Can you believe this is my 500th post on Marketmanila.com? It surprises even me. When I started this website eighteen months ago, who would have thought I would get to this point??? If I only spent 2-3 hours on each post on average, assuming market time, research, recipe testing, writing, editing, photographing, answering emails, etc., then I have already “invested” about 1,500 man hours on this website or roughly 2 whole months of my life assuming no sleep or rest in between. If each post is treated as a page in a novel, I would have a 500 page book by now!
I have stuck pretty close to my original objectives for the site. I have covered markets, food stores, produce, ingredients, equipment, and most of all, recipes of local and international favorites alike. In the past 18 months I have had approximately 1,000,000 (one million!) page views and about 130,000 unique visitors to the site. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of readers (over 60%) who are not residents of the Philippines. It was not my original intention, but I am glad that it has had this effect, that Marketmanila.com “brings home” so many fellow Filipinos who now call many other countries their temporary or permanent homes. The number of comments, heartwarming emails, pleas for childhood favorites was a real eye opener and sometimes a poignant double edged sword.
I am truly grateful for the nearly 6,000 comments readers have posted (though 95-97% of my regular readers remain firmly entrenched lurkers!) and the hundreds of emails that you have sent my way. I have learned so much from all of you and this has been thus far one of the best things I have ever done. I have struggled to write about things of interest, gotten my photographs stolen, “attacked” by cyber lunatics, was featured in the mainstream and online press, raised hundreds of books for elementary school children, gained 15 pounds, hosted an eyeball and explored several pinoy favorites such as ensaimada with far greater depth than I would ever have imagined. I have also, for the most part, maintained my anonymity…
Why the photo of the green lawn up above? Because I realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the road. The grass is greener where you choose to make it greener. In this case, our back yard. There is something incredibly satisfying about the smell of freshly hewn grass. But even better, is to wake up early the morning after the grass has been cut and go out to the yard, say good morning to your pet labrador, and look out at the dappled sunlight on the incredibly verdant green lawn. Sometimes it is the simplest things in life that are the most satisfying.
Whoa!!! Rewind, where did that come from? Actually, the lawn needed serious fertilizers, a gardener twice a week, lots of water, a dog who spread her “stuff” around and the summer sun to achieve this “perfection in green…” At any rate, hopefully Marketman & Family are careening back from Europe (broke, laden with foodstuff and craving sinigang and adobo) as this post is published and I hope to be back soon with tales of the trip. In the meantime, thank you for visiting my blog and being a part of Marketmanila.com. Hmm, maybe it’s time to retire from blogging…just kidding!
Please pass this website on to friends and family if you think they would be interested in its content. Again, thank you for for being a part of Marketmanila.com!!! Actually, this is about my 506th post as I hadn’t planned on posting any European entries until after I had returned…