Before I forget, let me start off by saying thank you for your support and continued readership. In October of 2011, I made a decision to follow a strict posting schedule – one post a week at the least, two posts a week at the most – to make sure that I had enough recipes to keep this little website chugging along at a steady pace. I’m happy to say that I haven’t missed a week since, and The Domestic Man has grown to be something far beyond my expectations; to give you an idea, my average daily traffic is now far higher than the traffic for the entire month of October 2011. This is all thanks to you and your encouragement along the way.

To be honest, I had expected 2013 to be a relatively quiet year for me. I started secretly writing and shooting for my debut cookbook in late 2012, and my goal was to basically just keep the website afloat while I focused on writing the book. Turns out that everyone else had other plans! Let’s look through some of this year’s surprises.

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As we’re all celebrating the New Year, I wanted to take a second and reflect on 2012. It’s been an eventful year for all of us. We survived Presidential elections in both the US and Russia, watched some breathtaking Olympic performances and the successful Mars rover landing, and even averted a Mayan apocalypse. And through it all this little site here kept chugging away. Back in October of 2011 I made myself a promise that I would post a new recipe at least once a week, and I’m proud to say that I’ve kept up my end of the bargain. I’ve made some dishes that I’m really happy with, and some others that I can’t wait to pull down from the website when I get a chance!

We’ve made quite a few friends over the year, and built some relationships we hope to keep for years to come. I’ve happily watched some of my favorite new recipe sites like Strictly Paleo…ish, Virginia is for Hunter-Gatherers, and Alex Boake’s Food Blog find audiences and grow stylistically. It’s also been great to watch some of the big names in the Paleo movement help refine the community, with the Perfect Health Diet book providing the best approach to ancestral eating that I’ve seen, and Nom Nom Paleo’s incredible iPad app raising the bar in terms of presentation and culinary masterwork.

On a personal note, 2012 has been quite a year for our family. Our son started pre-pre-school and is starting to make his way through that whole “reading” thing, and I finished a Masters in Healthcare Administration and was selected for a new job as a Health Care Administrator starting next year. And we survived another year on the East Coast! (We consider Hawaii to be home.)

a peek at 2013

So, thanks for visiting in 2012, and I hope I’ve provided a little inspiration for your kitchen. There’s plenty more to come.

– Russ