2019 was a year of big moves for Clever-ish Magazine both figuratively and literally. This year marked significant growth and as we prepare for 2020 and the next decade, I want to take a trip back through 2019 to share all the exciting things that happened and all we achieved.
Clever-ish has continued to fulfill its ethos of always providing authentic content that is honest, live bringing and oh so relatable to our readers. In 2019 we had tons of those. Every single article that was published embodied who we are as a publication and was a winner, This is a summary of the highlighted pieces that stood out even more than usual.
Most Read Article
Every now and then, we come across a book that changes our lives and we can’t stop talking about it. This year that book was former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming. So its no surprise that our most-read article was the in-depth and powerful review by Shaune Max 7 KEY LESSONS ON LIFE, LOVE AND CAREER FROM MICHELLE OBAMA. Michelle Obama is a powerful source of motivation and self-love and this article breaks down excellently how we can apply her life lessons to our own lives and embody more of what makes her so great.
The article reached thousands of people. I have to say, it is worth reading again to close out the year with a powerful dose of motivation and Michelle induced strength and self-love.
Most Talked About Article
Most talked about article was 8 THINGS MILLENNIALS APPRECIATE IN THE CITIES WE VISIT and it was also the most controversial. It sparked interesting conversations and debates on social media. No surprise there as people feel very strongly about their cities, cultures. We always love a healthy debate!
Most read legacy article
An oldie but a goodie. Since I wrote 8 SELF-CARE HABITS TO MASTER IN YOUR TWENTIES in 2017 it has reached so many people and continues to be one of the most read articles year after year. Read it below.
Most Read Interview
After coming out 4th place in America’s Next Top Model, Rio Summers has gone on to do amazing things in her career including realeasing a book and running a modeling agency. This deep dive interview into her career and quarter-life crisis has caught a lot of attentnion and rightfuly so because who doesn’t love an aunthentic success story?! Read the interview below.
In addition to this stellar pieces, we also had other great articles and listicles. Below are other top ones of 2019:
Whoop whoop! On July 11 we had our first ever offline event in Madrid, Spain. The event was titled UNDERSTANDING YOUR QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS and my did we have a great turnout!
After initially planning a small event of about 20 people, I quickly realized I had to amp things up due to the response I was receiving. A lot of people showed interest and so I planned for a bigger event and the turnout did not disappoint. We had over 80 people and they came from far and wide. (someone even flew in for Germany just to attend the event!)
2019 was the year of groundbreaking collaborations with some really talented creatives. Most notable has to be the photoshoot with Aaron Jean Photography. I met Aaron for coffee to talk about concepts for the shoot and we bounced ideas back and forth effortlessly and also became fast friends.
The shoot was such a meld of creative ideas and individuals it truly was a great day. The pictures came out excellent.
I had two really fun interviews this year. One was with Mind the Gap Podcast hosted by Augustin. We had an in-depth conversation about quarter life crisis and we both shared our personal quarter-life crisis experiences. It was a really great interview and I’m honored he had me on as a guest. You can below or listen here.
My second guest appearance was on the Stinky Tofu Podcast. Stinky Tofu is a food Podcast hosted and produced by my friend Daniela. We got to talk about food documentaries and how they have evolved in culture to expand the conversation of food and its cultural significance. I also shared some of my favorite food documentaries. Listen here.
Aoife Smith started contributing to Clever-ish this year and has continued to write excellent articles for the magazine. It’s been an honor to have her writing on the site and the audience definitely loves her pieces. Read some of her wonderful writings here, here, and here.
Move to New York
This year, I moved to New York and so did Clever-ish. After years of wishing and months of planning, I finally fulfilled my long-time dream to be a New Yorker. Since starting Clever-ish in 2017 I have met so many great people and talented creatives from all over the world. Madrid has a very active creative community and they provided me the support and inspiration to grow Clever-ish to what it is now. The move to New York signified the next stage for the Magazine. As we start to integrate into the New York creative and media community we will continue to bring you great content and interviews of creative and inspiring people in New York and around the world. Know anyone in New York you think we should feature, interview or work with? Send them our way!
In 2020 our newsletter is going to see a little revamp. The Newsletter has had an active community and the audience continues to grow and so we want to grow too to match our savvy audience. Expect more personalized messages with content that can help you deal with your day to day quarter-life crisis. This QLC newsletter will be your doze of inspiration and motivation, a reminder to be your best self, a push when your need it and more. Think of it like regular texts from your best friend reminding you how awesome you are. Sign up here so you don’t miss out.
Friends around the World
The readers and friends of Clever-ish are the fuel and lifeblood of the magazine. They give me inspiration and push me to continue to do my best even in the face of obstacles and difficulties. I want to say a big thank you to our readers, friends, collaborators, those who read and share our articles, our social media followers, and those who preach the gospel of Clever-ish to their community. Every one of you matter and you’re the reason we are still standing and the reason we will continue to thrive.
Cheers to 2020 and to a new decade!!
– Jiji Majiri Ugboma