home and admired the writing and opinions of the author so much. After I had been commenting for some time, Birgit kindly (and bravely!) asked me to write a review. The experience was an exciting creative challenge and gave me even greater respect for the way she manages to produce incredibly high quality, insightful posts on such a regular basis. Guest hosting the Monday Question has been particularly fun. Chatting with so many lovely people about my favourite subject is an absolute pleasure. Travelling with Olfactoria over the last two years has been life-enhancing for me in so many ways.
The First Post Ever: Frederic Malle En Passant was my first niche perfume purchase and also my first review. We are no longer best of friends, but I really enjoyed this first love while it lasted, then I moved on…
Top Post Of All Time: Illuminum White Gardenia Petals was the perfume the Duchess of Cambridge allegedly wore on her wedding day. Thousands of people want to know about it, even if or maybe because the fragrance is surrounded by some intrigue…
Post With The Least Hits: Apparently over-the top luxury is not what OT readers are after - Xerjoff Irisss, Homme, Elle and XXY has the least clicks of all individual posts over the last two years.
Most Controversial Post Of All Time: Lubin Black Jade - my nightmare. I truly thought my blogging days were over. Up to this point it has been all happiness and good smells, then all of a sudden a harsh wind blew in my face. Well, I guess one has to lose one’s innocence eventually. This is what I learned from the experience.
The Funniest Post: Trust my husband with a toddler and an expensive vial of perfume and you are doomed. I learned that the hard way. The good thing is that I had enough leverage on him to make him write a post and buy me more perfume. There is a silver lining to everything… Alternative Uses of Perfume - The Husband Reports
Most Emotional Post: I had written the review of Mona di Orio Oiro months before her untimely and tragic death in December of 2011. For some reason I let it sit unpublished. It turned out to be eerily fitting in hindsight and I’m glad I could give voice to my feelings and those of many others when I finally published it in her memory. She will be with us forever.
My Personal Favorite: Aftelier Cepes&Tuberose is a perfume that touched a nerve with me. It was a revelation, not only for olfactory reasons and it perfectly showcases the almost magical abilities of Mandy Aftel.
Thanks to the contributors, fellow bloggers, commenters, readers, and my family for supporting me and sticking with me! You are the best!
Hugs, B x