FOODalogue’s 4th anniversary quietly slipped by me — but not without a random and sobering thought about my venture into blogging.
Long after I’m gone (you know, in that dreaded final sense), I won’t really be gone. Four years (and counting) of my food creations, travel adventures, and happy times with family and friends will live on through my words and photos here on this blog and elsewhere; in fact, all over the internet … on food and photo-related websites, through social media, and the other blogs I’ve interacted with. That kind of rocks!
On FOODalogue, alone, I’ve published over 500 posts and received more than 10,000 comments (not counting twitter and facebooks links and likes). And, I’ve probably received 100,000 spam attempts but, thanks to Askimet, most are caught.
I am grateful and (dare I say?) proud on a daily basis for all I’ve learned in the past 4 years … for what this endeavor has added to my life, the doors it has opened and, most importantly, for all the real friends I’ve made. Awesome!
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What’s happened this past year at FOODalogue? Well, for starters,
While I’ll be eternally grateful for the ‘leg up’ and community introductions they provided, I no longer relate to some of the online organizations I joined early on.
In 2012 (or late 2011, who remembers?) I took the few ads I carried off my blog. It wasn’t financially satisfying and, more importantly, I just didn’t relate to the advertisers that were taking up all that valuable blog real estate above the fold.
Now it’s all about me. Me! Me!
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• I joined the 5 Star Culinary Makeover Cooking Group this year and have been having the best time! I love the monthly challenges and my colleagues’ no-vote-pandering philosophy. It’s all done for the love of the challenge — they are so my kind of people!
• On the local front, I’ve been attending quite a few Florida foodie events, some of which I posted about; others not. This was at a recent private wine dinner with the winemaker, Francesco Zonin, at the tony Westin Diplomat Hotel.
• I had the opportunity to share a meal in real time with a few blogging friends.
With Nuria of Spanish Recipes in Barcelona, June 2012.
I’m open. Hopefully, new opportunities, new experiences, more travel (I’ve already got 2 big trips in mind for 2013) and the opportunity to meet more of my “foodie/blogging” friends in person.
If some kind of event is going on in your city or elsewhere, I’d love to know. Who knows? It could spark a trip. Alternatively, if any readers are South Florida-bound, please let me know. I’d love to meet you for a mojito!