Back when Alex and I started Old Town Home on April 22, 2011, we made a pact to go all out. (Not shocking really, as our general renovation mantra tends to be "go big or go home.") We agreed that if we were going to start a blog that we would post new content every single day, Monday through Friday. More than anything, this was a personal challenge to see if we could do it, but we both had doubts as to the overall feasibility. Shockingly enough, we've made it! Now, with nearly a full calendar year of posts, we have a fair amount of content to shuffle through. Since 99.9% of you haven't been following us since Old Town Home's inception (thanks to family and friends who have), we're going to prove to you that we haven't missed a weekday through the use of a new blog feature.

Alex, in his true nerdy computer developer-ness, recently added a cool Calendar View of Posts feature to the site. This new feature allows you, in a calendar view, to take a look at the name of the post(s) published on any given day since last April. 

You can get to it at any time by clicking on the "Calendar View of Posts" button in the right bar of the blog. 

If you see a post title you're interested in, just click on the item and it will give you a brief preview and thumbnail of the post. Then, if you decide you want to read the whole post, just click on the title in the popup and you'll be taken to the whole thing. Pretty cool, eh?

Our hope is that between this new calendar view and our existing site search, finding past posts or locating posts of interest will be even easier. You can find the search in the upper right area on every page.

We also have plans to improve the visibility of the search feature at some point in the near future. Then again, we also have plans to finish our master bathroom at some point in the near future too. :-)

Although it's not always as "exciting" as demolition or a great before and after, we are continuously striving to make OldTownHome.com a better blog. From improved page load speed to site navigation and search, we want to ensure that your visit is a fun and friendly one (and not like an unexpected visit from a guest, when they announce your housekeeping skills are lackluster and your cooking leaves a lot to be desired).

Phew! What a year it's been! As we come up on our one year blogiversary, I've been reflecting back on the last year and what a roller coaster ride it's been. I'm not gonna lie. The "one post per day" commitment has often been a decision I've regretted as I come home from a long day at the office, feel under the weather, or just simply need a break. But unlike many bloggers, I'm lucky to have a partner in crime that can pick up the slack on my off days, and offer a kick in the pants encouragement when my motivation dips. But most of all, hearing from other DIY and design enthusiasts has made this process so rewarding! So thank you for all of your comments, feedback, and encouragement along the way! 

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Kelly
4/11/2012 at 4:08 PM
This.is.awesome.
Wendy
4/11/2012
That's great! We're so happy you like it. :-)
Tee
4/11/2012 at 8:26 PM
I'm glad I found your blog.
Wendy
4/11/2012
We're so glad you found it too! Thanks Tee. :-)
4/11/2012 at 8:48 PM
Blogging daily is a HUGE committment - particularly when you also have to spend 40+ hours a week working for pay - usually in something completely unrelated! So, first of all, Kudos on making it through a year!

Having a calendar of posts is going to make it so easy for us to find things! Thanks for creating it.

:) Liz
Wendy
4/11/2012
Wow, thanks so much for your comment, Liz! Seriously, it's comments like this that make it all worth it. :-)
4/12/2012 at 9:32 AM
Cool feature ... but since we are addressing website features, I thought that I would let you know of a glitch with your RSS feed. I use Google Reader to follow ya'll guys and it duplicates nearly every entry. While it is easy for me to ignore, I thought that you might want to know.

Cheers!
Alex
4/12/2012
Thanks for the heads up. We're experiencing the same thing, and I've been trying to figure out the reason why. I thought I had resolved it last week, but it's always a waiting game to see. Sure enough, over the weekend the posts still started duplicating. It's super annoying to me and Google Reader and Feed Burner have no debugging capabilities to help me figure out the root of the problem. So completely frustrating. If I think I resolve it again, I may ask you if it's still happening to you, since it seems to be sporadic and different by each person.
4/13/2012 at 2:38 PM
When it started to happen, I tried to see if I could figure out why it was happening, but couldn't. If I notice a change, I will let you know.

Cheers!
4/12/2012 at 12:21 PM
We really admire both of you for being able to stick to a schedule and update your site daily. We've not had the opportunity to update our site in three months now due to our work schedules. Heck, we've barely been able to keep work moving on our projects for the last two months. It seems like our "day" jobs are starting to become "day and night" jobs! We keep telling ourselves, like a big kidney stone, "this too shall pass..."

Seriously though, great job! We always try to read your updates at least a couple of times out of the week.
Wendy
4/14/2012
Thanks you guys! Yeah, there are days and weeks where it's tougher than others. If only we won the lottery and didn't have to work for a living! ;-)

We're so glad you've been enjoying the blog. (Should I ask about the bathroom, or is it as sore of a subject as ours?)
4/18/2012 at 12:28 PM
The drain lines were finally finished the weekend before last. We finished the first layer of the subfloor last weekend and will be putting the second layer down this coming weekend. The first layer was a pain, as we had to work around the pointed floor joists. The only things we have to worry about with the second layer are the cutouts for the pluming to the fixtures and the radiator.

I hope we can post an update within the next week or two. Who knew a little 50 square foot room could be such a nightmare?
Wendy
4/18/2012
Hey, congrats! It sounds like you're making a ton of progress!

And you've come to the right people if you want to commiserate about small rooms being a nightmare (says the woman with the year-long renovation of a 9 sq. ft. vestibule). :-)
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