When I started this blog 16 months ago, I was at one of the lowest points ever in my life. I had just survived a near brush with death, having had angioplasty done that prevented what could have been a fatal heart attack. And if the shock of that near-death encounter was not enough to jar me, I also was told that the only way to help prevent another clogged artery and heart attack was to completely change my way of eating.
All the foods I loved, and had come to depend on in tough times, would no longer be allowed. I now joke that basically nutritionists were telling me that the only way to go on living was to slowly starve myself instead. So that’s basically what I’ve been doing.
But like most journalists, rather than suffer that in silence, I decided to use it in my writing and, in the process, to hopefully help others going through the same trauma. I started this blog two months after my surgery, hoping I could help others find new foods, new recipes and even new ways to continue enjoying restaurant food on occasion.
The blog started slowly, as most do; 2013 was about building it and exploring my new food life in the process. Daily views grew slowly but steadily and I kept at it.
My efforts seem to be bearing fruit in early 2014. Blog daily views have surged in the first quarter of this year. Views through the end of March were in reach of all of 2013’s viewership. We will pass our 2013 view total sometime in April. Daily page views have grown by 30 times from the early days. January and March were record viewing months and March outstripped January’s then monthly record by more than 30%!
I hope this all means I’m doing some good and helping visitors with their dietary challenges. I look forward to continuing, thank you again and good luck with the challenge of eating a low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar diet.