Two years of review, recipes, and so much more, who would have thought time would fly so fast.
It has been a blast to work with so many amazing people, tour companies, publishing houses, authors, readers, chefs, restaurants...
I'm thankful and humbled, that now the posts get over ten thousand views a week, and so many people visit the website on regular basis. In fact, in the past two years, 91 000 individuals have visited the Books & Spoons, with over 648 000 post views. How amazing is that?!
I often get asked, why do I write reviews, what is it, that keeps me going. I have always loved to read, have always invested into reading, both time and money. But no one has unlimited funds for books, no matter how much we wished that was the reality. I simply write reviews, because I read reviews when deciding if I want to invest into a book or not.
I write in the reviews things that I as a reader, would like to know about the story, and try to capture the feel of the tale, to share with other readers, who might be interested in the same stories I have read.
I share recipes and meal ideas with those, who stand in the kitchen or in the grocery store, wondering what am I going to cook/eat today. I'm a chef, but that doesn't mean, I haven't stood in that same place myself, many times.
So basically, I am just passing on, giving my opinion on things, of advice I can share, news about the events and knowledge I can part with. And having fun while doing it.
There's a group of people, who I want to thank especially today. Not nearly as many people would be aware of Books & Spoons existing if it wasn't for those who like, share, comment, RT etc. on the social media. The algorithmics of social media is always based on how many interactions the posts gets depends on how many people will see the post, and without your help, it wouldn't matter how many times I advertised on the internet. I see those clicks, and am thankful, and appreciate every single one of them. You know, it does take a village...
This year I am celebrating by buying the Books & Spoons domain to myself. The address change is in the process, both will work, for now, but booksandspoons.com is the future I am aiming for.
Before I started the website, I did some research about book blogs, food blogs, and what to expect. Every one of those articles I read, said it will take two years of hard work to establish yourself. Well. Two years has gone, and I believe Books & Spoons is just starting to reach its potential, and there's much more to come in the future. So stick around for the ride, because it will be fun, it will be real, and it always is heartfelt and honest.
Till next time
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me