On August 20th 2008, DadCooksDinner started with my first post. This month, post 1000 went up. Holy cow - one thousand posts? Me? How did I get here?
Persistence. I stick to my posting schedule, no matter what, and get new posts up every week. Some are easy; the words pour out onto the page. Others are knife fights with my inner demons - “This is no good. completely unoriginal. Why do I bother?” How do I push past the negativity? I learned to write crappy first drafts and get the ideas out before my inner critic cuts them off.1 Then I have to change gears, unleash my inner critic, and turn my raw ideas into a coherent story.
And, no matter how I feel, I write every day. Not a lot - my rule is, I have to write for five minutes. Some days, that’s all I do - write for five minutes. Other days I look up, and five minutes became an hour of uninterrupted flow. 2
In the spirit of my favorite movie, here are some top five lists about DadCooksDinner 2014-2015.
Top Five Events
- I switched my blog back end from Blogger to WordPress. I longed for the extra customization that I can get with WordPress, but the transition was rough. I spent a lot of time in February cleaning up the mess from the migration. And, now that it’s all settled…I don’t like the blog theme. Sigh. I’m going to change the theme, but I’m waiting until next year - I don’t want to waste more time this year fiddling with the blog.
- I published my second cookbook - Rotisserie Chicken Grilling. If you enjoyed my first book but thought “It needs more chicken!”, this is the book for you.
- One of my dreams came true - my byline is on Weber.com. I was invited to write guest posts for the Weber blog. Check out How to Set Up Your Rotisserie, How to Truss and Spit Poultry for the Rotisserie, and How to Truss and Spit a Roast for the Rotisserie.
- I started my ongoing Cast Iron series. I’ve had a stormy relationship with cast iron, and wanted to figure out why so many people love it. Now I’m a black metal junkie. (Programming note: The cast iron series is on summer vacation. I strip cast iron with my oven’s cleaning cycle - not something I want to do in the heat of August.)
- Road trips! Last fall, I spent a weekend in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with Pam, Maggy and Sharon of ThreeManyCooks at the Big Harvest Potluck. I was surrounded by food bloggers - my people! In June I visited my friends at Certified Angus Beef, just down the road in Wooster, Ohio. I learned about butchering, meat science, and spent time with fellow grill bloggers. I can’t wait to see where this year takes me.
Top Five Pictures
Top Five Recipes
- BBQ Beef Short Ribs (on a Kettle Grill)
- Pressure Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos
- Sous Vide Flat Iron Steak with Baby Kale Salad
- Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice
- Grilled Thick Cut New York Strip Steaks, Reverse Seared
Bonus tie for 5th: Pressure Cooker Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
Bonus: Top Video
I don’t know what I did right, but YouTube put my How to Rotisserie a Rib Roast video high in its search results. That video now gets more weekly views than all my other videos get in a month. I will do more videos, but they’re a lot more time consuming that a regular blog post, so they get pushed back while I finish my weekly writing. I need to change my priorites a bit…
Top Five non-recipe Posts
- Instant Pot Frequently Asked Questions
- Sous Vide Baby Back Ribs Showdown: 48 Hour vs 6 Hour
- Dirty Grill Shame
- The Best Grilled Steak: Reverse Sear or Sear and Move
- Things I Love: 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
Thank you for reading, everyone!
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