On November 30, 2011, at 11:07am I posted for the first time on this blog, explaining why I had decided to start blogging. Now, exactly one year later (with a little help from WordPress’s scheduling feature), I am looking back on a wonderful year of food blogging. What I didn’t realize when I started, is that blogging is as much about receiving as it is about giving. I was hoping to receive some feedback on my posts, and after a slow start that really took off and all your nice comments and ‘likes’ have become somewhat of an addiction. But I got even more out of entering the blogging world by following fellow food bloggers. Your ideas have inspired me to try new ingredients, new techniques and new combinations. Thank you all so much for making this such a great experience! Kees, thanks again for suggesting I should start blogging!
In my first post I promised that I would “strive to share every single interesting experience with respect to food and wine”. Looking back, I can honestly say that I have. When I wrote that, I didn’t fully realize that entering the blogging world also meant that I would have (many) more interesting food experiences than I had before I started blogging. Not only because of the constant supply of new ideas to try from other bloggers, but also because the need to blog is a constant motivation to cook new dishes more often than I did before. Usually on Friday I decide what I’m going to cook for the upcoming week and then shop for everything. Before I started blogging, I would often be lazy and pick something easy that we both like, such as pasta with chicken and pesto. Now I’m always considering whether I’ll have enough new dishes to blog about, and I often look at my ‘Coming soon’ list for ideas.
It’s a good thing I ride the train to work, because the time on the train is just enough to follow other bloggers, leave comments, and react to comments I receive. This interaction is just wonderful and an important factor in what makes food blogging so interesting and fun. I would love for all of my blogging friends to meet and go on a big cooking spree together, but alas that’s not going to happen with the distances involved.
I’m looking forward to another year of blogging and ‘talking’ with you guys!
To finish, here are some statistics about the first year.
Over 35,000 views in the first year, the daily average climbing slowly but steadily to over 200 in November 2012
Over 165 followers, with new followers still signing up on a weekly basis
Over 1,500 comments (and almost 5,000 spam comments)
Post with the highest number of views: Best temperature for Beef Short Ribs Sous-vide (other posts about sous-vide are also very popular; Google seems to have determined that this blog is a good resource for sous-vide).
Undeserved unpopular post: my Tiramisù is great, but I posted it when the blog was still unknown to most of you. It deserves more than the 26 views and 0 likes it now has.
Post with most comments: Duck Leg Confit Sous-vide (29 comments)
Post with most likes: Cake with Plums, Almonds and Orange (23 likes)
Most popular search term: lobster sous-vide (occurs over 500 times)