That’s 240 in blog years

Hey, it’s May 16 — three years to the day since I opened a Blogspot account and thought, “Now what? How about a drink–”

Around 280 posts and 140 drinks later, with the original Blogspot site only a distant memory, The Cocktail Chronicles is still going. Back then I felt like a sozzled voice in the cyberwilderness; now, there are dozens of drink-related blogs on the Internet, and I feel a lot less lonely when I start prattling on about rum.

That the third anniversary of The Cocktail Chronicles comes on the same day that I start my full-time writing career is a very fortunate coincidence; my intention, back then, was to give myself an outlet to hone my writing chops, and to hopefully build an online portfolio covering the fields of spirits and cocktails, that might appeal to an editor, someday. Today, I feel extremely privileged to be writing about these topics for such esteemed publications and sites as Imbibe, the San Francisco Chronicle and Serious Eats, and I hope to build on this progress in the months and years to come.

It goes without saying of course that had it not been for the generous support from readers, I would likely have given up on this blog years ago, letting it drift to the bottom of the Internet ocean like so many scuttled sites. I’d like to offer a very sincere “thank you” to regular readers and commenters for your ongoing support; your visits have kept this blog afloat, and I hope I’m able to keep giving you enjoyable content in the years to come.

14 Responses to That’s 240 in blog years

  1. Woo! Amazing how fast time flies. Thanks for all the good reading, and may we have many more years of it to look forward to.

  2. I stumbled onto your blog several months ago and have enjoyed it (the writing and the recipes) very much ever since. It is my go-to site for all things cocktail-related.

    Good luck in your new career. I’m sure you will do well.

  3. Congratulations on your foray into self employment! You will find it nerve-wracking and incredibly fulfilling, sometimes in the same hour:)

    While I’ll be in Mexico this year, I hope to see you down the road at a future Tales of the Cocktail and hoist a drink with you. I’m a divorce attorney….God knows I need one…..

  4. Cheers, Paul!! Congrats on the milestone and the career transition. Thank you for the endlessly informative and entertaining blog. Will toast with you tomorrow!

  5. Paul,

    I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts and gleaning knowledge and drink recipes from your “experiments”
    (I believe it’s falernum time).

    I hoping for a summer of Tiki drinks and come fall, more applejack drinks!

    Cheers!
    Rich

  6. Smashing job Paul,

    Were it not for your good writing, wit, and passion for cocktails, I probably wouldn’t have embarked upon my own quest into the exotic world of cocktails.

    Cheers!

  7. Cheers & Congrats on several fronts Paul! Along with everyone else, thanks for all of your inspired writings – they’ve been the ‘voice in the wilderness’ for so many of us…

    Best of luck with both the job switch & the nomination!

  8. Heya! Congrats on the anniversary. My Google Reader page has been recommending you for a while now. Guess because I’ve been posting about booze a lot lately. Birds of a feather and all.

    Cheers!

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