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What with this blog turning four and all, I wanted to thank all you wonderful readers who make food blogging so totally addictive and worth the time, calories and cash.

Last July my blog had 19,042 page views, and I ended this July with 23,017, so there’s heartening growth still happening.  My best month in terms of reader volume was May this year, with 28,840 page views.

Also, no blog birthday would be complete without a shout out to the following five non-google sites/blogs for sending me so much traffic these last 12 months:

Gourmet Chick:  Check here for a great mix of recipes, travel tips and restaurant reviews.  Gourmet Chick’s high-frequency posts manage to be entertaining and well written despite the speed at which she must write them.  Hers is the blog I wish I wrote if I could devote more time to blogging.

Londonelicious:  Krista may have moved back to Chicago, but I have a feeling that her blog will live on.  For pithy reviews on *any* restaurant in London (and I mean any), only Londonelicious will do.

Urbanspoon:  If you haven’t used Urbanspoon yet, you should.  The reason I (and so many other bloggers) love it is because it aggregates content by bloggers, professional critics, and Urbanspoon users, giving each group equal prominence, and allowing you to slice and dice data in useful and interesting ways:  reviews by blogger, by restaurant, by neighborhood . . . I look forward to the day when Urbanspoon expands to non-anglophone cities.

Eat Like a Girl:  If the blogger world has a grand dame, Niamh is probably it.  Read Eat Like a Girl if you are a lover of pork or want to be in-the-know on the latest food news.

Hollow Legs:  Blogs are much loved for having a point of view, and what I love about Hollow Legs is that she doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  As a random aside, I think she ought to share the secret to avoiding obesity given her diet of what appears to be 5,000 calories a day.

And so concludes the self-love fest in honor of my four years of blogging.  Your regularly-scheduled restaurant review to follow shortly, and again, many thanks for reading and leaving comments!

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One day I’ll do a lot more with my quarterly roundups (like do quick blurbs on the three or four restaurants a week I’m visiting or revisiting, or at least highlighting the best and worst resto meals of the quarter), but for now, below are the bare bones Q2 stats that (I suppose) only another blog nerd like me will find interesting.

Between 1 April and 30 June 2009, my top five non-google-directed sources of traffic were:

  1. Lonely Planet (the site’s blogsherpa feature is pretty excellent for travelers and bloggers alike)
  2. Londonelicious (Krista needs no introduction, I presume)
  3. Gourmet Chick (whose blog just keeps getting more entertaining and stylish by the day)
  4. Hollow Legs (a London blog whose great name I wish I’d thought of first)
  5. World Foodie Guide (who was recently honored by the UK Guild of Food Writers)

In terms of traffic breakdown, here’s what the quarter looked like:

  • April 2009 – 17,902 page views
  • May 2009 – 19,061 page views
  • June 2009 – 19,072 page views

Respectable digits, but I’m definitely not growing readership in that much-desired hockey stick shape. As you can see from my obscure URL, I’m no born marketer and am definitely a bit of a Luddite. But I love food; I love traveling to eat new food; and I love writing.

So.  Many thanks to the wonderful sites and bloggers who send me traffic, and my deepest gratitude to everyone who’s reading my stuff!

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Because the months keep speeding by without my getting around to a monthly roundup, here’s a Q1 roundup instead.

Between 1 January and 31 March 2009, my top five non-google-directed sources of traffic were:

  1. Lonely Planet (I got my you-know-what kicked in the LP Blog Awards competition, but it’s been great for traffic and for discovering cool new blogs)
  2. Londonelicious (as usual, Krista continues to frequent a mind-bogglingly high number of restos, so if you’re looking for info on a place, undoubtedly she’s written something about it)
  3. Gourmet Chick (you should visit her blog for many reasons, not least of which is her snazzy new site design)
  4. Tasty Treats (everyone’s fave TimeOut London reviewer)
  5. Tamarind and Thyme (whose taste – in both cooking in and eating out – I love)

In terms of traffic breakdown, here’s what the quarter looked like:

  • January 2009 – 17,112 page views
  • February 2009 – 16,107 page views
  • March 2009 – 19,464 page views

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