So, it looks like I forgot the HeidiTown anniversary last year. It’s not surprising. I think many of us are trying to forget 2020 altogether. Like a hotel without a floor 13 listed in the elevator, we’re just going straight to 14.
In many ways, it’s hard to believe I have been on this journey for 14 years. I started this little town just months after Twitter and Facebook went live. HeidiTown was around before anyone had heard the phrase “social media influencer.” It is a title that I do not enjoy.
The reality is that I started HeidiTown without really knowing what blogs were. However, as a writer at a small newspaper in Northern Colorado, everyone kept telling me that I had to have a blog so I made one.
The blog grew alongside my career as a freelance writer. Both blossomed and flourished. It’s really been a super fun ride, most of the time. The ironic thing is that 2020 was set to be my best financial year as a self-employed writer. Alas, it was one of the worst.
However, with all the heartache, things continued to move forward albeit slowly. I did a road trip through Southern Colorado that was sponsored by Visit Colorado. After a long hiatus from travel, I spent three lovely days in Grand Junction this spring reacquainting myself with the area and a dear friend. I even traveled to North Platte, Nebraska, where I got to see prairie chickens dance.
A highlight of year 14, was being a judge for the lamb event at Taste of Vail. I’ve named The American Lamb Tasting as my favorite event at Taste of Vail, so despite it being smaller than in years past due to lack of staffing at restaurants, I was elated to help judge the amazing dishes that were created.
This summer, I created TacosandPho.com. I started the blog because I thought the name was terrific, I had time on my hands, and I wanted to write about something. It’s mainly an excuse to eat tacos and pho. I visit and write about restaurants and food trucks in Northern Colorado, although sometimes I travel farther like Brighton or Denver.
I’m at a bit of a standstill right now, and I honestly don’t know what is in store for year 15. However, I am forever grateful to those who’ve gone along on this ride with me. The people who tweet with HeidiTown, Facebook with HeidiTown or read the blog, and the friends who have been staunch supporters since the beginning. The town does not exist without those people.
Thank you for being part of Heidi for 14 years!