Goodbye, Hello. A look back at 2011 & a welcome to 2012

It’s hard to believe that 2011 has come and gone already. The older I get the quicker time moves. Anyone else feel that way?

I’m excited about a new year and a fresh new start. There’s nothing like January 1st to make you feel like you’ve got a clean slate to work with.

I want to take a minute (or three) to bid farewell to 2011 by sharing the best of HoH this past year.

Top 10 most viewed posts of 2011:

10. Create a Spa Bath Mat using IKEA outdoor decking

9. Cheese Dome turned Cloche

8. Cupcake cones: a new petite version

7. How to make adorable accessories from Duct Tape

6. The great soap makeover

5. How to make professional lined curtain panels

4. What everyone should know about painting perfect lines

3. How to make a cheap awesome professional curtain rod

2. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese icing

1. My I-thought-I-had-an-original-idea-ice-cream-cone-cupcake-pan

These top 10 posts received the most views this past year. I’m surprised a few posts written in 2010 made the cut!

Most Commented Posts:

The following posts have received the most comments (besides giveaways). I’m surprised that many of these didn’t make the top 10 cut! You’d think comments and page views go hand-in-hand, but surprisingly they don’t. Weird.

#1 We all have skeletons, this is mine

#2 Why I plaster my logo on every photo

#3 My I-thought-I-had-an-original-idea-ice-cream-cone-cupcake-pan

#4 There’s a pumpkin in my dryer… oh wait.

#5 The great soap makeover

#6 Dollar Store Fall Decor

#7 Cheese Dome turned Cloche

#8 A Cooler Cooler

#9 My Candy Store

#10 Mean Comments; plus some blogging tips

Biggest Supporter:

I want to personally thank Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick for sending almost 50,000 visitors to my blog this past year.

Anyone who has read my blog for more than like a day knows that Thrifty Decor Chick was my very first most favorite blog on this planet earth, and is still my favorite blog. For Sarah to like my blog enough to send so much of her traffic my way is humbling. Thank you Sarah for your continued support and friendship.

Just to put in perspective how many visitors 50,000 is, the 2nd top blog referrer sent me 3,000 visitors, which is also a lot! As you can see, TDC really has been my #1 fan and cheerleader and I’m forever grateful.

My Blog: The past, present, and future of HoH:

I started this blog for fun.

I became popular enough (lots of page views) to add some ads and make some pocket change.

I have never, nor will I ever put money or a paycheck over content. A $75 payment is not worth it to me if the post pisses you off and drives you away.

My readers (YOU!) come first, always.

I have turned down countless opportunities because I want to make sure that any choices I make keep you happy.

Even if my blog ever amounts to anything and I become wildly rich and famous, I want to always keep the attitude that this is for fun, I do it because I love it, and YOU come first.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog, and sharing my blog with your friends. This blog is nothing without you, and I will remain forever grateful that you actually care about what I have to say. Thank you for sharing your shoulder when I’ve been depressed, and cheering with me when awesome opportunities arose. Your comments, notes, and emails have made me smile, laugh, and {good} cry. So thank you!

And finally,

Goodbye 2011, Hello to the rest of my life. 2011 was great, but lets make 2012 even better. 🙂

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  1. Allison,
    I can’t sew a button but am going to try making my own curtains following your toot! Also, my girls have been bus making duct tape pencils and wallets and will love making those cute boxes! Have a fab 2012 and looking forward to more inspiration!

  2. Happy New Year Allison! Your blog is one of my favorites!

    Quick question – what’s the font you used in the Spa Bath Mats pic? I like how the a’s aren’t capitalized.

  3. Nadine in Nevada says:

    Allison –

    Thrifty Decor Chick my have led me your way – but you are the reason I stay! Wishing you and your family Blessings in 2012.


  4. TDC was pretty much the first blog I ever found. Yours was the first I fell in love with. While you were in the apartment. Then I fell out of bloggy land for awhile & then came back, fell out again, came back… & repeated that cycle about 4 times 😉 And I had no idea you struggle with depression, as do I. I hope your 2012 will rock and I hope mine will be amazing. We hope to make a baby this year 🙂 Happy New Year!

  5. Well I’m honored to be sending you the traffic girl! You deserve it!! Love you bunches and here’s to an awesome 2012!!

  6. Allison…I’m very excited to be your roomie at Blissdom and it’s been very fun “getting to know you” via email and through your wonderful blog. You are, by far, one of my favorite blogs to read and see because you make me laugh AND you have great tutorials! You have had a great year…

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  7. I enjoy your blog very much!! May you have a blessed and joyful 2012!
    Hugging you

  8. Nadine in Nevada says:

    Crystal & Allison –

    Now there is something I somehow missed. . .I too struggle with depression. Grrrr… Not an easy thing to deal with is it? Though it is nice (is that the right word?) to know that I’m not alone and that there are others who know what I go through.

  9. very fun list! I just LOVE the window treatment in your dining room;) I agree, you’d think the comment/visit ratio would prove popular, but I guess not.

  10. i pinned the curtain tutorial!! love this!!
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  11. Allison, thank you for sharing and always being so creative. Thank you for always having a real life approach to projects and always keeping it honest. When I finish reading a post of yours, I always know if it is something I’m able of tackling or maybe a bit beyond the work I want to do. Happy New Year!

  12. Love your blog Alison! Happy New Year and keep the fun rollin’ into 2012 🙂

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