I wrote fewer posts in 2019 (149 v. 123) versus the previous year but page visits and views both increased over 25% as older posts continued to perform well and some new content caught on. The drop in posts doesn’t mean I was writing less overall, just writing less on the blog. Turns out writing two books and blogging and doing all the associated indie author things takes up a lot of time. The blog has always been a personal hobby and I’ll continue to do it as long as it’s fun.
I started blogging (on and off) almost 15 years ago now and I like to think of this blog as a throwback to those early pre-blogger days where everyone’s site was sort of a distorted reflection of their personal interests. That’s still what I typically write about. Books, reading, baking, running, weekends with the kids. Turns out people mostly want help with cooking and recipes. Especially recipes from marathon-winning athletes.
I’m going to get this out of the way right off the bat. We are an Anna’s Taqueria Family and have been for more than 20 years. But we also really like Mexican food in just about all forms. Put it in a tortilla and I’ll likely eat it. As I’ve said before, lack of really good pizza and burritos in the suburbs where we live is the biggest food fail. I can make a very good pizza but haven’t really conquered recreating great Mexican street food at home. We are always on the lookout for a new burrito or taco place that is closer to home. Jamaica Plain isn’t all that much closer than some of the Anna’s locations but Chilacates was worth a try.
For me, I’ve come to believe, that writing is a craft. You need to practice and you need to learn. If you want to write, by far the most important and useful writing advice you’ll ever get is to write (followed closely by reading, a lot).
Don’t talk about it. Don’t wish for it. Put your butt in the seat and do it.
I’m going to up front about this. I am not a car guy. If a vehicle gets me reliably where I need to go without smoke or strange noises, I’m good. I’m still driving the 2000 Ford Focus I bought right after college. However, I also like to learn new things and I’m a bit on the frugal side so I try do things myself if I can.
Here are XX simple things even a non-car guy (or gal) can do themselves to both save money, learn a new skill, and keep your vehicle well maintained.
One of the great things about revisiting a place on vacation is that you have the time, knowledge, and flexibility to explore new things and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. This happened to us on our most recent return trip to Prince Edward Island.
We were googling around looking for nearby restaurants and stumbled on Copper Bottom Brewery in Montague which offered, in addition to a nice tap room, live fiddle music on Sunday and pizza and vinyl on Thursday. Yes, please!
If you are going to visit Prince Edward Island, you really should take some time to see the island by water. The views of the red cliffs, bays, inlets and green fields spinning out toward the horizon is a view not to be missed.
Last year, we went for a morning boat tour that included fishing and clamming. This year we went a little more low key and a lot more musical. We booked a ‘jigs and reels’ sunset tour with the Fiddling Fisherman out of Souris.
You really only need to know two things about Country Kitchen. They’ve been around for almost 50 years and they continue to thrive as a coffee and donut joint right next to a Dunkin’ Donuts. Their secret really isn’t hard to suss out, either: a small selection of products made by hand with quality ingredients. The friendly and efficient service doesn’t hurt either.
While the original location in Walpole has been around for half a century, there is now a new location in Millis right off 109 near Ryan Family Amusements and I’m happy to report that they’ve brought all the same qualities that made the original location a success to this new venture. This more convenient location might be bad news for my waistline but good news for breakfast fans.