2009: Real Food Media Turns One & Top Ten CHEESESLAVE Posts

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 31, 2009

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Happy Birthday, Real Food Media!

2009 was an insanely busy year for me. Last Christmas, in 2008, I launched Real Food Media, the first and only blog network focused on traditional and slow food.

It was a year of growth and a lot of hard work. There were many weeks and months of 16-18 hour days and working every single weekend. There’s still a ton of work ahead of me in the new year but I’m looking forward to taking a moment tonight to toast how far we’ve come this year. (I’ll be toasting from the Lost Pines Resort, just outside of Austin, Texas.) Thanks to all of you guys for reading and commenting and for supporting the mission of real food!

Progress Made in 2009

We are ending the fiscal year with 25 sponsors of Real Food Media, and we have new sponsors ready to sign on in January. We also tripled our monthly advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009.

I also launched a new menu mailer subscription service called CHEESESLAVE Menus By Mail the week of Thanksgiving in 2009. Already we have 87 subscribers!

What’s Coming in 2010

I have many goals and plans for the new year and am super excited about them — including launching podcasts, videos, and social media seminars. We’re also expanding the Real Food Media blog network, adding new blogs (we’ll be adding 5 or 6 new blogs to our current roster of 8 blogs) and new sponsors.

Needless to say, with all of this activity, I don’t always get to blog as much as I’d like. But I’ll be putting my energy into the menu mailer and the other projects so you’ll still be hearing plenty from me. I just can’t keep my mouth shut about traditional food and sustainable farms.

I’ve finally found my life’s mission. I’m so grateful each and every day that I have the opportunity to do what I do and work with the brilliant and lovely folks who share my vision and passion.

Happy New Year to you all and thanks again for everything you do to support the movement of traditional and slow food. Cheers!

Top 10 Posts of 2009

Here’s a countdown of the top ten posts of 2009 on CHEESESLAVE, from the least views to the post with the most views of the year. These are only posts written this year (not 2008 or 2007).

10. Low-Carb Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffins – These muffins, adapted from a recipe in Bruce Fife’s book, Cooking with Coconut Flour, were a hit. They’re low carb, gluten- and grain-free, and full of nutrient-dense pastured eggs, bacon and cheese. How can you go wrong?

9. Top 10 Reasons To Eat Real Sourdough Bread — Even If You’re Gluten Intolerant – This is the post I wrote after meeting the Sourdough King of Los Angeles, Jack Bezian, who is known for fermenting his sourdough bread for up to a month. I’m still talking to him and hopefully I can convince him to do more interviews, maybe a podcast (and ultimately I’d love to get him to teach a webinar, although right now he refuses to teach baking, he says he will teach about fermentation — a girl can dream!)

8. Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise – We love mayonnaise at our house but I simply refuse to buy the junk at the grocery store anymore because it’s almost always made with soybean oil — something we can do without! This recipe, based on Julia Child’s, comes out great, plus the mayo is lacto-fermented, which is good for your gut.

7. How to Make Perfect Pie Crust – I found out from a couple of readers that I had an error in this recipe, which has now been fixed. I was so grateful to them that I gave them both free year-long subscriptions to my CHEESESLAVE Menus By Mail menu mailer. I also got comments from readers saying they didn’t quite get how to make the pie crust properly — so I’m planning to do a video of me making pie crust in the new year. Actually, I will be working on a series of how-to videos so stay tuned!

6. How to Buy Organic Eggs: Pastured vs. Free Range Eggs – I used to buy “free range” eggs until I learned about truly pastured eggs. This post explains the differences and why it’s important to seek out pastured eggs.

5. Real Food: A Natural Cure for Arthritis, Allergies, Chronic Fatigue, Melasma, Cradle Cap & Cavities – This post contains many of my personal testimonials on how my health has improved since I started eating a traditional diet. We may have to remove all posts with possible health claims in the new year (still hashing this out). If so, this post may need to come down. We’ll see what happens.

4. Do Bread & Cereal Cause Cavities? Reversing Dental Decay With Food – The other day, I was on the phone with Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay. I’m planning my first ever podcast with him in January — check back for the announcement. There is such a need for this information. He told me that tooth decay is at 90-some percent in our country. It’s so common that we think it’s “normal”. According to this post, sugar is not good for your teeth but it’s grains, nuts and seeds that are the real culprits when it comes to tooth decay.

3. Top 5 Tips For Balancing Hormones Naturally with Food – I get a ton of questions on Facebook and on Twitter from people asking how to help melasma and adrenal exhaustion with real food. This is another post that might disappear in 2010. Go read it now while you still can! :-)

2. How to Make Homemade Soda Pop with Kefir Grains This was posted in June of 2009. It has over 11,000 views to date.

1. Bacon-Wrapped Dates — This post went up in April of 2009. It is the most popular post to date on my blog — with almost 15,000 views. What can I say — people like bacon!

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maria December 31, 2009 at 7:15 PM

so glad you’re doing what you’re doing! It’s making a huge difference in the world-Thanks!

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Elizabeth Walling December 31, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Congrats on the success of the Real Food Media network! I know I have been so inspired by the work of your group – we are truly thankful you’re here!

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Augie December 31, 2009 at 9:54 PM

I have always found all of the real food media bloggers to be excellent by themselves, but to put them together on the network is brilliant. Thanks, Ann Marie and have a successful New Year!

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carla December 31, 2009 at 11:06 PM

I had bacon wrapped dates at a local Tapas restaurant http://www.torobravopdx.com/ They were to die for! I have to make some at home. :) Happy New Year, Ann Marie!
.-= carla´s last blog ..Sale on skinnyskinny and True Body at Green and Chic =-.

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Laurie December 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Congratulations! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work. I’m still learning and trying out new things, but I’ve been able to find so much great info this year and a lot of it has come directly or indirectly from your site. Keep up the great work.
.-= Laurie ´s last blog ..Breakfast Cookies AKA Soaked Granola Bars =-.

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Julia December 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Congratulations!

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Melanie Nader December 31, 2009 at 11:52 PM

You are a very talented, and unique writer, I enjoy your posts, and I look forward to reading more! Congratulations on your accomplishments, and Happy New Year!

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Julie @ Cultures for Health January 1, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Happy birthday RFM and congratulations Ann Marie!
.-= Julie @ Cultures for Health´s last blog ..Herbed Crème Fraîche Dip Recipe =-.

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The Nourished Canuck January 1, 2010 at 12:59 AM

Congratulations on the 1y anniversary of RFM and to all the bloggers that make it a great and informative service! Hope you are having a wonderful toast down in Texas.

See you and more of Real Food Media in 2010!!

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Emily January 1, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I really appreciate your hard work–it’s nice to know of other people who share my burden of teaching the truth about food and health.

And I’m thrilled you’re going to do a podcast with Ramie Nagel. People look at me like I have three heads when I tell them I am using nutrition to heal/prevent tooth decay. I hope a bunch of SAD eaters end up listening to that podcast!

Happy New Year! :)
.-= Emily´s last blog ..6 Natural Acne Remedies =-.

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Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 1, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Congrats on the Real Food Media network! That is so exciting! I just signed up for the updates! I know how hard it is to launch something like this on your own – having just gone through 2 years of it with The Foodie Blogroll! :) Wishing you continued success in 2010! My own blog has taken a turn towards real food this year and so I am happy to learn of more blogs that are already doing this! I am really happy to have found your blog! Happy New Year!

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Kelly the Kitchen Kop January 1, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Wow, it’s been amazing watching and learning so much from you! I love knowing that “I was there” when RFM was born. :)
.-= Kelly the Kitchen Kop´s last blog ..2 New Year’s Day Questions…1/1/2010 =-.

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Christy January 1, 2010 at 6:47 PM

It saddens me that you may need to take down those posts – Big Brother doesn’t like them eh? There is a lot of great information in them. I am especially interested when you talk about the thyroid – I have been hypothyroid for 14 years and it just stinks!
Thanks for all your hard work.
.-= Christy´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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Tamara January 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM

YAY, Congratulations!!! Podcasts, interviews, more blogs, and how-to videos?!??! Im there! lol

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Erin January 1, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Ann Marie,
Your hard work is appreciated by so many, including myself. Thanks for your selfless determination to get the truth out to so many folks. Happy New Year and God Bless!

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Diana@Spain in Iowa January 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM

AnnMarie, You Rock! Thanks so much for doing all that you do in hopes of educating more people to health and happiness! Un Besote Amiga and I’m so looking forward to being a part of the Real Food Media!!
.-= Diana@Spain in Iowa´s last blog ..Happy New Year: Top 10 Posts of 2009 =-.

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Cathy Payne January 3, 2010 at 12:32 AM

Congratulations on your anniversary, Anne Marie. You have influenced so many people and your hard work is greatly appreciated. Jon and I really appreciate the time you took to give us advice on social media. I’m excited about the doors that have opened to us as a result. I see things really cooking in 2010. Best of luck for success with your menu planner.
.-= Cathy Payne´s last blog ..ONL057 OMG, We Bought the Farm! =-.

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Sheree January 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM

PLEASE either provide captions or subtitles with the videos or at least a transcript link for both videos and radio/podcasts. I’m deaf and I’m not going to be able to get anything from these if I’m not able to read them.

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Kimberly Hartke January 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Ann Marie–you have done something truly landmark with RFM. I am so glad to be one of your founding bloggers, and can’t wait till you add many more. We appreciate all your coaching and help this year. I know that without your network and your personal advice, I would not have achieved 120,000 visitors this year on my brand new blog. Thanks a mint for your wisdom and vision.
.-= Kimberly Hartke´s last blog ..Most Googled and Oogled Blogs of 2009 =-.

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Divina January 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Congratulations. Looking forward to more of your projects. Have a great year ahead.
.-= Divina´s last blog ..Twenty Questions with Refrigerator Soup =-.

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LeahS July 20, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Thank you for working so hard! You are changing the future!

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