Clip Show: Starting a Blog

In television they call them clip shows.  Instead of producing a new show, they edit together clips of old shows to create the illusion of a new episode.  So I am right about at the two month mark on this blog.  I could dishonestly say that this post is a clip show.  In reality I am taking a trip tomorrow to one of my favorite towns, Columbia, MO, to see some of my favorite people.  Before I go I committed to myself that I would write two more posts.  The post on crabs is still coming on Friday.

I realize that a lot of people reading this are either bloggers or blog-curious.  I thought I would share some of my reflections on starting this thing and some of the stats I find amusing.

This has been a lot more work than I anticipated.  I have set a pretty strong posting goal of four updates a week and have a list of about 20 ideas that I want to hit at some point.  Just the process of sitting down to write is time consuming.  I am a server in no small part do to the fact that I am not built to sit at a desk for hours at a time.  Getting into a routine of writing has actually been very positive for me though.  Those hours before a shift or in between can too easily be wasted.  This has been very good for me in the time management department.

I also didn’t account for the fact that on my days off from serving I would be writing about serving.  There is a certain strain of thinking about your job too much on your days off.  That being said, I think it has made me a better server.  I feel like a hypocrite if I don’t do the things I write about.  I think it has made me a better co-worker too.  Not to mention that I have learned a lot from the other server blogs out there.  I read a lot of them.  I get as much of a chuckle out of a good rant as anyone.  I really try hard not to do that on here.  Makes it less interesting (believe me after 15 years, I gots stories), but I just want to do something a little different.

Ok, enough of that stuff.  If you are still reading, you are most definitely a fellow blogger.  Here are some random things you might find interesting.

The 10 most viewed pages

Servers Vs Dentists

Foodie Friday: Beef Made Easy (Part One)

Understanding Restaurants: The Owner’s P

The Rules of Serving: Rules One and Two

I Make A Mean Cherry Limeade

The Most Important Phrase You Are Not Using

The Rules: Rules 1-10

Foodie Friday: Beef Made Easy (Part Two)

Budgeting for Servers

Selling Away and Selling Up

Now a very special list.  I will admit it, I check my stats a bit more than is probably healthy.  I am new at this and I find it all fascinating.  I am grateful to every person who spends any time reading this blog.  It is really humbling and flattering at the same time.  I really appreciate all those folks who think it is worth telling someone else to read.  When this got started, I totally feared that I was going to get two hits a day from when my mom checked it from work and home.  These people made sure that didn’t happen and I am grateful to them everyday.…

Now for a slight bit of humor to wrap up this self-indulgent drivel.  Search engines send traffic.  Those of you who are not bloggers might not know that we can see the exact phrase searched for that landed them here.  My favorite has been “pictures of hot waiters with drinks.” By far my most common search terms are “cherry limeade” and “foil swan.”  I sorta feel like a jerk for not having a cherry limeade recipe on the site.  I do have one and am planning to post it.  It is currently in my desk drawer inside a sealed envelope marked “in case of extreme writer’s bloc” with a picture of me shirtless carrying a tray of drinks as plan b.

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2 comments on “Clip Show: Starting a Blog

  1. yellowcat on said:


    I like your blog because it’s helping me to do a better job. Sometimes we fall into a rut and forget what our job is about. Your tips have steered me back to where I belong and I’ve passed them on to other servers I work with.

    My blog is all about ranting and funny stories. I like that yours is more professional. Some of your stuff doesn’t really apply to me since our restaurant is very specific in food choices and we are all about turning tables, but it is still interesting.

    One way I’ve found to generate readers is to comment on their blogs. What goes around comes around in the blogosphere.

    Keep up the good work!

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