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Ten Things I Learned in My First Year of Blogging

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 –

maxim.com

This  is not –

giantbomb.com

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.

Please, shut that baby up already…

Thanks everybody!!!

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About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

21 comments on “Ten Things I Learned in My First Year of Blogging

  1. Yinzerella
    June 11, 2012

    You had me at shirtless Alex Trabek.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      June 11, 2012

      So were you one of those 14 people who Googled it?

      • Yinzerella
        June 11, 2012

        LOL. Sadly it never occurred to me that such an image existed. I am glad that your blog brought it to my attention.

    • Leidy
      February 20, 2013

      Hi there. I googled best chtcalooe chip cookie recipe, or something similar and came across several recipes. Yours looked the closest to what I wanted. There’s a bakery in town that makes the best chtcalooe chip walnut cookies. They’re slightly dry-chewy-crunchy on the outside and moist-chewy-chtcalooey on the inside with at least a walnut bite every other bite So I followed your recipe pretty close, just adding some walnuts and maybe a little less chtcalooe chips. Also, I didn’t have baking soda and felt ashamed to substitute a larger portion of baking powder. I do not own a mixer so I improvised doing it all by hand. I kept the butter a little colder but it probably is best to do this with a mixer. Despite the inconsistencies, Wow!!! I was not dissapointed. I just ate 2 and a half with a glass of milk. After writing this comment, they’ll have cooled the proper amount of time. I think I’ll go have another right now. Thank you for sharing!

  2. musingsoftheamusingmuse
    June 11, 2012

    Hey! It’s good to put a face with a name… or a blog. It’s a connection thing. Glad to see you succumbed to peer pressure.

  3. Go Jules Go
    June 11, 2012

    John, congratulations!! You are definitely rocking the blogosphere, and it is so nice to ‘see’ you! I’m all on board for more wine posts, LOL, but you certainly don’t need to change a thing. You are hilarious, and please feel free to print this comment and show it to your family if you think it will help.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      June 11, 2012

      Aw damn… I was trying to keep my first name secret, too. 😉 Thanks for the kind words!

      • Go Jules Go
        June 11, 2012

        Gah, I hope the winky face means I didn’t really blow up your spot! I’m usually so careful about that, but I was sure I’d seen you use your first name on your blog. (Feel free to send me to the trash bin if I ever step outta line, LOL)

  4. pimpchef
    June 11, 2012

    Yo, word on the 1 yr. Keep it up. Tho’ ya spoke too soon – YOU ARE THE WORLD’S UGLIEST BLOGGER! LOL…

  5. Socialkenny
    June 11, 2012

    Did you throw the blog a birthday party lol?

    My blog’s anniversary came and went without me knowing.

  6. PlayingDorothy
    June 13, 2012

    Ha! It’s been a long time since I actually guffawed, but number 3 definitely made me sound like a donkey…it may have been the pine nut I inhaled….anyway actual funky noise was made to that one! Congrats on your one year! Lovely to see your face!

  7. Megan @ MegGoesNomNom
    June 13, 2012

    “About 1,000 people reached my blog because they were searching for Bert from Sesame Street.” <—yesssss. Laughed out loud.

    • Nisomu
      February 20, 2013

      Kathleen,We are already in the pserocs of working on that, we to as a board would love to make it more convienient for parents. This however will take a bit of time to arrange for payment pserocses and such to be set into place. Thank you for your suggestion

  8. Dino
    June 14, 2012

    John you have always been funny, and still are, this was a real fun blog piece to read

  9. Kayla Hoffman
    June 21, 2012

    great post! My anniversary is coming up, too! I need to get creative.

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