This week my friend Francesca over at Almost Italian posted about her three year “blogaversary”. I realised that October is also my blogaversary, it has been four years! As Francesca says, it is a complete mystery why some posts are so popular, or how people find them, while others languish at the bottom of the heap.
A friend at work actually started this blog for me, there is no way I would have done it. So with a bit of help and a few YouTube videos I navigated my way around basic html and setting up links and the like. I know that if I want to grow I should go down the path of “self hosted” and “plug ins” and Google Analytics. But that was never the plan. It’s a record, a keepsake, an easy place to find my own recipes rather than going through my scrap book and files, knowing that piece of paper with the ingredients list is somewhere in the pile. It has also been an unexpectedly great way to come across other like minded, delightful people, each with their own story.
So following in Francesca’s footsteps here are my most popular posts over the last four years. Surprisingly, at the top of the list is this one on Sydney’s Best Cannoli. It is a rare day when someone doesn’t look at it. Forget doughnuts and tella balls, cannoli is where its at.
More understandably popular is this post on Sydney Private Dining Rooms, which needs a bit of an update given restaurant closures and new openings. In the lead up to Christmas in particular this one gets a lot of hits.
It is very closely followed by Mamma Rosa’s lemon biscuits. If you google “Italian lemon biscuits” somehow this one has made it to page one of Google. I must make these again, the Marito loves them.
Most months on the blog you’ll see an “In My Kitchen” post. The monthly IMK series was started by Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, and is a linkup of bloggers all around the world, showing, as the name suggests, what is going on in the kitchen. Scour the posts of the global tribe of IMK’ers and you’ll see every manner of kitchen gadgets, ingredients, recipes, wedding and birthday preparations, and the occasional renovation. It’s good fun. My most popular IMK post was when we left our very modern house of 13 years (which we built) and moved to a falling down heap with more space, which we adore.
And at the bottom of the pile is this Restaurant Dictionary. Goodness knows we need one most times we dine out these days. But maybe only I do!
I never really expected to do this for four years. Will I do it for another four? I don’t know. But it is a nice change from the myriad of numbers I look at all day at my computer at work. Thanks so much to those who read and comment, I really do appreciate it.