Year in Review

I hope you don’t mind yet another “year in review” post. I can’t believe it’s that time again. On the one hand, I can’t believe it’s December 31. (Never mind that it’s December 31, 2008, for Pete’s sake.) Then on the other hand, I can’t believe I’m falling for the “year in review” trap. I mean, how clichΓ© is that? But I don’t care. I really do love “looking back” articles.

Now… what to talk about. Hmmm…. movies? music? deaths?

Wait a minute, I got it. Let’s talk about me.

Why? Because a million other web sites, blogs, newspapers and magazines will talk about movies, music, and deaths. This is my only shot at having a Back to the Fridge Year in Review. So I took a vote amongst myself and it was unanimous.

Back to the Fridge’s Year of Firsts

This blog (as we know it) launched August 25, 2008 and attracted six visitors on its very first day. Granted, the blog technically existed before then, but I’ve now all but written off “BTTF 1.0” as an odd experiment and I more or less pretend it never happened. By the end of the year, the new and improved blog was attracting up to eight visitors per day.

It’s truly been an amazing ride: I got my first traffic spike from being mentioned on a much more popular blog. I got my first stumbleupon spikes. I got my first comment from an actress in a Sonic commercial. And even though it had nothing to do with this blog, I even met Maureen McCormick.

I re-announced my book and sold nearly five copies.

And I even added a second post to my other blog which will have lots more content Real Soon Now.

Top Ten Posts by Visits

Ah yes! The “Top Ten” lists. What year in review would be complete without listing ten random items that serve no other purpose that to get people to argue over what the real top ten items should be?

First up: the most visited posts. Granted a few of these (including the top one) got StumbledUpon, so many of these visits were just from tire-kickers. Still, the stats are what they are, and I found them interesting nonetheless:

Dear Subway 2346
Almost Like Magic 1295
So Not The Plan 844
Miracle Weight Loss Plan 819
Calories Anyone 790
Pumpkin Carvings 762
Oatmeal 747
The Fatty Melt 741
The Big Announcement 705
What Costs Less 630

Top Ten Most Commented Posts

Another interesting statistic! Which posts got the readers out of the woodwork the most? The top one almost doesn’t count, since that was my first (and only) giveaway.

I’m still amazed by other bloggers who get dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of comments per post: even on multiple posts per day.

The Big Announcement

Celebrity Childhood Crush

I’m Lovin’ It


When I Grow Up

Now About That Book

Chex Mix

Grilled PB&J

The FullBar

What Costs Less?


My Favorite Posts

But which ones do I like? While I do like a few of the above posts, many of my favorites just don’t get a lot of hits or comments. I think they’re worth noting here, in absolutely no particular order whatsoever:

Whats Really Amazing
Dodged A Bullet
Say Anything
The Hobbit
Pumpkin Carvings
Celebrity Childhood Crush
Alternate Reality 1
Psych Out
Caveat Emptor
A Magical Place

New York Trip

As an added bonus, here is the entire New York trip in a single, easy to click interface:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Whew! Well, that’s about that. It’s an amazing thing to look back on, actually. As each day creeps (or flies) by, I don’t see the mountain of writing piling up here. And that was only a little over four months worth. I can’t imagine what 2009 is about to bring!

Anyway, thank you all for reading along. I couldn’t do this at all without knowing at least someone was out there reading. I hope the friends I’ve picked up along the way stick around and I look forward to meeting many more.

15 Responses to “Year in Review”

Helen said
December 31, 2008 at 3:58 am

I’m one of those who found you through another blog Charlie and I’m glad I did! I knew we had a connection the minute I saw “Cheez-It’s” on your fridge. Currently you’re the only male blogger I read and I look forward to seeing what you have to say each day. Looking forward to 2009 – Happy New Year!

Brandi said
December 31, 2008 at 6:44 am

I really enjoy your blog and can’t wait to read what hilarious crazy things you’ll write about next year πŸ™‚

Jennifer said
December 31, 2008 at 7:51 am

Happy New Year Charlie! I hope you guys have a great night!

And, of course I will be back to read more!

petunia said
December 31, 2008 at 8:02 am

Happy New Year, guy!
Thanks for all the entertaining reads over my coffee in the morning at work.

And here’s to one last pig out tonight (sorry, sorry — heh) until we reach one-derland for good in the new year!

Tom Rooney said
December 31, 2008 at 8:10 am


I found you through the MizFit site and have enjoyed your take on things. Because of this, I have also found your sisters sites too and their look at the world. One very talented family. I drop by for a dose of funny, so if that’s what you’ve been trying to do it’s working. Of course if you’re not trying to write humor, I apologize for laughing and you may want to reconsider doing a blog. πŸ™‚

Tuscanystone said
December 31, 2008 at 9:15 am

Hey Charlie

I think I’ve read most of your posts and my fave has got to be all of them πŸ˜‰

Don’t you need ‘tags’ to attract a wider audience? Just a thought πŸ™‚

All the best for 2009

Tusc πŸ˜€

Shelley said
December 31, 2008 at 9:20 am

Charlie, you had me at “Spaghettios” – I’ve been a devoted follower ever since!

Happy New Year!

Tammy said
December 31, 2008 at 10:11 am

I also found you through another blog…

Then, I quickly won a copy of your book. πŸ™‚
Yay!! I read it last month and loved it. Here’s to selling another 5 copies in 2009!

Happy New Year!

Deborah said
December 31, 2008 at 10:33 am

Well Charlie, you’ve got me hooked as a constant reader. I even give out your blog address to friends that aren’t on the weight loss journey, ’cause they like a good giggle or two also.

Keep up the good/great work and have a great 2009!

Stephanie said
December 31, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Happy New Year Charlie!

Although I don’t comment every day, I do read your blog every day.

The blog I hold dearest to my heart is Perspective ( You have no idea how many times I’ve gone back and read that.

Thank you for being such an eloquent writer and being my friend.

Biz said
December 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Hey Charlie – Happy New Year!

I actually got off of work at noon, and my office was supposed to be open on Friday, now its closed – so I am off until Monday!

Have fun with your soup party tonight!

I love all your posts, but the picture of your high blood sugar (161!) still makes me laugh!

Charlie said
December 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm

*sniff, sniff*

Shea said
January 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Hi Charlie. If I haven’t told you before, I love your site. You make me laugh & make difficult things both fun and funny. That’s a pretty nice thing to add to the world, and a pretty great thing you’re doing. Here’s to another good year. πŸ™‚ shea

Laura Brandon said
January 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm

i looked for your book at borders and couldn’t find it. you need to talk to your publicist. or i looked in the wrong section. my bad.

Charlie said
January 8, 2009 at 6:37 am

Laura: Unfortunately, it’s only in one real life book store, and that’s here in Austin. It’s only available online, through or Why isn’t it available in stores (yet)? Because I’m still an absolute nobody. Only books that have a chance of actually selling are stocked in stores. More than two hundred thousand new titles come out every year. There isn’t room for all of them. Especially since they continue to stock titles from previous years! πŸ˜‰