Two years ago, I made a list of blog-related New Year’s resolutions. I really don’t believe in them, and I’m not sure I looked at the list much after I wrote it. I came acrossed it while cleaning up some files on the backend of the blog and thought I would check in with where things stood:
- I Want to market this blog better. I’ve been puttering around at a static readership number for about a year. I want to push that needle further to the right. The needle has been pushed, but there is always room to grow. Reddit and Facebook have been really helpful in this regard.
- Am going to make a greater effort to read everything written by Sean Kirst. Syracuse is blessed with a columnist with immeasurable passion and fire. I once saw him go fire and brimstone at an awards lunch over trash on the side of the road. I wish I could channel my emotions in as productive of a way as he does. It’s appointment reading every day.
- Am going to give Thai food a better shot. Still have not done that.
- Am going to sit down for a meal at a Vietnamese restaurant. Or this.
- Will try to be as complimentary as I am critical of people. It’s something I’ve been working on, but I think that if I put it on screen and look at it, it might happen. It has been a work in progress. It’s easier to trash someone than it is to be genuinely nice. Well, for me it is.
- Will not go out for lunch as much. $6 here, $8 there…it adds up after a while. Heh. That’s funny.
- Want to work more vegetables into dinnertime. So, more trips to the Farmer’s market and maybe a CSA. Check.
- Plan to eat more locally raised meat. Check.
- Want to broaden Meatless Monday. I don’t know what that means, but I want to do it. I’m now a Meatless Monday blogger, so that’s something.
- Might reorganize this blog so the categories and tags make the posts easier to search and reference. There’s still work to do, but it’s better.
- May move the blog to a dedicated server so that I have more control over things like design and syndication. Check.
- Want to spend more time eating dinner with my friends, particularly the ones I don’t see as often. I don’t know that this is ever going to get accomplished in the way I want. I blame children for this.
- Want to cook a duck or a rabbit. Maybe both. Not unlike Thai and Vietnamese food, this remains elusive.
I don’t intend to add anything, though I would like to cross a few things off.
While we are on the topic of lists…
- This is the first blog post of 2015, so it might be worth mentioning a few things. First, I am working on some partnerships with various brands. This week, you will see posts where I cooked with beers from Stone Brewing Company out of Escondido, Calif. When I do these sorts of things, I will add a disclaimer to the post that discloses anything I received (I actually have a disclosure policy that you, dear reader, can see if you would like.) Reviews of products will reflect my actual opinion and not one that has been purchased. If you know me personally, then you are aware that I have strong feelings about products and will not hold back. Impartiality is important, and I value my reputation and credibility more than a bottle of beer or box of pasta.
- I have a giveaway coming up this week. Stay tuned on Thursday for big doings.
- Last March, my big list of the things that make Syracuse a great food town went over pretty well. I’m going to take the next step with that this year and talk about the icons of Syracuse food. Syracuse food is more than the skin-deep salt potatoes, Hoffman’s Hot Dogs, and Dinosaur Barbque. Sure, those are important, but we’ll look at a little bit of everything beginning next week.