My, My, Where Has the Time Gone?

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 responses to “My, My, Where Has the Time Gone?”

  1. Charis Avatar

    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!

  2. Philippe Avatar

    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!

  3. caramaena Avatar

    Happy anniversary!

  4. Chris Avatar

    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.

  5. cathleen Avatar

    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.

  6. question girl Avatar

    congratulations & thanks for sharing

  7. Katie Avatar

    Congrats! I enjoy reading.

  8. Karen in Australia Avatar
    Karen in Australia

    Happy anniversary, Gal!

  9. raven44012 Avatar

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

  10. shakennotstirred Avatar

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

  11. m Avatar

    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.

  12. Jay Sun Avatar

    Happy Anniversary !

    May you have many more ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Fat Lazy Guy Avatar

    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.


  14. LLA Avatar

    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…

  15. Andrea Avatar

    Happy anniversary from one of your “lurkers!”

  16. Bob Avatar

    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!!

  17. Christine Avatar

    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

  18. Julie Avatar

    Woo hoo! Happy Anniversary, RG!

  19. heddy Avatar

    Happy Anniversary!

    – a lurker

  20. Jaz Avatar

    A heartfelt Congrats!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. briliantdonkey Avatar

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


  22. Natalie Avatar

    Happy Anniversary!

  23. Dooce Fan Avatar

    A happy one year goes out to you.

  24. Sarah Avatar

    de-lurking…love your blog.

  25. LB Avatar

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


  26. Jenni Avatar

    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˜‰

  27. Andrew Avatar

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


  28. wineward Avatar

    “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!”


  29. restaurant Gal Avatar

    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.

  30. Renee Avatar

    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 :}