Happy anniversary to the QLP Blog — this is our 1,000th blog post since our initial launch back in 2005. We’ve come a long way, baby!
How are we celebrating today for the milestone that it is? By writing another blog, of course! I asked our QLP Blog Squad members to select their favorite blogs, and they delivered. Are you ready to get your read on?
Here’s the cream of the crop, compliments of the Quality Logo Products Blog!
Joseph Giorgi — My favorite blog? I’ve gotta go with Want to Be a Kick-Ass Entrepreneur? Think Like the Ghostbusters! For two reasons: 1) I’ve been a Ghostbusters fan my whole life, and 2) the word “ass” is in the title. Hehe.
Jen Forbes — I’m proud of my Lay’s Vending Machine blog because it was ton of fun to write and it got a bunch of Facebook shares. I still think it’s a really cool vending machine!
Serenity Morris — If you know me, then you probably already know which one I am going to pick! Marketing Yourself with Mister Rogers. I learned a lot about myself as I was compiling information for this one. So far, it’s the only post I’ve written that made me feel nostalgic, emotional, and excited all at once. It is safe to say that it caught a decent amount of attention as well. I have even re-read the post a couple of times long after it was posted, just because!
Alex Brodsky – My favorite blog would be the one about Derek Jeter Gift Baskets. Not only was it incredibly fun to write, but it also started me down the path to the snarky, sarcastic blogger I am today. It was a gateway blog.
Eric Labanauskas — Road Trippin for Chicken. I love road trips. I love writing verbose, winding narratives. And I love fried chicken. That’s more than enough reason to make this one my favorite.
Jaimie Smith — I enjoyed writing about the Push For the Path initiative. It got over a hundred Facebook shares, and I was overall just very proud of the outcome and the blog itself. I feel I helped them spread the word about the cause, so it makes me feel like I helped make a difference!
Rachel Hamsmith — Right now, my favorite post is my one about False Advertising and How Not to Promote Your Business. I really enjoyed researching and writing this blog. Learning how some companies have deceived their customers through advertising was disheartening — but also highly interesting!
Mandy Kilinskis — My first LiveJournal post, Self-Marketing: The One Tool You’re Not Using. Why? Because it got a ton of Facebook shares, it was a radical opinion, and the director of marketing for LiveJournal actually read it and took the time to leave a comment. That’s the most exciting outside comment I’ve gotten yet!
Amy Swanson — I love, love, love my Dr. Seuss and Business Inspiration post! It was so much fun to research, write, and format in WordPress (which, if you’ve ever worked with WordPress, then you know isn’t always easy). This one man really shaped my childhood for me and really helped me become the reader and writer I am today, so writing this blog was my ode to him.
Amanda Sneed — My favorite blog post would have to be my Office Space and Preventing Cubicle Burnout blog. I love it because it references one of my favorite movies, Office Space. Plus, it makes me laugh while I read it, and it reminds me of ways to help me stay productive and happy at work.
Jenna Markowski — I wrote about Vans in a blog called Off the Wall Branding: Vans Represents West Coast Skate and Surf; this one is my favorite mainly because I really love the topic. Vans is one of few brands that I am very loyal to. I also really enjoyed doing the research for the post, and learning more about the brand’s history. Plus, I was able to throw in a couple of shoe/foot puns!
Jeff Porretto — Definitely this one: Who Else Wants Normal Size Names? The Demise of Small, Medium, and Large. I enjoy a good rant, and this one was one of the easiest ever to write. The subject matter was something that irked me for quite some time, and after being at QLP for only a couple months, I finally found an outlet for my frustration!
Jill Tooley — Buddy the Elf’s No-Fail Guide to Personal and Professional Success was a joy to put together! I had a smile on my face from the minute I started it, and it still makes me happy to glean advice from such an unforgettable character. Who doesn’t love Buddy? There’s something magical about him that appeals to any age group. I’m also partial to my Sesame Street Life Lessons article for the same reasons!
Candice Jones — That’s a tough one! I enjoyed my Keyboard Shortcuts for Real Life blog because it was just fun. I had a great time writing it and imagining all the things I would do if this blog post were real. I also like the two-part Motivational Songs of QLP because it was my first blog post, so that always makes it special. It was a great way to introduce myself to the Blog Squad as well as learn cool things about my new co-workers.
Kyle Rossom – My favorite blog post of mine would be the one about the Xbox Kinect becoming the fastest selling consumer electronic (of all time!). This post was just a lot of fun to put together and I found a lot of interesting sales figures while researching the topic. To this day I still cannot fathom how Microsoft managed to get 8 million of those things in our homes in just two months. And don’t even get me started on the recently released Kinect Star Wars (warning: involuntary facepalming and/or eye-rolling may ensue).
Jana Quinn — My favorite blog post was my interview with Kylee Lane. The blog title, Do What You Love in Abundance, is such a beautiful sentiment and perfectly reflects the way Kylee has run her business and life. I got to interview a woman who has not only created an incredibly successful business but also has done it passionately and ethically. Everyone wants to do what they love and make tons of money on it, and Kylee’s interview helps people get one step closer to that dream.
Whew! That’s a lot of fantastic reading material. I can’t believe how fast time has passed!
When I started working for QLP back in early 2009, our blog wasn’t much to write home about because we hadn’t found our voice yet. We only had 3 contributors (counting myself) at first but we always had fun and did the best we could. Even when I was named the blog editor-in-chief almost a year later, it still needed a ton of work. But now? I think it’s pretty gosh darn cool!
We now have 16 contributors — all citing diverse interests but sharing the same core sensibilities — and we pour ourselves into our blogs because they mean something to us. This company means something to us. I’m privileged to work with this talented, creative group of people every single day!
Also, if you’re reading this right now, it means that we appreciate YOU! We put in the time every day to make sure our readers and customers are entertained by our material, and we get excited when we see your names and faces pop up in our comments section! So, THANK YOU from all of us in the QLP Blog Squad. We can’t wait to see what our 2,000th blog post will offer.
Feel free to help us celebrate this small victory by sharing this post with your friends or by leaving a comment below — and thanks for everything.
What’s your favorite article on the Quality Logo Products blog? Is there a particular topic you’d like to see us cover? How many fingers am I holding up (just kidding)?