Living the Dream

Ramblings. I’m all psyched — or is it psycho? — about the blog these days. January was the best traffic month ever — 200,000 unique visitors… and I really loved the stories, too. I also went to a conference, the Alt Design Summit, which got me all jazzed about doing even more to turbocharge the RR machine. 2012 will be my first year of working on the blog fulltime.

The Business of Blogging

At Alt, I was a speaker on a panel, “The Business of Blogging,” with the Ami Price of and Chris Gardner of  Both of these youngun’s are super smart, and I learned a lot from them. 

For example, as regular readers may have noted, I have increased the frequency of stories to two times a day — first thing in the morning (posts 4:30 a.m. eastern/lunchish in London) and again at 11:55 a.m. eastern. (Sorry, dear Aussie friends, my brain is too small to triangulate to your time zone; call me American.) I got this 2 x day idea from Chris, who said that lots of readers want another “fix” of their intertube favorites at lunch time — so they might as well get it here. I will also be throwing in some ebay carousels on occasion. However, Ami advised that I don’t need to post on the weekend — we all need a rest. On Saturday morning, though, I will do a roundup with some link luv.

If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your ideas
for stories and topics for me to consider moving forward!

I am not at all worried about running out of things to write about — especially because you readers keep sending me your photos and your tips. Yay! Keep ’em coming. This is what makes it all especially motivating. Even so, I am a whirling dervish getting used to the new routine, because it takes a lot of time. The vintage collage at the top — from Mel Kolstad — kind sums up what I feel like these days. Except, I’m likely working in pajamas.

Living the Dream

Have you longtime readers also noticed that Mel has not been on the blog with her monthly “Love the House You’re In” collages? It’s a loss for us, but reflects real positives for Mel. Since she left her day job to become an artist in January 2010, she has become busier and busier, and she could no longer do my little project. She is a professional artist! Did you know she… blames a little bit of her career change on Retro Renovation? Well, it gave her a “sign”. She recently wrote about making the decision to leave her safe job to pursue her dream, including my cameo appearance. Hey, soul sista.

Of course, all the collages shown in this story are Mel’s. Click on them to get to her page. And/or dive into her world via: Ramblings. I think the point of this story is: Maybe you can have it all. But probably not all at the same time.


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  1. says

    Go for it, Pam, and GOOD FOR YOU!!! These days, with folks out of work or working jobs they can’t stand, it is heartwarming to know that someone has carved out a place in the world by cherishing what we already have, keeping optimistic and curious, and sharing it with others. You’re a bright spot in our mornings and what fun to know that we have a lunchtime treat to look forward to as well. Just make sure you keep it fun for yourself!!

    • pam kueber says

      Thank you, Kate. Yes, keeping it fun for yourself when it has to also be a business is gonna be the challenge I think. So far so good.

  2. John aka AtomicHipster says

    Hi Pam, that’s interesting that they said you didn’t need to post on weekends, I for one spend more time online on the weekends doing research for house projects and your blog is a big help. Like most folks my age I’m usually working Monday through Friday so don’t do a lot of surfing then.


  3. Gwen says

    Congratulations Pam! Your traffic results are outstanding! Keep up the great work. Your blog is a bright spot in my day. 🙂

  4. says

    Oh. My. GOSH!!! Pam, I am utterly FLABBERGASTED by this post! Thank you so very much for this wonderful plug – you’re WAY more than just a “little bit” responsible for my decision to be a full-time artist! Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, and the heartiest of congrats for your AMAZING January! You’ve become THE go-to site for “loving the house you’re in”!


  5. Jeanne says

    Yay for you, Pam…and for us (more content)! You have been MORE than an inspiration for me. In fact, I have set some goals for myself this year and going to Alt next January is one of them. And I thought you already worked on this blog full time! Wow.

    • pam kueber says

      Well if you come to Alt, I’ll see you there! Thank you, Jeanne, for your continuing support! One of these days I’ll get to Dearborn and we’ll go visit the Dymaxion house together!

  6. says

    You had your best month ever? What a coincidence. My little fledgling blog is having its best month ever.

    199,700 more views and I’ll be right there with you. Watch your rear view mirror, Pam.

    • pam kueber says

      🙂 Good luck with your blog! Blog daily!!! To clarify, it was 200,000 unique visitors. Multiple that by 3-4 to get pageviews. I’m aiming for 1,000,000!

  7. lexavline says

    Couldn’t be happier for you!
    I have to admit that visiting your blog is one of the first things I do when I get to work. If only I could also work in pajamas… 🙂
    I credit this blog and your work for my new found love of all things orange and the confidence to un-greige my apartment. I also credit this blog for an almost embarrising episode one day after work: While hanging out with co-workers in a dingy downtown bar one day, I yelled out in delight after noticing an original Nutone exhaust fan that was covered in lint and tobacco tar, but still hard at work! No one else saw the beauty in that?! Keep up the good work!

  8. says

    I was a regular reader of your blog in the past, but then stopped when I tried to limit my online time. I started reading regularly again recently (and subscribed via RSS) and am more impressed than ever.

    I echo John’s thought in encouraging you to consider a weekend post. It seems like all of the blogs with “paid” writers post M-F, generally during work hours. I too have way more time for surfing on the weekend and love seeing new posts during that time. Also, on my little blog, (my little) traffic seems no worse on weekends and is usually better then. Posting once a weekend or so could give you an edge over what everyone else is doing.

    Also, I really love when you share reader’s homes and makeovers. It’s especially inspiring when they keep some of the vintage elements while still modernizing the look. Keep em coming!

    Best of luck in 2012!

    • pam kueber says

      Thank you, min hus. Well, I do have the Saturday retro-blogger round up planned. Let me think about Sunday. Let me say it another way: I think I may need a day of rest, finally!

  9. MrsPitcher says

    Good for you! Being a housewife is my dream job 😀 I’m so proud! I will do my best to stop by, but busy-ness gets in the way. I refer people to your blog all the time.when they ask about my atomic rancher!

  10. says

    Congrats Pam!

    I have loved reading your blog ever since I discovered it! I hope someday I can live the dream too being a blogger and an artist!

    I also think it is awesome that Mel is from the Milwaukee, WI area (well, Fon du Lac, but close enough!) too! 🙂 Yay for Wisconsin!

  11. Jason says

    As I’ve said before – we love you Pam! As happy as you are, we are so happy for you and to have you as such an inspiration and for all the great information. Truly a community!

    • pam kueber says

      Thank you, Jason – it’s all the commenters and contributers like you — and the reader-lurkers, too, that I know are out there — that keep me energized. Year Five and I am having more fun than ever!

  12. Quentin says

    Hi Pam,
    I’ve never commented on any site before, ever, but I feel compelled to say a big Thank You. Yours is one of only two blogs that I look at every day. I don’t own a TV so this is my entertainment. Having grown up in a completely custom 1963 house my parents built I’m a true mid-century piece myself. I love the range of articles you do but more than that your wry sense of humour. So, all your hard work really ads a lot of enjoyment to my day…..Thank You again.

    • pam kueber says

      I have been on the run all day so I am late responding to all these kind comments: THANK YOU, Quentin. I am so happy that this is the first blog you’ve ever commented on! xoxo

  13. Ann-Marie Meyers says

    Thanks for doing all you do for us, Pam. I hope it stays fresh and fun for you for a long time, so please, take the weekends off if you want.

  14. Lauryn says

    Big congrats to you, Pam! Your blog is fabulous and has been a never-ending resource and inspiration for me since I discovered it a year ago … who would have thought I’d fall in love with wallpaper??? It’s also given me faith that there are others out there who love to preserve all of that wonderfulness out there. What a great community, thanks to you.

    And yes, take the weekends off!! There’s more than enough material to catch up on if folks don’t have time during the week … 10 or so entries, I’d guess!!

  15. Jay says

    Late to the party here! I was off from work yesterday and I usually peek in at lunchtime. Congrats on doing something you truly love. I have enjoyed the blog since discovering it last year; since you are now posting two times a day, you’re certainly entiltled to weekends off.
    Keep up the great work!

  16. J D Log says

    Some times it’s hard to keep up with you due to long hours at work and quite often 12 days straight (train driving). Don’t burn your self out prefer a little bit of Pam then no Pam at all.
    I never heard of metal kitchen cabinets before I found your site. In Australia we just used wood formica laminete and panelyte. I have found some info and material on a local company which did make them here and my father knew the manufacturer. He has been in the sheet metal game since 1942 if your interested can send you info just give me some time to get it togeather

    • pam kueber says

      Hi JD, many thanks for your comment. And, yes!, I’d love to see any information you have on Aussie metal cabinets!

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