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Back to normal

Recently, my readership has totally exploded.

Was I blogging about the Gulf? Nope.

Was I commenting on Obama? Nah.

Did I create a free porn portal? Not on your life.

It was all due to Robert Pattinson and the Twilight phenomenon.

I puzzled over how this was possible. I did Google searches trying to find my post, “Some People Just Aren’t Being Raised Right” but it didn’t even register even a blip on the radar. And yet, day after day, I was getting a thousand or more hits.

I couldn’t figure it out to save my life.

And then I tried searching Google images and found my post right up at the top. It was the picture of Pattinson licking the face of a fan.

So that was it. That’s the thing that brought hit after hit to my humble blog. In fact, it created a new milestone – 10,500 hits in a week. My previous high was 6,800. I followed that with 9,300 and 10,220. I hit another milestone in June when I hit 35,000 hits, which was 15,000 more than my previous high.

Last week, the count started dropping (around 8,000 hits) and now, on Thursday, I’m at about 2,500 hits.

Back to normal.

Hits are like crack to a blogger. You get used to needing more and more of them to get a thrill. I’m no different.

Fortunately, during the entire time that this was happening, I knew that it wasn’t due to the main theme of the blog, but I was only hoping that a few folks stuck around to see what’s going on. I didn’t get nearly as much play in the comments as I was expecting – only a half-hearted attempt to express displeasure. Part of this is due to the fact that I don’t have an email addy associated with this blog. Most people are used to being able to anonymously vent through email and they just don’t have that option. I applaud those that publically decided to take me on.

There’s a reason why I don’t have an email address. It’s one of job security. It would be too easy to associate me personally with the blog and, while I’m generally proud of what I write, I prefer the fact that nobody at work knows that I write this blog. Some of my personal friends know that I write this blog, but they are divorced from my job friends. I prefer to keep it that way and I try to disguise or exclude enough details to make it tough to pinpoint me even though I drop a hint here or there.

First of all, sometimes I express strong opinions and I work in a restaurant where it’s possible to get fired over a single complaint, if it comes from the wrong person. 

Second of all, it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do”. I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not nearly the best waiter on my staff. I probably screw up more than anyone (we have a hyper-competent wait staff with many years of experience) and I really wouldn’t care for, “Soooo, the great expert screwed up. Brilliant”! Yep, it’s a pride thing.

And third, even though I probably have about 3 or 4 “junk mail addresses” from Yahoo, my ISP and Hotmail, I rarely even bother to check them. So, even if I insulated myself from my main email address, I wouldn’t be able to give it the attention that someone who takes the time to write me deserves. I just pretty much forget about the other addresses and only check them once in a while to check out the evolving state of spam and on the off chance that I gave someone the address by accident.

So, if anyone has a question, comment or simply wants to take me down a notch, feel free to comment in any of the posts. I read all comments. I will not censor anyone’s comment unless it’s clear that it’s spam or it embraces true hate speech aimed at 3rd parties. Hate on me all you want. I think I’ve shown that I’m a big boy and I can defend myself.

I welcome any suggestions for posts. Obviously, my post count has dropped a bit since the spring. That’s probably a good thing but part of it is that, over the past year and a third, I’ve covered a lot of topics and I’d like not to run out of them, thank you very much. Plus, I haven’t had a lot of energy to do the number of web searches for news about the restaurant business. I’m hoping to get more into the groove in the near future. and it occurs to me that I haven’t done a cookbook highlight in a while, so hopefully I get back on track with that as well.

WHEW. That was therapeutic.

PS, anyone else find the typeface on this theme a little on the small side? I like the look and feel of it in general, but have never gotten behind the small print. I’ve changed the format twice, but I’m not really big on change for change sake. I’d love to keep this general look, but I’d love for the text to be a little more readable.

New milestone

Yesterday, we topped the 2,000 post/day mark for the first time.

It’s a bit of a hollow milestone, and hopefully it won’t end up being a Pyrrhic victory.

That’s because most of the increase has been due to a single post – “Apparently some people just aren’t being raised right”.

From watching my stats over the past year, I think I’ve got about 300 – 400 regular or semi-regular readers. It’s been growing a little bit at a time, which works for me. I’m really not into manipulation to snare readers – I’d rather that it be in an organic fashion and that people stick around to get something from the blog.

So, I don’t know how much stickiness I’m going to get from Perez Hilton’s or Robert Pattinson’s readership and fan base, nor do I think that this blog is the best thing sinced sliced bread because of the recent bump in readership. I do hope that those who read the post out of curiousity will sift through the caustic nature of my commentary and realize that not understanding about the traditional way that people pay for their full-service meals has a significant impact on those who serve them and is a case of being culturally ignorant.

As the base of people that I’m criticizing  prizes being culturally aware, I hope that perhaps a few of them will stick around this blog and maybe do some back-reading in order to get a sense of the job that those of us do in order for you to have an enjoyable night out.

“Another such victory and I am undone”.

So, as I leave for work…

…we’re about 140 hits away from 100,000.

It will probably turn over while I’m at work, so I want to thank everyone again for the milestone.

New milestone

Despite a dip in the Thanksgiving traffic, I’m pleased to report that SYWTBAW blasted through the 15,000 views/month level for November (15,384 to be exact), despite it only being a 30 day month. October was 12,185, and September was 11,304.  As you can see, momentum is growing steadily, especially considering that August was only 5,591. 

I’m glad that more folks are checking the blog out. I hope that it’s helpful and occasionally useful.

Thanks again for the support. Tell a friend. Links are gratefully accepted!

New milestone (with some edits)

I am now officially ahead of Waiter Rant in the Technorati rankings! Technorati is one of the most influential blog tracking sites.

I used to be ranked about 110,000 1,110,000th overall while Waiter Rant was ranked about 40,000th. Now I’m at 25924th and Waiter Rant is  52836th. Plus, my authority has jumped from around 7 all the way to 134 whereas Waiter Rant’s authority has sunk from over 400 down to 116th.



Let me say that Technorati has recently revamped both their rankings and their authority. I’m absolutely sure that this is a totally artificial change in status for both of us. I’m also quite sure that this doesn’t accurately reflect the popularity of our respective blogs, the universe will soon compensate for it and Waiter Rant will soon leave me in the dust.

So, I guess I have to get it while the gettin’s good.

I’m glad to have the Technorati green arrow up rather than the red arrow down. The former means that the blog is on the ascent, while the latter means that the blog is in decline.

I have to say that Waiter Rant is the gold standard in waiter blogs and Steve deserves all of the acclaim that he can get.

I am grateful for the continued support of the blog and I appreciate all of the readers who come here. I have 46,422 hits since the inception of the blog back in April. I’m hovering around 4,000 hits a week, hitting a tick over 3900 two weeks ago. Last month, the blog went over 12,000 hits per month for the first time.

I hope that you will continue to visit and hopefully, you’ll continue to find this a helpful resource, whether you’re a waiter, a guest or someone simply interested in cuisine in general.

Thanks everyone.

Another milestone

Just hit 30,000+ views since inception (April, 2009).

Very cool…

Thanks to all who have come by and special thanks to those who have linked to this blog. I appreciate all of you…

Another new milestone

The blog has just hit the 25,000 view mark. Not too shabby after only 5 full months of its existence.

Thanks for all of the support, linkage and comments, both positive and negative. All comments are useful (except for the spam, of course!)

If anyone would like to suggest topics for discussion in a post, feel free to add it here. This is especially true for people just getting started in the business. From viewing the search terms that bring people here, there are obviously some people who have specific questions. Feel free to post them in the comment section of this post.

New milestone

September was the first month to garner over 10,000 views (actually smashed that mark by over a thousand).

I’m very gratified that so many eyeballs are checking the site out, even if some of them are drawn by things like Heinz ketchup and American Express. Hopefully, some of you who got here through some tangential search will check back every once in a while, or find the blog useful or interesting enough to become a regular reader.

I don’t expect the growth curve to continue unabated, but I hope to continue delivering content that keeps you interested and I hope that we continue to see new people.

Thanks again for all of your support!

A couple of new milestones

First of all, I finally made it to the front page of a Google blog keyword search! I typed in waiter, and there my last post was, lurking at the bottom of the page like a lamprey stalking a shark.

Second of all, I’ve gone from a Technorati rating of ~1,200,000th most popular blog to just a tick over 520,000th. My only question is – what do those other 500,000 blogs have that I don’t have? Well, they have politics. They have technology reports. They have funny pictures of cats. They have cool cars and booze and naked women. They have hate language (I’m looking at YOU, Debbie Schlussel!).

So, with great joy, I roll out my new blog product, a red, white and blue, KKK-endorsed, Bluetooth-equipped cat casket .








I couldn’t get a Ku Klux Klanner to go on camera to endorse this fine piece of American craftsmanship, so I tapped this Italian-American spic to stand in (I would have chosen a fellow Jew, but the hateful, self-loathing Jew Debbie Schlussel was unavailable as she was busy trashing Walter Cronkite and Ted Kennedy). This casket will hold the fattest, more corpulent cat (or Debbie Schlussel if you remove her head before embalming) that you are likely to see in an internet photo. Like this one:









I apologize for the Bud Light, but at least it was still an American-owned brand at the time, and it was served at the Beer Summit.

The red, white and blue of the casket celebrates our country and its ideals, as does the theme itself – give us your tired, your poor, your beer-deprived masses, and sell it for $4 a sixpack to boot. This beer is appropriate for any White House beer summit for it is part of the largest wholly-owned American brewery in the good ole US of A. No tone-deafness here.

Now your tech-savvy cat can carry his or her technology into the grave without annoying wires.








The casket comes with its own battery-operated 100 year charger (which is why the casket has to be human-sized). The techology was stolen…I mean borrowed from Tesla:









Padma Lakshmi is rumored to be considering this car. Here she is trying to bargain down the price of the car:









And finally, I have to throw this in, because, what’s a blog these days without the obligatory lolcats shot?










This post should shoot me quickly into the low 400,000s in no time!

Oh yeah, I hit 5,000 views a month for the first time this month. I just zipped right past 4,000, as last month, I only had 3,300.

Thanks for all of the support, linkage and interest.

PS, I promise not to cheat and put naked girls in the tags, although just about everything else is going in there <g>.

Another milestone

After hovering toward the very bottom of the barrel at Technorati, I’ve now jumped up the list around 35%!

So, instead of being the 1,300,000th most popular blog, I’m now in the 6 digit area.

There are only 868,632 more popular blogs than mine.

Watch out Ms. Huffington and your Post. Another horse is going to be hitching up to your post pretty soon, and he’s thirsty.

Seriously, I’m most grateful for the interest and hope to keep that interest. Hopefully, as the dog days of summer grind to an inexorable halt, I’ll find more interesting things to post about, so hang in there.

PS, I find it weird that WordPress’s own spell check finds blog and blogs. Weird.