Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Two Blogging Years

Exactly one year ago today I announced my first blogversary. In reflecting on my first year as a blogger, I had plenty to be pleased about. Twelve months earlier I'd been trying to pad out a thin CV with some work before returning to college to start my final year. My only significant experiences at that stage were in Marylebone - four exciting weeks at The Landmark and a glorious fortnight at The Providores.

A year later and I'd published my gastronomy project report, spent a month working for Gordon Ramsay, passed my final exams and graduated with merit. I'd published 212 blog posts about my college studies, work experience, home cooking, food news, foodie movies, restaurants, food shops, TV food programmes and the act of blogging itself. About 30,000 readers had visited my blog and left about 900 comments. And blogging had introduced me to a host of food lovers across the globe - from those swapping recipes for comfort food to those experimenting with molecular gastronomy techniques and some simply enjoying the pleasures of dining out and writing about the experience.

All that was a year ago and the only thing that hasn't changed in the intervening 365 days is that my dad is still trying to relocate himself to Yorkshire, after two abortive attempts to sell the house. Meanwhile, I left the comfortable world of home and college behind me and set out into the big wide world.

Arriving in Barcelona in late September, I began what is now 10 months of serious professional work, three months as a stagière, four months as a commis chef and the past three months as a chef de partie. Five days a week, starting at 10.30 in the morning and not getting home until well after midnight, with a siesta late afternoon/early evening. Even allowing for the previous tiring journeys across London to and from college, professional life exerted a much greater strain on my free time and energy. Unsurprisingly, my blogging had to take more of a back seat. Even so, I managed 110 posts in the past year, received about 750 comments and welcomed about 55,000 visitors to this blog to view 100,000 pages. And I met some great new friends in the process, several of whom came to eat at the restaurant and enjoy the sights of Barcelona with me.

Doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself? It's hard to believe it's two years. 10% of my life.

To everyone who has shared my journey with me over these twenty-four months, many thanks to you all for stopping by, both in the virtual world of the internet and the real world of the restaurant. I look forward to your company in the year to come, as I face new challenges, enjoy new opportunities and try to find time to blog. To anyone who's been thinking about a visit to the beautiful city of Barcelona but hasn't yet managed to get their act together, my email address is provided by clicking the contact button above. You only have to give a date and time and ask me to arrange a table...

14 comments:

Julia said...

Wow, 2 years already. Congrats!

Ros said...

Many congratulations. Frankly, I have no idea where you find the energy or the time, but keep it up!

richard said...

Well done - here's to the next two years... Wonder where you'll be then?

Must try to get out to Barcelona...

Jeanne said...

Happy blogoversary! Can it only be two years?? If this is what you have managed to achieve in 24 months, I look forward to seeing your name in lights in the very near future - maybe some own-brand utensils or spices, a TV show or two... LOL!

Seriously, many congrats. Glad you're still enjoying the blogging and the cooking, and Barcelona. I was there at Easter but hubby had expressed a desire not to have a totalyl foodiecentric holiday for once... Did get to go to Moo at Hotel Omm which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Trig said...

Thank you guys.

Time flies when you are enjoying yourself, Julia.

It's very hard to find time, Ros, which is why I only blog once a week now as a rule.

Richard - Keep trying to convince Dan to come over as well. Now he's tried Midsummer House...

Jeanne - Hotel Omm's a bit upmarket for me, but I'm well aware of Moo and may try it one day. Btw, my mum flew to Jo'burg on Monday en route to Victoria Falls as part 1 of a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Southern Africa.

Helen said...

Congratulations! I can't believe it either. I really enjoy your blog as it gives a different perspective. Mostly, what I enjoy about blog reading is that blogs are written my 'normals' but I really enjoy reading about your chef adventures and I feel I actually learn something from you as you write in such a non-pretentious way. That is quite a skill I think, keep it up.

Kimi said...

Congrat on the 2 year anniversary, you have really acomplished alot!

I am celebrating my 6 month ann and also the DMBLGIT win! Thank you! I post about both today!
I was blown away!

The Boston Foodie said...

Congratulations! It was reading your blog, Trig, that pushed me into writing my own and I have loved every minute of it. It's been well over a year for me! The time has really rocketed by.

Trig said...

Helen - I'm definitely very 'normal', that's for sure. And your blog has always been one of a small group that I've found really inspirational.

Kimi - Well deserved. Recognise the plate?

William - what can I say? If I played any small part in promoting your bloglife, then I'm really pleased.

Mark Lewis said...

Aidan, congratulations on your blog's second birthday. I always enjoy checkingout what you are doing, reading, tasting and cooking. More power to you.

richard said...

Am working on a way to get a pass from Mrs L so I can come out and see you... this may cost me dear... Should try to come out with Dan as well!

MarkF said...

Congratulations on the blogoversary - it's been an interesting read - cant wait for the next years posting !

Jeena said...

Congratulations Aidan! You sure have achieved a lot! :-)

Jeanne said...

Just saw your response now - I can highly recommend Moo - there were some dishes that had me giggling in delight which is always a good sign in my book. In particular there was a cheese and apple dessert that blew me away. Note to self - must blog it soon! Hope your mom had a fantastic time at Vic Falls? I'm presuming she didn't go to the Zim side of the falls!


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