Archive for September, 2010
As much as blogiversary week is an exercise in narcissism for us, we still like to carve out some time to talk about you guys. More specifically to ask you guys to talk about yourselves.
At the end of Year #1 we surveryed you and summarized the 199 responses. Last year we did it again, though the 1000+ comments proved too overwhelming to sort and calculate. So this year we’re breaking out the polling plug-in that we use on our Burning Questions to not only ask the questions, but also let you guys see some real time data as others weight in. Because surely I’m not the only numbers dork out there. Right? Anyone?
We’re only asking the basics this year since I can’t figure out how to make the plug-in allow for open-ended responses (and we figured questions with a million multiple-choice selections was overkill). But once you’ve clicked the buttons below feel free to comment to elaborate on the subject of who you are, leave a link to your blog, or tell us anything else about yourselves that you’d love to share. We can’t wait to learn a little bit more about who the heck we’re writing to each day! Let the polling festivities commence.
Back in May of 2009, Z Gallerie taught us that four digits don’t fit in our comment box when they were our first giveaway to break the 1,000 mark. Now they’ve taught us that our comment box doesn’t even show the fifth digit should that craziness occur. Yep, 11,688 of you entered to win the $500 Z Gallerie gift card this week. Insanity.
But the hullabaloo doesn’t stop there. Z Gallerie was so excited by the response, they’ve upped the ante. That’s right, they have generously added two $100 gift cards to the prize pot (which means we get to surprise two runners up with a pretty sweet consolation prize right here and right now- along with our big winner). Thanks Z!
So on to those three lucky random winners. Random.org revealed that our $500 gift card winner is… Kristen (of the blog LoveK, who’s considering some new accessories and art)! And our two $100 gift card winners are… Sheri (who wants to take her place from drab to fab) and Christina (who has artwork, pillows, more accessories, and chairs on her list). Congrats to all three of you! And please let us know if you need any suggestions for spending those gift cards (“cough… ceramic animals… cough” says Sherry).
And if you were hoping that this week’s giveaway would help you trick out your office (but didn’t snag the win) there’s always next week. Stay tuned…
For every blogiversary that rolls around we like to have some mathy fun with numbers to break down some funny (and admittedly horrifying) facts when it comes to all things YHL.
1527- Our number of published posts to date (crazy considering we only had 380 on our first blogiversary)
258,904- The number of comments we’ve amassed from you, our lovely readers
13,039- The number of comment questions that we’ve answered to date (we do our best to answer every single one)
4- Number of people who live in our house (counting Burger, who thinks he’s a person)
3- The number of days we were in the hospital after Clara was born
0- The number of posts we missed publishing during that time (we don’t even remember how we did that)
6- The average number of pickle slices John puts on my lunchtime turkey sandwich (even though he hates touching them)
21- The number of amazing homes that we’ve barged into and officially “House Crashed” (and there are more to come…)
145- Custom mood boards completed to date (check out a bevy of them right here)
94- Total number of weekly giveaways that we’ve held since starting them back in November of ’08
Over $14,000- The total monetary value of all of our fab freebies combined (including this week’s awesome gift card prize which, btw, Z Gallerie just upped to include $100 gift cards to two runners up)
43- Our average number of posts per month
1765- Average number of words written per post (we’re chatty, huh?)
17,650- Average number of words written per week (admittedly, this is kind of insane)
561- The total number of projects that we link to on our Projects page
14- Sweet Clara’s weight (we love that chunky monkey)
8- Cutie pie Burger’s weight (we love that beefy boy)
14- Number of days that Burger weighed more than Clara (poor guy didn’t stand a chance)
97,024- Most blog pageviews we’ve received in a single day according to WordPress.com stats (thank you amazing readers!)
2,144,976- Total number of blog hits we received last month (thanks again amazing readers!)
36,698,957- Total blog hits to date (did we mention that you’re amazing?)
23- Number of woven baskets in our house (it’s a sickness people)
10- Number of storage ottomans in our house (somebody stop us)
7- Total number of steps from our bed to our desk (which explains why we write posts when we can’t sleep)
15- The number of ceramic animals that we own, including 4 ceramic pic hooks. Somebody help us.
Flipping Out: It’s not a number, but it’s our favorite semi-home-improvement-related show to watch while blogging (although there’s a fair amount of pausing so we don’t miss any of Jeff’s insanity)
So there you have it. The how long, how many, and how often. Thanks for the blogiversary fun!