It is very hard to believe it but exactly one year ago, on 1st day of July 2012 I pressed the publish button for the first time and started a perfume adventure with Chemist in the Bottle. Today I, or should I say we, celebrate the 1st anniversary of the blog. It’s been an amazing year of discoveries with many lessons learned, many happy days and overcoming the obstacles.
Those 365 days of perfume wouldn’t be so fun, entertaining and filled with perfume passion if you weren’t there for me. When I started this blog I was worrying if there’ll be at least one person willing to read it. Somehow you’ve found me, or in some cases I’ve found you and we became friends, even though we’ve never met in person. I knew I had someone to rely on, someone who cheered me on.
All of you gave me power for writing and to do my best as I didn’t want to let you down. I wanted you to feel that I’m trying my hardest for you. In the meantime there were some advices coming my way. I’m thankful for them as I feel they made me a better writer and someone who understands perfume better than a year ago. Some of you noticed (and then I did too) that my style changed from more laconic to more descriptive, evocative and true. Kafka said that people deserve the truth so I stopped hiding my negative feelings for some fragrances. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me!
Writing a perfume blog had another positive side. I got to know some of the perfumers. Not personally but through the emails I acquainted Andy Tauer, Neela Vermeire, Laurie Erickson, Viktoria Minya, Anais Biguine and a couple of more people who create our beloved perfume thrills. It was a real pleasure to get to know you a little bit and to work together, to cooperate with you.
For the first birthday I’d like to share some statistics with you. My review of Amyris Homme and Amyris Femme from Francis Kurkdjian is no longer the most popular article read. It was beaten by… the mini review of Dior Homme Cologne 2013, one of more recent texts from March. At third place is a review of Prada Candy L’Eau published in April. Funny fact – for like 2 months Candy L’Eau review was the most often read post on the days when I didn’t publish something new. Amazing, right? Who thought people might be so curious about it! Rank 4 is taken by Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme. This one is probably one of my favourite reviews written during this year.
At the time of last 365 days I have written almost 150 posts. Not bad, right? I have covered total number of 117 perfumes, of which 77 were the regular, full-sized reviews and another 40 were included at the blog in Monday Quick Sniffs. I’m proud for each and every one!
In terms of readers, you, who I care for. Some people come and some people go. Those who appeared at Chemist in the Bottle in its early days, most of them don’t visit anymore. Or maybe they visit, just don’t comment. At this point, on this special occasion I’d like to thank one special reader and present this “Reader of the year” award to her. Dearest Hajusuuri, this prize is for you! You’ve been a part of this blog since my post number three and you’re still here today! I thank you for that. Not to mention that we made a fascinating discovery together – we’re scent twins!
Undina is our third sibiling, we make a funny group of perfume triplets! Once again, thank you for being there for me! I hope you enjoyed my first year of blogging. Raise your glass and lets make a toast to the blog, to you, to us! Lets spend another perfumed year together because new scents await us! I’m sure great new readers will appear on another year of perfume blogging!
Happy birthday to Chemist in the Bottle.
I prepared a special present for you! It will be published in a few minutes, so don’t go away from your internets! You don’t want to miss this birthday fun, do you?