Ten years ago, I was working as a web designer and developer, and was rather burned out. While I had been blogging for a few years already, my personal blog was mostly about things like web development and tech things and the like. So on a whim, I decided I was going to start a blog about one of the main obsessions in my life, food.
I had a discount coupon for a blogging service called Typepad. I opened a generic looking site, with the domain name of maki.typepad.com and wrote this post. I didn't even get around to registering the domain justhungry.com until a bit later.
Ten years have passed since then. A lot has happened, personally and professionally.
I'm now a full time writer.
I have a bestselling cookbook under my belt.
My husband (The Guy) and I have had a lot of ups and downs, even a separation, but we are together.
We moved from the suburbs of Zürich, Switzerland to a sleepy village in Provence, France. Along the way we were homeless for about a year and a half.
There was a huge, devastating earthquake in Japan, that changed my feelings about my home country forever.
We lost my mother in law, Martha, in 2007.
And my father, Masamichi, in 2011.
I got cancer. And recovered. And...now I have it back again, a bit.
Through it all, and despite several lapses in regular updates, this site has been a constant presence. The many readers who have been supporting it throughout the years have been a source of inspiration and strength to me even during the toughest times.
Ten years is a very old age for a blog I think. It's still here, and so am I.
Thank you to everyone who has read these pages, and sent me support in the form of comments and emails. I couldn't have done it - in many ways - without you.
Here's to more years to come!
By the way...The Guy just surprised me with this. I couldn't wait to take it out of the box to take a photo.
I think I'll keep him, too ^_^.