Which meant, of course, that whatever I wrote today would be the 100th.
And then I thought maybe it should be about something really important.
But my mind started to wander, thinking about what I had learned from blogging and which of my posts had attracted the most attention.
I started this blog in January 2012 just because I wanted to document some of our projects and because I've always been kind of a story teller in my own head.
Since I started blogging, I've also become a reader of other blogs, where you can get good ideas for projects like this Union Jack table, which I first saw done by Ashley on Domestic Imperfection:
Other bloggers have also turned me on to Annie Sloan Chalk paint, which I used on these ordinary chairs from Target:
I've also learned that it's easy to get jealous--of people who make a living blogging and people whose blogs reach thousands and even millions of readers.
My highest post ever has a count of 498.
That's not a lot, but I realize that blogging isn't about competing. It's about documenting and reflecting and sometimes inspiring. But you have to do it for yourself first if you want it to be authentic.
Another thing I've learned is just that the act of writing has its own impact. Knowing that I'm going to be writing about something makes me think about it differently while I'm doing it. Just as being a photographer makes a person look at objects, animals, landscapes, and other humans in a different way, so being a writer makes me experience things differently--looking at how I'll frame them in my own mind and then here on my blog.
As far as the posts go, it's interesting to see what catches people's attention. Some of the more popular entries are probably due to people arriving on my blog doorstep through search engines. My plumbing saga got a lot of hits, probably from DIYers wanting to know about Pex, the tubing Doug used:
Same with my dog-proof feeding station. One person came over to my post from a rescue organization for Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Peace reigns in our house since we used a simple cookie rack to separate the Lab from the tabby at dinnertime:
Vintage Cosco stools and trays are popular among bloggers, so it's not surprising that entries on my aqua and red makeovers were a hit:
And the same thing happened with the 1950s ranch house makeover that I worked on with my kids:
I do it to mark milestones in my life like the death of our 19-year-old cat Casey:
and the adoption of Pax and our Lab Jodie: