Happy Anniversary, APB!

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Today marks the third anniversary of APB. And d’ya know what? Three years of blogging are incredibly easy to recap.

In the past three years, I’ve shared a Mother’s Day Q&A with my mom, fallen in love with several versions of Chanel No. 19, enlisted your help to choose my wedding perfume, found a new favorite perfume based on an old favorite, and tackled the terrifying task of writing a negative review of a niche fragrance.

The most-viewed post on APB is my Perfume Shopping in San Francisco post (no surprise there), but the second-most-viewed post is my review of Keith Urban Phoenix. Consider my mind blown. My favorite post is my review of Vol de Nuit. I tried to pick least favorite post, but it was too difficult (and led to a round of deletion that almost decimated the entire archive, and a crisis of confidence that required 10 minutes 20 minutes a lot of looking at bunny pictures on the internet to cure).

The most challenging thing about blogging is trying to keep coming up with new, and hopefully interesting, ways to talk about perfume. The best thing about blogging is you. You there, reading this. You’re the best. Thank you.

xo, Natalie

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43 responses

  1. Happy, Happy, HAPPY Anniversary!! Congratulations on a big milestone. I hope APB has many more years ahead, for all our sakes. I think my favorite post of yours since I’ve been reading is the one on Adam Levine’s fragrances. I still grin when I think of the armpit description. LOL. Anyway, I look forward to lots of happy APB blogging to come.

  2. Happy Anniversary! I’m glad you’re still around and keep coming up with new and interesting ways to talk about perfume ;- )

    If it weren’t for that post I would have given up on Vol de Nuit a long time ago. But I keep coming back to testing it.

    Stop prunning!!! Now I know why I couldn’t find what I was looking for…

    • Thank you! You are going to enjoy the next post, I think (I hope). ;)

      I’m sorry I keep driving you back to Vol de Nuit. You know from our experience testing it together that I agreed with you at every step of the way. It was weird after about 30 minutes, and then got nice again about an hour later, right?

      What were you looking for? (she asks, innocently) I’m sure I didn’t delete anything anyone would be looking for …

  3. Congratulations on your toddler anniversary,Natalie!
    You are doing a great (amusing and useful) job on the blog! Your language is frank, your style is chic and you don’t have to worry about the future of your virtual place! It’s rocking and famous!
    Thank you for raising my interest in natural perfumery with one of the postings about DSH perfumes! Well, I still haven’t tested anything from Ms. Hurwitz but I got a broader vision (and sampling) over this particular niche and I am glad that it exists!

    • Oh, thank you so much! (blushing) I’m really pleased you have gotten interested in natural perfumery, and hope you have the chance to test DSH soon. But really, there are so many natural perfumes available, that you will be spoiled for choice. :)

  4. Happy 3rd Anniversary! I’m so glad I found you through APB.

    Please don’t worry about continually finding new ways to talk about perfume, there’s nothing wrong with your old way!

    Sorry you went on a downward spiral looking for your least favourite post. That was always going to lead to trouble and would do for any of us.

    I must remember to look at bunnies next time I have a crisis of confidence – good tip!

    Too funny about the second most popular post and beautiful photo, as always.

    Be sure to celebrate and keep ‘em coming!

    • Thank you, Tara! Isn’t that second most popular post a shocker? And for a long time my most popular post was a review of Prada Candy, which had been linked to by NST, so I’m not sure when that one got knocked off the top spot. It isn’t even in the top 10 anymore.

      So glad we met up through APB, too, and looking forward to see you soon.

  5. Happy 3rd dear Natalie. Great way of celebrating by showing us what you felt were the milestones :-) how would I otherwise have known that the Michel and Sandrine were ‘bad’ reviews? That’s exactly how I find it should be done, leaving it to the reader to decide wether it might be worth pursuing or not, superbly done. As for the bunny therapy, I feel bunnies are a bit creepy( -donny darko???-) but I completely understand. Silly cat videos, or kittens do the trick for me ;-)
    And like the others said: get anyway from that delete button, NOW.
    Cheers to the next three and beyond

    • Thanks so much for this, Asali. I’m so grateful (re: Grandiflora), and duly stepping away from the delete button. :) Regarding the bunnies: ha! I had totally forgotten about Donny Darko. I think that movie creeped me out so much that I actually blocked it out.

  6. Congratulations on your anniversary! Don’t delete! I don’t think anyone is happy with everything they’ve written. It doesn’t make it bad it just shows you how far you’ve come from that point. It’s a way of tracking progress, and that is always a good thing. I’m glad you switched gears from deleting to bunnies. Bunny pictures are almost as good as poodle pictures. ;) I’d love to have a bunny but seeing how the dogs react when one gets in the yard, I don’t think the bunny would like it.
    I wish you many more years of blogging.

    • I shall have to try poodle pictures next time. :) I would like to have a bunny too, but apparently they are very destructive to all things chewable, which has always seemed to me to be pretty much everything I have in my house! Thank you for the good wishes for the anniversary!

  7. Happy Anniversary, Natalie! Just keep on doing what you are doing – it’s a winning formula as far as we are all concerned. I don’t think you have any problem at all coming up with new and interesting ideas for posts – as Birgit says, you often find an unusual angle – or whole topic indeed. One of my favourite posts of yours was the make up video you did – or were you plucking or redefining your eyebrows? Oh no, I can’t quite recall now, but I know I really loved it. And although you are on the other side of the world now, I do hope our paths cross again some day.

    • Thank you so much, Vanessa! As for the video, it was definitely meant to be about eyebrows, but I don’t remember the specifics and – not surprising – I have deleted it. :) Our paths will cross again soon, if I have anything to say about it!

  8. Happy blog birthday Natalie! :)
    You certainly come up with new and interesting ways of talking about perfume (and please don’t delete anything from the archives!).
    To many more years! :)

  9. Natalie, wishing you sincere and hearty congratulations on your 3rd year anniversary. I remember that Vol de Nuit post so well and can see how it was your own favorite: it’s sublime, and reading it again reminds me that I still haven’t read Night Flight, so now again I will vow to do so. (And chances are good that I’ll make good on that vow, as I’ve been in an avid book-reading mode lately).

    Joining everyone else who advises you not to delete any posts. I think you have great variety and have especially enjoyed your fashion-related posts. Wishing you many more years of inspired blogging!

    • Thanks so much, Suzanne. And do let me know what you think when you get around to Night Flight. It’s such a wonderful book; I’m surprised it’s not more talked about. I’ve also been in avid reading mode lately. Have you any recommendations?

      • I’ll definitely let you know when I’ve read it (Night Flight)!

        As far as recommendations, one of the newer books I read that I thought was uniquely written and pretty absorbing was The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. (It’s not what I’d call a “perfect” book, but I loved it magical realism).

        I have always loved John Irving’s writing but, even so, haven’t read everything he’s written, so now I’m working on doing so. “A Prayer for Owen Meaney” … that’s an amazing book and I’d recommend it if you haven’t read it and like his style (the thick, Dickensian type of book). Am now just finishing his incredibly hefty (822 pages!) novel, “Until I Find You” – and much as I love Irving, I don’t really care for it. It’s the first time I’ve not been wow’d by him … in fact, have been rather put off by this book.

        • Definitely going to look into The Crane Wife! I really like Prayer for Owen Meaney too, but haven’t picked up many others by Irving. I have to be in the mood for him. Good to know I’m not missing anything with Until I Find You.

  10. Congratulations on the blogoversary!!! I did smell Vol de Nuit last year in Paris but didn’t like it. Since then I’ve had a nagging feeling that I should give it another chance and last week I ordered a small sample. Now when I read this and got reminded of your post, I realized that it’s probably your voice I’ve had in the back of my head all this time ;)

    • Thank you! VdN is definitely not an everyday thing. I have to be in the mood for it, but when I am, it’s perfect. Maybe it will be the same for you? I hope so!

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