Wednesday 6 March 2013

1 year Blogaversary! Yahoo!

One year ago March 7, I made the decision to dive into the blog world. With the help of a couple of family members I chose a name, and sitting on the veranda of our Ocho Rios cottage I created the web site. Trust that the "Sew whats cooking with Joan" website has changed dramatically, since that day. But, my goal to learn about the building of a website and implementing it, stimulating my brain and getting whats in that brain out to you has been successful. Believe it or not, my memory has improved and I am thoroughly enjoying writing the blog. Photography was never of interest to me, however, once I started taking the pictures of food, I became interested in improving the photography of that food. Wee Bear bought me a new camera and I played with settings, and also took some classes from a producer while on board a cruise ship.

My first post on March 7, 2012

How to fix your heels!   

A useful post....yes, but, I found it on the internet and posted, so I could learn the process of posting. One paragraph and a link, that's it! 

I had no tabs and very few of my own photo's the first month. But, we grew! On our first month blogaversary we had over 1500 viewer's and  Wee Bear bought me a new camera. I was diving into photography blind!

Sweet One...........Amy, joined "Sew whats cooking with Joan" with her first solo blog, on June 1, 2012. She and TT were visiting us in Scottsdale, she made "Butterfly Cupcakes" for a casual dinner party we were having. Butterfly Cupcakes

Tink.....Holly, my daughter, did not physically write a blog, but allowed me to feature her famous Chocolate Chip Cookies on August 1, 2012Tink's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Sarah, my daughter-in-law gave me several gifts for Christmas, but my favorite was the recipe she sent me for her Pulled Pork Bruschetta or sliders!

Laura, my step daughter, also sent me recipes for Christmas to be featured on the blog. I had always wondered about the Stuffed cheesy shells!   that Laura's Mom made, and now I have the recipe mmmmm so yummy and perfect for a cold Winter evening by the fire!

Sew whats cooking with Joan statistics this morning:

Pageviews last month 
Pageviews all time history

Followers number over 6000 and fluctuate daily on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Goggle and e-mail. These are people from every continent and nearly every country in the world. USA leads in views, with Vietnam, UK, Germany, Italy and Thailand being a very large audience as well. They do not want to miss one single blog, so, they choose to "Follow". If you are not following and would like to just scroll the right side of this page and choose how you would like to follow. The Goggle follow is the button that say's "Join this site". My Facebook page can be found on
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You can press the "Like" button and each blog post will go directly to your Facebook feed.
Blog that received the most views in the Food category in the past year:

Caramelized Bacon!

Blog that received the most views in the craft category in the past year:

Let's make Gourd Art! 

Blog that received the most views in the sewing category in the past year:

Miss Muffet sat on her Tuffet! 

Most viewed page overall:

About me  

I am thrilled you are enjoying "Sew whats cooking with Joan" and am committed to continue to give you useful, fun and interesting blogs. I am enjoying the entire experience, including recently getting to know fellow bloggers and share them with you. 

I have many followers with special diets and know blogs that specifically address those diets. Just comment or e-mail me and I will be happy to share with you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to come back to Sew whats cooking with Joan! 



  1. Congratulations! Love your blog, it's always full of wonderful recipes with easy to follow instructions. Thank you for a great year!

  2. Here's a congratulations to another great year. Kath

  3. Loving your blog! How do you do it! Multi talented! Barb

  4. Hi JJ just wanted to wish you and Sweet One a Happy Blogaversary! Your blog is my favorite ! I found you on Craftsy and I think your quilts and tufted are the cutest ever! Keep up the fantastic work! Julie from Michigan

  5. Would love a "Good" soda bread recipe? Sharon

  6. Hi Sharon! I will post a soda bread recipe on Wednesday, along with links to your entire St. Patrick's Day feast! Plus, a little history on soda bread! Mine's in the oven for Wee Bear's early St. Pat's dinner!


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