I can’t believe it’s already time for my second blogiversary! Could you tell my blog is entering its terrible twos? The tantrums, the extreme emotions, the throwing of food against the wall in fits of rage?
Really, I’m so thrilled to have been at this for two whole years and couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to spew ridiculous thoughts all over the internet, share what’s going on in our house and in our lives, and – best of all by a longshot – connect with you guys, who I truly feel have become for-real friends, even though we may not live close enough to sit down for coffee while the kids run screaming through the downstairs in their underpants.
Warning: this post has several parts and they’re all disjointed with no good transitions. Kinda all over the place, like a two year old.
Let’s take a quick look back!
View Along the Way: by the Numbers
- 300: total posts to date. (Seriously, this is post number 300! How cool is that?)
- 1.6 million: total pageviews in the last two years. (1,100,000 of that was just in the last six months!)
- 143,897: approximate number of times Andy has had to redo something I did because I was impulsive or impatient.
- 7,362: total number of comments you’ve left. (And it is ridiculous how excited I get over EVERY one. Did I mention I love blogging?)
- ~200,000: approximate number of spam comments that have never been published. They’re usually in broken English and often hilariously out of context and weird.
- 12: approximate number of times I have repainted the master bedroom.
- 4.5: years we’ve lived in this house
- 1: number of walls I’ve ever stenciled.
- 1: number of walls I will probably ever stencil.
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State of the Blog
Last year, my company downsized and laid off everyone in my department who was part-time, and even some full-timers. I was a part-timer, and I found out I was being laid off the same day I found out I was pregnant with my baby girl.
Clearly, it was “a God thing” and we were very okay with God taking control of the direction of our lives and my career.
I had been blogging all along, but right around this time last year, we decided to make blogging a family priority, to see where it takes us. On paper, it’s my part-time “job,” but I use the word “job” to mean: “hobby that I love which supports my decorating addiction and which I would totally do for free, and did do for free for a long time. And also I would probably pay to do it.” It’s a loose definition of “job.”
Now that we’ve opened up shop and the blog is growing, we’re starting to dare to dream a little. What if one day Andy could stay home and we could blog together, full time? What if this amazing fun hobby became a way for us – you and me, and this little VATW community – to give back like we did last summer? What if it became a way to free up Andy’s time so he could stay home and teach our kids while they’re still little? What if… what if?
Those things might never happen, and that’s okay. But it motivates the heck outta me to have a direction and a goal for our family, and the fact that it involves this little blog, and all of you, just melts my guts into a big happiness puddle.
A quick favor to ask…
I was surprised to see that my lil blog had been nominated for top DIY & Home Projects blog on Apartment Therapy! You guys, this is going to go STRAIGHT to my blog’s head. You can’t spoil a rotten two-year-old like this.
This contest is whatcha call “kind of a big deal” in the home blogging world. BUT — I need your votes! If you love reading here, if you’ve ever learned anything or even if you haven’t, would you please stop by and vote? You only have to vote once – it’s not a daily vote thing – and voting ends Friday, so I only have WEE little bit of time to gather votes. I only need to make it to the top 6 to be a finalist! I know we can do this! Please?
A call for your questions!
One thing I have NEVER done is appeared on a video here. There’s a reason for that, and it involves my complete awkwardness in front of the camera (and also in real life.)
BUT. I’m taking the plunge. I LOVE reading Q&As on other blogs, so I thought I’d open up a Q&A here for blogiversary numbero dos. Andy and I will answer your questions together, on a video – YHL style – next week, or whenever I get up enough courage to actually do this.
SO: is there anything you’ve always wanted to know? Any burning questions or weird unknowns out there that I’ve neglected to answer? Feel free to ask anything about us, our family, the house, something totally random, whatEVs. Post your questions in the comments here, or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Part of me wants to say: please don’t leave me hanging! Ask something, anything! But then the other part of me says: no! No questions please, so I can get out of making this video and putting my awkward self out there for the whole world to see.)
So whether you’re new here or you’ve been sticking around since post #1 (hi mom!), THANK YOU so much for hanging out and joining in the journey! Don’t forget to stop by THIS Thursday and link up your “hey girl” photos!