leave your inhibitions at the door
Wow, it’s been that long? I went through my WordPress Dashboard a few days ago and was shocked to see that yesterday, June 10th, was the one year anniversary of my very first post. Thanks to all of you for your support over the past year. It’s been a heckuva lot of fun for me and I hope it has for you, too. As I write this now, I’m about a biscuit away from 25,000 views this blog – which is about 24,834 more than I thought I’d get.
People like lists and surprise endings. So without further ado, I give you both:
1. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun. I love writing. Absolutely love it. I was worried about hitting a wall at some point, but I’m still finding I have way more posts than days of the week.
2. The community of bloggers that use WordPress.com is such an inspiring and supportive group. Every morning I open up my newsfeed and always find something that makes me laugh, makes me think, or makes me hungry. To all you bloggers out there – Thanks for putting out good content! I know it’s not supposed to be a competition, but you all raised the bar and I’m secretly trying to be better than you in all ways. And mostly failing.
3. There’s no such thing as a food and wine blog groupie. In my Mardi Gras post I sent an open invitation for women to send me pictures of their breasts in exchange for a picture of beads. Even though that post received a couple hundred views, I did not receive one picture.
4. I’m still in the top 5 worst Asian photographers in the world. I think I need to cut back on burritos and save up for some photography lessons and a decent camera.
6. It takes a lot to shock me, but it’s a little disconcerting to see the Google search terms that led people to my blog. About 1,000 people reached my blog because they were searching for Bert from Sesame Street. Almost as many did searches on Fergie from Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, and Mila Kunis. All understandable. It’s when they search for “alex trebek shirtless” that’s got me worried. Especially since that happened FOURTEEN times.
This is understandable -
This is not -
7. This blog has done wonders for my confidence and self-esteem. When I started this a year ago, I had strong doubts whether I could keep this up or whether anyone would even like it. But somewhere along the line I realized that people are interested in what I write about and a dozen or so actually find me funny. Unfortunately, not one of that dozen resides my own house.
8. I looked back at my posts and I seldomly write about wine. I gotta change that.
9. Even though I rarely spend more than an hour on a post and I have 175 of them, they’re all a part of me. It’s like a little electronic Duggar family. But unlike kids, it’s really easy to pick out favorites. Here are five of mine. If you haven’t read them, what the heck are you waiting for?
- Zen Moments with The Buddha Hand Easily my favorite.
- Endless Love Because I got to use the phrase “Rub and Tug”
- On the Floor, even though my attempts at product placement didn’t work.
- The Whisper Song because the Ying Yang Twins commented on it.
- Dim Sum or Weed? because it was an absolute riot to sit at that table during that meal.
10. I read somewhere that people are drawn to blogs where the author has a picture of his or her face – some kind of psychological bonding shit. I have to admit, when I see the Gravatars of other bloggers I do tend to check out the ones with faces. Yes, yes, definitely the hot ones. But I also find myself checking out other guys’ blogs. And blogs of ugly people, because there’s certainly a whole slew of those. It’s all cool, though. If you have good content I’ll still read your blog. Even if your face makes babies scream.
So… because 1) I want to connect more with my readers, 2) I suddenly have more confidence, and 3) I’m not going to be the world’s ugliest blogger, I’m officially coming out of the faceless closet.