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Read about the changes coming up!

 

Everyone calm down.  They’re good changes. It’s not like becoming a woman in the middle of gym class or going gluten free.

I started The Art of Doing Stuff 4 years ago knowing that blogging had everything I loved.  Writing, photography (which I had NO idea how to do, but was always curious about), a bit of business and the ability to work at 2 a.m. if I wanted.  As it turns out, I did a lot of blogging at 2 a.m., not always because that’s what I wanted.

Blogging is easily the hardest, most time consuming job I’ve ever had, and that’s coming from a woman who was a television host for over 15 years.  I know. Television doesn’t sound all that strenuous, but when you’re shooting, work days are generally between 15 and 18 hours long, for weeks on end, plus you’re the only one on set with the added pressure of having to have good hair the whole time.

 

But blogging is also the most FUN.  At this point I can’t imagine doing anything else.  So it’s with great sadness I tell you that The Art of Doing Stuff is coming to an end.

NO IT’S NOT!!! JUST KIDDING!

See, I told you that because now whatever I tell you will seem like a relief!    The only problem is there’s a slight chance  you choked on your coffee and coughed so hard an eyeball popped out.  So now you hate me.  Sorry ’bout that.

There are a few changes coming up for my website.  Nothing earth shattering, but there are enough changes coming that I figured I should let you in on them so you aren’t alarmed or startled when they come about.

site-redesign

Something I’m working on right now is a complete redesign of my website.   Most blogs that are as old as mine are on their 2nd or 3rd redesign.  I, on the other hand, am still on my first design, which was chicken scratched with crayons on to the back of a soup can label.  I generally like the design of my site but I’m finding that it isn’t structured in such a way to encourage people to really click around and read other posts.  And if you’re a blogger, that’s kind of essential.

I also would like a newer look.  Maybe incorporate the word SASSAFRASS!!!   and a dancing frog.

And finally everything, every single one of my posts needs to be recategorized.  When I first started this site I had no idea what my categories should be because I only had a general idea of what I was going to be writing about.  For instance, when I started this site I didn’t have chickens so there isn’t a category for chickens.  My goal is to have 5 categories at the top of my site with a drop down menu, with sub categories.  So if you’re looking for a recipe, you can click on “Recipes”, then the drop down menu will give you the choice between soups, salads, doughs, etc.

I’m only in the beginning stages of redesigning my site (O.K. all I’ve really done is browse around other sites seeing what I like while eating potato chips), so it’ll be quite a while before you see the new look.

 

the-book

A few months ago I was approached by a literary agent from Brooklyn.  I’ve been approached by publishers about writing a book before could never bring myself to commit to it.  Maria, my agent, has convinced me that it can be done.  She’s with a very reputable agency and has assured me she’ll help me every step of the way.

So.  I’m writing a book.

At least I’ve committed to the possibility of writing a book.  I’m only at the proposal writing stage, which means no one has even agreed to publish my book yet, but Maria and I are both fairly confident someone will.  Unless of course they read this post, which is turning out to be incredibly boring and dry and not something I’d be even remotely interested in if I was a book publisher.  They’d be smarter to read my post on The Diva Cup.

 

video-craft-night

Anyone who’s a regular reader knows I gave a week long, live, video course on Turning Your Blog into a Business (Which is now available for you to download!).  I had SO much fun doing that course.  LOVED it!   If blogging is my dream job, TEACHING about blogging through my old friend video, is my wet dream job.

The video course let me e-meet a lot of you, actually interact a bit with you, teach, entertain and return to my roots as a television  host.

So, I’m working together with Cassie, the same girl who I worked with on the blogging course, to bring you Video Craft Night!

The goal for Video Craft Night is to have a live, video craft night with you once a month.  We’ll all hang around in my kitchen doing either one of my famous Halloween crafts, or a great recipe, or maybe try out something I’ve seen on Pinterest  and liked!  Before the course starts you’ll be emailed a list of all the ingredients or materials you’ll need.  It’ll be something that can be done in the half hour or hour long the class is.

We’re still working on it, but what I’d really like is to be able to see you as well as you seeing me.  So if you’re doing something right or wrong I can tell you.  Of course if you don’t want to be live on video you don’t have to be.

If there’s a project I’ve done you’d love to have as one of our craft nights let me know!  The first craft night will be a bit of a crap shoot, lol, so there will be a very, VERY low introductory price because well … it might be a shit show.  Which has all kinds of fun potential as well.

 

newsletter

Between the site redesign, writing the book proposal and the video courses I’m hoping I’ll still have time for my next goal for The Art of Doing Stuff, which is putting out my weekly newsletter on a weekly basis as opposed to the once a season basis I’m currently struggling with.

I really like doing the newsletter because I include some stuff that’s happening around here that I don’t put on the blog.  Little fun things like what I’m reading, watching, wanting and listening to.  Plus I remind you about some of the best posts from the past week or two in case you missed them.

 

 

3-posts

And finally, The Art of Doing Stuff will be going down to 3 posts a week instead of 5.  They will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Why 3 and not 5?  The biggest reason is so I can do a better job on each post.

As it turns out, I’ve recently learned that none of the other blogs my size post 5 days a week.  They post 3 days a week and promote their sites and do all the other work they need to do on the remaining days.  Because doing 5 posts a week would be impossible for any but the most sleep deprived of individuals.  Did I mention I gave up foods that require chewing about a year ago?

And if the larger blogs DO post  5 days a week they either have contributors, assistants or more than one person working on them. Or a hefty supply of speedballs.

I’d rather do fewer posts  and be prouder of them.  You know, spend more than half an hour writing them for instance.  A girl’s never gonna win a Oscar with a post that’s written in half an hour.  That’s my excuse for not winning an Oscar anyway.

Just writing the posts takes up every hour of every waking day.  I never get weekends off, and rarely even get a day off every couple of weeks.  A lot of times I’ll go months without a day off.  Ask my family.  They’ll confirm it.  I don’t really mind because I love my job, but I need a bit of breathing space to come up with great ideas for the site.

Also, one of the most important things about having a blog is PROMOTING it.  Just ask the people who took my course. A whole class was spent on the importance of promoting your site.  If you aren’t promoting your blog constantly, people won’t be reading it.  When I first started The Art of Doing Stuff I spent at least 2 days a week and most nights finding ways to promote my blog and get the word out.  I haven’t had time to do that for a couple of years now, because as the site grew I ended up with more responsibilities. Things like dealing with advertisers, and getting sponsorships.  The blog has given me many writing opportunities for magazines and companies like Canadian Living and Lee Valley that also take time.

So from here on in, The Art of Doing Stuff will only be coming to your inbox 3 times a week instead of 5, but you’ll also be getting the newsletter once a week (eventually) and you have video courses and a real live BOOK to look forward to!  I’ve really overused the exclamation point in this post but I’m trying to work everyone into an “ISN’T THIS FUN!!!” frenzy.

 

So those are the changes that will be coming up in the next few months (except posting 3 days a week which takes effect immediately).  It’s all in an effort to help The Art of Doing Stuff grow and become better.  It will give me time to expand the site and give me more time to focus on the business of it as well as the creative part.

You don’t have to do a thing differently.  Except maybe sign up for my courses if you wanna. And buy my book.  And read my newsletter.  O.K. this is really going to be a bit of an ordeal for you now that I think about it.

Not really.

Just keep doing your part.  And my readers you do have a part.  I’ve heard over and over again from advisors, experts and consultants that The Art of Doing Stuff has the most engaged readers they’ve ever come across.  You’re invested in my little site and I understand that. So I’m not changing things too radically.  Not radically at all, really.

So continue to comment, read, Pin and Like my posts the way you always have.  Your job stays the same. (You can follow me on Pinterest here)

That is all.  Don’t forget to let me know what sort of inexpensive video courses you’d be interested in.  They’d range between let’s say … $10 and $50 depending on how many nights they are.  Let the commenting begin!  (this oughtta be good, lol)

 

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184 Comments

  1. Eric Mason says:

    Brad and I would like to be the first to sign up for the first “live event!”
    Can’t wait!
    Xoxo

  2. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    Great!…Just flipping Great!
    What the hell am I going to read when I wake up on Tuesdays & Thursdays?!….that being said…Good on You Girl! I’m very happy for you…except on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

    • Louise says:

      I hear you, Phyllis. I’m really going to MISS the 2 posts a week! (I already miss it enough on the weekends!) You’ve done such a wonderful job, Karen, that you’ve become part of your readers’ lives. I’m glad for you, though, because you deserve to reap much more for what you do. Here’s hoping you get everything you hope for; if anyone can make something happen, it’s you!

      Now I’m going to curl up in the fetal position and suck my thumb – WAAAAAAH!

      • Karen says:

        O.K. just calm down and take a deep breath Louise. Don’t forget you’re getting a book, fun live video courses with me AND a newsletter every week! So really it’s still 4 posts, plus all kinds of extra stuff! It’s kind of your lucky day really. 😉 ~ karen

        • martina says:

          Can I ask a question that’s going to sound rude, but I am genuinely curious about? What is the point of the newsletter? I’ve never been a newsletter subscriber and I guess I just don’t get what they offer either the reader or the blogger. Can’t that information be provided in a normal post?

        • martina says:

          I read further down the comments and see that you’ve answered this question already. Sorry!

  3. Nicole says:

    Good for you! This sounds professional-ish and such. Looking forward to 2.0! Now, go get your 25 minutes of sleep. 😉

  4. Ella says:

    Wow! Cool. AS soon as you mentioned a book, I pictured it sitting on my coffee table. So, I sure hope it has a beautiful cover! I can expect nothing less from you. I really like the idea of a live craft night. I’m not a blogger,so I didn’t sign up for your other course, but love crafts. I like the proposed addition of the archive tabs as well. With a weekly newsletter, I think that 3 posts/week are more than sufficient. After all, we don’t pay you for your hard work! Fun fun fun. Did you coin the “wet dream job” expression? Never heard it before. THAT made me choke, but nothing else about the post 😉

    • Karen says:

      I DID!!! I MADE IT UP!!! I was SO impressed with myself for that one, lol! Kindda gross, but I had to use it. And I never thought about the fact that the hypothetical, potential, maybe book would be on someone’s coffee table. NOW I have something ELSE to worry about. The cover. Thank you Ella. Thank you very much. 😉 ~ karen!

  5. brandi says:

    You,Karen are a total rockstar! I can’t wait for videos or the book. Congratulations!! You are the most engaging person I e-know!!

  6. Katie says:

    I want to do an event! How fun!

    • Karen says:

      So you aren’t angry I’m taking away 2 posts? Thank you! 🙂 I’m very worried people will be angry even though the 3 posts I give you really will be better. Better photos, better DIYs and better writing. And still for free, lol. ~ karen!

      • Katie says:

        Heck no! You will be happier with the content and we will be extra excited when we see something new pop up. It’s a win win!

      • Louise says:

        No, not angry – just bereft. 🙁 (It’s not often I get to use that word, thank God!)
        But I think the craft courses will be fantastic! So I’m excited about those, and I can’t wait to see your book. So I guess I’ll be happy instead! 🙂

  7. Becky says:

    I’m sure whatever changes you make will be wonderful… I know i get all kinds of tingly when I see a pin on Pinterest, and i know, without even looking that its one of yours.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. That’s funny. I just sent The Nester a message on Pinterest that I can always tell HER pins! Wow. Weird. Actually Pinterest is something I’m going to be spending some more of my time on now. As a blogger, being active on Pinterest is INCREDIBLY important. In the past 2 weeks I’ve spent half an hour to an hour every night Pinning stuff. My stuff, other people’s stuff … just stuff. The traffic my site gets from Pinterest has grown by 20% in that time. 20%!!! ~ karen!

      • amyfaith says:

        Hey Karen, do you have any inside info on why Pinterest now only allows subscribers to see content? I used to be able to peruse your (and other’s) stuff, but now it requires me to sign up (which I’m not planning to do. I’m a curmudgeonly sort who refuses to go along with the masses. I’m still a Facebook holdout too.)

        Do you know if there’s a workaround, so I can see your pins?

      • Patricia says:

        Pinning is HUGE for bloggers. I have fo8nd so many sites that I follow because of Pinterest. I love Pinterest; it has taken the spot of magazines in my life. A nice way to lightly browse through a topic in the evenings. Ages ago I pinned your site onto my “Sites I like” board and I pin many of your images for recipes etc.
        Good luck with your next phase. I can also see you presenting seminars at the Home and Garden Expos! I’d go see you…
        Love your blog and your sense of humour.
        Patricia

  8. TucsonPatty says:

    I think this sounds genius! I’ll love fining out about the craft nights!
    It all sounds wonderful enough to make up for losing you for only two small nights a week!
    I’m very excited for you and wish you the best of luck – wish I could somehow help you archive your posts.
    That will be a big job! Thank you for doing that!

  9. ruth says:

    You had me going there, for a second. Progress is good. You had me at uncle shifty’s antojitos and I’m never leaving!

  10. Liesl says:

    I think you should think of us as groupies rather than readers. Because no matter what you do, we’ll love it. Even (especially) when you’re posting on diva cups and frozen yoghurt. Seriously, your courage made me de-lurk (also learnt about that in this comments section). I’m glad you’re taking time to do what you need to do to reach your goals! Being a one-woman show is exhausting. Can’t wait for the book!

  11. gailanneM says:

    Sounds all good. Except the frog. No dancing frog. please.

    Craft night sounds like a blast, tho!
    As long as we don’t dissect frogs or something…..

  12. You are flippin awesome! I would love an autographed book please please please- once it’s done of course- it will be full of sassafras I know it! So excited for 2.0
    love ya Karen and your chickens!

  13. barbee says:

    Same as I tell my children-fly free little bird! As you grow, so do we!

  14. Bobbi says:

    Just a suggestion. Perhaps the first video craft course could be offered free. I would be happy to pay, but here is my reasoning. For folks who are just tuning in, it could be something that anyone could access…sort of a carrot in front of the horse. It could always be available as a “sample” of what other goodies are to come. Good luck with your new plan. Got any ideas for what I might read on Tuesday and Thursday ?

  15. chris aka monkey says:

    well being a new reader i guess i can do 3 instead of 5 but i must say this your blog is addictive…i wait for the mailbox ding to go off and i think there’s karen i wonder what in the hell she will be writing about tonite ha ha i like crafts but would not know how to go live so can i just watch i am sure all of these changes will be for the good of us and you,just don;t get me all hyped about raising creatures i have the big fat brown furry thing in a jar on my dresser because of you xx

  16. Terri says:

    I read your posts while taking a bath at night. Guess I will be saving water now.

    You mentioned the Nester. I only follow the two of you faithfully. I will enjoy both of your books on my coffee table.

    Have fun and good luck in your new adventures.

  17. Pam says:

    I’m not gonna lie…I’m bummed to lose two posts a week, but I totally get your reasons. And I know your other posts will be extra fun and full of your special ‘Karen-ness’ so it will all work out in the end. Now if only I could magically become crafty so I could participate in your Craft Night videos. Ah, heck who am I kidding? I’m never gonna be crafty!

  18. Missnicoleo says:

    Love the craft night idea, just last week some girlfriends and I decided to host craft night every few weeks at someone’s house. It’s like you are one of my friends!

  19. Liz says:

    All I can say is, YAY!!! On all of it.

  20. Jane says:

    Wow! I absolutely love everything you mentioned in this post. I believe you will go far! I can’t wait for your book! I’m betting it will be a best seller! No kidding) Can’t wait till Monday!

  21. Jen Renda says:

    Okay, 3 post a week? Cool! Now I can post for my MBA class on the other two. As long as I get a post about the chickens now and again, I’m happy.

    I am so excited about your opportunities. (BTW – This is the only blog that I actually comment on, so your consultants are correct!)

  22. Deb says:

    SASSAFRAS!!!!
    I just got my *NEW* CANADIAN LIVING magazine that I won on this here blog. Through it, I have examined every centimeter of your beautiful kitchen and look forward to participating in a crafting video thingy. Your writing was superlative in the article, and I expect the book will make you a household name.

    I have also used up 90 enjoyable minutes of my weekend watching all the videos on your YouTube channel. Although I am not a fan of the fitted sheet folding technique (because I have developed my own style) everything else was useful, entertaining, educational and witty. If only there were more of them! And I believe there soon will be!
    SASSAFRAS!!!!

  23. Nichole says:

    I apologize if you explained this in your course. I did not enrol because I’m quite content to go to work for the big secure company that direct deposits a predictable sum in my bank account every week. I don’t think I was meant to be a blogger. All of the changes make sense to me except the newsletter. It seems that the newsletter would be as much work as a post and I would much rather have a post. That post would also be archived and I believe posts bring people to your site where newsletters do not so I do not see how you really benefit from a newsletter. Myself and you other readers do support you which is why I feel you deserve honest feedback which isn’t peppered with exclamation points.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nichole – No problem. It’s a valid question. There are a few reasons for bloggers to produce a weekly newsletter as opposed to a post. Firstly, a newsletter is usually formatted into certain categories or topics, so there’s no need to come up with “creative” like a post. It’s much faster to do. And the newsletter is a quick little glimpse into little things that are going on around my house. Maybe something funny that happens at Thanksgiving, or an update on how my fermented pickles are doing, along with what I’m reading, watching, listening to etc. PLUS, the newsletter links to the best posts from the past week or month. So for anyone who happened to miss those posts, they are reminded of them and they click over and see them. Also having a newsletter encourages people to sign up to get my posts emailed to them daily which in turns results in higher traffic. 🙂 That’s the sort of basic explanation of why a newsletter and not a post. ~ karen!

  24. Stephanie says:

    Once your book hits, I am predicting interviews on American morning shows with very famous hosts. We’re gunna be like, “I knew Karen when…”

  25. Virginia says:

    Go girl gooooooooo! Will miss you Tuesday and Thursday, but all great reasons and decisions.

  26. Pam'a says:

    This is the natural progression of things, and you’ve certainly earned it! For those who can’t live without five posts each week, here are a couple of suggestions:

    1. Let the chickens do two (webcam).
    2. Just post a question and let everybody do what we always do… comment ourselves silly.

    I think everyone will survive just fine.
    And YOU might actually have time for a life. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Pam’a! I laughed at the time for a life comment. That’s not likely to happen just yet, but at least I’ll be doing a few different things to keep my interest up. 🙂 ~ karen!

  27. Patty Martin says:

    All sound like great changes! I can tell you’ve been struggling to write stuff on some nights lately so it’s best to go to 3 nights/week. I look forward to seeing your reorganized blog. I enjoy seeing the kind of stuff you have under “Workshop” because I try to do as much as I can myself as well. If it’s easier to find what I’m looking for under that category, so much the better! I hope you make your first craft night a project thing and not a cooking thing. I hate cooking. I leave that up to the hubby.

  28. shauna says:

    What a relief! Sorry but with two or three full time jobs myself, it was hard for me to read all 5 posts each week and then, worst of all, I’d have to choose which ones to ignore (sorry but usually the chickens lost – not my item really)… So categorize away. Take some time so you can maintain your hilarious uniqueness and spend time on Pinterest (what a fantastic idea that was! I can disappear down the Pinterest rabbit hole so fast…. oooops… quick! it’s 3am! Aaaargh…) Anyway, whatever you do will be well received by your loyal fans and a lot of new converts I’m sure. Thanks for the “warning” – good PR tactic : )

  29. Cynthia says:

    Lost me about halfway through mainly because I have a huge unopened bag of the Kettle Chunky Sea Salt chips I sent you from Australia, sitting beside my laptop waiting to be opened and seriously inspected.

    I also have a downloaded movie to watch whilst inspecting and crunching away.

    Nobody’s gunna get angry. It’s all cool. It’s like being the neighbourhood crack dealer with open house five times a week and then the supply is cut to availablity three times a week.

    We’ll adjust.

    A girl’s gotta grow in ways she wants to branch out.

    So, chillax and know you are following the path that has the support of all of your fans.

    Ya want I should send you the empty bag?

  30. janni says:

    “coming to an end” ~ I actually took a little gasp! I am so you glad won’t be leaving us 🙂
    fondly, Janni
    ps. A book sounds very exciting, you must be thrilled. Congratulations 🙂

  31. Judy D. says:

    All the changes you’re making to your blog sound very positive. It goes without saying that I’ll miss you on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but your reasons are valid. I’m excited about the Video Craft Night as well as the Weekly Newsletter. Karen, you are such a joy to e-know. Keep up the GREAT work and I’m sure the number of readers (e-friends) will just keep on increasing. ♥

  32. Julie says:

    Great idea karen. I also never get the time to read all of your post, looking forward to the new “stuff”

  33. Jan says:

    Good for you, Karen! I’ve always been a little astounded that you post daily, anyway 🙂 I follow quite a few blogs of various types, and none of them post daily. Good luck on the book project!

  34. AmyKate says:

    Congrats on the book! So excited for you! Looking forward to all the new stuff to come!

  35. Maura says:

    Hmmm not feeling great about this…. truly love your site as it is! I looked forward to reading your post every week morning and missed them on the weekend. Actually feeling a little sad at the moment but I’m sure it will pass once I see the redesign and other changes. Good for you to have the courage, energy and enthusiasm to change things up!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Maura. It’s a bit daunting for me too. I hate change. Everyone does, lol. But we’ll deal with it. 🙂 ~ karen

  36. Tigersmom says:

    Not angry at all. I will miss the daily exposure to you, but I’m thrilled for your growth.

    I promise to preorder your book on Amazon through your site.

    I’m off to follow you on Pinterest. My pseudonym over there is texastart, (so you’ll know it’s me).

  37. Debbie D says:

    Congrats for you! You have a video on how to fold a fitted sheet? Congrats for me! I have watched umteen billion videos on this (M Stuart’s is the funniest one) and still can’t seem to get it right. I have to watch yours now. Sincerely, the sheet challenged!

  38. Connie S. says:

    Karen, I agree with Jan. You’ve been very generous with us to post 5 x/week! I also follow a few other bloggers and they generally only post 1x/week and aren’t nearly as funny and entertaining as you 😉
    Glad it’s “not really coming to an end” (scared me there-realized at that point i was a junkie, LoL) I’m a big fan and looking forward to all the new things coming our way . Congratulations of the book deal !!!

  39. Melissa says:

    Happy for you about all of the changes! I am really excited for the craft night. Get some rest and let those creative juices flow!

  40. Linda J Howes says:

    Very excited for you and the new look! I am in the process of making some fundamental changes with my own “profession” and can’t wait to see how it all turns out for you. You first kinda thing. Hip Hip Hooray for you!

  41. jane says:

    Karen,

    Realize I’m going to be the contrairian voice in all of this. Here’s my take. There are three things this blog does very well: unique and well written content, regular posts and a strong community.

    Delighted you’re branching out; finding more, better, different ways to market your content. Good for you. That’s fun.

    And I recognize that there will be trade-offs. However. Five posts a week invites a routine. Three posts a week is “Oh yeah, wait, what day is it– did she– I should probably check, but , eh, tomorrow. Maybe I’ll get to read two that way.”

    Danger of that is that the community starts to become out of sync. And there’s less interaction, not likely to comment on both posts, simply the newest one. The very thing that made this blog most notable, well, doesn’t. Video courses reinforce that divide. Now you’ve the people who’ve seen your course and those who haven’t. You’re fragmenting your community even more.

    Here’s my thought. Five posts. Three you write. Two we do. Post a question. A clip from the course. Ask for feedback about the book. Use it to quietly advertise. To actively incorporate readers, keep them involved, interested, engaged. To leave them wanting more. Keep it a routine. Continue to be able to say you’re different: you’re the only blog that posts every weekday.

    That’s my take on it. Thanks for listening. Best of luck with your path forward: I wish you well, of course.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane! I understand it seems counterintuitive to get more readers by doing 3 posts, but it’s actually the way to go. If I continue with 5 posts a week the content will no longer be unique or well written. It’ll be drivel. One of the largest blogs out there, Young House Love just quit altogether because of the pressures of putting up 5 posts a week. I certainly didn’t want to do that! The posts are still regular. They’re Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And they really will be higher quality. I know it’s hard and seems wrong to you but I know this is the right way to go. Thanks for your input! Honestly. ~ karen

  42. Lisa says:

    Good for you Karen! The first rule of “Doing stuff” should be doing the stuff for yourself that needs to be done.
    Tues/Thurs will drag – but I’m sure we’ll struggle through!

    Lisa

  43. AnnW in the US says:

    Well, I’m glad to hear that your kitchen article has been published. So maybe you can write a post about it? We have been waiting for 6 months, or a year? One of your posts every week used to be the menus. I looked at them, but never made anything. So the 4 a week is just fine with me. I like the idea of a question and then comments. We could hijack your blog and go on, and on. About the videos, I’d like to learn how to make that little glass fireplace thing on a table.
    We want you to be successful blogging, and happy blogging, so we’ll go along with just about anything. Ann

  44. Sally A says:

    Good for you Karen! Though I must admit when I read 3 instead of 5 I said “Oh nooooo!” out loud and imagined myself wandering the streets of my neighborhood in my bathrobe on Karen-bloggless-days crying “What is Earth?” between sobs. But then I realized I can be content to re-read some of your past blogs to get me through. Like Jan, I too was amazed at the 5 posts a week! Thank you for everything you do Karen! Your posts always start my day happy! Looking forward to the craft projects too!

    Sincerely,
    Sally A

    P.S. I wouldn’t mind a dancing frog. In a top-hat. Like the Warner Bros one. “Hello my baby, hello my honey…” ha! Good luck with your book project! So exciting!!

  45. Jody says:

    Good on you! Can’t wait for the craft nights. I have always compared other blogs to yours and they all come up short.

  46. Leslie says:

    Woo Hoo! Fun news! Looking forward to all the changes. Especially video craft night! 🙂 I missed being a part of the live sessions a few weeks ago although the having the videos to watch whenever I can is awesome.

    It’s so obvious by your success that you are doing exactly what you should be doing in life. It’s very inspiring. Congrats Karen!

  47. Edith says:

    Hi Karen,

    No worries! Whatever you do will be great and we’ll be here. But it sounds like the newsletter would be a lot of work without bringing you much in return. Hey, how about letting us see more of Betty? It would be fun to see you two together. Maybe you could do a video series where you interview her over a glass (or two) of scotch! How does she feel about her grandchickens? Does she miss the fella? When did she know that her kid would be a star? Who’s her favorite Kardashian? Stuff like that.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Edith. Just for you I’ll do an entire question and answer with Betty based entirely on your questions. 🙂 ~ karen!

  48. Jane P says:

    Congrats! I loved your online video class and after learning sooo much can completely understand posting three days a week. I bet your creative juices will be flowing!

    Maybe one day you can do one on one classes…you know…in your spare time

  49. Su says:

    A dancing frog? cool.. an upcoming book? super cool? a post only 3 times a week? not so cool but I get it, I really do? crafty videos? sounds fun….. a newsletter? I’m in! ….
    Change is hard and unsettling that’s a fact, Jack. Even change you initiate yourself is stressful, but you gotta keep moving forward, growing and pushing in new ways. Otherwise you become like a rotary phone, still usable, but quaint. And you are too young to be quaint.
    I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out, cause lets face it, you are the one doing most of the work, while the rest of us get to sit back in our jammies and drink coffee and be entertained…..

  50. Diana says:

    Hi Karen,
    wish that every plan you make will get out great! But please don`t forget the People living in other timezones…
    I would be very sad, if I would miss something because of timeproblems. And what about the Money, you cheapgirl!? Am I able to pay your courses from europe? So thinking of that all, my thumbs are neither up but of course nor down! But I like the idea with the categories and SASSAFRASS-Words… Good luck!!!

  51. DanniJ says:

    Congratulations Karen. How exciting for you and I’m sure slightly scary. It must be kinda like wearing a thong for the first time, exciting but then you get that wtf was I thinking feeling lol.
    Looking forward to the book 🙂

  52. Rose says:

    Can’t wait for your book-I love your friendly and energetic writing style. Congrats on your new blog design. For some one who is so involved in all the things you do, it’s time to re-focus on your priorities. It’s a privilege to read your blog and learn about so many new things.

  53. Beckie says:

    Tabs & categories are an awesome idea.

    Alos, please keep the option of reading the post before/post after each post. I regularly reread all the posts in my favorite blogs (I’ve been through yours at least 3 times) and one thing I find annoying is when a blog doesn’t have an easy way to scroll through the posts. I end up not reading the whole blog then. It’s just too tiring trying to find the next post in line.

    I also appreciate an archives that I can then easily pick up where I left off reading. Most of these are first by year, then month then with the post name (sometimes date). I know you have archives, but I’m just mentioning it so it doesn’t disappear.

    Good luck with the new adventures. I, too, will miss the Tuesday/Thursday posts as well…but I know…I can easily scroll through your archives on those days!

    • Karen says:

      Noted! Thanks for the input Beckie! Since don’t read my own blog things like that are sometimes things I wouldn’t think of! ~ karen

  54. Looking forward to all the changes! Good luck Karen 🙂

  55. Donna says:

    Good for you. A great big congratulations. I loved the Blogging Class and learned so much from it. One of the things you taught us was about BUILDING COMMUNITY. Your blog hosts one of the few true communities, at least of blogs that I visit. We come from all walks of life. Old and young. Stay at home and working women. Crafters, chefs, appliance repairmen and women. Well you get the drift. My point is that I and I predict, every commenter above and below me, READ ALL OF THE OTHER COMMENTS. I do not do that on many other blogs. A lot of the comments are just plain ol’ fun to read. Some are informative. All add to your blog post – which is always well worth the read. I do learn to do stuff here.
    My point: Consider the Tuesday and Thursday post of just a question or even oddity for your community to comment on that several people have suggested above. You can use it for research or just to say hello. It would be rather like hosting a pot luck around a theme. One question could be a request for questions to discuss.
    Sincere best wishes for all that you have achieved.
    PS Please say “Hi.” to Cassie for me.

    • Patricia says:

      I so totally agree. I love reading the comments people write and your replies. I certainly don’t do this with other blogs.

  56. Bernadette says:

    How is it that I’ve been reading your blog for 2+years and am only now learning about this 15 year stint as a TV host?

    • Karen says:

      ‘Cause you didn’t read my “about” section Bernadette. 🙂 I don’t talk about hosting much. Doesn’t seem to be a reason to. ~ karen!

  57. Leisa Daly says:

    So excited for all the changes, but especially a book! I’d buy it in a sec. The other day I told my husband that I wished he followed your blog cuz then we’d have more to talk about! LOL Cant believe you’ve posted daily for such a long time….”a change is as good as a rest” or so my grandpa would say! Good luck

  58. Kim C. says:

    Yay, a book!!! I know it will be excellent. Your site is already brilliant so I can’t wait to see what a better rested you puts forth! Excited for the changes and for you too, Karen.:-)

  59. Mary Kay says:

    I have craft night with my family and friends – so anything new and exciting I am all in!!! Best of luck and I can’t wait for all the new stuff. And a book – gasp – next to sewing books are my favorite thing!

  60. Mary Werner says:

    I used to read Organic Gardening about 50 years ago. Loved the folksy reader articles and didn’t mind they were not “professionals”. Then it upgraded to high quality paper, professional writers, color, etc. I quit reading and don’t know why – just wasn’t Organic enough. I read your blog every day for some strange elusive reason that draws me to articles I have no interest in. Its you and your voice. Then the comments are so entertaining. I feel like I know you and if we passed on the street we might sit and chat at a coffee house or more likely, I would run alongside of you and beg to help pull weeds in the community garden you were rushing off to. I bet you walk very fast, right? Anyway, the blogs I follow for a long time that DO NOT CHANGE, generally I don’t read as often then suddenly I don’t read at all. I hate change – too old. But change is what keeps me interested. You MUST read the book WHO MOVED THE CHEESE – will take about 2-3 hours only. I will say that the little deal at the bottom of the post that gives suggestions for 3 similar posts almost always pulls me in to one of them. Your life probably just got a whole lot more interesting and fun – change is good. Usually.

  61. Kristi says:

    THIS is gonna be so much FUN!!!!!!!!!! 😉 Monday Morning FUN FRENZY – WOOHOO!!!

  62. Alice says:

    Well, I must live under a rock or be busier than I actually realize, but I did not know about your u-tube videos. I’ll look at them on Tuesday and Thursday. Then, when I finish them, I’ll start on the website. And THEN, I’ll start on Pinterest. So, no problem, I’m good…now where did I put that anti-anxiety medicine?

    Seriously, I continue to be impressed with your creativity and energy. I know we will love all your new activities and I am encouraged by your willingness to make changes and create new opportunities. Its all good!

  63. Anna says:

    Very excited for the changes – especially the craft nights and book! I’ll miss Tuesday and Thursday posts, but I know how long it can take just to stage, take, and edit photos so I totally understand the reasoning behind going down to 3 posts a week. So happy to see your blog continue movin’ on up!

  64. Rondina says:

    We, your loyal readers (and your poultry), will go with you where no blog has gone before.

    Try not to do everything at the same time like I would . That’s a tall list. And keep us posted on what you’re working on. We like to go for the ride with you and see the messy parts too.

  65. lLisa says:

    Yes, I will miss the other two posts a week, but your reasoning is sound. Looking forward to the dancing frogs! (Or something)

  66. This all sounds like GREAT stuff Karen! About Craft Night videos… Maybe we could work out an extended sponsorship thing with Craft De Ville! We will talk!

  67. Sandy says:

    Change is good. Very excited and looking forward to craft night. Good Luck on the book!

  68. marilyn says:

    change is good

  69. Leslie says:

    Good luck with all of your new changes. Looking forward to your book!

  70. Judy okey says:

    Your posts will be something that I look forward to no matter what form it takes. The CL magazine in the mail on Saturday made my weekend. Your kitchen is beautiful and practical!

  71. Kelli says:

    Wow wow WOW Karen! Such exciting news! I feel like a proud mum watching her “kids” grow! I will definitely miss your daily posts, but as one who had her own (very simple) blog awhile back, I UNDERSTAND what you mean by a blog being so time consuming. It really is. :-\

    So excited for these new changes for you. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! *hugs*

    YOU GO GIRL!

  72. Brian says:

    Hi Karen!
    Change is good! Love the idea of the video course 🙂 If I do not get a chance to chime in again have a great holiday season…Since you ignore my emails..lol
    Brian

  73. Serduszko says:

    So proud of you girlie! Good luck with all the changes! We know you’ll do a fabulous job with everything! We’ll be with you every step of the way! :). You are morphing this site just like those monarch butterflies of yours! Congrats!

  74. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    I have to admit I’m a little bummed to know there will be no posts each Tuesday and Thursday. If this means the content on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will knock my socks off, well then I’m all in!
    Take a breath, get some sleep and hit the ground running. Love the idea of your craft nights. I LOVE me some crafts. Hope you can keep cost down so I can participate.

    Go for it, inspire us, create and don’t stop dreaming. We never know what tomorrow will bring. Case in point, my fella just left me. So make whatcha got, good!!! No pressure, lol.

  75. Heather says:

    You go, girl!

    People really don’t like a lot of change, do they? I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve followed regularly that suddenly the blogger became so popular that the posts became few & far between. A part of me wants to email them & say…this is where you got your start, you need to consider your readers. Now I check their blogs maybe once very 2 weeks.

    That said, I realize what an all consuming job blogging can be. YOU are still promising US 3 posts a week – on a regular basis. Hats off to you to want to improve the quality of what you are doing. I have to admit (as an IT person) that the look of this blog is a little outdated. (sorry). I agree with you that it is time for a little refresh. BUT your dedicated readers are here – so it does go to show you that design isn’t everything.

    I am pretty new to the site but since I came on board a few months ago, this is my absolute favourite site. Will I miss Tuesday’s and Thursday’s posts? Sure I will – but I will live. Your humour & the way you write makes me feel like I could be sitting in your kitchen having a cup of coffee with you. Well..truthfully…I was thinking more sitting drinking wine. 🙂 Hmmmm…an online wine tasting? An online wine & cheese party?
    Or how about a get together for your local readers? An in-person class of some sort?

    I imagine that you are doing most (all) of this by yourself. How about a very part time assistant? (Insert my resume here :)) Being self employed doesn’t always allow the funds for hiring help – but you might be surprised what you could accomplish by hiring someone for just a few hours a week. Now that so much is web based it doesn’t matter where that person lives.

    Enough with the essay – kudos to you, Karen. You are doing something very right – you have many loyal readers.

  76. Trish R says:

    I’m feeling emotionally torn right now. When do I get to have my wet dream job???

    Congratulations on 2.0. I can honestly say, this is the first time that as soon as someone I follow mentions writing a book, I think ‘I’m buying that book’. I know people have mentioned cuddles on the front cover, but it has to be The Cleaver. Cuddles, undoubtedly, will be the cover page for the chapter on chickens or get a chapter to herself, spoiled as she is;) The Cleaver it must be.

    So, while you are at writing a book, can you make a recipe book too? I mean, you have Tuesdays and Thursdays off now, so it’s not like you’ve got anything else to do…

    Love you, love the blog, congratulations on everything. Glad to share in your success and royalty checks. I knew this day would come and it’s well deserved! Here’s your Oscar…

  77. Jodi T. says:

    A BOOK!?!?! yesssss…

    Good Luck, Karen!

  78. mickey says:

    Good for you, Karen! Best of luck.
    mickey

  79. So happy for you Karen! Lots of exciting changes and opportunities! I am using exclamation marks because you got me on the “isn’t this exciting” frenzy!

    ~ Maria

  80. Leslie says:

    Lots of exciting stuff happening for you! That’s fantastic. I wish you all the best with the book, etc.

  81. Amie says:

    Video Craft Night sounds amazing!

    I am really glad you are doing so well in the blogging business world. Less frequent, but well put together posts are alright by me.

  82. Patti says:

    Wow lots going on, all good stuff!! Will you do a book signing tour? I’d love to meet you in person! I just have to let you know I’d follow this blog wherever it leads, I enjoy it so much. I read a lot of blogs (maybe 20?), mostly home decor, diy and fashion but this one is tops and the only one where I read every comment. Your readers make me laugh and I usually learn something!

  83. Cred says:

    I think the chances you have in store sound excellent. The craft videos are a great idea and unique. Love the newletters, just a little “what I’ve been up to” update, neatly categorized- so more is good. And I expected more backlash from your followers about reducing posts- glad there wasn’t a riot. Daily posts would be craziness to sustain, makes sense to reduce them for the sake of your sanity.

    and I expect that your book will be fantastic! Best of luck!

  84. Catherine says:

    I’ll probably still come and visit the blog on Tues and Thurs but I’ll just randomly click on something in the archives. If you could automate that for me that would be great. You could call the button Reruns. Oh, just had a better idea. Do you remember the old, not in service colour bars that the TV would show when the channel was off the air? Maybe that could be the clickable entry to old content.

    I think the video craft alongs are a great idea. I also think going from 5 to 3 postings is wise. I’d rather see you keep the joy of blogging in your soul than burn out producing 5 posts a week.

  85. Anita says:

    I get it. (Sniff!) Really I do. I’m just selfishly going to miss those two posts. As I started reading this post it got very dark and started pouring down rain. How appropriate.

    However, I do like the idea of the web-site re-design. It makes sense to update the categories. Please don’t get rid of the black and white silhouettes in the frames. You think the quality of your posts can get better? wow. I think they are pretty great as they are. I know it’s a LOT of work, so I don’t begrudge you the time.

    Video Craft Night sounds like a FUN time. I’m picturing a “girls night” with you, a bottle (or two) of wine, and few friends. I don’t know if it’s possible to do a multi-tier payment structure, so those who want to interact live pay one fee and those who just want to watch can pay a lesser amount. Just a thought. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  86. Jake says:

    Now I get to stay in bed Tues. and Thur. and pretend they never happen, I’m good with that. Love the craft night idea as long as it’s not how to make a frozen tampon (does that count as a craft). Good luck with all the new ideas.

  87. Emily says:

    “wet dream” I can’t look at you the same again !

  88. Debbie says:

    The five days a week is what made you special too me. Having said that, I have just been spoiled with 5 days of sharing. The craft video sounds great. Where I live in time zone land live probably can’t happen, as much as I would love it. Looking forward to all the new items coming our way, I still hate change: ( If there is a vote, I want Cuddles on the book cover.

  89. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    It’s all good honey..I trust your judgement on everything..it’s nice that you ask our opinions on these things but only you know what is best for you..and the the part I am most happy about is the fact that you just might get some decent time for yourself..and some actual rest..cause I kinda do care about you beyond the blogging and stuff you hand to us FOR FREE daily..plus it’s kinda hard to be funny when you are exhausted..People who want you to continue 5 days a week are being selfish..they are thinking of what is best for them and ignoring what is best for you..That is just plain not nice..A happier Karen will make happier blog posts for all of us..Everything else you have planned is just icing on the cake..I will be here no matter what my friend..

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy! It seems quite a few people are misunderstanding, lol. All everyone is seeing is 3 posts a week so they think I’m going to be relaxing. I will not unfortunately. Because in place of the two posts I’ve added in video courses, writing a book, writing a newsletter and promoting my blog on other sites. So, it isn’t a rest so much as a change in focus. There will be no resting, lol. Not yet. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        No I didn’t mean it that way at all Karen..I just meant that maybe you would have a chance to breathe a bit here and there..in between working your ass off..lol..from what I am thinking you will be giving us much more than you are taking away..I’m pretty sure that you are not taking a couple days off every week to munch on chips and read magazines honey..lol..not that it would be a bad thing..Anyhow..I’m am totally anxious to see what is coming from that busy busy brain of yours girlfriend..and I’m totally thrilled about the book..Woo-Hoo..see?

  90. jainegayer says:

    I will miss you on blogless Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be most likely wandering the streets with Sally A.
    But I realize that what you give us is HARD WORK and I think less will wind up being more.
    You do an amazing job here and even though I don’t like change, I will pull up my big girl panties and deal with it. You are worth it!!

  91. Lin says:

    I think what you are planning is a great big positive hop scotch jump in the right direction for your bloggy business. The course/s, the do-it-to-it sessions, and the book will be fun and a lot of work and your love and passion for all things ‘Art of Doing Stuff’ will be the enrgy to get you done all things new endeavours! I like the three times a week! You go grrrrl….

  92. Tracey says:

    Re: reduced posting. Quality over quantity is a good route to take. I support that. It’s not like I’m going to protest by not reading your blog. That’d be plain silly. Like denying myself the pleasure of a bag of chips. Who does that??
    Excited for the direction your taking Karen.

  93. Denise says:

    ya, we are all a bunch of whiners but we will survive *cue GloriaG -but also you need to do what is right for the blog/you and the business side is just as important. Also you are correct, your readers ARE invested in you/your life/your animals because I don’t get excited for chicken sweaters for just anyone, but Cuddles lol

  94. Jenifer says:

    I always get great ideas from you! Like the chewing…here I’ve been wasting all this time on chewing my food. Now that you are on pinterest, I’ll need the extra time! 🙂

    Congrats!

  95. Sue says:

    It all sounds great to me. I’d rather have three awesome posts a week than 5 that I have trouble keeping up with and then have to pick and choose. Means a little less email maintenance for me, too, which is also great.

    I also love that you’re fixing your categorizations and getting more stuff on to pinterest. I think your web design was ahead of its time, clean and simple before everyone was simplifying so that makes me excited to see your new one.

    I don’t buy many actual books these days, but if the cover is awesome enough I’d make an exception ,haha (there, extra pressure 😉 ) Seriously, I love design/lifestyle/craft/food books so I’d have a very hard time saying no even if the cover is horrible (I doubt it would be, though)

  96. Marion says:

    Consider your book pre-ordered over here! I will miss your posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this sounds like a great opportunity for you (and for us too!) so I really can’t complain! Also, the craft nights sound amazing. Can’t wait to see all the upcoming changes 🙂

  97. Lura Bee says:

    Holy Shit! Yay for you Karen! Yay for us too-I rarely buy new books but yours I will be …hey- I’ll ask for it for Christmas! Write it!!
    Need to read the comments tonight, as I have to go get my daughter from school, the three day a week thing will actually be ok by me. I can’t find time lately to really “read” your blog. Three days will be easier & looking forward to more newsletters-they are cool but quick 🙂 ! ! ! Do it all! These are things you’ve obviously thought through, will try to join you for a craft too. xxoo

  98. Amber says:

    “Ask Karen”: what’s a good cleanser for getting eyeball spooge off an iPhone?
    Congratulations! Good luck with the changes and I will buy your book when it comes out

  99. Jean says:

    Here’s the deal. I chanced onto your site and have been a fan ever since. But not for projects, how-tos or referrals. It’s been for the off handed remarks that do make me blow coffee out my nose. So whatever you do Karen, keep it light and keep your hysterical, spontaneous humor going. It’s what keeps me smiling in the morning. Thanks!

  100. @RadioRedHead says:

    Karen – I welcome all your changes with open arms. All the decisions you’ve made to this point have only contributed to your blog’s success. I look forward to the new design as well – if only to see how you make a great thing even better! And thanks for always engaging WITH your fans – since the beginning. That’s why they are so invested in you.

  101. LazySusan says:

    I think you should do what you need to do. I’m content to read three posts a week. I usually have to skip the ones about food. We’re on restricted diets, due to health issues, and the recipes are always so good that it’s just torture to read them and see the beautiful photos of the food, and not be able to make them. My sole concern for the 3 posts is that if 2 of them are about food, that means only 1 post a week for me. Unless the food posts are hugely popular and bring in new readers who stay, maybe consider only doing one a week, at most, under the new format? I’ll still check in. I already get the mailings.

  102. Aw I’m delighted for you Karen!
    Everyone can see that you work so hard on your site, and there’s no point having a site that’s not promoted cos it would only eventually close down!
    I’m just wondering where will chicken recipes go?

  103. Joslynne says:

    Anyone who enjoys your sight will continue to watch/read anyway…at least I will! I’m not bummed about the fewer posts, and I’m really looking forward to your book!!! I think everyone will agree that we all read for your how-to stuff (along with hilarious remarks!). Quality will be better…so I’m all for it! Looking forward to all the new stuff!!

  104. nancy says:

    This is truly wonderful news. (Although, it sounds like you are still not going to get any rest.) I am not ordinarily a nervous, anxious person but reading your blog posts make me nervous and anxious and a little overwhelmed sometimes. I think to myself “How can she keep up this pace??” Your writing is so effortless and easy to read, it’s got to take hours and hours to write. And all the beautiful photos. So many projects. And then I see references to articles in other magazines! Oh my, I imagine you in your house tap dancing 24/7. With perfect hair and scabby nails. I guess I better subscribe now.

  105. Jennifer says:

    I’m all for the changes. Exciting times! I work very long shifts, 12 hours 3 nights a week, so i have to catch up on your blogs only once a week anyway. I’m all for quality of life for you, and quality posts for us. Besides, if Karen is happy, we’ll all be happy! (It goes without saying that the reverse may be true, too. Frightening thought.)

    I might be interested in a craft night. Just sayin’. Or a cook with Karen night. Mmmm!

  106. I really enjoy your blog and I always read all the comments, too. I can’t think of another blog where I read the comments! Regarding the changes – I am so glad. Blogging as a career is being defined now, by people like you and others. I often wonder how a person can do it all and make a good living and I keep coming back to the same answer: planning. So good for you and I am looking forward to seeing your next steps.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for understanding Robin. I was pretty sure there was gonna be a mutiny. People do NOT like change, lol. ~ karen

  107. Barbie says:

    This sounds AWESOME!! OH GOODIE A BOOK!!!! So happy for you and glad your finally writing a book! always thought you should. Also, maybe even “I” can take one of your video courses now!

  108. Holly says:

    I will miss hearing from you those 2 nights a week, but totally get that whatever you think you need to do to make this blog better, which I never imagined (because it is not my business that I depend on and because it is so wonderful), is in very capable hands! Nothing ever stays the same and gets better.. Have total confidence in you! Good luck and total support in everything you do! You are the best! Thank you for all of your hard work!

    I can relate – I support a web site – people think because I work from home it is a cake job…lol. I must admit I get a wee bit ticked people think somehow it is different than a “real” job, e.g., a call at 1 p.m. “Hi, what ya doing?” “Working” …then them launching into whatever as if I’m not working. I’m getting them trained, but it takes time for sure. Especially with my job, it is totally invisible behind the scenes stuff, where with your job, a good portion at least is out front. : ) I get how much of that invisible stuff goes on with you, too! Best of luck in all of your endeavors. We are here with you! You’ve earned it.

    • Karen says:

      I laughed at the “Hi, what are you doing” comment. I get the EXACT same thing. Every. Single. Day. I’ve stopped answering my phone for all but a select few people. ~ karen

  109. Cathy says:

    Day one and I’m already mising your morning humour. But we can’t stop progress.

  110. BethH says:

    Sigh. Well, it’s Tuesday morning, I’m all through reading my email, and I still have coffee left, and not once did I blow it out my nose. I restrained myself from commenting yesterday because I wanted to lash out. I’m somewhat calmer today, maybe because I haven’t had as much coffee. I wish you the best on your new endeavors, of course, but I agree with a previous post that the group will become divided between those who participate in the paid activities and those who don’t, and without daily exposure, a lot of readers will eventually drop off. But will quickly be replaced by avid new readers, I’m sure. However, this is a business, after all, and the purpose of having a business is to make money. I’ve learned a lot from you, and will really miss the daily posts. Best wishes to you and the girls.

  111. Tracie says:

    I’m very excited about the changes coming up, especially the video craft night! Will you take paypal? Very sad about the reduction of posts, but totally understandable. We’ve been spoiled, and it takes a bit of getting used to when things are taken away….I’m grateful you are replacing them with so many other things. Much success to you, Karen!

  112. Hope says:

    OK…after I took a deep breath I tried to think strategically….if you diversify and cut back on the posts (only a bit it really turns out) you will be around when I need help choosing a rocking chair for my porch or choosing a dental adhesive for my false teeth. I want you to go the distance and still be around and writing your crazy stuff when I’m 94! (When I’m 64 is too close!) You go girl…and find someone who will let you put their name on great kitchen utensils or something else.You deserve some$$$$ tooo! Take that PW!

  113. Vanessa says:

    I gotta say this is the only blog I follow. And it is my favorite thing to read Mon-Fri. I guess now on Tuesday and Thursday I’ll just have to work. That’s going to through off my productivity.

    And I gotta say, I always know your Pinterest photos too. I love them because sometimes they send me back to a post that I missed. I have pinned so many that I created an “Art of Doing Stuff” board, that has quite a few followers.

    Of course we wish you the best. Anything that will keep the lights on and allow you to keep doing what you do is a win for all of us. 🙂

  114. Margaret K. says:

    I, too, will miss the Tuesday / Thursday posts, but I would rather have 3 a week than have you burn out on blogging and quit completely. And there’s your book to look forward to…

    I like the white space on your web page – to me it is restful. So when you are re-designing, please consider not filling it up entirely with patterned background and links. I know it’s important for the blog to have a lot of links, but some open space is good.

  115. Tracy Nanette says:

    I, for one, am really looking forward to a dancing frog named Sassafras…

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    This is very exciting. Congratulations!

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  118. Janelle says:

    I am so excited about a recipe category! Now I won’t have to google “The art of doing stuff caesar dressing/potato soup/rhubarb crisp” any more. Okay, it was never terribly onerous….but still. The changes sound great!

  119. Joy says:

    I Love Your Blog And Am Excited To See What Your Changes Bring. I Would Recommend Against Doing Drop Down Menus Because It Isn’t Very Mobile Friendly. Best Of Luck On All Of Your New Adventures!

  120. Kim Kline says:

    It all sounds great, Karen! Looking forward to all if the great new developments. Love being among your readership.
    Kim

  121. Mel says:

    You entertain me with your humour and fantastic writing, you inspire me to do stuff I may not have necessarily tried before and you introduce me to some great products and ideas. Thank you. I too am not great with change, but it looks as though you have thought them through and I wish you the best transition and I look forward to 2.0. And I am really looking forward to a book.

  122. Lis says:

    Besides the rocking creativity and the hysterically funny writing, I love that you have built a virtual and yet real Community around your blog. The back and forth exchanges are great. Really not something other ‘design and stuff’blogs can claim.
    For your future video courses, please do ‘stuff’ – you know, where we get to see how you use/learn/use ourselves real tools, not just emery glue and glitter – everyone knows how to use those. The axe, saws, not so much. And – oh, please include Pink tool belt too, besides Betty!
    A guest post every now and then on your off days might tide us over. But choose wisely! Good luck!

  123. judy says:

    Being from a totally different Life experience than probably most of your readers I follow Blogs for current day Wit and Wisdom and as little Drivel as possible. I have read a little (very little) of the weird Blogs that just serve up Hate, hot and greasy and meant to be swallowed whole and it really makes me Wonder. The Blogs I enjoy the most have responders as smart and interesting as the Blogger. I read most of the comments and my Faith in the Future and the Basic goodness of the Human Species is restored.

  124. Jean says:

    Sounds like good changes, all. I recently quit reading a blog that posts 7 days because it is quality over quantity. Your posts are always a-1. Would making a pie crust count as a craft video?

    • Karen says:

      It would actually! (Depending on how it goes) I don’t want to limit it to crafts. Could be cooking … crafting … learning a magic trick, lol. Whatever. 🙂 ~ karen!

  125. magali says:

    I *love* the idea of craft night! !
    I have a question about your newsletter. Would it be possible in the redesign of your site to only subscribe to the newsletter? I don’t subscribe to any of the blogs I read, I like going to them directly. For me, getting an email a day that I don’t open and rarely getting a newsletter is a little annoying. I am subscribed to two other blog newsletters without getting their daily posts and I enjoy that. Thanks for considering it 🙂

  126. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    I second Edith’s request (especially those particular questions)!

    Wholeheartedly support your galvanization of your craft. Can’t say I don’t miss the other posts, but it’s all for the greater purpose, so stand your ground, girl. 😉

    A book will be awesome, and yes, that cover needs to be worthy of your keen eye for design. No Martha Stewart Entertaining fussy covers, please. 😉

  127. Caroline says:

    All I have to say is I don’t know if I can handle “better, funnier” posts! There is enough spewed coffee inbedded in my laptop keyboard as it is! I am, however, looking forward to craft night! Love that idea!

  128. tajicat says:

    All sounds good! 🙂

  129. Megan says:

    Please, please, please DON’T go the “pictures only” post route! I’d rather have no post at all than one merely of artfully arranged figs. Love the photos, but love the text much much more!

  130. Dana says:

    Karen, since you’re an early Christmas shopper and you’re revamping things, I thought it would be a good time to throw this request out there, please consider another post of great Etsy stores you recommend. Thanks for all your hard work, you’re a hoot!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Dana! And not to worry I’ll be doing lots of Christmas idea posts including an Etsy guide. Seriously … I LOVE Etsy for Christmas presents. It’s fantastic! ~ karen

  131. ananda says:

    dear karen, i am new to your blog but love it already! your style is just awesome!!! i am looking forward to taking your classes! i would love to learn more about how you manage your time – there’s so much to do from creating great content ( like a full time job already) , promoting( i chose to ignore but know i shouldn’t) , to writing a book and teaching classes (my wet dream job one day too! ) … would love to learn to be productive like you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ananda! Welcome to my site. 🙂 I took a quick look at your site and it looks like you’re doing great without me! Your site looks really good. SO happy to see you also built a cob oven. One of the best things I ever did. 🙂 ~ karen!

  132. Marti says:

    I missed this post when it went up, I guess.

    So…where’s the dancing frog?

  133. Paula says:

    I’m excited about the book. Who will take care of the chickens when you are on book tour? Also when you are on the book tour be sure to come to Kansas City. We’ll take you to dinner.

    All the changes sound fine to me.

  134. Beth W says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the 3 posts a week from you as yes, without being stretched so thin, I think the beefy quality of each has gone up . . . BUT, my Tuesday and Thursday morning are desperately bland now and I’m afraid I might have to subscribe to some other daily type blog in addition to yours, or at least someone who does Tues/Thurs and won’t mind if I delete their M/W/F.

    How about doing a guest post Tuesday and then a throwback post (one of your older ones that some folk haven’t seen) on Thursdays? I know it’s selfish to ask, but I did really enjoy reading about that lady who lives in a bus (at least I think it was a bus) and the singers. I’m sure a really well crafted form with the questions and then a limit on the amount of characters thereafter (to avoid rambling as I’ve done already in this post) would work out. Adding the pics would be a pain though… Perhaps that isn’t a solution at all.

    Just wanted to say – Tuesdays and Thursdays suck a little more now without my dose of humour and witty insight… they’re merely the reminder that Monday is done but there’s 4 more to go, or that Friday still isn’t actually palpable yet.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Beth – Yeah, no … that’s not a solution, lol. I’m impressed you worked that out yourself! But don’t worry. You’ll get used to it. I don’t love it either, but I’m getting used to it.~ karen!

  135. Angela Recker says:

    I am in for the craft nite! Hopefully, I can get my webcam working by then too! I LOVE all the changes you mentioned. As for 3 posts/week, I could never figure out how you managed to do the 5 you were doing & still make them so informative, entertaining & fun! Three works for me!

  136. Kelli says:

    SO SO SO excited for you Karen! So many great things coming your way, you really are a Super Woman! (and just super, to boot). WHEN you get that book deal, please come to Dallas, TX for a signing, would love to meet you. But you might not want to come between June and September. Just sayin. 🙂

    Will deffo be putting your book at the top of my Christmas wish list for next year…or whenever it comes out! 🙂

  137. Luanne says:

    So – 2 years later – how are you feeling about the changes? I’m loving the ‘even more polished’ look of things around here.

    At the first it seemed like you might have been a little uncomfortable pulling back – how did it work out from your end? Are you loving what you do even more?

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