Monday, May 30, 2011
A birthday Flor Mango Pie for the ever supportive girlfriend and myself
Wow, it had already been 3 years since I wrote my first entry! It seemed not too long ago that I was starting out with my Sony T70, capturing weekend indulgence as a hungry, angsty NS boy. Fast forward 3 years later, the angsty-ness might be gone (I hope so) but the hunger never stops coming!
In true blue business student style, let me start off with some facts and figures. For FY (Food Year, not Financial la) ending May 30th 2011, there were 107 food entries written, 9 travel tales recounted and 5 countries (6th one coming soon!) covered. Viewership for the blog has increased steadily too, to an average of 270 unique visitors a day.
The most popular post was Starz Buffet @ Hard Rock Hotel, followed by Delifrance Breakfast Buffet and 潮州妹 Porridge Buffet (Closed, unfortunately). We seriously love buffet, don’t we?
Just don’t ask me to provide an income statement too, because if food blogging made any business sense, I would have been in receivership already.
Throughout another year of blogging, I had this bugging thought at the back of my head: The popularity of this blog. While viewership seemed to have increased, the number of known responses aka comments written seemed to be limited, given mostly by friends in this community who remained close to my heart. Neither do I know where this blog stands among the Singapore food blogs. Thus I contemplated with signing up for blog awards or engaging in product giveaways just to see if the viewership is a truthful reflection of its known existence. The latter, if you have noticed, is very effective in invoking comments and responses.
Thankfully, and I am glad that I did, I snapped out of it. It all boils down to one simple reason; The very purpose of this little writing space of mine is not to garner fame, but to store memories of my favourite hobby and to share my love for food with anyone, everyone. There is no need for awards to confirm the success, if it is even quantifiable, of this blog. The written records of the awesome meals I had and the ability to excite people with the places I went are already more than rewarding for me!
This leads me to share another viewpoint of using the word “review”. In fact, I’m pretty sure the word was never used in any of my entries. This is kind of anal, but I just don’t like to use it as I feel that it is too heavy to handle. Who am I to critique and make seemingly expert remarks on the hard work of chefs, when all I do is to enjoy the fruit of their labour? Not that I am shirking responsibilities for my words, but after all, I am just someone with my own taste preferences and happens to honestly write my thoughts out loud. That’s it.
TAB Burger. I wish I could offer you a bite out of this
Alright that’s enough chunks of reflections for the year! I would still very much like to thank everyone for reading my posts and hope that every visitor, whether regulars or stumbled upon, silent or outspoken has enjoyed my write-ups or found them useful in one way or another!
Year after year, I would also want to thank my family, friends and particularly the girlfriend for their patient stomachs at almost every meal. Pretty shots are important, but so is hot, fresh food!
There won’t be any cosmetic changes to the site (less lazy, more still loving the layout), but I will probably be doing some re-categorization of labels to make searching easier!
30th May 2011,