2013 has been a great year for Real Food Real Deals. I started this blog in 2012, and it’s grown beyond my expectations in 2013. I got my first “real” camera this year, and I’ve discovered that good photos are very helpful in bringing people to visit my blog. Sites like Pinterest, Foodgawker, and Ziplist have brought lots of new people my way. The increase in traffic is nice, but it’s not the most important thing to me. My favorite thing is when someone makes a comment letting me know they made one of my recipes. My goal is to help people transition to a healthier lifestyle, so hearing about my recipes in action always makes me smile.
I’m so grateful to my Facebook community, which has grown to over 6,000 people. When I have questions, I know I can turn to my Facebook fans to get great input. Here are a few ways they supported me this year:
The Broken Oven: In January, my oven broke with my birthday cake in it. Not a great omen for the year. 🙂 But I turned to my Facebook community and got excellent advice about a new stove. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as a double oven that fits in the space of a regular oven. Now, I’m the happy owner of a fabulous double oven that gets used nearly every day.
The Broken Food Processor: In the spring, the bowl of my aging food processor fell on the floor and broke into bits. My Facebook community came to the rescue again with their suggestions, and I came home with an amazing new Cuisinart. I loved it so much that I contacted Cuisinart, and they allowed me to give away the very same version to one of my followers.
The McDonald’s Dilemma: In the fall, my 10-year-old and 8-year-old asked why they had never been to McDonald’s. I turned to Facebook again, and I got lots of suggestions from my followers. Some said I should continue to keep the kids away from there, while others advised me to bring them into McDonald’s to show them what it’s like. We still haven’t gone because the kids haven’t mentioned it again, but I’m planning to take them at some point. We’ll probably watch Supersize Me first, and I appreciated the suggestion to get takeout and allow the food to get cold before giving it to them. Who likes cold chicken nuggets? (My husband thinks this is too devious, but I love the suggestion.)
The Costco Question: Just recently, I saw a good deal from Living Social for a Costco membership. I wasn’t sure if Costco was a good source of real food, so I checked in with my Facebook crew. People shared lots of positive feedback, and their comments have helped me to generate my first Costco shopping list. I’m looking forward to visiting the store in the new year.
Top Posts of 2013
Here are my top ten posts from 2013. My favorite one is Saving Money with Homemade Snacks, but the other recipes listed here are all wonderful too.
I love the support of the real food community, and I look forward to working together with you to put great food on the table in 2014. Happy New Year, everyone!