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.
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Congrats Matt! It’s great to have you as part of our cocktail community. I can always turn to you when I need to know which rums to sub for various cocktails.
Congratulations, perhaps we shall share celebratory drinks at the UK RumFest to honour this.
I think the greatest thing I’ve done as an advocate for rum is getting Rick to come around and see the way and the light of Wray & Nephew Overproof. 😉
Congrats! You’ve certainly managed to cram a lot of rum-centric activity into one year.
And since I just got a bottle of Wray & Nephew overproof…send me some suggestions as to what to do with it!
Congratulations Dood! Keep up the good work. Look forward to catching up with you at Rum Fest…
Natalie - The Liquid Muse
Congratulations, Rum Dood! Sounds like you’ve found your voice and your favorite topic. Takes some people a lifetime to do that!
xo The Liquid Muse
Congrats Dood! your blog is one of the best out there!
Did show the way and the light of Wray & Nephew Overproof to Rick?..welldone! he`s soon going to be able to pair it with Ting!
Congratulations! Here’s to another blogiversary of great rum discoveries and cocktail adventures!