Wow, what a year it’s been! We laughed, we cried, we got massaged… and here are the ultimate highlights. After analyzing our page views, stats, and your collective social media reactions, here are Spa Week Daily’s top 10 most popular blog posts, moments, contests and phenomenons from 2010.
Thank you all for reading Spa Week Daily and being part of the Spa Week community—you have no idea how much each of your comments, likes, @replies and support means to us! It makes us smile every single time, and you truly make it all worthwhile. We hope you enjoy this little trip down SWD memory lane. It was fun to write, and we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2011!
10. FACT: YOU LOVE YOUR PETS
Anything that barks, meows and shows up on Spa Week Daily turns to gold. Coming in at #10 is the domestic animal kingdom, from the growing phenom of Doggy Spas, the holistic healing of Reiki for Pets, to some Kitty on Kitty massage action. Pamper your pets right, and they’ll give you all the lovin’ in the world.
9. SPA-RRIVIDERCI! ADVENTURES IN ROME & TUSCANY
Yes, I spa’d and ate my way through Rome and Tuscany, but believe it or not, the euro massages were not the best part. What I loved more than anything was being able to share and communicate with you all through social media along the way. WIN ITALIA was the #1 most trafficked Italy post, but collectively the entire Spa-rrividerci series takes the Panna Cotta.
8. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
On many Mondays, as you know, we celebrate the joy that music brings to our lives with various playlists, created in part by you. Your favorite of all the playlists? Best of the 60s: Your Flower Power Playlist. That decade of music gets some serious R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
7. CELEBRITY SPA ARREST: 50 CENT
You know we love sending real people to the spa for real, AND that we love sending celebrities to the spa for fake. You were all pretty jazzed/grossed out about Hilary Swank’s hairy pits, but Fitty’s dramatic weightloss was your favorite draw-dropping spa arrest of the year.
6. SWAG ALERT!
Sure, we’re crowdpleasers. We give away so much stuff on a monthly basis that it’s astonishing we have anything left. You love all the free beauty and spa giveaways on our SWAG page, making it consistently one of our top trafficked pages, so we’ll keep it coming, baby.
5. FIJI and BORA BORA and iPHONES, OH MY
Even more than swag, you loved our 10 iPhone giveaway to celebrate our new app, our collaboration with People Magazine to give away a $20,000 trip to Fiji, and our Wed Like a Celeb sweeps that sent this happy new couple to Bora Bora as part of the ultimate A-list bridal package. We also gave away luxurious spa days to 28 lucky winners our National Wellness Giveaway back in February, along with a ton of other amazing giveaways. It’s been a year of wins all around!
4. BELOW THE BELT
Not even mentioning the #1 item on this list (wait for it…), a slew of new below-the-belt preening and pampering has caught your attention in a big way this year. One might even say that 2010 is the Year of The Vagina, but the Chinese Zodiac and Tiger might get wildly offended. You loved completely bare‘s introduction of the Vatoo, the Live Spa TV segment of my Bikini/Bum Facial, and this week’s newsflash that women are steaming out their vaginas with herbs for $75 and up.
3. 12 HOTTEST SPA TREATMENT TRENDS
Botox On The Go, Reiki, Acupuncture and Instant Inch Loss treatments such as 7E all made the hottest spa treatments list for Fall 2010. When we released the list, it immediately got picked up by a ton of blogs and websites, and we were excited to hear about all the experimental spa-going that took place as a result. Massages are great, but the spa has so much more to offer. Keep it going, you spa star!
2. I GET NAKED AT THE SPA (But not everyone does…)
In an industry relatively free from drama, we were surprised to have stirred up a bit of controversy with our release of I Get Naked At The Spa, the first ever spa music video. The goal was to not only entertain people while sharing important spa etiquette rules, but also to help introduce the spa lifestyle to the next generation of consumers. With over 8,500 views, we hope we’ve made a dent!
And now… without further ado… the #1 spa craze of 2010:
1. WHEN VAJAZZLING TOOK OVER THE WORLD
Back in February when I casually emailed Bryce Gruber to see if she’d like to get her vagina bedazzled for Spa Madness, I had no idea what I was in for. Although you may think the Vajazzling trend is passe, our blog traffic speaks wildly otherwise. To this day, people all over the world are still landing on Spa Week Daily from Google searches on “vajazzle” “vajazzling spas” and “crystals on your vagina” by the jillions. From information on “First Lady” Bryce Gruber to VAJAZZLING: The Feature Film which now has nearly 1.5 million YouTube views, we couldn’t be prouder to deliver all the hottest news about the sparkliest thing to happen since the age of disco.
Now… what do you think 2011 will bring? More below the belt beauty rituals? Bigger vacations to win? Another music video? We can’t wait to find out either!