It’s time for 100 Places in the D’s Year Seven Review!
Every year, I commemorate the inception of 100 Places in the D (which occurred on February 8, 2014), by recapping the last blogging year and its highlights – including whether or not I accomplished the goals I set at the beginning of the year. I then set goals for the next blogging year. Given that it’s July, this post is quite tardy! But I’m embracing that old adage of “better late than never” and going for it anyway. 🙂
I set ambitious goals for Blog Year Seven:
-Blog consistently throughout the year.
-Hit the milestone of Visit #500.
-Visit 36 new places in the city of Detroit alone.
-Visit at least 20 of the places that have been lingering on my to-do list for years.
I only achieved one of these goals: the milestone 500th visit (to the very delicious Pho LineUp)! Needless to say, COVID threw everything for a loop in terms of the volume-based goals. I only visited 36 new places total in Blog Year Seven – and they weren’t all in Detroit (10 were).
About that pandemic . . .. COVID didn’t disrupt my life in the terrible ways that it disrupted so many others. I didn’t lose any loved ones to the virus, and I maintained my job, which allows me to work from home. My gratitude for how good I’ve had it is IMMENSE. When viewed from this lens, the fact that I wasn’t able to visit a lot of restaurants or bars or shops during Blog Year Seven is not a big deal. Still, it was hard – even if bearably so – to not do something I love so much. I didn’t eat inside restaurants for a year – and there was definitely some grief around the loss of that. Life opening up has been a blessing for me in so many ways. One of those ways has been the ability to feel normal-ish again, to get out and try new places more readily – and eat inside restaurants! Blog Year Eight is feeling much more optimistic than this previous one did.
My goals for Blog Year Eight are simple, feasible ones:
-Blog consistently (no more six-month hiatuses!).
-Visit at least 50 new places total.
-Visit at least 20 new places in the city of Detroit alone.
-Represent at least three new cities (cities I haven’t previously recorded a new-place visit in).
We’ll see how I do. For now, it’s on to the next visit!
Before I go, I’ll share these Blog Year Seven stats – because an overview post wouldn’t be complete without me nerding out on them:
Number of places visited in Blog Year Seven: 36
Number of cities visited: 16
Breakdown by county: Macomb: 15; Oakland: 11; Wayne: 10
Breakdown by city:
Clinton Township: 5
Sterling Heights: 3
Madison Heights: 2
Rochester Hills: 2
New Baltimore: 1
Shelby Township: 1