Mar 23, 2012

B&P on YHL

Beard and Pigtails typically gets 150 hits a day.  Yesterday was 45,000 clicks.  Same today.

I thought a swarm of hungry spam-bots were attacking, didn't know what was going on.  Poked around a little and found a couple hundred new comments, herd of new followers and notes from readers saying they jumped over from Young House Love.  Scooped the loop, and there it was, the kitchen reboot thread on the cover of YHL!   

John and Sherry are DIY divas and blog mostly on home renovation projects.  Talented enough with photos, prose and hammer that they quit their old gigs and blog for a living.  Also working on a book and some other fun stuff, they got it going on.  And their tiny tot, Clara, is adorable and sings with a metal helmet.

Thank you, YHL, for sharing my blog with your readers.  And to the newbies stopping in, welcome!

-Beard

P.S.  A fair amount of adult YHL readers still sleep with their blankies, check the comments.

42 comments:

  1. I freely admit, I was one of the YHL readers that found your blog because of the kitchen reno. Gotta support the hometown kiddos in their DIL efforts! But it was your wonderfully honest writing that kept me entertained for the next two hours as I randomly clicked and kept finding other things that wanted to divert my attention. As a result you're now in my RSS feeder, along with YHL.

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    1. A new blog stalker, thanks for reading and drinking it in through RSS!

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  2. I've subscribed and am here to stay! Love your blog and your honest writing. Very refreshing to read a male blogger....and absolutely love the names!

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    1. My honest writing probably ruffles feathers and gets me in trouble sometimes, but I sure feel a lot better after getting the words out. It's cleansing to let out the thoughts that I often bottle up, feels good.

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  3. Andrea3/23/2012

    From Mpls, not a blogger, but love hearing your perspective on single dadhood. You're now in my Google reader. Thanks, and all the best!

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  4. tree in ga3/23/2012

    have just spent an hour reading your posts... you remind me so much of my father (who happens to be the best runner and strongest, looniest, most loving and most Godly man i know). It seems you're raising a lovely, beautiful girl and still fitting in those runs (2:37, awesome job!) keep up the really, really good work (cooking, kitchen reno, Mass, etc...)

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    1. Yeah, my kid would tell you I'm the looniest of them all. Thanks for the nice words, and it was a 2:33 marathon.

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  5. Hi beards. I found you through google reader. It's nice to have a fresh perspective on DIY and reno's. So many DIY or running blogs tend to be more females .. I like your style, love your kitchen and think that pigtails in adorable.

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    1. Shoot! I meant to say that I found you through YHL! You're now added to my google reader

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    2. Pigtails and I are glad you stopped by, thanks!

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  6. Yes, YHL got me over from your kitchen redo as well...and I've been hooked on your posts and your diatribes. Great Job on all fronts- home, family, faith, etc. You are a great example to a lot of single dads out there.

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  7. Anonymous3/24/2012

    Indeed I found your blog through YHL, as with most of the featured blogs I came by and perused a few posts (normally before kicking back to my old tricks). But yesterday I went back to post#1 and read every single post and comment up to date.

    I was raised by a single dad, along with my two siblings, since I was 5 years old. We lived in a flat provided by the government and my dad wasn't great at cooking. I love him to bits, he molded my life and made me the young, honest wife and expectant mother that I am today. My mother used to wire us £7.50 (which at the time must'ave been about $10-$15) a week. We'd get to spend it how and when we wanted to, most often on food or gifts for each other. My siblings, the eldest 25, now lives with my mother, and has done back and forth without a job but happy to live off her income. The middle child, 23, has a son of her own, a job, but still heavily dependent on my mother's salary and help...In all honesty, I had moved to my mother's for a year when I was 17 (this was after I'd already met my future husband) and moved out again when I was 18. I am the only one of the three who isn't spoiled for material items or cash, and the love of my parents is far more important.

    I mention all of this because of the reoccurring push to up Pigtails' allowance. The value of money can be misunderstood, and we were spoiled by our mother as children (and still now) because of her guilt, my siblings abuse her guilt now. My father gave us nothing, sure he bought us clothes if we needed them, fed us etc. But if we ever asked him for money or a toy, he'd say no. It's still like that today. We all get the same monetary value for birthdays and Christmas. My relationship with my father is far stronger than that of my mother, he has always provided the love, a shoulder to cry on, and wisdom that I've needed to become the person I am today.

    I am grateful for your blog, it reminds me of my love for my father and the effort he put in to raise 3 young kids on his own.

    I want to apologise for the babble and explain that this is only anonymous because of the content, I am a google follower :)

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    1. Wow, you read the whole Kitten Kaboodle. And a fellow supporter of my cheapskate $.25 allowance, yes!

      I've never heard from someone that was raised by a single dad, so your story pulls me in and gives hope. I think kids mostly want our time more than anything else, so that's what my daughter is receiving. Teach our children to be thankful for what they have, being content in the now rather than always yearning for more.

      Give your dad a hug for the love he invested, and thank you for sharing your tale.

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    2. I too had a single dad for 7 years (age 9-16) because my mom passed away from cancer. Those were definitely tough years for all of us, but I am so thankful to him for helping me become the woman I am today. We had a lot of Hamburger Helper and our whites often turned pink in the laundry. Once when I was reminiscing with my older brother's best friend about this time and we were both laughing. Then he stopped and said, "You know you guys did have A LOT of KFC and Hamburger Helper, but your dad always made sure there was enough for ME too". Totally made me see my dad in a new light. I knew he was trying his best to be both mom and dad, but never realized he was helping my brother's friend who didn't have a good home life. My dad got remarried when I was 16 to a wonderful woman!

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    5. Anonymous3/25/2012

      Kristy we too had pink whites and fast food, in fact the only memory of my dad cooking was a Shepherds Pie in which he proceeded to slice off the tip of his thumb.

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  8. I headed over from YHL too & after reading your story and a few of your posts, I became a new follower =) God bless you!

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  9. Anonymous3/24/2012

    I am also guilty as charged! Love your blog!! :))

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  10. killer blog man! you've sure gotten me motivated to jumpstart my kitchen project. Much love and blessings to you both. :)

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    1. I lived in the house 12 years before starting on the kitchen project. Waited too long, hope you can get your rebuild knocked out sooner than I did. Good luck!

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  11. I'm an original follower...and am so glad to see you finally have a larger following...because this is a FANTASTIC blog... and as a single mom... sometimes your blog makes me take a step back and look at things from another perspective.

    Keep the stories coming...they truly keep me laughing!

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    1. Hi gr8,

      You are indeed a faithful follower, thanks for sticking with me. And you've historically dominated the giveaways. Some stiff competition this time on the Nalgene freebie, though.

      Thanks for being a good mom to your son (your little boy that's now taller than you).

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  12. Congrats Beard! When I first looked at the YHL post and saw the pic, I thought it looked familiar, then I realized it was you :)

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    1. I was as surprised as you were. Hope you and the boy are doing well, take care!

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  13. Anonymous3/24/2012

    Love their blog! Clara is adorable. Did anyone notice she had only one sock (pink) on! Too cute! Don't forget BURGER! Boy or girl? I forgot.

    For sure they make me sooo tired with all the work they've done and still do. Beautiful diggs though! Kitchen turned out really nice. Each and every room is bright, colorful, and just totally cozy-looking. I love white spaces w/lots of charming decor and fun things to live with and enjoy. We just put in a new sink and nice faucet. Saves tons of money when you DIY!!!

    Nice weekend folks.

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    1. Burger's a boy, I'm certain he' d bite your ankle if he heard you questioning his gender.

      There's great satisfaction in transforming a dark, outdated nook into something fresh. I hired out a lot of the kitchen work, since it required a complete re-wiring and other code work, but I've done a ton of other DIY projects on my 1950s ranch.

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  14. I have to give props to YHL for sending us all to a great blog. Your kitchen is amazeballs. I love the simplicity of it all. Much better than the blue ;) Your blog is a lot of fun to read though, I am now a regular. Thanks for makin' me laugh :)

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    1. Amazeballs, I gotta use that word at work tomorrow.

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  15. Looking forward to reading more of your blog - love the kitchen makeover though!!! It's very inspiring seeing makeovers of small spaces.. I jsut bought my first house, and to say the kitchen is small... well, it's VERY small.. so your re-do gave me a few ideas!

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    1. IKEA is awesome for efficiently filling up small spaces without cluttering. Check them out sometime if you haven't.

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  16. That's awesome! And that kitchen is beautiful! I have to go tackle my bathroom now, thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks D in Charge, and tackle as in clean the throne?

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  17. Deidra3/25/2012

    Yep...YHL got me here, but so glad I stopped by!

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    1. Back at you, thanks for stopping by!

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  18. yup me too - YHL led me here. Love the blog and you're a runner too (super fast I might add, sheesh!)! Keep writing - I'll keep reading for sure!

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  19. I'm a newbie, but I came over from Pinterest. I stayed all day reading about your adventures in parenthood, though.

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  20. I came from YHL, who (whom?) I also just found. I'm staying for good. I may or may not have read your entire blog Saturday...(spoiler: I totally did).

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  21. yep - long-time reader of YHL, brand-new reader of B&P and here to stay, already subscribed. this is great, and you're hilarious.

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  22. highly unoriginal, though not uncommon, i too came over from yhl. it all started with a kitchen remodel, but turned into so much more. i have loved reading your stories and anecdotes over the past few days. thanks for sharing!

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  23. Lindsay4/04/2012

    I first came by last week when YoungHouseLove covered your reno, too. But today i'm back b/c i just loved your blog, style, point of view, you name it. You cover DIY, running, parenting, cooking..just about hit every nail on the head as far as what i'm interested in! keep on keepin' on!

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