The spread at my oldest uncle's house last night for my ong noi's dam gio (Vietnamese paternal grandfather's death anniversary). (Although, technically my ong noi is Chinese. :P)
I'm rather exhausted so I don't really have much to say for this month. Just my usual spiel about trying to catch up on the blog and life in general.
I have two giveaways that I'd like to point out though.
For Southern California area residents, I'm giving away five pairs of tickets to the Pasadena Wine Festival. There are multiple chances to win so do read the post for clarification.
For the rest of the U.S., I'm giving away two prizes from Oh! Nuts with two separate deadlines so again, please read the directions.
I quite like that the blog has grown enough to generate some giveaways for my readers. Beats my cheesy Asian grocery store product giveaways from previous years. :P I know everyone loves giveaways, but I really try not to use them as a marketing ploy. I think of them as little thank yous from me to you. If you've been reading regularly, subscribing via readers or email, or following via Twitter or Facebook, then you're the dedicated reader whom I wish to thank.
Frankly, I've been a little burnt out from the competitive self-promotion that's been going on in the blogosphere of late. I know we all want to be read, and we all have different tolerance levels, mine just seems to be very short these days. What annoys me? People who can't leave a comment without dropping a link to their blog, keeping in mind that their names are already linked to their blogs in the comment form. So a second link screams, "Click me! Visit my blog! Gimme hits!" Perhaps it's because I've had far too many people leave bland comments hoping to get traffic via my comments, or people who just drop links to their own recipes without even leaving any comment at all, or people who literally try to market their business in my comments. I don't get that much traffic, and I got it the old-fashioned way -- by leaving normal comments on people's posts without screaming for attention. Shameless self-promotion might get you traffic, just not from me.
Also, as for Twitter, one tweet for a new post is acceptable, a second tweet is Spam, and retweeting people who retweet your post is just ridiculous. I know people are trying to get morning or evening traffic in different parts of the world, but you know what? If people are interested, they will read your blog regardless of whether you tweet that you have a new post. Daily tweets about your blog event or other goings on get annoying too. If someone says something complimentary about a post, why not just reply back to that person? No need to retweet to everyone that someone complimented you. No need to retweet to everyone your reply to someone's question. No need to retweet everyone's #FF (Follow Friday), which are just an endless stream of people's Twitter IDs anyway. And definitely no need to retweet people listing you in their #FF. So if I've unfollowed you, those are the reasons why. I like being able to communicate with multiple people at once. I like being able to get to know people better. I don't like feeling marketed to.
Ha! Did I say I didn't have much to say? Just been thinking about how blogging has changed in the past few years. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me?
Anyway, got a recipe question? Restaurant question? Just want to say, "Hi?" Did you miss Ask Wandering Chopsticks 1? Or click on the "Ask Wandering Chopsticks" tag below for previous editions. Otherwise, what's on your mind? You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 26.
1 year ago today, Creole Red Jambalaya with Chicken and Sausage.
2 years ago today, The Cravery - Tustin (Closed) and Live on the Go redux.
3 years ago today, Tri-Colored Crostinis with Arugula Pesto, Bruschetta al Pomodoro, and Squash Blossom Ricotta.