Wow, seriously? It’s been a year? I didn’t even prepare a speech or anything. It’s true, RumDood.com turns 1 year old today. It’s been a crazy year too.
When I started this blog, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it. My first post was about breaking both of my arms the day before I was in my best friend’s wedding. A few weeks later I posted a restaurant review, followed by a random image post, and then – finally – a rum review.
Of course, all of those posts happened OVER a year ago. At the time, this was “tehdood.com”, a site with no purpose or focus. Two days after posting my first rum review, I registered “RumDood.com” and forged ahead into the rummy wilderness without a clue as to what I was doing.
From there I’ve found myself blogging about rum, cocktails, and drinking-related events. I’ve posted 16 rum reviews, participated in 10 Mixology Mondays, posted 5 original cocktail recipes, toured two rum distilleries, sat as a judge in a rum tasting competition, attended Tales of the Cocktail, numerous spirits tastings, and a Tiki Bar Crawl. In a week I’ll be in London to attend UK RumFest.
Some interesting tidbits (at least to me):
- A year ago my rum collection was about 12 bottles. Today I have over 90 rums.
- The most popular post on RumDood.com is the review of Ron Zacapa Centenario, with almost 6000 pageviews
- While I didn’t start tracking visits until December 2007, since that time almost 17,000 people have visited the site
It’s been a wild ride and a ton of fun. I can’t wait to see what’s coming up next. Most importantly, I want to thank all of the people that come here to read, research, comment, and generally make this blog or site or whatever I should call it my favorite hobby/obsession of all time. As much fun as I have doing all of this, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun without all of you.