A year of lunches

7 Feb

Lunch with Mary Final

Photo credit: Carolyn Thrasher

I’ve decided to, just this once, stray from my regular blog posting format and take a moment to look back at an awesome year of lunches.

I started this blog one year ago with my first post about my good friend, and at the time new mom, Ali Piazza Kaniouras. When I started, I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I figured my friends would stop by my site, my family would definitely read it, and that was about it.

Never in a million years did I think that not only would my friends and family read it, but complete strangers. I have met people who know my blog but not me. So weird! And never did I ever think NOW Magazine would care about my blog.

So first things first, I need to thank a whole lot of people:

When I started this blog, I never knew how much I would actually learn (and how much I would love doing it). Of course, I am learning all of the stuff that I post on the site, but also (and I might get a bit cheesy here) I grew a lot through the process. I really stepped out of my comfort zone. Approaching complete strangers, asking them for lunch and then getting the nerve to actually GO on the lunches. Some of the people I took out are a bit intimidating given their tremendous successes.

The Lunch it forward section of my blog has been an insightful glimpse into the minds of my lunch guests, as well as readers – hearing who they would want to take out for their dream lunch. I hope that conversation continues into year two.

I have also learned a lot about the world of social media and blogging. And it’s this knowledge that has helped me be recognized at work and led to me being invited to Vancouver to work during the Olympic Games. I can’t wait!

So I turn 30 in a week. Yikes. So that gives me one more year to get my lunch with Paul Krugman, squeeze in as many lunches as I can and maybe take this lunch blog thing on the road!

7 Responses to “A year of lunches”

  1. Ashish February 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Awesome stuff Mary! This is an amazing thing you’ve put together. It was real fun working with you on Alex’s course. All the Best!!

  2. Juliet February 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Congratulations on a year’s worth of exploration. I look forward to more lunchtime with you and your future guests.

  3. Cher February 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Mary, your blog is fantastic! What a great group of lunch guests- congratulations and I look forward to even more great guests in the upcoming year :)

  4. Amanda T February 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Warner: continue stepping out of your comfort zone and I will continue to follow your blog.

    Congrats on one year down, cheers to many more years to come!

  5. Janet Warner February 9, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Mary,
    I have been lurking for the past year on your blog. I am so proud of you. You have accomplished so much with this blog. You have taken risks that I only wish I had taken when your age (or even at my age!). I have learned along with you, and I love that my neice is teaching me many things.
    I am looking forward to learning more in the year to come.
    Happy Birthday
    love, Janet

  6. Andria Ralph March 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Congrats on a year of enticing lunches!! This is just the beginning!!

  7. cathrasher July 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Thanks for the shout-out Mary! I’m glad to have had lunch with you, even though not as a subject ;) Keep up the awesome blogging!

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