Some time ago I moderated a panel discussion on social media and food. During the discussion, someone asked about measuring our reach and the panelists all talked about how they looked at their stats and analytics but didn’t obsess over them. I took a somewhat contrary position on the matter, saying that I always looked at my visits because that’s how we know if we are doing a good job. I think I passed it off as a “We’re all just looking to be loved” comment with a laugh, but at the end of the day it is absolutely true.
About two years ago, I published what would become my most visited post ever. I had traffic from every corner of the Syracuse area and then some. It was totally organic; me making a list that turned into a conversation on Facebook and the comments section. Apparently, it made its way around the Syracuse sub-Reddit, a few different food chat groups, and it caught the eye of some restaurant owners whom I’ve become well acquainted with since. It was the type of post that brought thousands of readers per day. Of course, I didn’t have advertising back then.
Anyhow, I write all of this because a friend on Facebook told me that he really enjoyed my writing style. And, what was my response? “Thanks. Judging by my stats, you are one of few.”
Wow. I’m a fking jerk. Person 1 pays Person 2 a compliment and I whine about a lack of readership. In the meantime, this person has a deeply introspective blog that bridges the canal of literary non-fiction. He deserves to be read and does not shill his own work in the way I do. He too writes for the love. Apparently, I write in order to feel loved.
That has nothing to do with sausage and white beans, an otherwise easy-to-make midweek dinner that went together in about 30 minutes, from mise to table. All weeknight dinners should be that easy.
WHAT WORKED: There may not be a more straightforward cooking website on the web than Budget Bytes. Well thought out recipes that are easy to make, financially conscious and really tasty.
WHAT DIDN’T: Like a dope, I forgot to buy bread on the way home from work. (If you’re keeping score, I’m a jerk and a dope. Please feel free to add other descriptive adjectives in the comments.)
EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy. I think The Kid could make this.
BEST FOR: A quick weeknight dinner or for when you feel like red sauce but not pasta.
SERVE WITH: The aforementioned bread.