It crept up on me, and I just realized, that, more or less, marketmanila.com has turned 8 years old (actually it passed unnoticed last September 1), while I was in the U.S. on a visit. In blog years, that feels like I turned 80. An old dog. :) Over the past 8 years, or roughly 3,000 days, I have managed to write 3,429 posts, many of them inane, some of them taking dozens of hours of hard work to craft, from the recipe testing, to the photography, writing, and responding to reader comments. That is the equivalent of 1.14 posts on average, every single day, rain or shine, fine or foul weather, cheery or fowl mood. And over that time, millions of page views and 123,000+ reader comments have been logged in as well. Frankly, I do feel like a bit of an octagenarian, and there is only so much one can think of to write, right? But with toes dipped in restaurants, running a family business(es), blogging, cooking, raising a terrific teen, etc., I have been spread a little thin lately…
And I have to admit, only because I will be forced to admit it in the days ahead, that I kept one little thing private from almost all of you for the past 4 years. The Teen appears in a magazine in the days ahead, and she is part of an article that will make it crystal clear why every September for the past four years, I have had a near blog meltdown and have seriously thought about putting the blog to rest at that time of year. September was a seriously downer month for me and Mrs. MM, but it’s all worked out well in the end. She made a bold decision on her own, she stuck it out, and she has truly enjoyed her experience. But you’ll have to figure out what local magazine it is on your own. And if you do figure it out, keep the name of the magazine to yourself, okay? I thought about buying every single newsstand copy to keep the “secret” a “secret”, but that would kill my holiday budget. :) It’s nothing nefarious, it’s just something that may surprise a few long-time suki readers, that’s all. For long-time readers, and there are many of you that date back to the first year or two, you will have read posts for nearly HALF of the Teen’s life!
Many, many thanks to all of marketmanila’s readers who have visited over and over again, even when I had nothing to say, or was away for extended periods of time. I am crazed over the next few weeks, but I promise to keep a few posts coming. Tomorrow is a staff Christmas party for 120 members of the Zubuchon family in Cebu (and Marketman, with two left feet, has spent 10+ hours over the last two months practicing the “Gang Nam” steps for a special opening number at that party)–gosh, what you wouldn’t give for a video of that I’m sure — but I am warning crew, I will zap them if they post it on youtube! We moved the party up, to avoid a SUPER TYPHOON barreling in on the Visayas, so keep your fingers crossed that the storm doesn’t do severe damage to that part of the country. We are opening a couple more Zubuchons in the months ahead, stay tuned for that. There is the annual holiday rush. Footloose, I have a photo of myself in THE JAMES BOND pea coat, albeit in a department store, and I didn’t actually buy it! And so much more. Thank you all for being a part of this community. I truly appreciate it. I think octagenarians are entitled to a really bongga birthday party, no? :)