02 January 2010

kicking off 2010, copycat style... (by the numbers, m21's top posts of 2009)

m21 is taking the easy way out for his first post of 2010, by copying a post from the always interesting and informative paul anater, of kitchen and residential design, and one of my favorite blog/people discoveries of 2009- oh & sorry about stomping your ass in the homies thing, dude! ;-) (said in jest, of course- paul and m21 had a great time on twitter, alternately mock competing for votes and asking people to vote for the other). anyhoo, this morning, paul went through his blog's google analytics to find his most popular posts of 2009 by number of visitors, and devoted a post to the results. intrigued, m21 did the same, and like paul, found some of the posts were NOT what we expected to find in our top 10 most popular posts, though several we couldn't be happier about. (fun fact, our 2009 readership was up 60 percent from 2008- thanx guys!)

and, paul- how do you do it? 500 posts in one year is amazing! it took every ounce of blood, sweat and tears in our body for m21 to squeeze out 213, and we can't imagine doubling it, let alone hitting 500. our blogging hat is off to you, sir!


maison21's 10 most visited posts of 2009:

elevation sketch of the yellow chinoiserie wallpaper m21 presented to client to sell the concept of framed panels encircling the client's living room like "a garden of sunshine"...

1. so wong, it's right (finally, m21 talks about the yellow wallpaper) target="_blank"
so we couldn't be happier that this is the #1 post of 2009, visited by a 3 to 1 margin over the next top contender. it's about a project m21 is tremendously proud of because: a), it's fierce, b), it captures the personality and decor sensibilities of his client, the bachelorette, absolutely perfectly, and c), not only was the project a joy, he now counts the bachelorette (a stranger when the project started) as one of his dearest friends- he spent the first day of 2010 in her company, and can't think of a better way to kick off the new year! last, the manufacturer of the wallpaper, griffin and wong, was a joy to work with, and maison21 is always happy to share good experiences with vendors and resources- to quote from the late, great, mary tyler moore show, "it's nice to be nice to the nice", and the process and the results were nice, nice, nice, all the way around!


the world's freakiest tag sale...

2.- 5. king of pop week
who could have known when m21 was writing these 4 posts about the world's tackiest garage sale, what would happen just weeks later? the posts benefited from google search fallout as people were crazed for any and all mj info...


the beer bottle that rocked m21's cozy little decorator world...

6. CHANGE!!! (change of decor, that is- the m21 "state of decorating" address) target="_blank"
another post we're proud to have in the top ten, as m21 thinks the discussion is still relevant- it truly is a "champagne taste on a beer budget" moment in time, and the beer bottle on the cover of house beautiful's january 2009 cover gave us pause, and made us think... we were also honored, when just this past week esteemed (and very popular) fellow blogger things that inspire included the post in her "favorite posts of 2009" round up, and that inclusion rescued a post we love from anonymity, and propelled it into the top 10, numbers-wise. thanks, holly!

m21 found this sweet n' gentle guy wondering the streets of his 'hood last new year, and spend the first weeks of 2009 trying to find him a home...

7. m21 has gone to the dogs- again
m21 loves that this post got the number of hits it did, because it shows that people's hearts are firmly in the right place as this post about a stray doggie was forwarded to dog lovers far and near- we got emails from all across the US, as pet-friends rallied for this little dude. sir francis was adopted to a loving family btw, so there is a happy ending to the story! yay!


the hooks were not the hook that brought visitors to this otherwise uninteresting post, unfortunately...

8. hi-larious hand gesture hooks
such a inconsequential post about a truly inconsequential subject, so it's embarrassing to be in the top ten most visited posts, but it did provide m21 with the most ironic, ka-ra-zee-est comment ever: "maison21 is a crass, envious and hysterical low class Walmart designer". yuppers, that's moi! crass (totes), envious (of all of you!) and but mostly, all about the walmart! (which fyi, we don't even have any of in los angeles. google it. s'true). but if we ever do get a walmart in l.a., m21 will be sure to aspire to it, k?


sorry folks, this sought after number sold out soon after we posted it...

9. cheap 'n chic: pagoda bed crown
m21 almost feels guilty that this post is in the top ten- almost. hopefully people brought by a google search for this discontinued pagoda bed crown will find something else to catch their fancy while here.


tibetan lamb covered industrial stools selected for a "damn you recession" never materialized project maison21 was conceptualizing last spring...

10. obsessive compulsive decorating disorder (and a design challenge too!) target="_blank"
this was the kick-off off post for one of m21's "designer challenges". we think we might need to do a couple in 2010 because they are always tons o' fun. we talked about co-hosting one this past summer with the paris apartment, but m21 seriously dropped the ball on it (sorry paris apt- we're lame). maybe this spring we'll resurrect the game!


that's the top 10 list of reader faves (for better or worse). m21 hopes y'all are having a lazy first weekend of 2010, just like him. it's sunny and 80 degrees here in los angeles, so we are just going to relax and enjoy, by spending time with friends and family- can't think of a better way to kick off the year!

6 comments:

Karena said...

The Tibetan Lamb stool covers are great! Also love the hand gesture post! Karena

jones said...

I've never been in Walmart--and (so far) have no intention of changing shopping habits (even for M21).
Great post. mary

Love Where You Live said...

Happy New Year!
cheers, -susan

maison21 said...

thank you karena- i wish the project had happened and was able to use the stools!

mary- i confess i have been to walmart twice now. went to one in palm springs two years ago, just because i had never been inside one before, and then went to one in san diego this summer because it was next the freeway exit i got off on because there was an accident and i decided to kill time in walmart until the freeway cleared. i even took pictures for a blog post, but in the end couldn't publish them- too ugly. what freaked me out most was they had a dirty refrigerator next to the hardware section marked "live bait". shudder.

susan- happy new year to you too!

parisapartment said...

Happy New Year darling! I think you put me off Walmart forever with the Live Bait being something I could possibly run into! Love these old posts and can't wait to take a look back. Lots of love this year. xoc

Margaret said...

MJ's ugly clocks were purchased in the '80s with the assistance of Encino decorator Charmian Carr, who was in "The Sound of Music" and chosen by MJ because 'he loved her'. She stopped working for him when he got 'strange'. The Neverland furniture, or most of it, came with the house, and thus, the 'old gramma' feel. Out of everything in the house, the most fascinating is the worn circle on the ballroom floor where he practiced his trademark dance spin for hours. If nothing else had been there, that's what would have made it a 'home.' Sad story all around...very cool you saw the auction items, M21, and thanks for sharing, as always.