Ahhh….so it has come to pass – the dreaded “New Year’s Resolution” time. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really big into making New Year’s Resolutions and I’m especially not interested in “publicizing” them either. So we’ll keep the personal elements of New Year’s Resolutions resolutely…ahem…personal and instead focus on the pad, the domicilio, the homestead….da HOUSE.
If you are a loyal follower of this blog, then you no doubt are aware of our Quest and the ensuing semi-conclusion of said Quest. Indeed, our initial Quest was pretty ambitious, especially since we only had a timeline of about 3 months from the time of inception to conclusion. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it burn in a day, but that’s another story! But we feel pretty darn good about what we managed to accomplish throughout our whole 5.5 months of living in our house in 2009. But it’s 2010 – a whole new year, new era, new decade….you get the point. What kinds of things are on our To-Do list this year? Since I’m all about organization, let’s categorize them, shall we?
So we started a blog? Now what?! Well, I have to say that we have been pleasantly surprised with our random uptick in readership – hey, people are starting to like us a la Sally Field! We were even nominated as a “best Home Design Blog of 2009” from ApartmentTherapy.com. I mean, like…seriously??! Thanks to that random trio who votes us ON to the island – sheesh, we’re all verklemped and stuff over here! Head on over to the link above and you can vote for us. I mean, we’re nothing if not shameless self-promoters, but that’s okay – this is our turf….and we’re pretty darn stoked about our three votes! We’re still not in the same league as some of our favorites like YoungHouseLove, AllBowerPower, or even MakingThisHome, but one can dream, right?!? Hey, whose to say we couldn’t be like them…we’re smart, we’re funny…and gosh darnit, people like us! Well, three people like us…we like being liked! But I digress…
Our goal for 2010 with the blog is to just get our name out there a little bit more. We’ve registered with a few sites, but we’re out to do more. We’d like to polish the site up a bit more, make it more user-friendly and we would *love* to be the one house blog out there that shamelessly promotes the usage of power tools and be able to empower a motivated homeowner to really take their house to the next level. Anybody can do decor, but can anybody teach you how to use a power tool?! We want to be those really weird bloggers that encourage people to really get out there and flex your muscle! Nobody said you had to have a college degree to operate power tools, but a little know-how certainly never hurt anybody!
We’re also brainstorming ways to give away “freebies” from our little bloggy-blog and reward our awesome readers with some promotions. We don’t want to be all about the giveaways, but if we could get around to doing one or two this year, then that’d be super-duper! Outside of that, we’re just looking to up our readership and make people feel comfortable talking about silly things like Jigsaws, color theory, and decor – all in one easy to manage site!
And, more importantly, we want to hear about your projects, too! If you have something that you’ve done at home that you’d like to share, please let us know! We would love to do a little write-up on it and get you published to the masses (pictures, please!). I mean, who doesn’t love a good Before & After Bliss, eh?
Hey, You Tell’Us – what else would you like to see on the blog in 2010?
Most importantly, though, we want you to stay tuned for the real meat and potatoes of our blog – the good ol’ house projects! Here are a few projects to whet your whistle for the New Year and keep you coming back for more throughout 2010:
- Replacing a Hot Water Tank (yes, this is a DIY project)
- Installing a central AC unit (another DIY project???)
- Installing a Garage Door opener (DIY? Yup, that one, too!)
- Gardening and sprucing up the yard
- More molding and crown molding projects throughout the year – ooooh….Dr. J can’t wait for that one!
- Changing some floors? Wish list 2010!
- More painting projects!
- And many, many more….
I mean, those don’t sound like a lot, but let’s be honest – we have a lot of things we want to do, but we do have to be budget conscious! And, in fact, you can bet your bottom dollar that if you’re worried about us being all “fancy-schmancy” about our house projects, we can assure you we aren’t! We’re just as cheap budget-conscious as the next person and willing to break our backs in order to have a beautiful home….that philosophy will never change and we hope you’re in agreement with us! Let’s break our backs together!
But, seriously…You Tell’Us! What other projects should we put at the tops of our list for the year 2010? What would you like to see a House Blog do that House Blogs aren’t doing yet?! You Tell’Us! Come on, now, don’t be shy!