Even though I've been blogging for more than two years, this is the first time that I'm writing an end-of-the-year sort of blog post. I believe the main reason behind this delay is the fact that it was only in 2011 that I started to feel comfortable with my own writing.
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So, without further ado, what was the best of 2011?
Most definitely, the most popular articles were the ones with freebies. Earlier this year I've put up a Free Twitter Background Template which by the end of the year had thousands of downloads. More recently, a few hundred people downloaded some Free Adobe Illustrator Templates as well. Totally worth to check them out!
There were many of the more traditional blog posts which were quite popular as well, if you haven't been following my blog for a long time, perhaps you like some of these too, here they are, in order of popularity:
- Top Tips When Briefing a Designer
- Steve Jobs Talks About the Apple Brand
- Vintage Logos from World of Logotypes
- Modern Vintage Logo Design Inspiration
- Honest Logos by Viktor Hertz
- The Greatest Logos of the Web
- The Most Important Lesson I Learned From Steve Jobs
- Logo Design Galleries for Inspiration
- Humorously Combined Logos
Overall, I'm very happy with my blog in 2011, I've learned a lot and even though I still consider myself to be a terrible writer, I'm light-years better than the younger version of myself. If you are thinking of starting a blog and you believe that your writing skills aren't sufficient enough, well, then forget that, I strongly suggest you to start anyway.
You'll get better with time, just like me, we can even do it together, ask me how.
I'm very demanding with improving my own writing so in order to keep it fun, I've created a classification system to help me keep me humble and push me forward. So, this year I classify my own writing as outrageously bad, which I'm very happy to do, because is an outstanding improvement from last year's classification: shameful rubbish. 🙂
Overall, this was a great year, most of all, a year of discovery, when I figured a special kind of love for identity design and branding. Also, this year, I launched WoordUp, an inspirational blog, and moved all the inspirational types of articles there. If you like to get some random cool stuff on your Inbox daily, then I highly recommend subscribing to WoordUp, which by-the-way, you can follow on Twitter too @woordup.
I have a lot more for 2012, and most likely, a big surprise coming soon, by the end of January 2012. I hope you stay with me, comment, participate and as always, feel free to get in touch. Thanks for reading, and now go for it, have a happy new year!