It’s kind of unbelievable to us that it was four whole years ago that we started this little ol’ blog (just for friends and family members to drop in on our first home’s kitchen makeover).
In the words of Gwen Stefani, that shhhh is bananas. So much has happened since then. And since we’re nothing but creatures of habit, we’re psyched to celebrate a week of blogiversary madness and behind the scenes hullabaloo as usual. Starting right now. Well tomorrow (Monday) to be exact. So raise the roof, y’all. It’s about to get festive up in here. These are a few of the things that we have on the agenda for this week:
- a day in the life post from both of our perspectives (Burger & Clara will get in there too)
- a whopper of a giveaway: a $500 (holla!) shopping spree to one of our favorite places
- a giant post full of pie charts that detail exactly how we make money doing this
- a numbers post full of stats about traffic, comments, and John’s soda-themed wardrobe
- a big ol’ Q&A (we answered the personal q’s on video & added bonus business info)
- our annual “who-reads-this-blog-anyway?” survey (we love hearing about you guys)
- our yearly five blogiversary goals (and a recap on how we did with last year’s)
- the anatomy of a post, from start to finish (it can actually be quite the process)
- the post full of hosting/coding info than many of you have requested
- ten things we’ve learned about blogging over the past four years (holy cow, has it really been four years?!)
So that means we’ll be serving up two posts a day for the next five days in a row (oh yeah, we know how to cram stuff in there). We went into this week thinking about how we could share even more behind the scenes and real-life stuff with you and came up with the idea of just chatting about all the info we would talk about if we were ever to do one of those blogging seminars or web classes (you know, in our spare time). So we’re excited to put it all out there. I mean we’ve always loved over-sharing the goods with you guys. Is it Monday yet?
Pssst- The framed number four pictured above was a gift from sweet Katie B. She actually looped our names: “JohnSherryClaraBurger” to make up the number four (which represents our little family of four – and is perfect for our blogiversary too).
Fun, fun, fun, can´t wait! :-)
Beano Wagner says
Sunday post?! What a pleasant surprise!
Beano Wagner says
oh wait…it’s just a post about what’s going to be posted :) RATS!
Gotta toss up a weekend intro so we can get into the beefy stuff right away in the morning! Haha.
congrats! looking forward to this week’s posts. love the gift from katie b! =]
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
Ahhh! So excited–this is seriously the kind of stuff I’m always curious about with successful bloggers, like yourselves. Are you divulging any more news about the book deal anytime soon?
Yes, I so owe you guys a post about that! The book is coming along and it’s such an interesting and new-to-us process!
Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove says
Yes – please share deets about the book! It has to be such an exciting time doing something so new (even if you do write for the blog every day)!
We definitely owe you guys tons of details on that! It’s really fun and completely new and different!
Andrea Duhe says
Congrats! 4 years and lots to show for it!
quick question? how long you wait before you re coating the entry door you painted? I’m painting my entry door red now!Reading the label on the paint can, it’s require 4 hours between coating, I use Vaslper paint from Lowes. I remembered you paint your red entry door 5 coatings, is that mean at least 20 hours waiting time?
We probably waited an hour or two between coats. Keeping them paper thin helps them dry faster (and we had to have our door closed and locked by evening so we started very early in the morning). Hope it helps!
Oooh glad I made a weekend YHL stop to read the “how to refinish a dresser post” for the tenth time this week. Congrats guys!
I think I drop in at least 5 times a day on YHL. (Even on week-ends -I read through the comments). I’m exited for tomorrow! Happy Blogiversary <3
Happy 4 years!! Going to be a great week, looking forward to this interesting mix.
cant wait! really looking forward for all the posts! and HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!
Julia Lolita says
Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for letting us into your lives. You guys continue to inspire us all and I wish you nothing but the best. I look forward to all of your blog entrees. Have a wonderful day. :)
Julia @ Chris loves Julia says
Happy Anniversary – from one crazy couple to the next! Excited for this week!
Sarah @ Redhead in Ruffled Flats says
YAY! So excited! Congrats to you all! I’m happy to say that I’ve been reading at least three out of the four years if not a little longer. I’ve read every post thanks to good ol’ Google Reader (which you introduced to me I believe at the beginning of my readership). Time sure flies! This is probably my favorite thing you do each year (although the blogiversary posts wouldn’t make any sense if you didn’t have amazing content to keep the blog going all other times of the year). I can’t wait to read it all!
You guys rock!
I know I can’t wait to know more about the behind the scenes blogging stuff, since ya’ll are some of the most successful (non political, non douchey) bloggers around!
Megan L says
Oh, can’t wait! And that’s sweet of Katie to do that for you guys. Sooo cool! 18/9 is my birthday, so this post is a nice gift! Thank you, hehe. I look forward to unravelling my presents this week guys! xo
Happy Anniversary! Can’t wait for your week of behind the scenes…
I just have to tell you that my husband discovered your blog last Monday and showed it to me because he knew how much I’d love it. I started from the very beginning and went through the whole blog history this past week and I’m so excited to finally be caught up and reading posts in real time! Haha. Can’t wait to see everything…you guys rock!
1 week? Did you get any sleep? Did you take bathroom breaks? It took me months to get caught up- def worth it :)
Looking forward to the week!
I love the “4” – Katie B. is the best! What a cool idea.
Ashli Malinek says
YAY! Can’t wait,
and a thank you for doing what you guys do, you’re the reason I started blogging and the reason my husband cringes when he see’s me on the computer . . . “hey look YHL just . . . ” haha he hates those words!
Lots of Love
April was in CT now CA says
Woo-hoo! This line-up of posts sounds exciting!! (does that comment sound like I need a life or what?)
Congrats on the four year mark and many continued successful years to come!
[email protected] says
Happy Blogiversary! I love your blog and I know you guys are meant to be doing what you are doing! Oh and by the way I LOVE your present from Katie B…Awesome! Thanks guys, celebrate!
I’m loving your blog and follow each post on bloglovin’ :)
Keep the great posts coming!
Huge congratulations… I’ve only been reading 6 months or so since we started our reno project. Love the house but more I love how you guys have turned this into a business that is so sucessful for your family. THAT is what I find so inspiring about you both. Massive kudo to all of you from sunny Sydney!
Lori H says
Par-tay! Looking forward to that list of blog posts. And so exciting to get a Sunday post. Congratulations on 4 years! Woo to the hoo!
I gotta say I reallly enjoy this blog because your personalities are so fun and lovable. You guys should have your own show!
Thais Bessa says
Yay, sounds hiper cool!
We are putting lots of stuff with the number 3 and symbolisms of our family of 3 here. The other day I told my husband when we decide to have baby number 2 we are going to have to hide it all not to traumatise the poor thing, lol.
Looking forward to this week’s posts!
Sarah @ The Strength of Faith says
Random Question: When painting furniture, what kind of paint finish do you use?
I usually prefer semi-gloss so it’s easy to wipe down.
Jill B. says
Dear Sherry and John,
I started my wedding blog in June, but you two are my ultimate inspiration! I can’t wait for your post tomorrow! Congrats on 4 years! If I were even 5% as successful as you guys are 4 years from now, I would be a very happy blogger!
Aw thanks Jill. You guys are so sweet. Can’t wait to share!
Allison B. says
OH EM GEE. So ecstatic! Can’t wait for some Clara and Burger love! By the way, is Burger’s blog every making a come back? Sending blog love your way!
He is kind of a lazy bum! Haha. So he’s happy to make appearances over on Young House Life instead (he got his teeth cleaned last week and was looking extra cute…).
Logged on this morning as per usual thinking ‘oh it’s Monday morning, no YHL’ (Australia time) :( And here you are!
Can. Not. WAIT! I’ve been hanging out for the blogiversary something chronic. Bring it on!
I literally squealed out loud just now. TWO posts a day?! And all the behind the scenes stuff? Blogiversary is the BEST! Congratulations on four years, and many more years to come!
Congrats on your 4 year blogiversary! As a new blogger myself, I can only hope to have the same success and longevity! Looking forward to all the new posts this week!
Bethany @ Project Rejuvenate says
I’m so excited for all the wonderful information. As a very, very young blogger I am pumped to see how you guys do it day-in and day-out. Plus, hopefully I’ll pick up on a few tips along the way!
Robin @ Our Semi Organic Life says
Happy 4 years! Hope it’s not like in high school after 4 years you’ve got senioritis bad and just want the heck out. Super can’t wait for all those juice details!
I’m so excited for this!
You guys are incredible and I can’t wait to see how you guys do it! :)
So many exclamation points!!!
Congratulations! And OH my gosh, I’m so excited about this. I’ve been curious about the $ thing for so long. You guys seem like prime examples of blog success and are probably truly inspiring for a lot of people, for MANY more reasons than just $. Thanks for everything you share and teach us!
Can’t wait for this week’s post and I love that I get your blog updates through good ol’ Facebook so I can check in if there is a weekend post! I must say that even though a lot of people I know don’t quite understand my obsession with home decor and DIY. I’m glad to have found a community online that does! You guys are an inspiration and have helped me complete my laundry room (its the same paint color as your bedroom) now on to bigger projects! Thanks for everything you two :)
Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm says
Happy blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years either, since I started reading right around your 2nd blogiversary. Crazy that I’ve been following you for 2 years! :)
So excited about the line-up of posts this week, fun fun fun!
Amy @ this DIY life says
That Katie, she’s so cool :) Love that idea!
I’m so excited!! I’ve been dying to hear about the behind the scenes blogger stuff. YAY!!! Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe all you’ve accomplished in four years!
Can’t believe I will miss all of this anniversary craziness while I am on vacation in Cuba :O It almost makes me not want to go anymore…
Aw, it’s still be here so you can catch up when ya get back!
Laci Waner says
Sherry, I totally needed this reply. I am BEYOND excited, and I was just getting super-stressed trying to figure out how I was going to work reading two posts a day in to my crazy life. Heaven forbid I miss a post or get behind!! So thanks for simmering me down. What is really sad is that I read your blog daily for stress-relief. hahahahaha!! Love you guys!
Happy 4 years! How exciting!
Just a note though, about the photo above… You have 4 big rings on the mirror showing, a big number 4 and you should have 4 pencils! :)
Haha- we totally should have four pencils a la Sesame Street. I love it!
Stefani @ Try To Enjoy says
Wow, so exciting! Can’t wait to read the whole line-up for this week. I’m so happy for you guys that your blog is 4 years old, and still going strong! It’s really a highlight of my day to read your blog, and I know a lot of other people feel that way as well. You guys are really special, and you’ve done a great job of following your passions to live the lives you are so obviously meant for!
Keep up the great work!
Simply Life says
congrats! can’t wait to see what’s in store!
Melanie @ Mailbox Journey says
Congratulations! You have a great blog that I love reading. …to the next 4 years! (Imagine champagne glasses clinking.)