So. . . hi.
Did you know that Home Ec 101 has been around for more than 6 years?
I had a plan for this post, but it’s taken off on its own tangent, but I felt it was time to share, and I’m just going to hit publish and see what happens.
I have been in a weird limbo like place for a while. Earlier this spring, I was working like a crazy person over at my FeedBlitz day job and continually falling behind there and here. I missed the anniversary and that has been bothering me, so as part of this overly-long, navel-gazey look at Home Ec 101, which is bigger than me, but it’s part of my story. To understand, I need to at least talk a little about the last 8 months or so.
Just last fall I was doing everything here and working as a server in a pub. I loved that job, it gave me adult time, something I desperately needed, but it also was serving as an escape from my life. One in which I found myself working 60 – 70 hour weeks to avoid. (Not all at the pub, here, and other projects)
And then, I fell asleep at the wheel.
This is not a euphemism, I literally fell asleep at the wheel.
Less than three blocks from home, I went into a ditch. I remembered thinking at the previous stoplight, you should really get out of the car and walk around. And I told myself it was just five more minutes, I could do it.
I overestimated my abilities. And I got very, very lucky. I was stiff and sore for a while, but no one was hurt and other than a couple of ruts there was no property damage to anything other than my car, and we have insurance for a reason, because sometimes things happen.
I began to reassess. Some things had to give for a while and Home Ec 101 was put on the back burner. I knew I couldn’t do it all and I love my job at FeedBlitz and I knew, with time and some life changes that I’d be able to come back and HE101 itself could idle for a while and when I was ready, many of you would, still be here.
In January I quit my job at the pub when I no longer had a full-time sitter. That was really hard to take, it wasn’t about the money and despite already knowing I couldn’t continue on that trajectory. I guess, I just wanted to do it on my terms. (That’s something I’ve been working on, too) I was truly reluctant to give up my contact with people outside of computers and occasional travel, but I didn’t know why. I do now, I was lonely. Yes, introverts get lonely, too. We just sometimes don’t know what to do about it.
Earlier this month, things were crazy busy at FeedBlitz and I had a long talk with my boss -probably should have had it sooner- but that’s something I’m trying to get myself to accept you can’t change the past. So let’s get it together, assess where we are and move on. We looked at the situation and I was able to hire help at my FeedBlitz job and on Tuesday I have another victim, I mean minion, er assistant? (I’m going to start getting a wee bit cocky if this continues.)
So where are we? Well, I admitted last Sunday that I’ve been in therapy for the anxiety I deal with and despite some setbacks related to last week’s post, I really am doing much better. I sat down this morning to look at the Home Ec 101 numbers and to make a plan for the coming year.
Home Ec 101 officially launched March 1 of 2007, but I didn’t start collecting meaningful data on the site until April 1.
Since April 2007 – 5.4 million people have visited. What does that mean? Well it’s pretty close to, according to Wikipedia anyway, having everyone from: Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia stop by and take a peek.
Interesting side note, I’ve been in all 3 of those cities’ airports multiple times since starting this site, because of this site.
These 5.4 million people have looked at 7.7 million pages. That’s a lot of bandwidth, folks. I started out hosting this site on a shared server on DreamHost, I want to say in 2009 I moved to what’s called a Virtual Private Server, and back in January, I had to suck it up and move to something more robust over at RackSpace because we were bigger than that VPS could handle. Traffic has fallen since then, but that’s my fault, see above about back burnering. I’m on a mission, starting today, to reverse that trend.
What do people look at most on Home Ec 101? It’s the weekly chore schedule. Hands down.
Next comes a look at what to do with your musty, mildewy, funky towels. See, you aren’t alone. I’m also rather mortified that that many people have seen my goofy bacteria illustration.
Finally we get to the most viewed recipe on the site. Long time readers will know without even having to think about it, yes, no surprise there, it’s the classic Tomato Pie, baby, yeah.
The numbers here at Home Ec 101 are not the kind of viral explosions that get talked about as being overnight successes. These numbers are the kind of slow, steady growth that came from the offshoot of what began as a venting session between Ivy and myself. We wanted a website for the things we needed to know, in voices we liked. Two weeks later we had a domain name, a concept, and a handful of posts.
Six years, 2073 posts, and one book later. Wow.
I’m just going to sit here for a moment and be proud of that and yes, you should know, there’s still a ton of Home-Ec101.com to come.