four years in.

It’s my blogiversary!  As of today I have four years of blogging under my belt.  I’ve written 736 posts and had 121,042 visitors to the blog with 338,987 views of my posts, and those numbers don’t include those who are following via email (another 86,000 views for 2017 alone).

Wowza!  I definitely did not see those kinds of numbers in my future when I started this blogging thing.

I started my blog on Thanksgiving weekend, 2013.  The only reason I started then was because I happened to have some time on my hands with the four day weekend.  I wasn’t thinking ahead to the idea that my upcoming blogiversaries would coincide with Thanksgiving weekend and thus become the perfect opportunity each year to express my gratitude for my readers.

In other words, I couldn’t have planned that better if I’d tried.

So here we are at the perfect time of year for thinking about the things we are thankful for, and I want to take this opportunity to say that I am extremely thankful for all of you!  I have the most supportive, thoughtful, kind, enthusiastic, insightful, creative … well, let’s just face it, positively brilliant readers out there in all of blogland.

I cherish each one of you and I appreciate each and every comment that you leave whether it be short or long.

It wouldn’t be a blogiversary celebration without a giveaway, so be sure to read to the end of the post for more details!

In light of the announcement earlier this fall that this will be the last season of Fixer Upper, I’ve been thinking about longevity a lot lately.  How quickly people rise to the height of fame, and then either move on to other things or disappear off the map entirely (not that I’m saying that will happen to Chip & Joanna!).  Or conversely, how many start something and then just fizzle out quietly.

I’ve been at my day job for 30 years (I know, crazy right?), we’ve lived in our house for 29 years.  We’ve been married for 28 years (yes, Mr. Q and I shacked up before we got married).

And I’ve been painting furniture for more than 20 years.  Since long before chalk paint or milk paint became all the rage, and definitely before blogging was even a thing.  Actually, the internet itself was just getting rolling back then.

I know it’s terribly ‘old school’ of me, but I place some value on longevity.

I guess it goes without saying that when I find something that works for me, I tend to stick with it through thick or thin (whether it’s a job or a marriage, or so far even a blog).

That seems to definitely be the exception rather than the rule when it comes to blogging.

I’ve watched so many blogs come and go over the past four years.  And I totally get it.  Blogging is very time consuming, and the financial payoff for most is fairly minimal if not pretty much non-existent.

I could work harder to promote my blog, and I could ‘monetize’ it (by adding those annoying pop-up ads).  I know there are a handful of bloggers out there who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their blog revenue, but I think that is pretty rare and not always long lasting.  I have no plans to ‘monetize’, and in fact I just upgraded to the next level of WordPress which means you’ll no longer even see those ads at the bottom of each post (you’re welcome!).

I do get one awesome financial benefit from the blog though, free product.  I’ve gotten paint and other supplies from Little Billy Goat, Rachel Ashwell, Real Milk Paint Co, Fusion, Homestead House and Miss Mustard Seed.  This benefit has been totally amazing!  It’s like getting a fun gift every time I receive a box of stuff in the mail. Although most of these have been one time deals, the Fusion/Homestead House people have been incredibly generous in continuing to send product on an ongoing basis.

Over time I’ve dabbled with increasing my exposure through HomeTalk and a Facebook page, and I’ve thought about adding Instagram.  There seem to be a million other options for social media these days.  But those things all take up valuable time that I’d rather be devoting to either refurbishing vintage furniture or to writing the blog posts themselves.  After putting in the time at my full-time day job (the one that actually pays the bills), there are only so many hours left in a day and I have to choose what I spend them on wisely based on my personal goals.

So, if I’m not doing this blog thing for financial gain and I have no immediate desire to focus on expanding my exposure, why am I doing it?

The answer is really very simple.  Because I love it.

It totally makes my day when I get comments from you guys about how much you enjoyed a post.  I also get a huge kick out of meeting people and having them say “I just love your blog!”  It’s always fun when someone tells me they were inspired by one of my projects.

I really enjoy the photography side of blogging as well.  Staging a piece to take photos of it is one my favorite aspects of blogging.  I’ve been working on improving my photography skills which has been pretty fulfilling.

Writing blog posts is also something I enjoy.  I’d never considered myself much of a writer before, but as it turns out I take some pleasure in writing a good blog post.

But most especially, I really relish the process of taking a beat up old piece of furniture and giving it a new lease on life.  I feel a certain zen-like sense of peace when I am alone in my workshop with some Pink Martini playing (anyone?) and a paint brush in my hand.  I could (and often do) spend hours just painting stuff.  I know I would do this with or without a blog.

You see, I am a furniture painter first and a blogger second and maybe that’s why I have managed to keep at it for four years now.

So thanks to all of you for sticking at it with me, and here’s to many more years!

As I mentioned at the start of this post, it wouldn’t be a blogiversary without a giveaway right?!  I wish I could just send this gift to each and every one of you, but that isn’t possible so instead I will draw a name at random from the comments left on this blog post by Thursday, November 30 at midnight (U.S. Central time).  The winner will receive a Seven Swans a Swimming box, a copy of the issue of Vintage Holiday magazine with a story about my ornament non-collection, a jar of Fusion’s English Rose (provided by Fusion!), five vintage pink bell ornaments (crossing my fingers that they will arrive intact!), and a pretty hair pin I made using a pretty vintage earring.  I might find a few other things to toss in as well.

Best of luck to you!  And thanks for helping me celebrate my 4 year blogiversary!

228 thoughts on “four years in.

  1. I so enjoy your blog and the inspiration you generously provide. I often wish I lived in your neck of the woods to be able to buy your treasures. I also wish Ken had a blog to give instructions on all the clever repairs he does. Congratulations on four years!

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    1. Ken doesn’t even have a computer with internet access! He’s still not even really sure what a blog is. That’s how I can get away with mentioning him all the time, because he doesn’t see it! Otherwise I know he’d make me give him an alias 😉

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  2. I rarely comment. but I do enjoy your posts and seeing your furniture transformations! Happy Bloggiversary – and wishing you many more! Barbara in St Paul

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    1. Thank you Barbara! It’s nice to occasionally get a comment like yours because it reminds me that there are people out there reading and enjoying my posts even if I don’t always hear from them.

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  3. Congratulations on your blogiversery! You do a grat job on your painting and posting! I look forward to reading and being inspired by you for years to come.

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  4. Congratulations on your 4th anniversary. In your thankful list, you forgot that we are thankful for the beauty that you bring to those of us who get to see your projects.

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  5. Every one of your blogs feels like getting a surprise package in the mailbox! Congrats and thanks for continuing to keep us all inspired!

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  6. Congratulations! I love reading your blog, and your ideas and talent provide a constant inspiration for my own painting endeavors. I started out with Annie Sloan products about 4 years ago. Your guidance and tips helped me branch out to other paint lines and new techniques, and have given me the “courage” to mix up different product lines and try new ways of doing things. I had been very dissatisfied with the results I sometimes got with Annie Sloan wax (plus the smell), and recently tried hemp oil (which I love) for the topcoat over chalk paint instead of wax. I love the results.

    So thank you for all your tips and inspiration, and I wish you a very jolly holiday season!

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    1. I’m glad you liked the hemp oil! I just tried the new Fusion wax for the first time today and I loved it. I’ll be sharing more on that wax soon, so be sure to stay tuned.

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  7. Happy blogiversary! I can’t remember how I found you, but am happy I did. I enjoy all your wonderful photos on every post!

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  8. Wow! You are so inspiring!! I’d love to do what you do! I don’t know if I’d be as good at it as you are, and I don’t have a Mr. Q around to help me out, but what I’d give to have a workshop and be able to spend my days being creative!! Hats off to you!! Thanks for keeping up your blog. You’re the only blog I subscribe to, and I have some of them saved with awesome ideas that I keep for my own reference. Happy Holidays!

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    > Quandie posted: ” It’s my blogiversary! As of today I have four years of > blogging under my belt. I’ve written 736 posts and had 121,042 visitors to > the blog with 338,987 views of my posts, and those numbers don’t include > those who are following via email (another 86,00″ >

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    1. Well, everybody has to start somewhere Kim, so I say just start painting! And in the winter my workshop is right in the middle of my living room, and sometimes spills over into the dining room too 😉

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  9. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I really enjoy your blog. The furniture and other things that you rehab are fantastic! I wish you lived closer to me – I live on the Gulf Coast! I’d love to come to your barn sales and have options on your local only sales. Love the picture of you and your husband. May you have many more years of blogging bliss! 🎉🎈🎊🎄

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  10. Your blog is the first I look for every morning as part of my “me” time before getting ready for work. I really enjoy reading your posts and looking at all of the inspiring projects. I am certainly glad you still continuing whne ibstagram seems to be taking the place of blogs these days. Happy blogiversity!

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    1. I am impressed that you take some “me” time in the morning before work. I tend to be one of those wake up and fly out of the house sort of people! Thanks for spending a little time with me before you face your day 🙂

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  11. Happy anniversary! I look forward to the notice in my email that a new post from you is ready. I relish every word and every picture. Thank you for inspiring me!

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  12. My favorite blog by FARRRR! I’m a new reader and just found your blog several weeks ago! When I found you I was sooo addicted I spent a lot of the weekend reading every blog. Thank You! I love your furniture and your decorating and you have a wonderful gift of writing !

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  13. I happened upon your sale, not sure if it was 8 or 10 years ago. The painted mirror sign on the corner of McKnight lured me in and I’ve been back to just about every sale since, and love the store in Stillwater too. Thank you for your dedication to sharing your love of what you do. You’ve inspired me to “switch things up” at home (I really need that reminder!) and you’ve helped me to stage my listings (I’m a Realtor) with such fun and adorable pieces that no one else has. It’s an honor to have been a part of your fun for these years!! Congratulations on your following!

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  14. Linda you are awesome! Happy blogiversary! Like I have stated before; I get up, grab a cup of coffee and read my e-mails, just hoping that you have something to share. You often times make my day! I love your talents. I love the way you paint your pieces. I love hearing about all of your experiences and travels. I love the new Q-Tips that you added to your blog. You are an amazing woman. I am grateful that you choose to share a piece of yourself with all of us. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much Monica! I’m glad you are enjoying the Q-tips! Mr. Q is very pleased at having come up with that idea, and I have to say it was incredibly clever of him 😉

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  15. Linda, your blog is by far one of my favorites, because we love a lot of the same things, and I always look forward to how you upcycle, repurpose and display all the cute vintage items you find. You have inspired me to try Fusion paint instead of Annie Sloan, because I do not enjoy the waxing process, and I love the way it covers, as well as using rub-ons to embellish painted pieces. Happy blogiversary, and I hope you will keep on blogging for a long time to come!

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  16. Your blog is my favourite even though I am still not so sure of the scratchines (is that a real word)congratulation on your anniversary. Keep up the fantastic work. Regards Betty from Ontario…love to Mom and Debbie

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    1. Scratchiness? Scratchy-ness? Hmmmmm. Probably not a real word either way Betty 😉 But hey, I don’t do all of my pieces that way, just the ones that are really crying out for it! And I’m glad you follow along anyway, even though that’s not your cup of tea. It’s a pleasure having you Betty!

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  17. Congratulations on 4 great year, Linda! Painting is something I don’t do, so I really appreciate seeing what magical transformations you can create. I am always impressed. I enjoy your travelogues, too. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  18. Congratulations on your blogiversary, Linda! So glad to read you’re in it for the long haul, because you have a great blog, and I always enjoy your posts. Congrats also to your Q team. It takes a village, right?! Cheers!

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  19. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you! And Happy Blogiversary too!! I am a newcomer to your blog and thoroughly enjoy reading it and especially like seeing the before and after photos! I find myself getting quite excited when I see your email in my mailbox…………….I relish opening it. The blog is a delight to read and i love the way you explain how you get to the finished piece. I also love the way you take old items (often discarded by someone else) and breathe new life into them…………….what a gift you have. These items would possibly end up in a landfill site so I guess you could say you are helping to save the planet one piece of furniture at a time.
    Looking forward to your next blog and wonderful creation.
    Best regards,
    Lindsay (UK)

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  20. I have to agree that your blog is one I look for first! It is such an inspiration and I love to see the beautiful pieces of furniture that you create! Congratulations on your blog!

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  21. Congratulations!! I really enjoy your blog and feel a little smug that I have a headboard painted by you!! One of the many reasons I am drawn to your blog is because there are no ads and we know you are not doing this to pad your pocket, not that that is a bad thing just sometimes those blogs feel a little less genuine. I find inspiration and am totally jealous that I don’t have a “Ken” next door!! My husband is handy but does not have the time to do those sorts of things. All the best to you! Hoping you will do a sale again soon!!!

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    1. I am lucky to have Ken around! Mr. Q is handy, but he doesn’t enjoy fixing things, which just makes it an unpleasant chore for him. Ken, on the other hand, really enjoys it. And since he’s retired, he’s got some time for the occasional furniture fix!

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  22. It always brightens my day to see “Q is for Quandie” come across my email. Thank you Linda for all the great ideas and inspiration. So glad to hear that you will continue blogging. I don’t comment much, but enjoy each and every one, you’re such a good story teller!

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  23. Congratulations! I always love to read your posts on furniture and trips. Peeking through it all, I love the friendships you enjoy. Thank you for sharing tips and beautiful furniture – thankful for you!

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    1. I’m so glad that several people have mentioned enjoying my travel posts. I’m never quite sure if people like them, or just find them tedious. Hopefully I’ll have an awesome trip in 2018 to share!

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  24. Happy Blogversary! My inbox is overflowing with all kinds of crazy, but your newsletter honestly is the only email I open. It’s like getting a sweet gift every day!

    I commend you for not adding those crazy pop-up ads. Wish there was a way to make money without them — you certainly deserve it. Beautiful, beautiful blog and wonderful, inspiring products.

    Thrilled that I got to meet you in person this year. Congrats on a great journey!

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  25. Quandie…the best part is that I always read your blogs…always! And, honestly, I rarely look at another blog. Why you may ask? Simply because it is spectacular. With photos, techniques, colors, paint ideas, concept ideas, stories of treasure hunting…it’s really endless. And, when you share your travels…I’m just as hooked. I have been to Disney World 7 or 8 times, and I have always wanted to do the behind the scenes tour. If I get that chance to visit again, after your blog…I know I will be doing the behind the scenes tour.! So, I just want you to know how important your blog is to all parts of my life…and, it has been a pleasure!

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    1. You absolutely should do a tour next time you’re at Disney World. I really felt like it was absolutely worth the extra money. And it was so well done (like so many things at Disney).

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  26. Happy anniversary! Thank you for the inspiration,ideas and extra little enjoyment to my mornings.I am pleased to be part of your fan base and wish you many more blogs in the future!

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  27. I just love reading your posts. It really helps me feel like I am able to stay in touch when we aren’t able to physically see one another!! Happy Blogging!!!

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  28. That’s quite a give away! Your posts are always informative or just plain beautiful to look at and so inspiring. You’ve said so well what those of us that don’t have ads on our blogs want to say. Blogging is like having coffee with a friend use to be. Thanks for all the work you do inspiring us to do better projects.

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  29. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog these many years and also being able to see you in person at your day job!! Your trips inspire me, your photographs are beyond awesome and your workmanship is perfection. But most of all, your writing is incredible, I think this is your # 1 talent, being able to convey your thoughts, rather it is joy or frustration, to your “audience”.

    When you brought up the days before chalk paint, I remembered that I purchased Chalk Butter Stix online. Have you ever tried it?

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Cathy! And I’ve never heard of Chalk Butter Stix. I googled it, but what I found seems to be chalk that you would draw with rather than something you would put on furniture. Is that what you had?

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  30. Happy 4th Blogiversary Quandie, Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I enjoy seeing your beautiful transformations, reading about your experiences in doing the transformations… and the helpful hints. and I also enjoy the stories of your travels. Keep up the great blogging that inspires us all.

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  31. You are an inspiration and thank you for sharing your projects. I love your occasional sale and I too am a Pink Martini listener….Thank you and happy Blogiversary!

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    1. Whenever I mention Pink Martini there are usually just one or two people who know who they are. I love them and was fortunate to see them last summer at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. It was a fabulous concert and I definitely want to see them again sometime!

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  32. Happy Blogiversary! I really enjoy your Blog & read them all! You make everything look so easy & the results are incredible! It’s a good think I live in SW Florida, or I would be buying up your stuff all the time!
    Merry Christmas to your & your family! Keep up the beautiful work!

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  33. Happy Anniversary! I so appreciate the fact that you work full time and still do this wonderful, enjoyable blog! I look forward to seeing you in my Inbox every day! Congratulations!

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  34. Love your blogs. Sweet, funny, inspiring, down to earth. I started following you for the pictures of your beautiful furniture. How lucky to then discover your thoroughly enjoyable posts too!! Thank you, for sharing what you love with the rest of us.

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  35. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I for one am glad you decided to blog, I enjoy your posts, especially the pictures.

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  36. Happy Blog anniversary!! I love that you’ve kept it simple, I love the personal feeling of your blog and look forward to it my email!! I love to painting too and love your ideas and inspiration!!

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  37. I just want to say congrats to you on four years! I am being completely honest in telling you that your blog stands out above all others I’ve seen. I absolutely love everything you do and all the knowledge you share with all of your projects. I am also a furniture painter with an Etsy shop and I even tried to blog a few years back but I never found the time to do it all so I had to give that part up. I know the work and time it takes and you do it incredibly well! I have been inspired by so many of your projects and staging and have learned so much from your blog. So i want to thank you and I hope you will be blogging for many many more years! Happy Holidays to you & your family!

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  38. Congratulations! Please keep on blogging for many, many years…It’s always great to read your posts and see what wonderful transformation you’ve come up with and I greatly admire your photography skills.

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  39. Love your blog! When favorite bloggers stop posting, I always feel like I’m in mini-mourning for a while. You’ve inspired so many of my painting projects, so, thank you!

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    1. I know what you mean Kathryn. Especially when a blog you’ve been following for a while just stops. No explanation. No goodbye. It’s sort of like a bad breakup, right? You’re left to just wonder what went wrong 😦

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  40. Dear Ms Q – You are an inspiration to us all. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent / gift with so many of us who love your work.

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  41. Congratulations, Linda, on all that you have done and still do! You are such an inspiration to us all! I have not missed reading any of your blogs since I first met you…and became the proud owner of one of your best pieces. I cherish it, along with all the other “Quandie” pieces I own and still hope to own. Thank you for all the creative ideas and wonderful knowledge that you continually share…Love it!

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  42. I “discovered” you and your blog after purchasing my french inspired dresser this past fall. I love it and I love your blog. I wish I was as creative and energetic as you are! I am always checking what’s for sale and wish I could purchase it all. Love it!

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