Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Anniversary: Five Great Memories for Five Great Years!

As I mentioned in a previous post, #WilsonsGuide is currently celebrating its 5th-year anniversary. Woo-hoo!

In order to commemorate this glorious occasion, I’ve put together a brief list of five notable highlights from my blog, one for each year since I started it, back in March 2010. Check out what they are below!

2010: My first post. Ever.
I launched my blog with a post about one of my favorite L.A. hangouts: Simply Wholesome.
This local eatery represented everything about the type of places that I wanted to feature: a local neighborhood gem, offering great value, having tons of charm, well-known but not pretentious, and overall, being just a fantastic place to stop by. Read this blog post

2011: Interviewing Brian McKnight.
Having a one-on-one interview with Brian McKnight was a huge step for me, because it was my first time securing a major interview with a well-known celebrity, all on my own. To imagine, this multi-platinum, GRAMMY-award nominated singer was candidly talking to me — little old me(!) — on the phone. Amazing! In the years to come, there would be many more interviews with many more phenomenal trailblazers, like DJ Lady Sha, Julie Dexter and saxophonist Mike Phillips, to name a few. Read this blog post 

2012: Bon Voyage! Launching a travel section.
Anyone who knows me knows that I will gladly take a trip to pretty much anywhere at the drop of a hat. So launching a travel section with my post about Mama’s Fish House in Maui enabled me to share my passion and excitement of traveling with even more people. And, I got to share my friends’ travel adventures as well, as they provided guest posts about their excursions in places like Montpellier, France and São Paulo, Brazil. Read this blog post 

2013: Coming back to blogging. After a very long hiatus.
A lot happened in the summer of 2013. I was focused on other endeavors and it was getting tough finding the time to blog. Missing one week of posting turned into missing another and another, and quite frankly, I was enjoying the time that I had usually dedicated to blogging, to exploring other interests. But, my brief hiatus from blogging proved to be fruitful; after three months of not writing, I was refreshed and once again motivated to resume writing. My post about NOLA’s restaurant in downtown L.A. marked my re-entrance into the blogging game. Read this blog post 

2014: New Year, new format!
After a few months adjusting to some new personal and professional responsibilities, I realized that I didn’t have the same amount of time to devote to blogging as I had when I started #WilsonsGuide, four years ago. Since my one post a week wasn’t even that much to begin with, I felt like I either had to continue with this new hectic schedule, devoting all my free time to writing a weekly post and in the process, sacrifice having a social life, or I should stop blogging completely. I didn’t feel ready to give up blogging, so I came to a happy compromise and decided I would change #WilsonsGuide to a bi-weekly format. My post on Papillion, an African-American-owned art gallery in Leimert Park, was the first post after this change. Read this blog post 

And so what’s next?

I’m excited to see what 2015—and future years—will bring. Stay tuned for more new content!

How about you? What were some of your favorite #WilsonsGuide posts? 
Feel free to share in the comments section below and see you at a #WilsonsGuide destination soon!

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