Did you know that in addition to being a low-sodium foodie, I also play CUPID to people from around the globe? Â It’s true! Â Sort of like Santa but with a far smaller suit, I spread my love of LOVE worldwide, thanks to the wonders of technology.
Shortly after launching this website, The Daily Dish, I created an adjunct personal blog also known as…Â The Daily Dish. Â My blog allows me to share more of myself and write (rant) about whatever I want, without turning off or alienating my recipe readers, many of whom would prefer not to read about (for instance)Â my 18-year old towels.
Beginning in 2008, I wrote a series of posts on my blog highlighting Valentine’s Day and my adoration of its specialness. Â I did silly things, like send other people’s loved ones “Secret Admirer” cards on their behalf. Â I talked about making things for my own loved ones. Â And I wrote this post, Great ideas for Valentineâ€™s Day. Creative. Thoughtful. AND CHEAP!!Â Â Never in a million years did I imagine that post would become popular. Â I penned it in an hour, simply hoping to help out the next guy or girl. Â But over the course of the past 4 years, it has become the blog equivalent of a snowball rolling down the hill.
Just after Christmas, the hits begin. Â Only a few at first, but growing in number with the days. Â By January the daily count is in the hundreds, and by February 1st – WATCH OUT! Â Last week, when daily hits on the post were hovering around 5000, I decided to do a little research.
I started looking at the search terms people were using to find the post on my blog. Â The phrases were very similar, just slight variations of one another. Â I plugged one of them into Google just to see what came up and I couldn’t believe it.
Just beneath the “Top 3” advertised links, in the #1 spot on Google was MY POST. Â I couldn’t freaking believe it. Â How was this possible?? Â I tried variations on the same search theme. Â “Valentine’s day ideas for my guy / for my man / for my boyfriend,” etc. Â Over and over again, my post came up, if not in the #1 spot, just below it on the first page!
If this isn’t proof positive that I am indeed cupid, I don’t know what is. And as your very own personal cupid, here are some recipe suggestions for next week’s special day.
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