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It’s Our 1,000th Blog Post! Celebrate with 16 of Our Juiciest Articles

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!

Want to Be a Kick-Ass Entrepreneur? Think Like the Ghostbusters!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.

Lay's Innovative Vending MachinesJen 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!

Marketing Yourself with Mister RogersSerenity 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! :)

What's in Derek Jeter's Gift Baskets?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.

Benefits of Mom & Pop Shops: Fried Chicken Road TripEric LabanauskasRoad 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.

Push for the Path and Community FundraisingJaimie 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!

Why False Advertising is Never a Good PlanRachel 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!

The Self-Promotion Tool You're Not UsingMandy 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!

Dr. Seuss Quotes for Business InspirationAmy 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.

Office Space and Preventing Cubicle BurnoutAmanda 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.

Off the Wall Branding with VansJenna 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!

What Happened to Small, Medium, and Large?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!

Buddy the Elf's Guide to SuccessJill TooleyBuddy 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!

Motivational Songs for Tough Work DaysCandice 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.

How is Microsoft Kinect the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronic?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).

Interview with Entrepreneur Kylee LaneJana 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)?



Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

Comments

  1. Rachel

    Go team QLP! These are all great articles. And it’s crazy that we’ve reached 1,000 posts, wow! An excellent roundup, Jill. :)

    • Jill Tooley

      Thanks, Rachel! It’s hard to believe, but we finally did it! :D

    • Amanda

      Agreed! Well done QLP! 1,000 posts is really something to celebrate. I love this blog. All of best stuff. =)

  2. Candice J.

    I can’t lie, we are pretty awesome bloggers! When I started I knew that this would be part of it but I never imagined how great it would be. It allows us to be creative and fun and touch on soooo many cool and interesting things that we might have never known about. I can honestly say its one of the best things I do here. Go QLP!!!

    • Jill Tooley

      I agree, Candice! Thanks for your kind words, too. I’m glad you enjoy it! It’s great to have you :)

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    This is the coolest list of really random blogs! I love it! This just shows you the crazy scope of minds we have here!

  4. Mandy Kilinskis

    I am so proud to say that I’ve contributed 6.9% of our blog articles! Congratulations, QLP – and here’s to 1000 more (and beyond)!!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Also, 3. You’re holding up 3 fingers.

      • Jill Tooley

        6.9% is nothing to sneeze at, that’s for sure! :D And yeah, what you said! Can’t wait until we reach the 2,000 mark. Maybe there’ll be cake?

        P.S. HOW DID YOU KNOW?!? Creeper… (kidding)

  5. Jen

    I can’t believe we’ve hit 1,000 blogs, that’s a lot of awesome content! Woohoo, go QLP!

    Great idea to put all of out favorites in this article Sharkman…ugh I mean Jill. ;) lol

    • Jill Tooley

      It was Mandy’s idea, and I liked it so much I ran with it. I love seeing everyone’s faves in one place!

      Thanks, shark woman! ;)

  6. david k waltz

    Congratulations to all of you on your blogging milestone!

    Some of the posts you mentioned I have read, and some I have not (yet!).

    But my favorite item during your journey (presumably because I have Stockholm Syndrome) is the fact that you won the Most Valuable Blogger of Chicago award last year, beating out my blog in the process!

    Of course, it’s 16 against 1, but I believe I have proven over the past year that I am not a poor sport about the whole thing.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Jill Tooley

      Thank you so much, David!

      Haha, you’re too funny! I’ve never once thought that you were a poor sport all this time you’ve been stopping by, nor should there be any bad blood between our blogs. As far as I’m concerned, we’re both equally valuable to Chicago, and that’s that! :)

      Really though, you are a wonderful person and we always love hearing from you. I appreciate your comment! Have a great weekend.

  7. Jaimie Smith

    This was so cool! I am so glad we did all this! This is a lot of content, awesome content! They were all really cool blogs, most that I was not here for yet, so it looks like I have some reading I have to catch up on. I did scope out Candice’s blog about everyones favorite song, that is such a neat post idea, I can’t wait to go back and actually read all the way through it!
    You did a great job putting this together Jill (as always) :)

    • Jill Tooley

      Aww, thanks, Jaimie! You should definitely catch up on this “required” reading sometime — it’ll entertain you endlessly. :)

      P.S. The song blog is one of my favorites, too!

  8. Jeff Porretto

    My favorite part of this is us old timers picking out posts from before all these young spring chickens arrived. How many of them even know about Lauren’s deep love of Mac & Cheese???

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