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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251 Posts

147 Unanswered emails (sorry ’bout that)

7 computer induced migraines

3 (unfulfilled) Book Offers – you didn’t know that didja?

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. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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?

  4. Farquist says:

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

  5. Farquist says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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

  13. Sharon Woo says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Sara says:

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

  19. 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

  20. Dana says:

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

  21. 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

  22. @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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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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