I cannot believe a full year has passed since I started blogging. It is so true when they say “time flies when you are having fun”! 1 year has indeed gone by and I find myself celebrating the first blogiversary of Manu’s Menu.
People often ask me why I started blogging. I guess there are many reasons. I have always loved cooking and I had taken up the habit of publishing the pictures of my final dishes on my personal Facebook page. It was the easiest way I had to share my accomplishments with friends and family who all live far away. One of these special friends suggested that I started a blog to share my passion for cooking. And I will never be able to thank her enough for the push in the right direction. “Cì” had just started her own blog, Il Mondo di Cì, a fantastic project about travelling, books, children’s crafts, cooking and much more. There is always something new and I really enjoy reading it!!! <3 She helped me out A LOT. I had a very vague idea of what a blog was, and no idea at all on how to create one! My introduction to the blogosphere would have been much harder without her precious advice! Thank you sooo much Cì! 🙂
In the last year I have learnt so much! I know so much more about computers and social media! Who would have thought I would be able to write some (simple) coding?! Or become a Twitter addict?? Hahahaha But there is something where I think my improvement is easily visible by anyone: food photography. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t consider myself a good food photographer just yet. I still have so much to learn (and this is one of my goals for this second year of blogging), but if you look at my older posts and compare them with the latest ones, I think you will easily understand what I mean! 😉
I consider myself very lucky as I met many wonderful people along the way. People who share my same passion for food and food photography and who are always there to leave a sweet comment on my blog or to answer my questions when I have some. People I don’t know personally as we have never met, but whom I feel very close to as nothing brings people closer than sharing the same passion. I want you to know that even though I do not always reply to each single comment, I read ALL of them and they mean the world to me! Every comment is special to me… so keep them coming! I would love to thank each one of you personally for all your support and love, but as that would be a bit… impractical, I thought a giveaway would do! 😉 More on that at the end of the post…
I had never even dreamt that my blog would be read by so many (amazing!) readers! I do not usually do this as I am a bit of a shy person (oh yessss I am!), but the summary of this first year of blogging would not be complete if I did not share some statistical data:
As you can see from the above screenshot Manu’s Menu has been visited by over 185,000 people and it has a pageview count of almost 735,000 with a bounce rate of 2.51% which, I’ve been told, is quite good! 😉
I am quite satisfied with the results in the Social Media area… Manu’s Menu has almost 1100 followers between Facebook and Twitter and about 330 email subscribers. These may not seem huge numbers, but they ARE to me!!! These achievements go well beyond my expectations! THANK YOU!!!
I have also had the honour of winning 2 recipe challenges at FoodFrenzy, of being on Foodbuzz Top 9 several times, of being mentioned twice on Yummly and of being featured in a variety of online publications! Check out my Featured On page for a complete list!
I also thought it would be nice to share Manu’s Menu 10 most visited posts of the year with all of you… here they go (from the most visited to the least visited)!
For the complete list of the recipes that I have published this year, go to my Visual Archive.
Once more I want to thank all of my readers for the love and support you shower on me!!! I hope I can improve my blog even more in the new year… I also have a couple of projects I would love to work on, but that’s for another post. 🙂
In the meantime, let’s get to the Giveaway!
To celebrate Manu’s Menu 1st blogiversary I am giving away 2 Amazon.com Gift Cards. You could win one $50 Amazon.com Gift Card OR one $25 Amazon.com Gift Card.
HOW TO ENTER:
Each entry in the giveaway is based on a comment. There is a minimum of 1 comment/entry (see REQUIRED ENTRY) and a maximum of 6 comments/entries per person (see EXTRA ENTRIES).
Write a comment on this post telling me what is your favourite MsM’s recipe or where you would like to see some improvement.
The required entry must be done otherwise any extra entries will not count.
EXTRA ENTRIES (for more chances to win):
You can do any or some or all of the 5 options below. Note that if you already follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook and/or already subscribe to Manu’s Menu you must comment for each one if you want the additional entries, as each one counts as an entry. PLEASE make sure you provide your Twitter user name and your Facebook user name on your comments for validation.
1. Become a fan of Manu’s Menu on Facebook.
2. Share the link for this giveaway on your Facebook profile and tag @Manu’s Menu on FB in your message.
3. Follow @manusmenucom on Twitter.
4. Tweet the following: I entered Manu’s Menu giveaway to win a $50 or a $25 Amazon GC via @manusmenucom http://bit.ly/xtydWE #giveaway
5. Subscribe to Manu’s Menu updates by email or to my RSS feed.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Leave a separate comment for EACH of your entries or only one entry will be counted.
The giveaway will end on January 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm GMT. Two winners with a valid entry will be selected at random through random.org. (ONLY ONE Gift Card per person – the first entry drawn will win the $50 Gift Card and the second entry drawn will win the $25 Gift Card). I will announce the winners on the blog soon afterwards and email the winners. He/she will have to respond to my email within 3 days to claim the prize or another winner/s will be selected. You may NOT enter using multiple email addresses and there is a maximum of 6 entries per person. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE no matter where you live (I always feel a bit left out when I read “USA only”!). So… GOOD LUCK everyone! <3
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED – NO MORE ENTRIES ALLOWED. THANKS!