Blog Fest: The Past Year

I saw this idea on Young House Love and I thought this would be a fun post to honor our actual 1 year blog anniversary.  We’ve come a long way since starting this blog last May.  Here are our stats and numbers.

Over the course of a year, we have written 281 blog posts, for an average of .77 posts per day.

434 readers have subscribed to our site, not counting any that may follow along through a reader or by checking in each day.

At the end of May 2010, our first month of blogging, we had 253 total blog views.  I was so excited when we had 70 hits in one day.

In April, we had 49,006 blog views.

Our highest month, March, had 63,362  blog views.

Jen at IHeart Organizing was the first person to feature one of our projects, my office bookshelves.  We’ve been blog friends ever since.

Thanks to Young House Love’s feature of our dining table, August 6th had 11,305, the most page views in a single day.

Over the course of the year, we’ve had 428,673 blog views.  With 186,607 views in 2010, with a daily average of 804 views.  So far for 2011, we’ve had 242,044 total views, averaging 1,882 views per day.

We’ve uploaded 1,178 pictures and have 38 posts in our drafts folder.  Many of which are simply ideas or plans for things we want to do but haven’t.

We’ve held 20 giveaways,including our current art package, and have plans for more.

Our awesome readers have left us 3,471 comments while WordPress has blocked 5,690 spam comments, most of which contain the word, Lolita.  Yeah, you can guess what they’re ‘advertising’.

Adventures in Building a Dining Table is the most viewed post after the Home Page, Grand Tour, About, and Etsy Shop.

Since Ben bought our house in 2004, {2 years before we met, hence the lack of true before pictures}:

We’ve completely renovated 7 rooms and partly renovated room, the laundry room.

We’ve also finished 1 basement with 6 rooms, starting from concrete walls.

1 room is waiting to be touched, the kitchen, which will be our largest, most expensive, time-consuming project to date.

50 fake birds occupy our house.  0 real birds live here.

We’ve added 4 built ins to our house including two entertainment centers and two ‘offices‘ if you count the laundry room as Ben’s office.

Ben has built 4 pieces of furniture (and counting)  for our home.  A nightstand, bookshelf, dining table, and our bed.

21 thrifted, garage sale or hand-me-down large items are in our house.  We’ve only purchased 5 large items at normal price from large retailers.  Two Dolce lounge chairs from Target, two Flor rugs, and our theater room sectional from Costco.

Of the 100+ projects we’ve tackled on this house, we’ve only hired out 2 jobs; drilling a well and cutting the concrete foundation for egress windows.

That’s the skinny on blogging.  Did we miss something you’d like to know?  We’ll see what we can scrounge up.

6 thoughts on “Blog Fest: The Past Year

  1. Oh my word, I loooove this! I’ve enjoyed looking at your stuff sooooo much! I just noticed too that that rug in your laundry room is the same one I have!!!! YAY Target 🙂 You guys are so cute and remind me of my hubs and myself – you can see us at my website I’m a newbie blogger, but it’s been fun so far!

  2. Happy Blogiversary! You’ve come so far in one short year.
    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. I look forward to reading every day and seeing all of the great new ideas, projects, and pictures of your beautiful family!

  3. Oh, I always wondered about your egress windows. We just have tiny windows in our basement and I was thinking about turning one into an egress. Can you give some details on the process?

  4. Happy one year!! You guys have been a joy to follow! I can totally relate to the joy of 70+ views, happened twice last week and I almost died! I can’t wait to see what else yall do!

    What plug in did you use for the email subscribers? I haven’t been able to find one at all. Thank you!!

  5. Thank you, everyone! Your kind comments and support always make my day. 🙂


    Before Ben hired out the concrete cutting for the egress windows, he dug out 18 inches of dirt from the house to create the window wells. He also had the windows, because you do need to know the size, but still allow framing. The guy that did the cutting required 18 inches of space clear from the window. Then, the guy came in with his big saw, bolted it to the wall and and cut out the three windows. If we were to do it all over again, we both agree that larger windows would be better. We’ve seen a few new homes in our area with a walk out type of window, so the area outside is about 4 or 5 feet lower than the main yard, but it extends like 8 or 10 feet from the house so plants and lots of natural light can come in. Does that make sense? Ben actually had the windows cut before we met, so I didn’t see everything happen and didn’t have a say in the matter. Either way, we’re happy to have egress windows, both for the extra light and function of up to code bedrooms. If you look for a concrete cutting place locally, get a price quote. It might be more economical to get more than one done. Also, if you pay in cash, you might get a discount. Our windows were bid at $600, but we got a $100 discount for paying in cash. Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll do my best to answer.

    Jami, I totally know that feeling! Isn’t it crazy?!? I’m still on a blog, so the plug in is already there. I’m about the least technically advanced 25 year old. It took me forever to learn how to use an iPhone, while Vincent, a three year old, knows how within 2 minutes. Sorry I couldn’t help more.


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