What a great year it’s been!
When I began LotroStylist this year I had zero expectations that my little blog would amount to anything other than being something that I enjoy doing. I wasn’t expecting the incredible support I would receive from the Lotro community or all the amazing people I would meet along the way. According to WordPress.com’s annual report for this blog LotroStylist was viewed about 190,000 times in 2011! Thank you ALL so much for your constant support and encouragement this year. This blog wouldn’t be anything without YOU! Here’s to an even more exciting and stylish 2012!! Cheers!
One thing I saw right away that my blog needed improvement in was the quality of my graphics. While playing the game my graphics never bothered me but if I intended to run a blog that showcased pictures of my outfits I knew I had to do better. I knew I had a pretty decent computer so why were my screenshots looking so badly?
Funny story, I never knew there were two different clients to choose from when you first download the game. I had downloaded the basic client which did not allow the option of setting your graphics to the directx 11 settings. I uninstalled my entire game and downloaded the high resolution client instead. Problem fixed 🙂
A Scholarly Gentleman has the honor of not only being the first outfit I posted using high resolution graphics but it is also the first outfit I designed for a Dwarf.
In the early days of my blog I had a very small wardrobe to work with. I had no characters at max level and the Wardrobe restrictions were a lot more strict than they are now. (You had to have a character who could equip it before you could place it in the wardrobe.) I created Aelith, my Guardian, for the sole purpose of being able to use heavy armour items in my outfits.
Heavy Metal was the first outfit I created using heavy armour. It’s not the prettiest outfit I ever made but it’s fun to look back at where I came from.
In the beginning of this post I stated how supportive the Lotro community has been and how many great people I have met along the way. I have to stop and thank Hymne and Freyjuska. They have been my biggest cheerleaders and they also have the honor of being the first people to post guest submissions to my blog. Thank you both! *hugs*
Spring Outfit Submission by Hymne
Guest Submission: Ladriell of Snowbourn by Freyjuska
I also have to thank my top commenters for the year. I love receiving comments. It lets me know how you guys feels + they put a huge smile on my face. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment for me this year 🙂
Top Commenters in 2011
1. Cosmetic Lotro = 71 comments
2. Lydia = 33 comments
3. Pointy = 25 comments
4. Freyjuska = 22 comments
5. guthronth = 20 comments
My hubby, Kedwyr, doesn’t post as often as I do but to date his blog posts consistently receive more views than mine do. LotroStylist’s most viewed post of all time is one he created. Kinship Uniforms: Rangers of Ithilien continues to rack up the page views.
I’d like to finish off my recap of 2011 with two final outfits. The first is an outfit that has become Devonna’s signature outfit. While I am in game, Devonna wears a lot of different outfits to fit the different moods she is in. Often though you will probably see me running around in (if you bump into me on Landroval) Style Challenge: Woodruff’s Hat.
And the final outfit is my all time personal favorite outfit. It’s actually a pretty simple outfit but for some reason I really like it. I love wearing it in game as well. Celtic Knots was the outfit that inspired me to start a Rune-Keeper. (Yes really, an outfit inspired me to start a class *giggle*) I needed a Rune-satchel to complete the idea I had for this look.
I have had such a great time writing this blog. I look forward to the next year being even better!
See you in 2012!