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It’s now been a year since I first started this blog. I know, I know, the archives say it goes back to September 2005, but it doesn’t really. This blog came into existence on July 8 2006.

A year ago today, Lilandra created my account at WordPress, after months of harrassing me and telling me I should start a blog. I didn’t know then what I was going to blog about, but after she created the account and presented it to me as a fait accompli I started thinking. What should I put on this blog? I had bought my first digital camera back in October 2005 (soon after I started my new job and new life of hectic travel) and started documenting food and places I visited, as well as my landlady’s flowers. A friend sent me a link to her Flickr photos, and one of them was in a group called Food Porn. Ahhhh…

After many hours of browsing through, and then attempts to take better food shots, I joined Flickr myself. And as I increased my posts there, I’d add little comments and info, especially if it was food related, or something specific to a Caribbean place or culture. When faced with a blank blog, it seemed natural to blog some of those photos with the comments. And so many of my early “posts” are just that. Snippets from my Flickr photostream.

Somehow, that didn’t seem like enough. But I was seeing a pattern. Photos showing food and travels and Chennette’s life. Well then, I already had a source of text describing such things. Emails!!! I’d written emails to friends and family for a while now and there were many that also coincided with the period of my new job and travels. So, I browsed through these, found a few that were not entirely personal, and my blog was truly begun. And since I backdated all the posts, to reflect the true time at which they were written and when the photos were taken…my archives appear to go back to September 2005.

It’s been a good year. I have published almost 100 posts in the year. Even if a few are backdated. Much much busier on the blog than I ever thought it would be. I have gained friends. Pre-blog friends have contributed and seemed sufficiently interested. And didn’t complain if they perhaps got less emails… And I seem to have found a little more focus for this blog. It’s very clearly a food-related blog, as that is a constant interest and passion of mine, although since I have no other blogs there are other things slipping in from time to time. It is after all a personal work, and I don’t have the time to do what I think I would like to do for a completely foodie Chennette blog. But I do have ideas, and maybe this 2nd year of blogging will reveal new wonders. Something like that 😉

Even without these new wonders, I am pleased and honoured (although a bit embarrassed to be slightly self-congratulatory) to point everyone in the direction of the latest issue of the Caribbean Beat (Caribbean Airlines inflight magazine). Franka Philips, (aka TriniFood of CanCookMustCook) has written on Cooking in Cyberspace including her interviews with 3 Caribbean foodbloggers: The Trini Gourmet; Cynthia of Tastes Like Home; and me, Chennette. I traveled on Caribbean Airlines back to Guyana on 1 July, but the plane didn’t have the new issue yet. You can bet I’ll be collecting a few of these on the next 2 flights.

I tried to think of something grand to commemorate my First Blog Anniversary. And I did eventually think of something, but I can’t do all of it by today. And I leave soon for a much-needed vacation. Post-vacation, I’ll launch some new things. I will still be here (hopefully posting) for the next week, but not sure about the last 2 weeks in July when I shall be traveling on my own non-work related agenda. Read: HOLIDAY, FUN and FRIENDS.

[The picture at the top is the first ever picture I posted to Flickr. It was from my first trip after buying the new camera, mere days after opening the box and reading the manual from cover to cover.]

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20 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Happy blog birthday! Lots of changes in a year, eh? Even the location in your first ever photo has been sold to a venture capital company since you posted the snap. Ah. Life moves on.

    Have a happy holiday. I’m off to Spain on Wednesday. It’s a tough life, isn’t it?

    1. Trig on July 8th, 2007 at 3:51 am
  2. Ah, Spain, where they have real summer weather? Buen Viaje. (This is in advance of taking up the job right?)
    I’ll be experiencing some UK summer, mostly Scotland…

    2. chennette on July 8th, 2007 at 4:58 am
  3. Happy Blog-oversary.

    And you can always use my computer to update your blog with holiday, fun, friends photos.

    3. ewe_are_here on July 8th, 2007 at 10:19 am
  4. Congrats on your blog anniversary…good luck to you…

    4. BarbadosInFocus on July 8th, 2007 at 10:38 am
  5. nice… congrats… now all yuh have to do is self host your wp install… :)

    5. Dre on July 8th, 2007 at 6:00 pm
  6. how did you know? 😉

    6. chennette on July 8th, 2007 at 7:55 pm
  7. So Ewe, now that you mention it, which days are you suggesting I could use that computer? 😉

    7. chennette on July 8th, 2007 at 9:32 pm
  8. Congrats my fellow blog-buddy! Can’t wait to see the new things you unveil. Have a good vacation. I am hoping to head to Guyana to do some food photography work for the last 2 weeks of July.

    Would have liked to catch up, it’s a pity you will not be there.

    8. Cynthia on July 8th, 2007 at 10:41 pm
  9. Congrats!

    Dre: I really hope you don’t mean what I think you mean by “self host [her] wp install”

    9. Lilandra on July 9th, 2007 at 12:43 am
  10. Happy Blog Anni. That is a beautiful photo. Maybe one day I will be motivated to read my camera’s manual from cover to cover. I’ll probably get some super photos then. Not to mention learn how to operate the different settings :-)
    Have a great Vacation!!

    10. Atasha on July 9th, 2007 at 3:41 am
  11. Thank you very much, Trig, Barbados in Focus, Ewe, Dre, Cynthia, Lilandra and Atasha!

    Cynthia, I am sure either I’ll be back in Barbados soon enough, or you’ll be returning to Guyana when I am actually here. Have fun with the photography though!!

    11. chennette on July 9th, 2007 at 4:12 am
  12. Congratulations!

    12. Cranky Putz on July 9th, 2007 at 12:54 pm
  13. Thanks CP!

    13. chennette on July 9th, 2007 at 10:49 pm
  14. Chennette, congrats gyul! I remember the confusion when I stumbled on your blog with all the backdated posts. I think I asked you why you had abandoned such a nice blog to which you had replied you hadn’t abandoned it, you were just fulfilling some crazy plan of yours.

    Anyway, it’s nice to have you around Chens!

    14. Mani on July 10th, 2007 at 8:23 am
  15. Thanks Mani – yes, you stumbled upon the blog just a bit too early 😉

    15. chennette on July 10th, 2007 at 8:53 am
  16. Gah! I need to look at your planned schedule again. I have no idea if we’re coming up or if you have to come down. Chaos, total chaos!

    16. ewe_are_here on July 12th, 2007 at 11:14 am
  17. Happy Anniversary!!!

    17. MACO Caribbean Living on July 14th, 2007 at 10:14 pm
  18. Thanks MACO – I have never spoken to a magazine before!

    18. chennette on July 15th, 2007 at 2:29 pm
  19. Ha Ha.

    19. MACO Caribbean Living on July 15th, 2007 at 4:16 pm
  20. Congrats!! I anticipate the next year as this is how I really keep up with you :-) and sometimes to torture myself I like to read about and look at pictures of food…not so much, though it seems to happen more than I like 😉 remember to scan the Caribbean Beat so those of us who don’t travel as often can get a glimpse.

    20. Rone on July 17th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

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