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ANNIVERSARY EDITION

 

More Thyme Than Dough is celebrating today.

Today is the one-year anniversary of More Thyme Than Dough. The very first blog post and recipe was published on February 17, 2010.

Since then there have been 166 new blog posts and recipes.

Come on in…..Sit down……….. Let me get you a piece of virtual cake and a cup of coffee to celebrate the occasion.

Thank you for sharing More Thyme’s first anniversary with me.

It has been an exciting and exhilarating year full of learning all manner of new skills and meeting all sorts of wonderful people.

There were a few times, especially early on, when I thought I had bitten off far, far more than I could chew. After I got the first post published, I slept 8 full deep hours. I was exhausted. As a point of reference I generally only need 5-6 hours of sleep a night. It was like that for the first three or four posts. There were just so many new things to learn and remember.

Early on doing the math for the Cost Analysis for each recipe was extremely hard and took more than a couple of hours. Math has never been my strong suit. Early on I thought about doing away with the Cost Analysis. But once I learned there are 2 tablespoons in an ounce and there are 6 teaspoons in a tablespoon it became much easier. So easy in fact the Cost Analysis is now my favorite and fastest part of doing a blog post.

Today More Thyme generally has 300-350 unique visitors daily and 500-600 daily hits. That far exceeds the goal I set for myself a year ago of 75-100 visitors. Thank you readers.

But by far, the best part of doing More Thyme Than Dough is all of the wonderful people I have met and all of the people who helped me along the way.

First in that category is Collin Tate.

I needed some help with learning the ins and outs of Word Press, a publishing application. So I placed an ad for a tutor. I had several folks who responded. By far the most experienced was Collin.

Why someone so experienced took on such a novice is beyond my comprehension. But he did. And I am eternally grateful. It was the right choice in so many ways.

First of all he knows so much. Second he is a great teacher and he is very patient even with an inexperienced baby boomer who did not know much about blogging. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Not true!!! Collin taught this old dog many new tricks with grace and humor.

In the process we also became good friends, even though we have never met in person. We do everything through the magic of the internet or by phone.

I publicly thank him for teaching me so much and guiding More Thyme in the right direction. Mostly I thank him for being my friend.

The next person I have to thank is Jeff Berkowitz.

He is also known as the CulinaryPhilosopher, at his website or @chefphilosopher on Twitter.

I found Jeff’s website via Twitter and knew I had to follow him when I read his recipe for Chicken Stock. Chicken Soup or Stock is my test for a great cook, like my mother was.

Jeff’s recipe is the only one I have read in recent years that even  mentioned hens. You can’t get them any longer. But if you want real rich chicken stock and real Jewish penicillin you really need to make your soup or stock with a hen.

So I followed him. I never dreamed someone with as many followers that @chefphilosopher has would follow me back. But lo and behold, miracle of miracles in less than a few hours he was following me. And he told me he liked my site and the Cost Analysis. Good thing I stuck with that, isn’t it?

@chefphilosopher also was the first person/site to add More Thyme to their blog roll and to #Follow Friday me. If you are not familiar with Twitter-speak, that simply means someone recommends you to his followers.

The number of followers I had began to jump exponentially within a few weeks of @chefphilosopher’s recommendation.

That led to meeting more great people on Twitter. I wish I could name them all. I never dreamed that people could be friends on some thing like Twitter. But they can. Several of us have telephone meetings once in a while. One person sent me a care package of baked goodies when I had a cold. I have just met so many wonderful people.

So I have to publicly thank Jeff Berkowitz for “discovering” More Thyme and for helping to promote it and “introducing” me to new friends. He is a big part of the success of More Thyme.

Last but certainly not least, I have to give the biggest thanks of all to YOU, the readers of More Thyme.  

Without YOU this blog would be nothing. YOU are the heart and soul that breathes life into the words on the page.

It is for YOU I write and share recipes.

THANK YOU DEAR READERS.

I look forward to the next year and I will work just as hard, even harder,  to continue to provide content and recipes you like.

Thank you for being a part of More Thyme Than Dough and thank you for being a part of my life. You enrich my life every day and I am grateful for each and every one of you.

Bon Anniversaire,

Roberta

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4 comments to SPECIAL EDITION

  • Friend with a job and a chance at another one!

    Congratulations Roberta on your one year anniversary! You inspire me!

  • Thank you so much for the kind words but it is your hard work and great concept that brought you success. It is you who areteaching me now:-)

  • Roberta, congratulations. One year is wonderful achievement. Keep up the great work now and many years in the future.

    Chef Felisha Wild

  • Carol Sternberg

    Congratulations Roberta!I have enjoyed MTTD immensely. The clear, concise recipes, the well research information and a food blog with “heart”. Keep on “cookin” and “bloggin”