It’s a big day! Now what?

If you somehow stumbled on  here this is an oldddd post.  I’ve come a long way blogging since this but I’m leaving it on my site as a reminder that if you love something and work at it great things can happen.

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1 Year of writing and attempting to take pictures that are almost in focus.

Happy 1st. Anniversary The Art of Doing Stuff!


Yup.  One year ago to the day, I started this little blog of mine.  Most people who start a blog say “Oh golly … I never thought anyone other than my mom would read it”.   I’m not gonna say that.  That’s not true.  My goal was to make the biggest blog known to mankind.  A blog so successful, I could retire from the proceeds from it and start a vacation retreat/cat colony in the Azores.

I wanted to create a blog that would inspire people to do stuff.

I was successful on one account.

The truth is, I really did want to create a successful blog from day one.  A blog that helped people and made me some cash in the process.  Not a ton of money.  Just enough to tide me over until the next hosting job came along.

In fact, I gave myself a year to do this.  A year, which ends today.    If after one year my blog was not what I considered to be successful, I was going to unplug the computer and shut it down.

So today, I have a question I need to ask myself.  Is my blog successful?  Well, from the amount of comments I get … I’d say yes.  I believe I’m providing entertainment and information to a fairly large number of people.

Is my blog successful in terms of making me money.  Nope.  Not when you factor in how long each post takes me to do every day.  The answer is a resounding NO.  I’d make more money selling my shaved leg hair on Ebay.

So what’s a gal to do?

A gal keeps writing.  That’s what she does. What the hell else am I gonna do?  I love writing and I love posting about stuff I think you’ll find useful.

However, in my never ending quest to turn this into a venture I can sustain ( and that can sustain me ) for longer than the next couple of months I am implementing 2 changes to The Art of Doing Stuff.

1.  Once a month I am going to put up a “Donate” button at the end of a post.  If everyone who read the blog donated $1, once a month, I would have enough cash to allow me to do bigger and better projects, plus buy really expensive cheese for myself.

This is exactly the thing every blog professional advises against doing by the way.  NEVER put a “donate” button on your website.  You’ll look amateurish, desperate, poor.  Yes, well I’m every one of those things so pfttttt.  I don’t give a care.  Never one to take good advice, I’m doing it anyway.  Give me a dollar once a month or don’t, I won’t judge.  Honestly, I won’t.  If you give me more than a dollar I’ll bake you a cake.  No I won’t.  That’s a lie.

2.  I am going to somehow integrate porn into the site.  Seems like a real money-maker to me.

Thanks for a truly fantastic year.  And if you can’t donate … that’s O.K, I probably wouldn’t donate to a blog either.  Just promise me you’ll tell a friend about the site.

A rich friend.




Update:  People did donate to me and my site.  And those small donations made ALL the difference to me. Without them I would have given up. I thank every single person who donated at the time and those are who are reading my now.


  1. JJ says:

    Did my donating for one year in one pop cause I’m lazy. You are worth it! Thanks for all the laughs, entertainment and insight on amazing stuff to do! Happy Blogiversary!

  2. Korrine says:

    Happy HAPPY birthday! I am on the books for a year so don’t you go anywhere sugar! Your blog lights up my day.

  3. Alissa says:

    “NEVER put a “donate” button on your website. You’ll look amateurish, desperate, poor. Yes, well I’m every one of those things so pfttttt. I don’t give a care.”

    This is exactly what I love the most about you and your blog, Karen. You march to your own drummer. Or perhaps traipse to your own tamborine or ambulate to your own accordion – since marching and drumming are what everyone else does.

  4. Jen says:

    OMG, your blog turned 1 on my 40th birthday! I love your sense of humor and would be sad if you had to stop writing. I also love that you will try just about anything- frozen yogurt tampons come to mind. This post inspired me to quit lurking and tell you how much I appreciate your work. Happy anniversary!

  5. Jessica says:

    I lovelovelove your blog so much; a donation is the least I can do! Please spend it at Dollarama!

  6. Monica says:

    Karen, I’d happily send you $1/month for all the fun and laughs I get from reading your posts. So please add the donate button and keep on writing. You make my day!

    • Karen says:

      Monica – LOL. The “Donate” button is at the end of the post. You just click on it. You’ll laugh when you see it. It’s like when you can’t find your glasses because they’re on your face. Which I do quite regularly by the way. ~ karen

  7. Karen,

    I’d like to donate, but on the form, it’s not showing the NY states. I’m from NYC by the way. Not sure if the credit card will go through if the billing address is not correct.

  8. Liz S. says:

    I donated $2 plus the 11 cent conversion fee (since I’m one of those crazy Americans). I figure I’ve been reading the blog since right after you started it and I’ve shared several posts with my friends. Plus you taught me how to make home made pumpkin pie with real pumpkins, I made my own maple whipped cream, and you gave me great advice on making my first Thanksgiving turkey. :)

  9. Todd says:

    Karen, congrats on the first birfday of your blog. You must be a proud blog momma.

    I’m all for making a buck by utilizing your blog as a business tool. I strive to do this also. To be honest, at this time, we don’t make enough to pay for the domain, let alone the hosting. I do it because I love it.

    And feel free to send a $1 my way too. :)

  10. Sara says:

    I’ve been reading you for almost a year, and you make me laugh everyday. Seriously, laugh out loud. Thank you for thinking of a way for me to thank YOU for giving me a little joy…plus, you say things like “I don’t give a care.” That is hilarious.

  11. Carol says:

    The dedication to your blog and the quality of the content is unique and unsurpassed! I struggle with wanting to quit my blog ALL the time, it really is incredibly time consuming and my priority is my ‘day job’ you know the ‘paying’ clients which barely leaves me with time to sleep let alone ‘spare’ time to blog. I only follow a handful of blogs and Art of Doing Stuff is one of them – Happy 1st Blogaversary and wish you many more to come. To honour the occassion I’m sending you flowers in the form of a donation – the equivalent of 3 hydrangeas, since you’ve saved me at least that much with your hydrangea revival tip! : )

  12. Robbin says:


    You are totally worth a dollar! Love, love, love your blog. Laughs, crafts, DIY’s, smoker recipes (for my husband) – where can you get that for a dollar??????

    Congrats on you One Year Anniversary!

  13. Michele says:

    Ok, so i donated because you are so influential in my life that I had my 2nd, yes SECOND, in-depth, very real dream about you last night. In the first one you were running in heels and trying to feed me along with your six teenage children. In the one last night you had two houses: one that you use to blog, and one that was a mess.

  14. susan w says:

    cat colony, leg hair for sale, porn, what’s not to love! Cheers

  15. Celia says:

    $1 dollar is a bargain considering how entertaining your blog is. So…I thought I give more 8-). HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and PLEASE KEEP GOING.

  16. Christal Lewis says:


    I’ll give you $6.00 if you post sexy pictures or videos of you and your He-man Boyfriend.


  17. Devin says:

    Happy blogiversary! I don’t think I’d get through the work day without your blog.

    (and btw, your pictures ARE great! I tried to recreate the one where you were holding out flowers on the RAK post.. it did NOT turn out anything like yours. It actually just looked like my boyfriend cut the top of my head out of the picture.)

  18. Emi says:

    Oh, thank goodness you are continuing. I read you every day and am slowly catching up on all your past posts. I love your blog! I just ordered the bottle brushes from Lee Valley, can’t wait to try the antojitos, made the tarts at Valentines…I could go on and on. I either just donated $5 twice or it didn’t work either time. (?) Thank you for continuing to entertain and educate!

  19. cred says:

    Small price to pay for the money-saving, chic design ideas you offer using your cheapo tips.

    There are lots of great design/diy blogs out there, yours is the only one I bother to follow- it’s a pleasure to read one written by someone with some personality.

    Congrats on 1 yr and thanks for writing!


  20. Sue says:

    I love your blog!!!!
    Sue in St. Louis

  21. Serena says:

    Happy belated birthday!!!

  22. Emm says:

    LOVE your site! Couldn’t live without it!!! Happy Anniversary-here’s to many, many more years of your blog (and fingers crossed that you make enough to buy expensive cheese!!)

  23. Happy anniversary Karen! Just donated…I’m afraid it’s just 1$ since we just bought a cottage & I’m on mat leave. BUT I will make sure to keep recommending the site cause it”s AMAZING. Love that you will continue to “edutain” us… :-)

  24. Uncle Shifty says:

    Porn. Now that’s an idea. You need any technical advice you call on your old Uncle Shifty.

  25. KarenB says:

    I donated a years worth because I am lazy. I love your blog for two reasons: 1) because I love it (useful and humourous) 2) because you have many readers (and responders) who also crack me up! I always read the responses, they are great!
    So thanks for a year of replacing menial household duties with laughter in front of my computer! I thank you, my family… not so much!!

  26. Jacque says:

    I will be donating soon…. I *big fat juicy red bleeding* <3 your blog! Happy Blogiversary! I've gotten several blogs to 1 year… and then promptly quit writing because somehow drama (in the form of family usually) ends up ruining it. So far the current one is drama free! :-D

  27. Joni N. says:

    Oh for the love of cheese (and porn)! I thought you were going to sign off forever! I almost passed out. I enjoy your blog so much, Karen. You’re the first blog I’ve ever commented on — several times at that. Well, wait. That’s a lie. I comment on the Pioneer Woman’s blog but only because I’m trying to win something not to actually leave a comment comment. ;o)

  28. Traci says:

    Happy blogiversary, Karen! Thanks for the inspiration and the wit and for making me feel like you’re talking directly to me, even when there’s no way you really could be…is there?

  29. Farquist says:

    PS are you going to tell about the book offers??

  30. Farquist says:

    You give me a dose of happy, so I give you $. Good deal. Winnipegers love a good deal. Happy anniversary.

  31. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary Karen!
    Hard to believe that you’ve been blogging for only 1 year! I love your ideas and I love your writing but most importantly I love that you make me laugh (usually it’s a warm smile that turns into a laugh).
    Everytime I finish one of your posts I think she’d be fun to have a glass of wine with…
    P.S. A book would be very cool.

  32. Carol-Anne says:

    Congratulations Karen! Thanks for all the wonderful tips; book recommendations; projects; recipes and most importantly laughs!!! I start every weekday morning with you and read all the great comments as well. I gave you a dollar plus tip!

  33. mel says:

    karen, don’t ever considering shutting this blog down! that would be like taking away my morning coffee.. and that would be disastrous for my environment!
    so, in a feeling of sheer terror i donated for a year in advance… just to be on the safe side. :)

    congratulations to the anniversary!

  34. liz a. says:

    i agree, the entertainment value, who can miss! i did my american dollar! what can the next year bring? whew! nothing but good stuff, thank you karen.

  35. Christina and Ryan says:

    Karen! I’ve never commented but I’ve been reading you for several months, ever since I found out you existed. Actually, the day I found out you existed I spent the better part of an evening going back and reading the entire blog. And I got my boyfriend hooked. We’re addicts now.

    So $2 from us. THANK YOU SO MUCH we adore you!

  36. Sara says:

    Had to reset my password so I could get in (tells you how often I actually USE my paypal account!) but $1 is sent! Totally worth a dollar a month for the entertainment value alone – and this is about the only site I can say that for!

    Happy blogiversery!!!

  37. Barbarann Garrard says:

    i like porn. and cheese = )

    • Karen says:

      Barbarann – I *know*! Me too. That’s why this is a win win situation, really … when you think about it. ~ karen

  38. Sharon Woo says:

    Darn paypal has my maiden name. The secret is out, I am not Chinese! Hahaha! I am Hartmangruber!

  39. Angela says:

    I consider this site to be craft porn, so you’re already halfway there!

    And I treated myself to a cherry branch yesterday to use in a flower arrangement, I can’t wait till it blooms. I thought of your ‘Happy Day’ post when I saw it and knew I couldn’t leave the store without it. I used it in an ikebana arrangement (of sorts, I have no real ikebana training) and cheaped out on the dish, I didn’t want to spent Y1580 (close to $20) on a ceramic one so I bought a plastic dish that goes under flower pots. It’s white and decorative and now I don’t have to worry about it breaking if my kid tips it on the floor, I just have to worry about the frog stabbing tens of little holes in her body.

    And I’m going to donate.

  40. Sharon Woo says:

    I just went from midnight to six and back to midnight again! I’ve paid for a months worth of Canadian wit, grit, and spit! (or is it Canadienne?)

    • Karen says:

      Sharon – I just saw your donation. I think you paid for more than a month! Now I feel pressure to come up with some really good knock knock jokes, *immediately* or something. ~ karen

  41. BCBev says:

    Mmmmmm. Porny cheese. No, wait, cheesy porn… No, wait…

    I’m going to flip a loonie to decide which… you just reach on up there and snag it and no one will be the wiser.

    Except all you nosy buggers that just read this comment. Pffffft.

    Seriously, thanks for creating the only blog I’ve ever cared enough to comment on. You rock.

  42. Antonia says:

    I love reading your blog every day (and usually end up having to read them to my husband too, when he hears me laughing so much!) Definitely worth a donation! Don’t stop writing! You’re amazing! (BTW…your photography course is paying off as well…great photos!)

    • Karen says:

      Antonia – Thank you so much! What’s funny is I still hate my pictures. :) Whatever money I happen to make today, I’m going to put a portion of it towards the Photography II course. And Photoshop! :) Thanks again … I got your donation and cannot begin to express how grateful I am. I really don’t want everyone to burn themselves out though! I do plan on asking for cash once a month! LOL. ~ karen

  43. Sara says:

    Dollar done. Love your blog! Now go buy some cheese and where is my porn?

  44. Laura says:

    I donated two because it’s that cheap american money

    • Karen says:

      Laura – Thank you. Pace yourselves everyone! Remember I’m going to do this once a month or so. (certainly no more than that, perhaps even less) ~ karen

  45. Dana says:

    happy birthday, blog! i donated, but the proceeds are strictly to be used for the porn-upgrade!

  46. Maura says:

    You’re my favorite blog. You inspire me, and you’re funny as hell. Dollar donated.

    • Karen says:

      Maura – Thank you so much for saying that. Hearing people like the blog is great motivation to keep writing and doing stuff. And being hilarious of course. :) ~ karen

  47. @misskher says:

    I’m too lazy to donate once a month so I’ll just do it all at once now. I hope you keep blogging – I’m not really a big blog reader, but I just love yours. Plus you helped me fight off a bladder infection. Win-win!

    • Karen says:

      Misskher – LOL! That bladder infection tip is a good one, isn’t it! I have another I’m onto right now … Crystallized Ginger. I have a tendancy to think I’m getting the stomach flu even if all I’ve done is speak to someone on the phone who had it, like a month ago. Plus I get nausea from my migraines. The “Gravol” ginger pills were too expensive so now I buy crystallized ginger at the bulk store and nibble half a piece. It’s FANTASTIC. There ya go. Another health tip. Free of charge! :) ~ karen

      • Susan says:

        Even better than crystallized ginger is fresh ginger root – cut about an inch, peel, slice and cover with boiling water, let steep for about 5 minutes. Ginger tea, great for whatever ails’ya. The girl that works for me in my convenience store swears that ginger tea and vicks on her feet cures her colds every time she gets one.

        • Karen says:

          Susan! LOL, yes, I drink ginger tea too the odd time. It’s just more difficult to keep in my purse. Not impossible. Just more difficult. ~ karen

  48. Connor says:

    You scared the crap out of me. Thought you were shutting down the blog.
    Well, I’ve heard the Food Network referred to as food porn… Just saying.

  49. Kate says:

    Congrats on your blog-serversery! Or anniblogservy or whatever. Just discovered you a few weeks back. Can’t remember how for the life of me – tis the nature of the world wide WEB. Bummer it hasn’t made you a millionaire (yet) but yeah that people read it!
    And I’m totally thinking about giving you a dollar. And it’s the thought that counts, right? No? It’s actually the dollar?

    • Karen says:

      Kate! Thanks for the congrats! And yes … it’s the actual dollar that counts. You are not allowed to read any more posts until you contribute a dollar. Uch. I’m lieing again. Or maybe I’m lying. I never know how to spell that one. ~ karen

  50. I’d give you a dollar, Karen!


    • Btw, congratulations on your one-year anniversary! You’re doing great! You’re only going to get bigger and more successful.

      • Karen says:

        Why thank you! I love writing the blog. Great outlet and I recommend it to anyone! ~ karen

        • Dollar donated :D And I’m going to try to donate each time you put up the donation button.

          I hope everyone else chips in and donates more. You put out all these unique ideas out for free, and you should definitely get some compensation for all your hard work.

        • Karen says:

          Alexandra – Thank you so much. The fact that you did that means more to me than the dollar. I’m sincerely touched and grateful you donated. Button goes up once a month for one post, and that’s it. ~ karen

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