Happy Birthday to My Blog

This month marks six years that Munchie Musings has been in existence. To say that it was one of the best things I've ever done is an understatement. Not because I have great reach or because my blog is anything special, but because of the way it has changed my life. I've become friends with so many more people via the blog and the social media groups. I've learned SOOOO much more about the food industry and food in general that I am sometimes a bit overwhelming and scary in food conversations. I've become involved with Sacramento's food community so that I've been able to do such things as the Sacramento Food Film Festival and Have an Offal Day as well as being an active supporter of the food truck movement. 

Along the way, I hope I've shared some useful information with the few that do read my blog of follow me on Facebook and Twitter. The last few years I've made a habit of finding daily news stories on the internet pertaining to food, nutrition, agriculture, restaurant business, and more.  I select the stories that I found the most interesting and thought others might be interested in.

With that in mind, if you like those news postings and follow me on Facebook, you need to know that Facebook, if it doesn't change soon, is going to go the way of MySpace. The reason is, they aren't sharing my posts with you all.   Of the 500 Facebook fans I have, only about 7 at a time ever see a post that I share there. That's because Facebook wants us to buy adds. That's all well and good if you are a business that has money, but bloggers don't. Bloggers are fed up.

So, while I will continue to post things to the FB page, I'm also going to start working more on posting to Google + with the hopes that the reach is better. Please consider following me there at google.com/+MunchiemusingsNet

I know it's so much easier to do what you've always done, but technology is ever changing. America Online and MySpace? Hardly anyone uses those anymore. It's looking like Google + is the next thing as long as Facebook keeps doing what it's doing. Facebook might be good for keeping up with friends, but it's crap from a small business perspective.

But just for the fact that you are even reading this - thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!


Back in September I told you that the California Pear Advisory Board was having a contest for local restaurants to come up with some new pear recipes. The winners were announced yesterday - or winner. Hawks Restaurant  featured California Pear and Endive Salad as its entry in the contest’s “appetizer” category along with a specialty drink called the Turtle Dove entered in the “adult beverage” category. They ended up winning first place in both of the categories and was awarded a total of $3,000 in prize winnings offered by California pear farmers. Be sure and congratulate them and order that drink on your next visit.