That’s right – on May 15th 2009, this blog was born…
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To celebrate, I’m taking a trip down memory lane looking at my top ten posts. Some of these are YEARS old but are still super popular!
Top 10 posts on eat. live. travel. write.
For over three years, two friends and I met monthly(ish) to cook from a selected cookbook or cookbook author’s body of work. This edition (a little inexplicably to me) is up there in my top ten most popular posts. Speaks to how popular Ina is!
Back in 2009 before I knew anything about SEO or writing so that my stuff would be picked up and popular in Google searches, I named this post “How to make rice cakes” and I’m sure everyone’s disappointed when they see it’s not a “how to” but a travel post from Laos! One of these days, I might get around to figuring out how to make these at home!
This speaks to the power of the roundup post. This was included on a Buzfeed post about French foods you need to try before you die (!) many years ago and I guess THEY know their SEO because I still get a ton of traffic to this post today!
Ok so those are the most popular posts by pageviews. But pageviews can be affected by so much – SEO/ if the post was shared from a big site etc… and while I love ALL the posts on my site, there are many, many others (like 2196 other posts apart from this one!) that I’d love to get some more airtime so since we’re in throwback mode, here goes…
Highlights from the first 10 years of eat. live. travel. write.
1. I’ve taught hundreds of kids to cook through my Petits Chefs after-school cooking club
3. Less than 6 months into blogging, I won a trip to San Francisco to demonstrate a recipe I developed in front of a live audience!
4. After just a year blogging, I entered an international food blogging contest and made it to Round 8 of 10!
5. I cooked my way through Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Around my French Table. Took nearly 5 years but I didn’t miss one recipe or one week of posting!
6. Neil and I cooked our way through Michael Ruhlman’s Charcuterie over the course of a year.
Read about what the Food Revolution means to me.
8. I’ve blogged every step of the Camino de Santiago so far (2 stages to go!)
9. I co-founded Canada’s only dedicated organisation for food bloggers and co-organised Canada’s first dedicated conference for food bloggers. I left FBC as a director in 2013 to pursue my writing (see #2, above) and other projects (see #10 below)
I could go on, but I won’t. There’s lots of reading here for new readers and lots of trips down memory lane for longtime readers. Thank you all for being here, for reading and your support. I honestly wouldn’t still be here if it were not for you.
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