Three years ago, I walked out of my office and into the hiring arena of one of D.C.’s most popular restaurants. I was hired on the spot. Six months into my job as a maitre d’, I began writing Restaurant Gal because I was astounded by the nature of the business and the stories that played out in front of my podium.
For several months, I wrote this blog as a solo venture, never giving a thought to who might be reading it because, frankly, I knew no one except my husband and a handful of friends was reading.
One morning, I noticed my RG mail box had a message in it. What? Someone had actually commented on my blog? Later that morning, two more messages indicating two more comments popped up. Seriously?
“You are putting comments on my blog to make me feel like someone out there is reading, aren’t you?” I joked with Mr. Restaurant Gal.
He peered over the newspaper he was reading. “Uh, actually, no. You’ve got comments? That’s great! I told you people would eventually find you.”
But even he was curious, and when he announced the reason for the sudden attention, we were both astounded. “Looks like another blogger linked to you on his blog roll.” At the time, I was clueless about other blogs, blog rolls, and the like.
“What? Who?” I asked, totally bewildered.
“Waiter Rant. He put you on his blog roll.”
I paged back in my mind. “Oh, yeah, there’s a guy out there who’s a waiter and a terrific writer. I emailed him a month or so ago to let him know I really enjoyed his style, but that was about it.” Being dense, I also had no idea Waiter had one of the hottest and best-read blogs out there.
“Guess he liked yours, too.”
Thanks to Waiter linking to my blog, visits to RG grew steadily to 2000-plus a week. Thanks to Waiter, my blog continued to gain in popularity and readership. It felt very, very cool to have an audience for my stories.
It was also extremely helpful to exchange email with a successful blogger who was constantly having his anonymity challenged during a time when mine was as well. He offered support and advice that helped me ride out those rough times, and I will never forget that.
Since I moved from D.C. to South Florida a year ago, the nature of Restaurant Gal has shifted from laments and laughs about the industry to more general stories about life’s changes and challenges. Restaurant stories continue to inspire my writing, but I find the universe is equally inspiring beyond the confines of menus and reservations and crazy guests. Happily, my readership continues to grow, even though I am no longer a link on Waiter’s blog roll.
Now, Waiter has his own big news. His book is finally out, and so, it seems, is his identity. Now I can properly thank him.
Thank you Steve Dublanica for your incredible reads on Waiter Rant and for taking time to read my missives when you could. Here’s to wishing great success for your book and to thanking you again for recognizing Restaurant Gal and helping to launch it into the blogosphere two-and-a-half years ago.
Keep writing. I know I will.
And a toast to 25-percent tips.