Pintester’s Top 10 Posts of 2013

2 Posted by - December 29, 2013 - Announcements

Guess what guys! Today is my blog birthday! Yep, I’ve been blogging for two years now (which is like a billion in blog years). Here’s my first ever post: all about a quirky mail display.

This year, we’ve had some highs and some lows– fine, mostly lows, but the year brought with it many more videos and a whole bunch of experiments (on the blog and in my life via recipes and crafts). I also ramped up my newsletter, which you should totally sign up for if you haven’t already. And just in case you’re new around here, I’m rounding up my top 10 posts of the year below, as voted for by you (because your visits always equal your vote).

Thanks so very much for your support this year– it always amazes me that I’ve somehow managed to be the most successful in my life at, you know, failing, and I’m ok with that.


10. Plastic Spoon Flower

9. 2 Ingredient Cookies

8. Cinnamon Roll Waffles

7. Brownie in a Mug

6. DIY Make-up Brush Cleaner

5. Glue Blackhead Remover

4. Iron Out Carpet Stains

3. DIY Temporary Tattoo

2. 3-Day Military Diet

1. Brown Sugar Hair Straightener

That oughta keep you busy for a while. I mean, seriously, this has been a banner year. I’ve put all kinds of shit on my face (including glue), attempted many a horrible recipe, and lit many, many things on fire.

Also, I feel like now is maybe the appropriate time to tell you that I’m taking on a full-time day job in addition to this blog in 2014. Hopefully, this won’t affect you too much– I’ll still be blogging, and, I hope, sticking to a similar schedule to how things are now. But, if you see me falling down on the job (because of something other than drinking too much gin), you’ll know why. If you’re super curious, I wrote a long, navel-gazy rant about it on Medium, which you are welcome to read.

Thanks again for a great year! See you in 2014!

Pintester's Top 10 Posts of 2013
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  • Longtimereaderfirsttimecomment December 29, 2013 - 11:36 am Reply

    Congratulations on the new job! And I have to say, who cares if this affects how much you post? You’re putting up this material for free (okay, ad generated monies aside) and, quite frankly, I have a policy never to complain (at least directly to the blogger, podcaster, other creative-type) about free materials that they are generating and damn well think that other people should behave the same.

    This job/schedule worked for you for a year and more (it really worked for us for a year and more) but now it doesn’t and you have to re-fuel your creative juices and, you know, the money that pays for food and other mostly essential stuff.

    Thank you for the laughter that you bring. Hope that it all goes well and can’t wait to see what the new year brings to the Pintester.

    BTW, major props for not punching Mr. “well, her husband works so of COURSE she can afford to do this” (assuming that it was a man since you didn’t mention gender in your post. Somehow, thinking that it might’ve been a woman pisses me off even more) in the throat. I can’t even imagine how much self-control that would have taken.

  • Jodee Rose December 29, 2013 - 1:52 pm Reply

    I completely understand. I don’t have the choice to have a day job because of stupid sickness, but I seriously understand the stress of trying to keep up traffic when you feel like you’re drowning in a mud puddle. Now I do what I want to amuse myself, and then I cry when no one comments. =P

  • Llama spit December 29, 2013 - 2:05 pm Reply

    I’m supposed to go out and get a job too. Sigh. I don’t want to, but I’m pretty much done with school (at long last) and there are bills to pay. Being a grown up sucks!

  • Havana James December 29, 2013 - 3:20 pm Reply

    Congratulations on 2 years! I hope you don’t end up going through that weird phase of the terrible two’s where you start shouting out obscenities for no good reason.

  • Havana James December 29, 2013 - 3:27 pm Reply

    Congratulations on 2 years! I first found this blog when you attempted the strawberry mug cake. I think it was strawberry. All I know is I laughed out so loud at work that I received some “looks” from the patients. I hope the new job doesn’t affect your wicked sense of humor. I also hope that you don’t go through that weird phase of the terrible two’s where you shout out obscenities at awkward moments.

    • Catherine December 30, 2013 - 3:01 pm Reply

      She shouts out obscenities at all moments…so it’s cool.

      • Havana James December 30, 2013 - 3:32 pm Reply

        I know that’s why I love her!

  • Sue // As It Seems December 29, 2013 - 6:23 pm Reply

    I disagree, you’re not successful at failing, you’re successful at trying new things. I think that’s pretty awesome!

  • Amy December 30, 2013 - 12:06 pm Reply

    Congrats on the job!

    Also, I love the comment progression from the first post of the year to the latest. From “Cussing is inappropriate” to “Fuck yeah!”

  • FluffyGirl December 30, 2013 - 1:41 pm Reply

    Congrats on the new job! Wishing you much success. We’ll still be eagerly waiting here for your next installments – but we understand the need for some reliable income and creative resources. Light the world on fire (not lilterally, like crayons or Crisco or shit)!

  • ChickieD January 2, 2014 - 1:54 pm Reply

    Best of luck on the new job! I tried for a while to “live my dream” of being a yoga teacher and got to the same point. It really is a lovely hobby and I enjoy spending my free time at retreats, but what it takes to make it work financially put me in a place that made me gag. So I now work at a fantastic day job with fabu benefits and, you know what, it feels damn nice to take care of my family and pay my bills on time. Do I miss the excitement and creativity of being full time in the yoga world? Yes. Do I miss trying to twist myself into a pretzel trying to figure out how to make money and keep my integrity? No. I think you really do have to put yourself in that position where there is money in the bank to cover bills for a very long time before you can really make a creative endeavor take off.

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