lucky number 7.

Back in 2013 I had this crazy idea to start a blog.  A friend of mine had a blog at the time, and I thought it would be a great way to sell some of my painted furniture.

I remember thinking back then that it probably wouldn’t last for more than a few years, five years tops.  After all, let’s face it, most blogs come and go.

On my three year blogiversary, I took some time to reflect on whether or not I felt that my blog was a success.  By year three I hadn’t really met my goal of selling my furniture via my blog.  Sure, I occasionally sold a piece to a reader, but that was more the exception than the rule.  I was still mainly relying on Craigslist for furniture sales.

But I still kept going.  As it turned out, I really just loved blogging for the sake of blogging.  I loved the writing and the photography that goes into creating a blog post, and I also loved revamping vintage things to give them a new life and then sharing those projects with all of you.  And I still do.

And here I am, seven years in and I only just recently realized that these days I actually am selling quite a few pieces via the blog.  It happened so gradually over time that I didn’t even notice it. So, yes, it took nearly 7 years to meet my original goal for my blog.  However, along the way, I realized that my original goal didn’t really even matter.

But what I’ve also realized over time is that I don’t necessarily love all aspects of social media.  For example, I really don’t like the inevitable tendency to compare myself to others.  There are so many bloggers out there who are more talented, more prolific, more popular, more creative and overall way more successful than I am.  I often feel like I’m always running to try and catch up with the competition.

I also don’t like the constant pressure to do more.  Add Instagram, add Facebook Live posts, add TikTok, add YouTube videos, increase your number of followers.  All of which matters not one bit to me.

Recently Dixie Belle Paint Co contacted me and wanted to know what my social media goals were for 2021.  Uh.  Well.  Honestly?  I don’t have any.  I suspect that means I’m not going to be invited back as a Dixie Belle Content Creator in 2021.

So here I am after seven years wondering where to go from here.

As you all know, I have a full-time day job.  I also want to resume having a social life after this COVID thing is over.  So I have to pick and choose the things I spend my time on wisely.  I’ve realized that I need to re-focus on what I enjoy and ignore all of the other stuff.

In other words, don’t expect to see me on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube or any of the other various social media platforms out there.  And don’t expect to see my number of followers growing in leaps and bounds, because that’s unlikely to happen if I’m not playing the social media game.

But you can expect to see me continuing to provide what I hope is good content right here on my blog.  Going forward I am planning to focus a little more on that and let all of the other social media stuff go.  I’m going to take a little bit of a furniture break over the next month so that I can relax a bit and enjoy the holidays, but I plan to bring you some awesome furniture makeovers in 2021.

In the meantime, that brings me to my blogiversary giveaway!

Before Dixie Belle gives me the boot, I’ve ordered up some of my favorite products to give away.  This prize includes 16 oz. of each of my two favorite neutrals.

Midnight Sky

and Drop Cloth

I’ve also included 16 oz. each of my two favorite holiday colors, Honky Tonk Red and Evergreen.

To top things off I’ve included a 10 oz. clear wax and an 8 oz. Easy Peasy Spray Wax.

Thank you to Dixie Belle for sponsoring this giveaway by providing the products, and thank you to all of you for continuing to support my blog by leaving comments, following me, or just plain checking out what I have to say every now and then!

The rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize I’m going to ask you to do me a favor.  Please leave a comment on this blog post telling me what kind of content you enjoy seeing most on my blog.  Are you just here for the furniture makeovers?  Or do you enjoy seeing the smaller projects as well?  Maybe you like the travel posts?  Or the gardening posts?  How about the garage sale finds posts?  Or the thrift store hauls?

Your comment must be left on this blog post, not on Facebook or Instagram.  You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!

I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, December 4, 2020 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $150, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, December 11, 2020 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

168 thoughts on “lucky number 7.

  1. I look forward to your posts and expecially the make-overs. I get such great ideas and paint color choices I wouldn’t have thought of. Thank You and keep the projects coming.

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  2. I was afraid that you were going to discontinue writing your blog! I’m so glad you will continue to do so. Yours is one of the very few that I have continued to read and enjoy over the years. I love your writing style and your re-dos and especially your garage sale hauls! I also have enjoyed your garden tours and home tours of projects you’re working on in there. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks of refurbishing!

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  3. Congratulations on 7 years!! Now that I know this I’ll spend some time and go back thru your archives! I love your writing style and wit, and the makeovers are all awesome. . One of my sisters lives in Marine on St Croix and I’m familiar with Stillwater so I enjoy your posts of local outings – to keep in mind for future outings when we make trips to MN.

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  4. Happy Blogiversary! I Love seeing your makeovers with your thrift store finds. Your stenciled projects are Beautiful. Your choices of paint colors are on point. I dont always comment, but truly enjoy scrolling through your Blog reading past & present posts.

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  5. First of all….i just LOVE your blog…hard to believe you have only 3 years in…your posts are so well done. I really like to see what your picker , Sue, finds for you and what you do. Your taste is just what i like 👍😁 so you are opened before any others i follow. Keep doing what you are doing. Hugs from Wisconsin…🤗

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  6. Linda!!! I just love your blog and read it every time, I’m so glad you decided to start one! I’m always so impressed with your photographs and your contents and how you do all of this and have a full-time job! And I actually love all of the different things you post about! I probably get most inspired by the little things you re-do but of course I love your furniture makeovers and I also love your travel posts, they are so inspirational and I hope to travel like you one day, so please keep it up!!

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  7. I use to follow your blog to buy furniture but now that my home is full of talented work by you, I now follow for inspiration. In the 10+ years of reading blogs, yours is the only one I read weekly. I look forward to it. You may not be as popular as some other bloggers, but you are my favorite. I’ve always appreciated that you make homes and gardens attainable in many ways, for the average folk like me.please don’t ever stop blogging.

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  8. I love your blog! I enjoy your travels, garage sale finds and your beautiful crafts. Dixie Bell please don’t leave Q! If you are enjoying your projects then so will your followers! Life is short so do what makes you happy and forget the rest.

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  9. Wow! I have loved everything you do Linda. You’ve been a huge influence on pieces I’ve refinished, and techniques used. And of course, I’ve come to love Dixie Belle! 😉

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  10. I LOVE all your blogs, Linda! They are all very informative and inspiring. I guess my favorite might be those that you give a new life to something old…the transformations you perform and the process you used! Please keep blogging just as you do…we all love you ❤️!!!

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  11. Congratulations, I have been following your blog for several years. Being from MN too, feel more connected. Love your antique furniture makeovers, wishing I would get brave enough to try it on some of our antiques. Also, want to come to Stillwater and see where you take your pieces to sell. Covid go away soon.

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