Wow, 2009 has been a great year for Shine users! Let's celebrate by toasting a few of your many accomplishments:
- You provided feedback and useful information on a range of topics from cheating to drugstore shampoos. Thanks to your participation, daily comments were 3 times higher than when Shine launched.
- Five Shine users (Brett Blumenthal, Karly Randolph Pitman, FatFighterTV, Gretchen Rubin, and Jessica) had their posts promoted on the front page of Yahoo!. This is a milestone for Yahoo!, as it marks the first time (make that 5!) a non-journalist has been featured on the front page.
- Twenty of our most talented users wrote winning entries to become Shine Beauty Gurus, who now provide honest beauty advice on all the latest products for the entire Shine community.
- Five enthusiastic users - dolphin, IRISH, NO NAME, River, Jules (jellybean), and Jules' husband - took our virtual community one step further and organized the first ever Shine "Gathering" in South Dakota. Their meeting was a ground-breaking moment Shine history.
In closing, I want to recognize some of our top contributors for 2009. These bloggers have become synonymous with their favorite category and are regularly featured on Shine.
Who is your favorite blogger of 2009?
Great job, everyone!
Manage Your Life: Gretchen Rubin, Jessica, Laurie PK
Fashion + Beauty: MJ Fierce Beauty and Fashion, Michelle @ Fierce Glamour Blog, Carol B
Healthy Living: Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance, Dr. Ayala
Parenting: Manic Motherhood, Apple
Love + Sex: PowderRoomTalk.com, urassismine2, BrokenHeartedGirl.com, Nicole Milano
Food: Chef Rob Endelman, Peggycat MacO'Hoolihan, Treasures by Brenda, chiknpastry, justokay