Happy new year everyone! I only posted one new blog entry in 2013, but I’ve stayed active on Twitter (@scientistmcgee) and Instagram (@scientistmcgee), as well as peddling vintage cocktail glasses on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/scientistmcgee).
My only 2013 post followed the birth of my first kid and introduced the “Little Man” drink I rolled in tribute to him. As I assumed, from that point on I really have not set aside the time to write lengthy blog posts. That does not mean in any way that I have not been enjoying the art of drinking well and reading worthwhile cocktail books and literature this past year. I have certainly been doing that! In fact I think I’ve had more fun sharing my experiences on Twitter and Instagram, because it’s afforded me the opportunity to meet and interact a lot more with new friends and interesting folks who enjoy cocktails as well… such as Cori Paige (Under My Host), Dave Weglarz (StilL 630), Sara Graham (Dishcrawl St. Louis), Bill Foster (The Big O), and others on Twitter and Instagram such as @DrinkDMV, @WorthyBar, @AmuseDouche11, @The_Warthog and @TheDuke001. Twitter and Instagram offer such an interactive forum, where there’s so much more back-and-forth and sharing between others I can learn from and enjoy with. So much so that I got my first opportunity in 2013 to sell my Etsy vintage glassware in a face-to-face public setting because I met Sara Graham through posting pics on Twitter.
So needless to say, I’m certainly grateful for the role WordPress has played in this fun hobby of mine. Without WordPress, there would be no “Scientist McGee”. This is where my alter-ego and hobby persona was born. It’s what encouraged me to foster and grow my interest, by allowing me to connect with others in the first place. The cool thing is that according to my “annual WordPress report” below, my blog brought in 6,400 visitors, although I only had one new post. That’s because what I write about and share isn’t “breaking news”… it’s got no “limited shelf-life” or “expiration date” of relevancy. I write about a time-honored tradition that has been around for over 100 years, and hopefully will never go away… the cocktail. And although new drinks will be concocted, and new spirits and cordials invented, as well as new methodologies in which to make new libations will be tried, the basics and fundamentals of making a good drink will outlive me. That’s why I’m happy that what I’ve written about on this world wide web will always serve as a decent resource to others when googling subjects such as “chocolate bitters”, “yellow chartreuse” and “how much is a ‘dash’?”. I love it when I myself google a drink recipe for reference, and my own blog pops up as a good resource!
So although 2013 has not been a busy year for me in regards to WordPress, it has in fact been a very busy year in my personal family life, as well as my drinking life over on Twitter, Instagram and Etsy. So if you only see me on WordPress occassionally, thanks, and I’ll see you from time to time. But if you want to join me over on these other sites, and enjoy drinks together much more often, it would make me very happy as well.
I can promise you one thing about WordPress, and that’s that I will have at least one new post in 2014. Once a year, I post my updated “Scientist McGee Cocktail Menu” for my home bar, updating editions annually to include all the new drinks I’ve tried in the prior year. Although I’ll need to find the time to do so, I do plan to post an updated year-end “cocktail menu” within the next month or so.
So stay tuned and keep your glasses chilled!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.