Time flies when you are having fun. I can’t believe that a year has passed since I started Back Road Journal. It has been such a great experience because of you…my readers. I have to thank everyone from around the world who has taken time to stop by for a visit, follow my blog and leave comments. Through your comments, you have made me laugh, taught me things I didn’t know, inspired and encouraged me.
Blogging has been a real journey for me. What you don’t know is that before I started my blog I was afraid of computers. I researched for months about blogging. Once I knew that I wanted to be part of WordPress, then I bought a book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide To WordPress. I read, underlined, and had sticky notes all over the book. One day my husband looked at me, shook his head and said “just do it”. I wrote my first post “Let’s Take A Ride” and hit the publish button.
I wanted to write about my experiences with great food, interesting places and enjoyable pastimes that I share with my husband along the back roads of New England and beyond. I thought my posts would be interesting to some readers but never in my wildest dreams did I think that over 50,000 people would read my posts, with over 700 people subscribing to my blog. My passion for food, travel and gardening has introduced me to new friends that I have never met face to face but feel as though I have known for years.
I have been fortunate to have received awards from fellow bloggers that you can find on my awards page. New ones have been passed to my blog and I would like to thank all those who considered my blog for the following:
Each of these awards wanted random bits of information about myself. If you are new to my blog and would like to learn a little more about me, you can look back to my post Surprises While Traveling when I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award and the Liebster Award.
For the 7 x 7 Award I was asked to list my post that I thought was:
The most beautiful…now this is hard. How do you pick your favorite child? I think it would be I Bid A Fond Farewell To Summer As I Look Forward To Fall.
The most popular would be Sicilian Pasta With Roast Cauliflower, Raisins, And Pine Nuts.
The most controversial was Spaghetti Alle Vongola/Spaghetti With Clams. The controversy was that most Italians in Italy do not believe that you should put cheese on seafood and yet many of you disagreed.
The most successful was Antique And Classic Wooden Boat And Car Show that made Freshly Pressed. Over 3,100 people have read this post. Wow!
The most underrated was The Spectacular Dolomites which was written while in Italy last fall. It was such a lovely section of Italy with natural beauty and wonderful food.
The most pride worthy would have to be my recipe for New Year’s Lobster Pot Pie that was named the Best Recipe of the Year by Wineguys Radio and TV. I was asked to be on their radio show to talk about the recipe. They also named Back Road Journal Blog of the Year.
As I start another year, I look forward to meeting more bloggers, reading the interesting posts that you write, and enjoy your wonderful photographs. I hope that each person that stops by Back Road Journal will enjoy my adventures with food, gardening and travel. I still have more treasures to find on the back roads…come along with me.