Cooking with Alison was created one year ago, today! So, like I do every year on my own birthday, I’m going to reflect on the past year’s lessons, appreciate the people that made a difference, and make plans for improvement over the next year. Here’s to you and, hopefully, to another year of Cooking with Alison!
Statistics From the First Year of Food Blogging:
Total number of views: 58, 764
Number of views on the busiest day (Jan. 13, 2011): 529
Number of posts: 232
Number of email subscribers: 45 (plus 8 wordpress.com subscribers)
Number of email subscribers lost: 4 – It is at this point that I’d like to give a shout out to my dad, because he is one of the people that unsubscribed, haha. (I was posting too frequently for him.) Love you dad!
Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a way of knowing how many RSS subscribers there are (or how many I’ve lost).
Number of websites inspired by Cooking with Alison: 1 (My love affair with everything)
Most Importantly, Thank Yous:
First and foremost, Thank You to Everyone who has ever visited my site! I really appreciate you taking the time to look at it! A Special Thank You to the subscribers!
Thank You to Everyone who has ever shared a comment! Your comments truly influence the direction of this site. For example, in response to a question that Cathy asked about my steaming equipment, I wrote the post “How to Steam Cook Food” which became the second most popular post on this website!
I’d like to give Lily Ng (owner of the Very popular – and one of my favourite food blogs – Lily’s Wai Sek Hong) a Huge Thank You for adding Cooking with Alison to her blog roll. Thanks to her kindness, this site gained more exposure which encouraged me to keep food blogging.
A personal thank you to my sister, Krystal, who is my self-appointed Food Blog Manager She is a gracious taste-tester, she provides excellent constructive criticism, and the Recipe Index and How To category were her great ideas.
Ed deserves some serious recognition for putting up with the incessant [often one sided] conversations about the food blog Back when I had an average of 5 hits per week, I called or emailed him Every single time someone visited my site, haha.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge WordPress.com. I’ve never blogged before, so I can’t make comparisons to other providers, but WordPress.com has the BEST support team I have ever encountered. They are extremely helpful and have always responded to questions and fixed issues promptly. Furthermore, they are regularly updating their system and offering new features/functions. They’ve made my first blogging experience extremely pleasant and user-friendly.