A Taste of Garlic

Happy Birthday to A Taste of Garlic!

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Yes, it’s exactly one year since I fired up WordPress for the first time and began A Taste of Garlic!

Since then I have reviewed  hundreds of sites, have answered thousands of emails, have learned more than I ever thought possible about that strange breed of bloggers who have left their native homes to move to France and, above all, I’ve had a really great time and made a whole load of new friends.

The site has become far more popular than I ever thought it would and that’s all down to you –  yes you!

Without all the visitors, who keep coming back day after day, I’m not so sure that I’d have kept at it…

I know that statistics aren’t really the point but, with 661326 pages views from 212107 unique visitors I guess that Garlic is the sort of place that people like to pop into from time to time!

And that’s why, on the first birthday of A Taste of Garlic, I’d like to say a nice big thank you to each and every one of you.

So, wherever you are and whoever you are (I still only met a very few of you), please feel proud of what you’ve helped create.

You should all pat yourselves on the back.

And me, well I’m going to have a celebratory glass of wine (or three!)

Care to join me?

All the best

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25 Comments

  • By Owen, November 23, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    Happy Birthday Keith !

    That is quite an accomplishment in a year’s time… I still recall that warm fuzzy feeling when I saw you had reviewed my blog…

    Perhaps champagne is in order ?!

    And here’s to another year of garlic sauce…

  • By Sara Louise, November 23, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    Cheers Keith!

  • By Amber, November 23, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    I second the vote for some champagne! I also fondly remember reading your review of my blog and feeling appreciated.
    Happy birthday to a Taste of Garlic and here’s to hoping that there’ll be many more!

  • By ksam, November 23, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Yay to one year of Taste of Garlic, one fantastic blog! Now go ahead and bust out that bubbly – it’s happy hour somewhere! :)

  • By Diane, November 23, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Congratulations and cheers. DCiane

  • By lauren, November 23, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    congratulations!! Yes i will absolutely join you with the glass (or a few) of wine.. is 9 am too early to start!?

    ;)

    Happy Birthday TOG!

  • By Steve, November 23, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Well done Keith, I do enjoy my daily fixes of your blogs.
    Cheers Mate.

  • By Sarah Hague, November 23, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    I agree with Owen and Amber – your review made me feel right chipper with its funny and positive look at my witterings.

    Definitely one for the champagne. Bit early to join you, but I’m with you in fellow blogger spirit!

  • By Kirsty, November 23, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Happy Birthday TOG – many happy returns!

  • By Karin (an alien parisienne), November 23, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    I’m so glad you started the site, Keith! Through you, I have been able to learn so much about my adopted home, France, by reading what others have to say about what France means to them. Your hard work in being a clearinghouse for blogs about France has helped me a lot. A very happy blogoversary to you!

  • By Tanya, November 23, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    One year? Huge congratulations and happy anniversary. I second Karin’s sentiment. I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of people because of TOG. I’ll definitely have a glass (or three) to toast the occasion! Cheers!!!

  • By Sion @ paris (im)perfect, November 23, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    Congratulations, Keith! Really a great accomplishment. I was so happy when you reviewed my blog – and still in its infancy, I might add. I’m coming up on one year soon enough, and I think a fair number of people found me through TOG. Thank you. I say, drink as much as you want to celebrate :)

  • By Jacqui, November 23, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Happy Birthday, and well done Keith, it’s a great site. The interviews always make me laugh.

  • By fly in the web, November 23, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    Happy birthday….it’s a super site.
    I just have one nagging worry….as you are performing a public service and are so well integrated in France….please reassure me that you won’t at some point be going on strike….

  • By Barbara, November 23, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Congratulations and many happy returns! And thank you so much for everything!

  • By PigletinFrance, November 23, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! I second a lot of the comments above and like Fly, hope you won’t be going on strike – I will be checking in on Thursday to make sure!!!

    You create a warm fuzzy feeling amongst bloggers and having my blog reviewed here was an honour. You could have written that I write absolute baloney, but you didn’t.

    I love checking in on a regular basis and have discovered so many new blogs via TOG. I would never have imagined that you weren’t even a year old!

    Keep up the good work and cheers! *raising glass of orangina*

  • By Tuula, November 23, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Happy Birthday! Congrats on making it to a year & bringing us all sorts of blog loveliness :) Keep on truckin’ Keith!

  • By Delana, November 23, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    Congrats Keith, I second Piglet…I never imagined you have only been at this one year. Wow! Keep up the good work and your sense of humor. Okay, so I’ll be joining some other blogger friends in toasting you tonight. Like I need another excuse to open a bottle of wine! Cheers!

  • By Tammy, November 23, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

    Congratulations, Keith–great stick-to-it-iveness–and look at all you have to show for it! Many happy returns (and may there be many more birthdays!)

  • By Tammy, November 23, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    Oh, I received this once, and I think it’s relevant even for a 1 year old blog:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtjCXPxhMuc

  • By Paris Paul, November 24, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    Happy blogversary, Keith! A toast (is pastaga OK?) to congratulate you on a job well done and wishing you many more with continued and growing success. Thanks so much for the service you’re providing!

  • By Rachelle, November 24, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

    Happy 1- yr anniversary, Keith! You have created a positive, enjoyable addition to the blog scene in France, and I’m sure everyone appreciates the hard work you put into your site. Cheers to you! I’m certainly joining you in that glass of wine….

  • By Leesa, November 26, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    Hi Keith…

    SOOOOO sorry I’m late in wishing you a HAPPY Blogoversary! WOW! It’s already a year! Time flies.. Your blog is one of my absolute FAVS and has been very helpful to me in finding many wonderful blogs! Soooo, thanks so much for your great blog!
    Even when I don’t comment all the time, know that I’m around checking out things here…
    Have a great weekend and is it wine-o-clock yet??!
    Hugs to you, Jilly and Josh!

  • By Dedene, November 26, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Sorry I’m a bit late wishing your blog a happy birthday! Here’s to many more years of blogging.

  • By Marilyn, November 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    You’re doing great work,Keith. Do continue.

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