5 years. I cannot believe it. The Fritter is 5 years old today. When I started this thing I had no idea where I was going with it, but here we are, still going strong. Still growing. Still snarky as ever.
Of all the things I’ve done, of all the adventures, all the trials and tribulations, creating this blog and keeping it going has been my most bestest and proudest achievement. Hey, when you shoot as low as I do for success, you take what you can get. But seriously, I love this damn thing. It gives me solace in bad times, a platform to bitch, and a place to share some of life’s events. With every post, with every comment, with every failed hacker attempt, watching this blog grow and genuinely affect the lives of those who read it, is something to behold. And it’s a bit scary.
Last month the Fritter had over 17000 visitors. Well over 500 visits a day. Not all of them were legitimate readers. There are lots of robots, search engines, and spiders out there grabbing a key word here, or back linking there. But the site does attract attention. While it’s a good thing to see more people coming by, it also puts more pressure on me to write more better stuff and keep the site fresh and interesting. But I don’t mind.
Perhaps the one thing the Fritter has done, it’s opened up the idea I can be a writer by trade. It’s not to say a successful one, nor would I even begin to compare myself to anyone who is a true author, journalist, or scribe. But I have found I do enjoy putting together these posts, particularly when I have a good subject to write about. And the fact all this writin’ has encouraged me to sit and put together one book, which still makes a few bucks on the side, and to be working on another, it just feels like creating this blog was the right thing to do back in 2011.
For those of you who are relatively new to the Fritter and wonder how the name came to be. Here is the story:
When I was thinking of some sort of blog back in said 2011, I was living on an old sailboat in Key Largo. It was docked at a small marina which also had a sea school for kids. Everyday the kids would go out to the reefs or grass flats for field work in their boats, passing my boat as they went out. Usually, when they returned, I would be up on deck cooking supper on the grill. As they passed the instructor always asked me what I was cooking. Being just as much a smart ass then as I am now, I would always reply, ‘Manatee Fritters’. The kids would boo and hiss, and then laugh. It got to be a running gag, so good in fact when I decided to build a blog, the name was perfect. Hence, Manatee Fritters. I still get some bad looks from the little old ladies and tourists when I mention it, but the name stuck and here we are, 5 years and still going strong.
While the Fritter has changed a bit in look and design here and there, the basic message remains the same. Minimalism is the top of the list. It has been my mantra for years and it was easily the best lifestyle decision I have ever made. Life in the Florida Keys, living in Key West garners a tremendous amount of attention. Many have said they live the island life vicariously through the Fritter.
The infamous Fritterisms grow every month. Nearly 600 of them now. Have you collected them all yet?
There have been other subjects which proved very popular. My post on starting up a stand up paddle board company remains one of the most read I have ever written. My ongoing series about living on a boat in the Keys attracts the dreamers and doers alike. The same with rv living. It’s obvious I hit a nerve with some of these subjects because they still get a lot of looks. I’ll still rail against the corporate world and do my best to encourage anyone who visits here to seek their dreams, find adventure, and never settle. Life is too damn short to not get off your ass and go see the world.
The future is about to change dramatically for me. The new book will be front and center when it gets published, might even get it’s own website. Travel is definitely in the works and it’s coming up a bit sooner than I had anticipated. Some major events are happening and I will be posting about the latest later on this week. It’s about to get interesting, very interesting.
Hawaii remains on the horizon but it’s doubtful I will make it there this year. I’m anxious to get there and write about another island but it’s not quite the right time. Soon.
For the moment, I will do what I can, keep writing, get the book finished, and move on to the next project.
To all of you who have paid the Fritter a visit, be a one time thing, or as a regular, I truly thank you all for making the Fritter a place where one can maybe find a little inspiration, a brief vacation in the islands for cheap, and some entertaining snark. I appreciate the comments, the support, and I hope I can continue to live up to the standards this blog has set. It’s been a fun 5 years, so let’s go have some more better fun for the next 5.