Making The Squad

by Josh on October 12, 2009 · 5 comments

in Journal

If you have visited the site in the last few days you may have noticed a new image in the sidebar promoting the True Value DIY Blog Squad.  I’m thrilled to announce that your humble blogger has been selected to join this group.

As a member of True Value’s DIY Blog Squad, I have received $1,000 to use at my local True Value hardware stores for projects at my house.  I expect much of this work will continue my long-running bedroom renovation, but I have a couple other ideas in mind, too.  Posts I publish as part of the DIY Blog Squad will be clearly noted.  I also want to make clear that this sponsorship does not require me to endorse any specific products or services– my words, as always, are my own.

One blog does not a squad make, so True Value has picked four other sites to be part of this program, too.  Several of these blogs were unknown to me before a few days ago, so let’s get to know them together:

  • At Young House Love, Sherry and John are using some terrific design sense to make their first house a home.  And they’ve already taken their Chihuahua to True Value!
  • Layla and Kevin of The Lettered Cottage aren’t just the “other” design-savvy DIY couple with a chihuahua–they are prolific posters offering encouragement and ecclectic cottage ideas.
  • Katie blogs about everything from family happenings to faux raised paneling, but excellent photography is a consistent star at All Bower Power.
  • Love blogs but not reading?  Brian and Paul of The Handyguys’ Podcast have you covered with weekly audio answers to reader questions and conversations about all things handy.  Plus you can catch the podcast in iTunes, so buying a new iPod is practically a home improvement expense.

Lastly, I make no secret of the fact that things sometimes don’t go as planned around here.  If your house has ever gotten the better of you, True Value wants to hear your story in their DIY Drama Contest.  Anyone can enter for a chance to win $5,000 to use at your local True Value hardware store.  You can check out all the contest details at:  The deadline for submitting your entry is November 2, 2009.

Disclosure:  I was one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program and my DIY project as well as my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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Aaron October 12, 2009 at 7:07 am

Congrats! I look forward to the project and your blogging it. It’s cool to see the variety of the group who will be involved.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

Way to go!


Josh October 13, 2009 at 7:59 am



Sarah October 13, 2009 at 10:45 am

Congrats, Josh! You’re in impressive house-blog company. Looking forward to seeing the results.


Josh October 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Thanks, Sarah. You’re right about the excellent other blogs that are participating. I feel like Cinderella at the ball, but with a fairy godmother who keeps her wand in a toolbelt between her cordless drill and tape measure.


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