Feb 9, 2013

Flyby

Bloggin's a one-way ticket sometimes.  Put out a post, people I've never met read my junk.  The end. 

I'd like to close the gap a little, meet you that follow my daughter and me on B&P.  Leave a comment with your name, why you read this thing, and link up to your own blog if you'd like.  I'll bop over, check it out and harass with a note.

Can a brother get 100 people to do a flyby?  Or 10 will do.

all ready for the vDance

-Beard

117 comments:

  1. I found my way to your blog thru your kitchen reno feature (on YHL i think?) and have been following ever since. Love reading about you and your daughter's adventures (and Curls too!) :) You're such a wonderful father!

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  2. As I'm sure many were, I was referred from YHL after your kitchen reno. To your credit though, I stayed a reader purely because of you and your daughter. I really dig your unique writing style, I share a passion for fitness and food and I am a huge proponent of raising children the way you are raising your daughter. Creepy as it may sound, I frequently share anecdotes from your blog with my husband because it's so refreshing to see someone doing the whole parenthood thing right. I'm a 25 year old New Hampshire-ite working my way through my first novel, which I blog about over at www.loosechangeandlipstickstains.com. Cheers! Melissa

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  3. I think I also found you through YHL and have been following ever since. I love your wit, admire your faith and desire to raise your beautiful girl in a God honoring home. Your authenticity keeps me coming back (along with all the other wonderfulness!)

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    1. Oh, and I blog over at cherikirk.blogspot.com ... just life stuff in our home we call "The Cottage"

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  4. Originally, I found your blog through the kitchen reno feature on YHL. I stick around for your wit and insight on fitness particularly running. Also, I appreciate your authentic writing and no-frills talk about faith. Your blog has a secure spot on my reader. I like the picture up there, your faces are perfect.

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  5. claudette2/09/2013

    Found out about you on YHL and now follow you on FB. You seem like an all around kick ass guy and being raised by a single dad myself I know It takes a special kind of man to do that. God bless you C & P.

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  6. Shannon2/09/2013

    One of the sheeple who found your blog via YHL & have stayed because I like your writing style. I actually am quite liberal in my religious/social/political views but your candid "straight talk" about your viewpoints is appealing to me, even though I frequently disagree with you from a personal standpoint. I too very much appreciate your parenting philosophies and those are very much in line with my own. Enjoy the night out with sweet Pigtails.

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    1. This is why I read, too! Definitely disagree with a lot but the way you put it out there, Beard, is intelligent and respectful and makes me pause to think about why I feel the way I do. I love the way you're raising Pigtails. Found you through YHL like everyone else, apparently, but just overall enjoy the blog and reading about you and Pigtails and Curls. Most other blogs I read are navel-gazing mommy blogs and yours is just so very refreshing.

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  7. I also found your blog through YHL. I love reading about your parenting style...I totally agree with it, and all the fun you have with your daughter!

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  8. Another YHL reader here. My name is Krista, 26 years old. No blog (maybe one day). I really enjoy your writing style and content. I agree wholeheartedly with your parenting style and was very interested in your single parenting adventure.

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  9. Good idea!! I found your blog through YHL. I'm from Canada but don't have my own blog but LOVE to read other blogs. I've considered starting one but I have no idea what I'd write about. Hubbie works out of town. 14 days out, 7 days home. We don't have kids. We do have a 3 yr old puggle so that's basically all I'd write about which would make me look like a crazy dog person :)

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  10. I found your blog because of the kitchen, too. (Though I wasn't reading YHL at the time so maybe I saw it on Pinterest that linked to YHL that linked to you.) Anyway, I liked that you are my age, have a kid and blog about whatever you want. So I tossed you into my google reader and try to keep up when I can.

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  11. Yep, I was on the bandwagon from YHL followers. I was hooked by finding a father that was doing a darn good job of raising a daughter on his own, had a passion for India, and a wry sense of humor that I enjoyed. Now you're on the blogroll.

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  12. I've left a couple of comments, so I might as well let myself be known better! I found your blog, like most people, through YHL (which I don't even check as often as yours anymore!) My sisters and I blog at www.McSisters.com, mostly about our little individual families and about growing up together and our big Catholic extended family today.

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  13. Love your blog - I think your writing style is great, honest and refreshing. Found you through YHL. Keep doing what you're doing - it's nice to read from someone who puts it all out there, knowing that everyone might not agree!

    http://themanleycaress.blogspot.com/

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  14. Anonymous2/09/2013

    Name's Amanda. Found your blog through YHL- love reading about house stuff, but also love hearing about Pigtails, Curls and your adventures together. You write well and voice your opinions (which I don't always agree with) but I love hearing them. The health stuff is interesting because health is very important to me, though some of my diet methods are different too- because heart disease runs in the fam, I avoid all animal products except fish (omega 3s), but believe even people without heart disease should limit their animal consumption.

    The travel stuff is sometimes interesting but usually a little long... maybe when you write about travel, you could break long posts into a few days- that way I get more posts AND each one is more manageable- two scores!

    Don't currently have a blog.

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  15. Another YHL transplant here. I, too, liked your "voice". Which is what led me to poke around after the initial pop-in. Then there was a post involving an Italian market. Pictures of food were involved. I've been stalking ever since.
    I'm a SAHM, not a single one, but a parent is a parent, right? I like your real life stories - no frills.
    So even when I'm a silent stalker, I'm a stalker nonetheless. Readin' from my little corner in the world. You are MORE than welcome to pop by my blog and check out our life in Oregon. Food, garden, kids, house, and whatever else I feel like blabbing about and taking pictures of.

    http://rindymae.blogspot.com/

    You've hit 10 - here's to 100!

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  16. I found you through YHL too :) I'm Melissa, blogging over at http://www.blessthismessplease.com/. I popped over the day you were featured and stuck around. You are a great writer, have a cute kid, are real in your thoughts, and I thought it worth the time to see what else you had to offer. You do a great job blogging and we have a lot of the same core principles, you just articulate them better than I. I like to read and have something to digest on the rest of the day. Thanks!

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  17. Found y'all through YHL too. Stayed around because I liked the running talk and because your parenting style sounds an awful lot like my parents'...and for all the reminders of growing up in the midwest (we lived in central IL from when I was 7 through 14, before moving to Texas).

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  18. Read YHL, found your post.
    I'm a former mid-westerner. I like what you write. You give me inspiration.

    www.lovingalbany.blogspot.com

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  19. Via YHL, but it was the follow-up comment about being attacked by spambots that had me hooked. Love the style, voice and topics. Great text AND pictures too!! Thanks for sharing! Pigtails is a cutie = good job Dad! I am an infrequent blogger but can be spied on over at www.tapperrichards.com.

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  20. found you because I, like you, have a beard & pigtails! ok ok, not really. same. thru YHL, came, saw, got hooked!

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  21. I too first visited after YHL featured your kitchen reno. I've been blogging at JennyExplainsItAll.blogspot.com for a few years (DIY projects, family stuff, food, observations and plenty of nonsense.) At age 55, I suspect I have more in common with your mother than I do with you, except that I raised my children as a single parent, too. I'm the one whose family (alas, not me) are crazy Ragnar runners. My latest blog project is co-writing reviews of this season's Downton Abbey with my daughter Lillian. All these comments! Looks like you'll have enough archives to fill many winter nights. Have fun!

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  22. Found you via the YHL link, and liked your posts and perspectives so added you to my Reader feed. My husband reads you too.... I like hearing your dad's perspective after reading 10 posts in a row about Pinterest projects and mom stuff. :-)

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  23. No news here...came from YHL, due to your kitchen reno feature. Stayed, because I like your writing style. I enjoy the variety of topics. Pigtails and Curls only add to the interest factor. You are a personable blogger, giving genuine reply to comments. You have faith in your beliefs, yet are not too proud to ask for comment or opinion. I read blogs as part of my "my time" and B&P is now one I check in on regularly. I don't have a blog but can be known to plug you and yours, if I need to, in other comment spaces or general conversation in my everyday life! You, Pigtails and Curls are just about some of my closest friends, apart from Sherry, John and Katie and Jeremy Bower....(YHL and Bowerpowerblog) PS-I live in Australia.

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  24. Yep, found you via the kitchen reno link @ YHL. I was in the middle of my IKEA kitchen reno too, so was interested in seeing a completed one - nicely done. Following along because of your fun writing style. Your single parenting past posts were of interest too; I have a 10 year old boy, and almost 3 year old. And the travel/india posts, thats always intriguing for me. I started my blog during my kitchen reno planning a few years ago, but it quickly expanded due to the slow progress ha! - kids, travel, photos, etc http://sara-another100yearoldhousereno.blogspot.com/

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  25. I came from YHL (along with everyone else apparently). I was new to blogging at the time, liked your kitchen, writing style, convictions and began following. We're in the middle of kitchen reno ourselves. (At the a paint-bomb-blew-up-in-our-house-and-we-can't-wait-to-get-our-cabinets-in-so-that-we-can-move-out-of-my-parents-house-and-be-a-family-again.) BTW...I keep reading about Curls but I'm confused about the relationship between the two of you.
    My blog is:
    http://blessedlifeatopacakestand.blogspot.ca

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  26. Monika2/09/2013

    I chanced upon your blog through the kitchen re-do post. I read your blog because I find inspiration in your posts (most of them of them). Its not easy being a single parent, yet you seem to be able to do it with grace. (I like that you have not really lost yourself to being just a parent, you still get out and do things that you love. In the end I think it makes you a better parent) I like your travel posts, especially your India trip.

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  27. I'm Katie and also started following because of YHL. I'm a sucker for a good kitchen anyway, but I was raised by a single father and am really happy to see someone writing from that point of view. I, too, enjoy running (would live to do it more...), food/eating, and your perspective on everything - so I've become a regular reader now :) I've got my own blog after moving abroad, and will be navigating the waters of parenthood soon enough: linkopingwithlove.com

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  28. Found you through yhl but became hooked with reading your posts. I like your witty writing, strong opinions and stories about parenting.

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  29. You were featured on a blog I read for your kitchen makeover. I don't even remember which. Still follow your blog because it's worth reading. :)

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  30. I'm Christin, another YHL follower who became a BP lurker. We're building our house and your kitchen makeover drew me in. I stayed around because I enjoy your writing style. Hope you drop by some time. beechhousebuild.blogspot.com

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  31. Another YHL follower over here :)
    Love the tone of your blog and your opinions, etc. I blog about recipes & DIY/home reno projects over at my blog, though I'm a PhD student in Economics from Spain. Recently married, no kids.

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  32. Hi I am Susan http://susangreene.typepad.com/artful_gatherings/ and I love your blog. Great writing and wonderful contributors...Pigtails and Curls. I also found you at YHL. I thought it was great when you wrote about being from Burlington.

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  33. I was also sent your way by the Young House Lovers.
    Your writing voice is like receiving casual postcards from a dear old friend .... and a
    I check the mailbox for them every day. You're frugal, you run, eat healthy,
    worship, go to Disney World, play fetch with your neighbor's dog (how charming is that?).....and instill
    in your daughter lessons that she will thank you for someday. (Although, I do feel bad
    about her Itouch)
    Maybe I equate you to a modern-day Atticus Finch, and Pigtails to Scout.

    I realize that you are not perfect, but you are the father that I wish I could be.

    My partner and I have a 3 year old blog about our home renovation,
    thecavenderdiary.com
    We'd love for you to visit.

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  34. I also found you through YHL. I continued reading because you sound like someone I'd want to be associated with; as a divorced Catholic dating a divorced Catholic single father, your writing both hits home and helps me to better understand his world as well.

    I have a neglected blog about my travels; when I introduced myself at Target Saturday night, I was getting supplies for my next trip to the Philippines. www.haspassportwilltravel.com.

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    1. Thanks for introducing yourself at Target, glad I wasn't holding a 6-pk of Hanes tighty whites when you did the flyby. Good work on your Philippines trip, I'll follow along if you blog it.

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  35. Yet another person who came for the kitchen renovation and stayed because of...a variety of things. I'm a defector from the Catholic church and am always intrigued by people convert into it. I like that you have strong opinions (even when I don't agree.) *shrug* I like that you are actually raising your child instead of just acting like a kid raises him/herself. I like that this blog seems like your brain dump. I mean that in the nicest way possible.

    I blog about renovating my 100 year old house with my hubby at 1500sqft.com. We don't get too caught up in the Pinterest/design magazine part and I think that's what keeps it fresh.

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  36. I stumbled onto your blog after getting lost on may way to a cousin's (also with 'pigtails' in the name) and was intrigued by this dad raising his girl in such a beautiful way. My blog is www.haak-en-stekie.blogspot.com, mostly about things crochet (my hobby for the last year or what, but now and then I'll ramble on about Life South African
    Christelle

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  37. Hi Beard!

    I'm Betsy, and yet another YHL transplant. I love reading your blog for a few reasons. First and foremost you're an inspiration and make me think and want to make better choices. The way you write encourages me to really think about what I'm doing and consider other choices, the way you raise Pigtails I feel is a lost art - I can only hope my own daughter grows up to be a strong, educated, caring and thoughtful young woman like Pigtails. I also very much enjoy your writing style, honest, true, straight forward and funny; I know I'll always have an enjoyable read when I see a new entry pop up in my Google Reader.

    I have a little blog, www.wethreesweets.blogspot.com, but I haven't updated since December. Long story as to why, but I will come back to blogging. I wouldn't fancy myself anywhere near the blogger you are, but I do have fun doing it.

    Thanks for letting us get a glimps of your life with Pigtails and Curls, and thank you for making me think.

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  38. Hi I'm Kim. I came over from YHL, great work on the kitchen by the way. And the window idea is fantastic! I love the snapshots of life I get from reading various blogs, you're one of many in my reader. I don't have a blog that is updated so you can't really see into my life. But I'm married and live in an apartment in Chicago about a mile from Wrigley Field. I am an occasional runner and love our lakefront path. I've taken up quilting and sewing as a hobby, it's still in the beginning stages. We're looking to buy a house this year and finally make a space ours.

    Happy Sunday,
    Kim

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  39. Robin here. I'm one of the many that found you through YHL. That was a while ago, so clearly I'm still here reading you for you (although I'll admit I'm not good with leaving comments; trying to get better about that). I'm young and don't have children of my own, but I find it intriguing and sweet to read about you raising you daughter, the house stuff, and your thoughts on money, health, and family. I just recently started a blog about my love for decorating. thelittlerobinsnest.blogspot.com

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  40. seems like yhl is the place to stock up on readers! I loved your kitchen reno and would love to see you blog more about home related stuff whether its fixing something, or general maintenance stuff or anything. I also loved your India posts, those were awesome. I love Indian food. Pigtails is adorable so that stuff's always good. I even like when Curls chimes in with a post. So all in all, todo bien.

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  41. I, too, found you via the kitchen feature on YHL. I really like to read a blog from a bloke's perspective as most of the ones I read are written by women. I blog over at http://ginghamcherry.blogspot.com.

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  42. Kelly O.2/10/2013

    YHL also, and stayed because you write well and because you write on a variety of topics. Politically and socially my beliefs tend to line up more along the lines of Catherine Newman, (http://www.benandbirdy.blogspot.com/),another favorite blogger. Which shows that you can convey a point of view in such a manner that even those who disagree with you listen to what you have to say. What these three blogs (YHL, B&P, and B&B)have in common is that they are well written, frequently funny, sometimes very touching and they have lots of great pictures!

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  43. Anonymous2/10/2013

    Same here, from YHL. I am a grandma with many grand and greatgrands.I think you do such a good job as a father. Hope you get many comments.

    Diane

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  44. Anonymous2/10/2013

    Found you through YHL, read every post, I think you've really got your head on straight. I don't agree on the religion front, but that's what makes us Americans, right? We can all get along.

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  45. Hi Beard, I'm also a YHL transfer but I kept reading because I love your philosophy on finances, food, and parenting. I also dig your kitchen. I commented earlier but now I don't see it, sorry if it's on here twice!

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  46. Tara from Ottawa2/10/2013

    YHL follower not B&P follower.
    I really like your "straight-shooting" style of blogging. The random snip-its of day-to-day life are what keep me around, especially the funny things Pigtails says and does. I am trying to exercise more and eat better, so those posts are keeping me around too.
    Thanks!

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  47. Great photo. Think high school graduation/wedding/tear, sob. Beautiful. I came initially from YHL, but I like that you are a traditional, old-fashioned, single, Catholic (totally intrigues me and cannot wait for your story! Being born into the faith and raised to love and appreciate it, doesn't negate the reality that there are some hard-to-swallow aspects of Catholicism.) Also, you remind me of my husband...financially, your temperament (melancholic!!! I think) and the way you state things...simple, to the point, logical. I love my husband, but marriage has been a sometimes difficult dance. I guess that when I have this totally superficial/fake/internet "relationship" with another man out there so similar to him, it confirms that there simply are differences between males and females, temperaments, ways of seeing things. Your public existence and statements help me to understand and appreciate my husband more as opposed to ...I don't know...getting annoyed with him/thinking his mission in life is to crush all my fun. Wink. Don't worry...15 1/2 years and going strong. Your daughter is a sweetheart and I appreciate how you take your roll as father, provider, protector so seriously. You are setting such a great foundation for her and the choices of her future.

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  48. Like the majority of everyone here, I found you through YHL (guess the exposure worked well for you!). I stayed because your writing style intrigued me, and I think you have a great story to tell. Oh, and because you gave me a lamp that I use every single day. Seriously, every time I turn on the colon lamp I think "Thanks B&P"

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  49. I'm No. 50!

    I found you through YHL as well (nice kitchen reno, by the way). I was a single parent for thirteen years, so I was interested in reading stories from the dad's perspective.

    If you comment on my blog, you'd be the first in eons! I wax and wane with posting so posting to thin air is what I deserve. :)

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  50. I'm a fellow YHL reader as well. You write well. I have a blog myself, www.kristinbednarz.com/blog. I'm a professional light chaser and amateur reader. But we've chatted in comments before. I hope the dance was awesome for pigtails. :)

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  51. Found you through audrey bell...love your dedication to your daughter and the simple things. Our blog is crazyskinners.blogspot.com. Thanks for keeping this up!!

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  52. Can't remember how I found you, but I enjoy reading your blog, living vicariously through you really as I am a mother of five grown children, and I lost my husband last year, so after many years of a busy, loud, happy house, I am alone now. It takes some getting used to, so I enjoy hearing about your little family, and it warms my heart so see what a good father you are.

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  53. I read this because most of the time you make me laugh. I think you are doing a great job as a single parent. Love the Dance Picture, hope it was fun.

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  54. Young House Love is what brought me here as well...and I'm so glad it did. You are hilarious and fun to read every time. Even the hubby (who laughs at my blog-reading obsession) will read your posts and really enjoys them!! You seem to be doing a really great job at raising your daughter and its so awesome to see someone who takes seriously this parenting thing! :)

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  55. I'm fairly certain it was YHL that brought me here as well.... Stay because you entertain and inform me... occasionally annoy me, but we can't always agree with everyone's options... so that's ok. :-)

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  56. YHL brought me here as well. I stick around because I like what you write and you keep me entertained. We have a lot of the similar viewpoints on life, bringing up kids, etc. I follow you on FB as well. Keep it coming!

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  57. Well hello!! I came to you from YHL (and your amazing kitchen reno). My name is Christina, from Northern New Jersey (10 minutes outside NYC), and I love reading about your adventures (and Pigtails' too!). I blog over on http://theicantdecideblog.blogspot.com/ - mainly because I can't choose one topic and stick to it. Enjoy :)

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  58. I'm YHLer too finding you through the kitchen reno. I stayed because you are a mid-westerner (I'm a Wisconsin native, MN dweller) and I like to hear the local experience. I am also a lost Catholic (having been through the Catholic School thing as a kid) and like someone else mentioned, always interested in people who convert. I like your writing and find your opinions and insights interesting. You have a very tell it like it is attitude. Which can be both good and bad, I suppose. :)

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  59. Anonymous2/11/2013

    I came from YHL too. Like your blog. You bring up some hard truths and make me think. Do you have a lighter side though? :) Maybe show that off a bit more??

    from Jennifer

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  60. Originally came from YHL, apparently like most others. Stayed because I like your mix of faith, wit, running, and fatherhood.

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  61. Came from YHL, stayed because you are not a mommy/overtly religious blogger. I like the variety of topics, and the fact that they're very fresh compared to the tons of room remodels/baby clothes washing technique/organizing marathons/and "simple crafts" to make with household items. I like that you stick to your guns, so to speak, even if it's not the same opinion I share.

    Used to blog but took it down as we're selling our house.

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  62. Oh guess what?! I came from YHL too!I'm sure that's not much of a shocker at this point. I kept reading/started following because I like reading about lives that are nothing like mine. I live in a big city (Boston), I have no kids (yet), and I don't have a house or a kitchen I'm allowed to renovate (renter). Your dedication to your family and raising your daughter well makes for good reads, and I enjoy the running stories thrown in there (I'm not a real runner, but I try). I blog (occasionally)with my best friend over at betterfoodandfitness.blogspot.com

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  63. Hi B&P! - I'm also a reader here from your YHL kitchen reno post. But like all of the others I have stayed because I enjoy your writing, and hearing about all of the adventures that you and pigtails have together. It is also nice to read a blog that isn't written by a stay at home mom (no offense intended to the stay at home mom's, I hope to be there some day!) But it is nice that have a male perspective on life I suppose. And, as a single almost 30 something with no kids, it is kind of nice to know there are men out there that don't shirk their responsibilities and truly care about their children. Gives me hope I suppose!

    Keep on doing what your doing, we all enjoy it!

    Oh, and I used to have a blog, but life kind of got in the way and I pulled it down. I'm hoping to start it up again in the future, when I'm not working 55+ hours and going to school 12+ hours a week. :) - Mercedes

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  64. Another one here who found you through YHL. I stayed because Pigtails is just so darn cute, I was curious about your single dad status (I haven't come across many of you in my circles), and I like to hear your take on things. You had me hooked with all the India posts.... Dare to dream I may get there myself one day.
    I too have a blog. I started it when my husband and I bought a our 1st house over 18 months ago. We have family here in the US and over seas in England, and we wanted to keep them up to date with all our DIY adventures. If you'd like to see the mundane posts I post.... you'll find us here..... thealexanders.blogspot.com

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  65. Found your blog through Young House Love...and really enjoyed it, so I stayed with it. I like your common sense take on a lot of things...and am thinking of recommending this to a recently divorced dad of two.

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  66. Love reading your story because it's honest, and also because I love your writing style. You use creative phrases and words I never would think to use. Found you from YHL but stayed for those reasons. I'm a writer and love hearing other people's stories, so I really enjoy your blog.

    I write unsolicited commentary about pop culture happenings at lauramcclellan.com :)

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  67. Hey Beard. I, as it looks like pretty much everyone else, found your blog through YHL. We have something in common though--YHL also featured a room in our house (yeah, dog!!). Let's hear it for the underdog blogs! I enjoy reading your blog. I like your writing style and topics. I kinda get a sick of looking at a million house-related blogs, so yours is refreshing. Keep up the good work. Here's the link to my blog. www.mapleleavessycamoretrees.com

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  68. I found you through YHL (what else is new, right?) and have stuck around because I love your honesty. Your relationship with your daughter is an envious one. She is one lucky little girl :) I am a very faithful person, and I love that you have no shame about what you believe. That is refreshing in this world.

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  69. I, as well as many others on here, came across your blog on YHL. Your stories pulled me in and I've been a fan for over a year now. Just recently really enjoyed Curl's fitness/eating post!

    I'm over at http://sparksfamilylife.blogspot.com/ - all the way in Washington State :-)

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  70. I also found you through your post on YHL. Love your wit...wish I was a runner and most of all admire you as a father.

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  71. Anonymous2/11/2013

    Came over from YHL - big surprise. Loved your writing and my family thought I was crazy as I laughed out loud at various posts. Don't have a blog.
    ~Jodi

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  72. No clue how I found your blog, but your writing style and devotion to Pigtails keeps me coming back. I'm Erin, by the way (haha). I have blogged my weight loss efforts in the past but am not currently blogging. Not sure I'll return to it; we shall see. :)

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  73. Found your blog through YHL, but keep reading because completely different from all the other ones that I read, so its a refreshing change :)

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  74. Getting close to 100 comments! I learned about your blog from Cari's blog...back when we use to have the single parent twitter group. Did you go to the Bacon Fest??!

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  75. Originally discovered B&P on YHL. Been a faithful reader ever since. I blog at www.lorioutloud.com.

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  76. Not sure how I came upon your blog, but I love the way you write and have enjoyed going "with" you, Pigtails, and Curls on your trips and adventures. I admire the way you are raising your daughter. Looking forward to reading more.

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  77. I came from YHL and stayed for your writing...and because Pigtails is so darn cute! Although I manage a few business blogs, I don't have a personal one.

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  78. MinnesotaSue2/11/2013

    Found your blog through YHL. Stayed because I like your writing style, confidence in what you believe, and hearing parenting from a single dad's perspective. Keep it up.

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  79. I've been following since YHL and have read every post to date. Keep putting it out there...I'll keep reading it! I blog at annebronkema.wordpress.com if you want to stop by.

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  80. Came from YHL and stayed because I like your writing and as a daughter of a divorced dad who sometimes played mister-mom I am interested in that part of what you write. I blog over at thismodernwife.com! Also thank you for your continued Quincy updates!

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  81. Rachael2/11/2013

    I think I "found" you when you first started blogging on our mutual employer's site. I'm thinking that maybe I left a comment and you emailed me to let me know you have your own blog. I've been a faithful follower ever since. Not married and no kids but I like your no-nonsense approach to things and your sense of humor but most of all, I love your kid.:)

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  82. I found you through YHL kitchen remodel and while reading thought something seemed familiar. you mentioned West End Arch.Salvage, and realized you too are in Des Moines. I keep reading since you are local, and a single dad, as is my brother. I keep a small family orientated blog as well. www.casabower.blogspot.com

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  83. Found you from Young House Love and stuck around cause I enjoy your blog! I like how involved you are with your daughter and the positive attitude you just seem to exude. Helps me try to stay more positive too.

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  84. I've been following since your kitchen feature on YHL. I love your writing style and your no-nonsense attitude. I have a tiny little blog (www.mykindaperfect.com) where I share my adventures - in travel, in the kitchen, diy/craft projects, etc. I look forward to buying a house and creating a home that is 'my kinda perfect'. (how's that for pun-ny cheesiness?)

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  85. Name's Brianna. Like many others, I found you through YHL. Your strict approach to parenting while covering Pigtails in love and knowledge keeps me reading. I treat the students in my classroom the same way! Looking forward to seeing how your living room transforms!

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  86. Another YHL convert here....no blogging for me. I'm an accountant by day and internet stalker by night. Your posts are a nice diversion from numbers and excel spreadsheets.

    I think in a way, blogs have replaced TV Soap Operas.. I keep coming back to see how your story line develops. Will Pigtails earn enough to replace the ipod? Will Quincy get his new ears"? Will Curls be playing a larger role in the future - both in your life and in Pigtail's? Will you paint the brick? See what I mean - so many questions to be answered!!

    Love how you are raising your daughter - you don't care what everyone else is doing - you are doing what is right for the two of you. Rock on

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      You understand me well, thanks.

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  87. One more reader who found you from YHL. Although I have lived in Denver since 2000, I went to Iowa State and have lots of family throughout Iowa and the midwest. I enjoy the familiarity, your honesty, your adorable daughter, and your adventurousness. I agree with Diane, who posted ahead of me, that blogs are a kind of soap, and I enjoy my daily reads of my favorite blogs to see what's up with my online peeps.

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  88. One more from YHL, stayed because I love your writing style. I am originally from India but lived in Des Moines for 2 years. I have lived in 7 other places in the past 8 years of my stay in US but somehow Des Moines is my favorite.. Maybe its the kind of life and the quality of people I found there. I appreciate your honest thoughts and the way you love and take care of your kid. I used to blog pre-kids.. but not anymore.
    I really enjoyed looking at India through your eyes.

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  89. I'm Petra, a big follower of YHL, which I've found your blog. I love your writting style, and stories about you and your daughter. I don't have a blog.

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  90. Found B&P through YHL, stayed for the tales. Really enjoy the writing.
    My blog is linked, posts are sporadic and about nothing in particular...

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  91. I'm Betty - and as much as I like to be different - I'm not, I as many have said found you all from YHL. I don't blog, I just lurk, and occasionally comment. I tend to read parenting and life log blogs - thanks for having us along.

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  92. I'm Erin. I found your blog from YHL. I like reading it, because I really like your perspective on things! My blog is esosweet.blogspot.com. Come check it out! I like that picture, its so serious!

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  93. Like so many others I found your blog through YHL. I stayed because I enjoy your writing style (to the point with a nice kick of humor and an obvious love of words) and appreciate your perspective and opinions. I'm not yet a parent (not even a parent-to-be), but I make sure to tuck away some of the parenting-wisdom nuggets you drop. Your post about Pigtail's technology juggling fail articulated the critical distinction between correcting the real problem (disobedience) and punishing the result(broken tech) better than anything else I've read. Definitely storing that explanation away. I started a blog to keep my supporters up to date when I did a six month mission trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia back in 2010 and have continued it as a personal blog since my return. Beware: I ramble. (katherine-elyse.info)

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  94. Another YHL follower turned B&P follower! Also a fellow single parent and blogger at http://thediligentone.blogspot.com/. :)

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  95. I think you owe John and Sherry a gift basket or something:) There's probably no way I would have found you otherwise. I enjoy reading parenting-type blogs, which means I guess you qualify. My husband and I have a very "old-fashioned" parenting style and I enjoy reading about others that do as well. I have two littles and blog about them at www.casadecolella.blogspot.com mostly just to share our everyday with our families that live far away (10+ hours). So, I don't really write for the masses or anything. I think my mom is the only one checking my blog on the daily. Just a nice way to share pics and videos.
    P.S. Pigtails is SO pretty. She reminds me a lot of my niece. Love those big, dark eyes.
    P.P.S. My hubs thinks I'm so weird for reading blogs of people I don't know, so if you could just confirm that I'm not strange, that would be great. Thanks!!

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  96. Monika2/12/2013

    I also found you through YHL. I really like your parenting,travel, and financial posts. Very inspiring.

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  97. My sis shared your blog with me b/c I'm a runner and she thought I'd enjoy it. (Which I do, for the running, your adorable daughter, and your hilarious life stories!!) She found B&P through one of the million other blogs that she follows. Keep up the awesomeness! It is much appreciated in my family! :)

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  98. Wow - looks like you have a LOT of commenting to do :-D

    I followed your kitchen reno link from YHL too and just really liked the conversational writing style and the content. I have a blog, but it's a sad, neglected one. I started it as a hobby and it has remained that. Something to do when I have a few minutes to spare - except that the past several months have been crazy busy so I haven't posted. Oh well - I will move it up my priority list of Things To Do :-D

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  99. I found your kitchen reno through YHL, and stayed because I think you have a unique story and voice. I don't keep a blog but love reading the many voices on the internet!

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  100. Anonymous2/13/2013

    I'm one of the few who didn't find you through YHL. :)

    I read your blog at work too. Great stuff! Keep it up and thanks for sharing.

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  101. found your via young house love - read your story because it's not the usual mommy-blogger-crafty-foody-healthy type blog that's so prevelant. I have no blog - I have a handmade business, like if you like.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Haberdashery-No-5/195353370523651

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  102. Laura here. I found you through YHL, like a lot of people it seems. :) I don't have a blog of my own to link to. At the moment I'm a SAHM to two kids (3.5y and 13m) but I'm very hands on with the renovations to our 1910 Craftsman style house. Both my kids can drive a nail and handle a drill. Yes, even the 13 month old! He just got his first play drill and completely 'gets' it. I also started running about 9 months ago, so between that and the parent stuff and the house updating stuff, there is a lot for me to read on here. I enjoy your blog and hope you keep it going!

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  103. I found your blog through YHL. Came for the kitchen but I've stayed for your writing (and in hope that you finally take the plunge with Curls). Lots of Mommy blogs but not so many of a Dad. I love it. I blog to support my Etsy Store (I make painted wood toys) but I also chronicle a bit of our life. Hubby and I are using the retirement money to move a smallish house onto a lot. We're then going to rehab it for a rental. You can watch the fun if you want at bestlovedchild.blogspot.com

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  104. Hello, Seth here, I found your blog because I run with you. I enjoy your perspective as a dad and love to read about your adventures. Keep up the good work! Fly by if you have time http://the-comforts.blogspot.com/

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  105. Buenos tardes, I'm working this week in Argentina, but live in Denver with my wife and 18 month old son. I also found your blog through the YHL link. I catch your posts when I'm able and always enjoy them. I like running, I grew up in Nebraska, I love my family and I love the Catholic Church. I'm looking forward to reading your eBook. I don't have a blog, but wrote a couple Facebook notes a few years ago. You can check out one of the notes here if you can. Happy trails.

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  106. Anonymous2/19/2013

    Hi Beard,
    Found you through the kitchen redo but not via YHL. I read a lot of decor/DIY home improvement blogs but I'm on my own and working full time so it gets kinda old seeing all the things I don't have the means to do. Your funny posts, read at my workplace, make me snort coffee through my nose! I am warmed by your devotion to your lovely, fortunate daughter. Waiting for the happy day when you can ditch the angst and see your way clear to marry Curls!
    P.S. Find a crochet vid for beginners on YouTube for Pigtails (and yourself) and the crochet will become easy with practice :)
    Joanie

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  107. a lil' late on this one as I pop in every couple weeks or so. I found your blog via YHL and I keep coming back for a few reasons 1) u say ur a believer/Christian and I like that. 2) you value frugality 3) you love your daughter and seem to care about her a great deal 4) I'm waiting to see if you marry Curls, cuz I'm nosy and your funny. 5) dig your writing and it's interesting to read about home, life, budget, health, from a dude/dad's perspective..it's rare.

    my blog: www.makingitworthy.com stop by if you like. :)

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  108. I too came via the link from YHL. I kept reading because your blog is well-written and informative. Of course I don't agree with you always (for instance - credobaptist protestant here :) but what is the point of only reading things written by people you never disagree with?

    I don't have a blog and right now I'm kind of consumed by my job (resident physician) but blog reading is like my version of Saturday morning cartoons. Thank you for the entertainment :)

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  109. Kathy H in TX2/25/2013

    I'm late to this dance but thought I'd weigh in anyway ... like others, I found you via YHL and have been following you since! I just like the way you parent (too late for me since mine are now 25 and almost-21) and think Pigtails is a lucky daughter and Curls a lucky gal, and vice versa, of course! ;) You write very well and don't take yourself so seriously as to be preachy or boring, so you keep me coming back ...

    Keep up the good work! (oh, and I read way too many blogs to have time for one of my own :/ )

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