Friday, December 30

2005 Year in Review

2005 is coming to a close and so is the first year of barmixmaster.com. I hope all of you readers out there has gotten as much out of this as I have putting it together. Every topic I sit down to right about I research thoroughly and I always learn something. I have a lot of fun with this site and I wish I had more time to write in it. My New Years resolution is to write a post once a week at the very least.

Let’s re-cap some of the highlights for the year:

  • BarMixMaster.com was launched on February 10, 2005... Everything has to start, I'm sometimes asked where "BarMixMaster" came from and the simple answer is that it was the best domain name I could find.

  • The start of the Bar Fear category of posts. This section of posts is an attempt to alleviate the fear of walking up to a bar and ordering a good cocktail for the libation novice.

  • I was shoot down in flames over the Cocktail Cooler idea. Boy that was stupid. :)

  • The start of the Old Stand-By category of posts. This section of posts talks about the long standing families of cocktails.

  • I really slammed a Mexican joint. :o

  • I dared to asked the question, "If classics aren't ordered very often, should bartenders still be expected to know how to make them?" The Classics

  • Probably the one post I got the most positive feedback on was my development of the Standard Cocktail Spectrum. I spent nearly as much time on the graphic for that article as the article itself.

  • I reported on the June 2005 Museum of the American Cocktail Seminars held in New Orleans.

  • I got all deep and philosophical in... Exceeding Expectations

  • I wrote about the all important H2O in... Hey! There is water in my cocktail!

  • Gave the ol' how to measure ingredients in... Measuring the Pour

  • Then... I ran from a damn hurricane that really messed up our world down here in NOLA. Thanks to the kindness and support to all the cocktailians out there to Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour!

  • Talked about how to bottle the fun in... Bottled Cocktails

  • The long awaited Manhattan post.

  • My new bumper sticker campaign... Nix Sour Mix

Currently the site is receiving 230 unique visitors a day and since its inception has received over 70,000 visitors this year, which I know, is not a huge amount but it's a start.

The site is a #1 hit on Google for most of the post titles. Try it!!!

Overall a great year! I have a lot planned for 2006. Plans which might include the launch of a new mixology resource that I've been a part of... you'll just have to wait and see.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to spread the word about good cocktails.

Cheers!!!

Brad

...the bar mix master has spoken.

2 comments:

Melanhead said...

Not that you asked, but I submitted your site to the 2006 Bloggies for best food site.

bar.mix.master said...

Wow, that is very kind of you. :)