Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanks for the Past Year

One year ago and one week Candy Blog was born. Not exactly an anniversary, as I started the blog in April of ‘05, but that’s when it had its coming out party.

Candy Blog got her present look and software one year ago yesterday. It’s like going from black and white television to color ... or for your younger folks who don’t remember that transition - from broadcast television to cable.

Even in the past year Candy Blog has continued to grow. The original 38 categories that divided up the posts now number 149. (And I’ve logged about 450 posts!) I’ve added plenty of countries, most of the brands and and started my city-specific destination guides. In that time I’ve also switched web hosts and cameras. Traffic has grown from a few hundred a day to the present level of over 5,000 a day. I’ve gone from posting a few times a week to a new review every weekday. I added some advertising to help out with the costs of the webhost, my camera and equipment and the candy. Oh, the candy.

Looking to the future, I took a poll a while back to see how folks want to see things grow here. Some of the selections would take technology and time and probably money to make them happen, and others simply time and effort. But the largest group opted for the thing that I can actually do all on my own: Recipes. Simple candy recipes that anyone can do, with step by step instructions and likely lots of photos. I expect to begin those in January and probably just once a month until I get up to speed in the kitchen.

I’m am deeply thankful for all my readers, not just because you visit and I see a little tick on my counter, but that you come back again, subscribe to the feed, link to me, send me emails and leave comments and share your experiences with candy and sweets. I know it’s a simple subject, but our passions are universal and I like to think that this little obsession unites us.

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  1. No, thank you!  I regularly say to my husband on friends, “Oh!  I just read about this on Candy Blog and it rated pretty high!  Let’s try it.”

    Comment by Nicole on 11/24/06 at 10:53 am #
  2. Happy Anniversary Cybele and Candy Blog!

    ...and thank *you*!  smile

    Comment by Sera on 11/24/06 at 4:16 pm #
  3. Congrats!mmm went on a candy shopping spree today:)

    Comment by Heather on 11/25/06 at 7:24 am #
  4. Hoorah! Let’s make this year even sweeter for you and your awesome blog.

    Comment by GTO on 11/25/06 at 8:24 am #
  5. Cograts,Cybele!  I adore this site and read it daily.  (Oh for weekend postings . . . .??).

    This despite the fact that I have gained 10 lbs since I started reading you!  And I’m not kidding.  Would that I had your willpower.

    Best of luck for the future. 

    (Oh and with recipes—will you discuss tempering chocolate?)

    Comment by Karen on 11/25/06 at 8:38 am #
  6. Happy blogiversary! I too read every day and am always on ther look out for your reviews. My husband always says ..Is this something from Candy Blog again?? LOL My fav so far is still Dagoba Chai bar yummy!!! Thanks Cybele!!

    Comment by Amy on 11/27/06 at 7:57 am #
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