My, My, Where Has the Time Gone?

Posted on Tuesday 23 January 2007

I thought Restaurant Gal’s first year anniversary was coming up soon, but I wasn’t sure exactly when. Next week? This Thursday? Turns out, it was last Sunday. So, there we are.

And here I am: three restaurants, two job titles, 194 posted posts, two serious media inquiries, a lot of links, thousands of reads a day, much joy and angst, and more joy–all a year later.

When I began writing this blog on January 21, 2006, no one–and I mean no one–read the thing. I am pretty sure no one read it for a month or two. But slowly the word trickled out, and now I have a slew of regular readers I love hearing from and many more lurkers I have no idea about.

Restaurant Gal continues to be a noncommercial venture and very much a labor of love.

I’ll keep writing as long as I work in the business, because there seems to never be a dearth of stories to tell. And I’ll always look forward to the often insightful, hilarious, and sometimes aggravating comments that come with the territory.

A toast to the first year, then.

Coming soon? More.

–The Gal

30 Comments for 'My, My, Where Has the Time Gone?'

    January 23, 2007 | 7:31 pm

    Dear Gal! Happy First Blog Birthday! I truly enjoy your lovely posts and hope that you’ll continue writing them for us. All the best from Germany, Charis :-)) PS: Loved the story about the boss man’s son!

    January 23, 2007 | 8:29 pm

    Happy birthday then! I haven’t read your blog for long, just a few weeks, but I am already addicted. Keep on the good work!

    January 23, 2007 | 9:11 pm

    Happy anniversary!

    January 23, 2007 | 9:12 pm

    Gal, Happy Anniversary!

    Long time lurker coming out, here. I’ve totally enjoyed your blog for as long as I’ve read it. I only wish I could tell you how long, but I’m just not sure when I started.

    You’ve made me smile a lot and think much with your posts. Thanks and congratulations for the first year.

    January 23, 2007 | 10:26 pm

    im one of the lurkers…
    been reading your blog
    for a long time. commented
    once in a while.
    nice writing.
    congrats on the one year.
    i work in the floral industry and
    considering a blog. crazy people
    out there.

    January 23, 2007 | 10:52 pm

    congratulations & thanks for sharing

    January 23, 2007 | 11:12 pm

    Congrats! I enjoy reading.

    Karen in Australia
    January 23, 2007 | 11:13 pm

    Happy anniversary, Gal!

    January 23, 2007 | 11:41 pm

    Happy anniversary!
    I check your blog everyday and I love it. Keep it up!!

    January 23, 2007 | 11:43 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Gal!! Your inspiring, funny, and sometimes educational view on life is terrific and keeps me coming back for more. Cheers!

    January 24, 2007 | 12:23 am

    Many congratulations for reaching this milestone! I really enjoy your posts, and look forward to new adventures. Thank you for sharing your slice of life with us all.

    January 24, 2007 | 6:32 am

    Happy Anniversary !

    May you have many more ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 24, 2007 | 8:16 am

    Congratulations on making it a year in the blog world ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve done quite well for yourself. I wish you continued success, and, more importantly, continued enjoyment for what you do.


    January 24, 2007 | 10:20 am

    Happy (belated) blogiversary, RG!

    I’ve enjoyed the part of the ride that I’ve gotten to tag along with! Looking forward to viewing the world through your eyes for another year…

    January 24, 2007 | 11:23 am

    Happy anniversary from one of your “lurkers!”

    January 24, 2007 | 11:40 am

    Another long time “lurker” here. I got your site from Delmar DustPan”. I have no idea where he got it. LOL I read you every day. My favorite was the kid that took his mom to dinner. Great site!!

    January 24, 2007 | 11:52 am

    Happy Anniversary!!!! I discovered your blog several months ago and I’ve been lurking ever since. I love your writing! Thank you for including the story about your boss’ son- it made me smile:)

    Chris in LA

    January 24, 2007 | 12:06 pm

    Woo hoo! Happy Anniversary, RG!

    January 24, 2007 | 12:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    – a lurker

    January 24, 2007 | 12:20 pm

    A heartfelt Congrats!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    January 24, 2007 | 12:32 pm

    Congrats on a year! I have only been reading for a couple of months myself, but will definitely continue to do so.


    January 24, 2007 | 1:27 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    January 24, 2007 | 4:59 pm

    A happy one year goes out to you.

    January 24, 2007 | 11:03 pm

    de-lurking…love your blog.

    January 25, 2007 | 3:46 pm

    I’m a little late in my congratulations, but they are heartfelt nonetheless.


    January 25, 2007 | 4:35 pm

    Gongrats to the Gal! =) WOW>> It doesn’t seem possible that it has ONLY been one year, and yet.. how can it be a year already?
    seriously.. we shoulda had a party. I already baked cupcakes.. I’ll think of you as I eat one later… with a nice cuppa coffee to wash it down.

    keep on keeping on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 25, 2007 | 10:26 pm

    Hi, I’m a relatively recent reader from New Zealand but intend to keep checking back as long as you keep writing stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚


    January 26, 2007 | 8:02 pm

    “This calls for a toast!” (sound of cork popping gently, and glasses being poured).

    “May your feet never tire, may your smile never fade.
    May your customers never be rude, may your employees never call in sick.
    May your boss recognize your genius.
    But most importantly, may you never lose your passion for writing—we’d miss you too much.

    Congrats on your anniversary, long live the Restaurant Gal!”


    January 26, 2007 | 9:50 pm

    Lurkers and new commenters: Thank you for coming to the dance party!

    Old Regulars–LB, Natalie, Jenni–So talented, each of you. Thank you, as always, for reading and getting it.

    Sort-of new regulars: briiant donkey, shaken not stirred, jay sun, jaz, raven, fat lazy guy: I am so glad you come to the party so often! Keep up your own writing.

    My email-only friends: Thank you for taking the time to let me know you’re reading and on the same page.

    Wineward: May your own party continue in the spirit of your wonderful toast.

    February 3, 2007 | 2:33 pm

    Really enjoy your blog. Congrads on the landmark! I guess i am a lurker…LOL but I enjoy reading your blog when I get the time. Just a simple midwest grandmother, Renee :}

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