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Hau’oli Makahiki Hou 2018

As mentioned last New Year’s day, January 1, 2017, Automattic used to send its WordPress users “Year in Review” summary stats, highlighting fun facts to share such as total site visitors, most popular posts, and best of all, who commented the most — or as we would say here in Hawaii, “Da’ most Podagee”. lol

Since they’re no longer doing that, the best I can tell you is this site has been viewed over 6.4 millions times since 2011 (this blog was established in 2006). There are now a total of 1,350 posts. The most comments made to date by readers are in this order: khs68 (85), haru (55), h (42), KenW (38), pat (33) and LH (23).

I must say, since I’ve changed the theme on this site, while the visitor numbers are about the same (sometime much higher, sometimes a little lower), the overall comments volume have dropped considerably, and I’m not sure why. If you care to make any suggestions or constructive criticism, please do! I’m all ears. 

There was a site speed issue a few months ago due to my host server running an older version of php. It’s since been updated to the most current, and load stats look decent now from every end user point I’ve checked. 

My primary objective with the current site theme is to be able to highlight popular posts and make it more visitor friendly, especially to newcomers. Not to mention more mobile friendly. Perhaps some of you preferred the original theme that made it look more like a personal blog than a commercialized “magazine” website, as it’s currently designed. 

Speaking of that, I’ve been doing more commercial event coverage this past year than personal projects such as cooking demos and hole-in-the-wall, greasy spoon plate lunch joint type of visits; the latter of which usually draws more reaction from readers. Which to note again, many of them greasy spoon “grindz of the day” type of posts are now frequently put up on this blog’s Instagram feed @tastyislandhawaii (embedded here).

Without going into details, the entire 2017 was a should I say “self-reflecting” time for me. While I won’t bore you with personal resolutions for the new year, let’s just say “the engine’s going back into 1st gear”. 

To you and yours, best of health, prosperity, happiness and ono ‘kine grindz in 2018! 

Pomai
Tasty Island

*Feature image: Ahi Tartare from Orchids at the Halekulani.

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11 thoughts on “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou 2018

  • December 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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    Hau`oli Makahiki Hou to you too Pomai! I’ve been a reader of this blog for a few years but I know I haven’t commented much in the past year or so, if any. I think the reason for this is that, like you said, there has been more commercial event coverage than greasy spoon hole-in-the-wall plate lunch type joints. I will check out the commercial event coverage but feel I don’t have anything to add or comment about. In the past, when you’d review a greasy spoon type joint, it might bring back memories of eating there or eating at other spots similar to it. I’m from Maui, so I would use your blogs to see if there would be any interesting places to eat at, while visiting Oahu. When you do a commercial event review, like Jamba Juice, we have tons of those here, so I would just skim the post. I also miss those post where you’d review several of the same item and give your opinion as to which you think is the best, like the the tonkatsu sauce review or portuguese sausage review. Anyway, hope you had a great 2017 and an even better 2018!

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    • December 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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      David,

      Yeah, most of the readers here based on past comments seem to have more interest in food and restaurants that spark nostalgia and familiarity (preferably with a distinct Hawaii tie). I’m pretty sure the majority of readers who visit this blog regularly are over 35, thus that’s understandable. Younger folks tend to find more interest in the hip new spots.

      I’ll be doing more local-oriented product comparison reviews in the coming year, like the tonkatsu sauce shootout you mentioned. In fact, I have this new bottle of Aloha brand Tonkatsu “Hawaiian Steak Sauce” that I want to compare vs. Ikari and Bull Dog brand in a soon-to-come post. Also in the pipes, I’ll pit Aloha brand Tamari (wheat-free) Soy Sauce vs. Kawanaka. This, with Tofu and sashimi as the canvas.

      I have to lose some weight again in the new year, so that will also be a fun thing to document the progress of here, as I did back in 2012. Back to my “green tea diet”! Uggh, the dreaded “D” word on New Year’s eve!

      I wish we had a visitors channel available free on public cable like you have the Maui Visitors Channel. I really dig that program! We have one, but it’s only available in participating hotels.

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  • January 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    Hi pomai,

    Its dan again ( youve probably remember me posting every now and then). You hit the nail on the head with your two reasonings. First im not a fan of the new layout. Too much going on and it takes away from the intimate blog vibez. Second (and im pretty sure i mentioned this before) but i want to see more grindz reviews! Show me some more loco mocos and plate lunches.

    Also i wouldnt mind seeing a consistent post schedule like once every sunday. Right now you can go weeks without posting and then all of a sudden post 2 or 3 reviews in a week. It would be good if you can write up a few posts in advance and then just upload it once a week. That way your viewers will know to hop on to your site every sunday for a new review.

    Hope this helps! Mele kalikimaka !

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    • January 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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      Dan,

      I may look into another theme that makes it look a little more intimate, and not so commercial. It can be a lot of work to change a theme if the photo sizes are different. I personally like the theme now, even though it is kind of busy on the home page. Maybe I’ll just remove some of the clutter there by showing less post links. Keep in mind that the actual post pages when you get there in this theme are all the same as it was in the previous theme. Only the site header is different.

      More important than the theme, as you pointed out, I need to get back to the type of food blogging I used to do more often, being them greasy spoon places, cooking demos and local product reviews. Only thing, I’m being stricter on my, ehem, cough-cough, diet this year to lose weight, so things I actually eat myself won’t be much as far as beef stew, mac salad and rice type of stuff. I sometimes indulge on weekends though, so there’s room for that.

      I agree about posting more consistently, as this past several months I’ve had “bloggers block”, which any blogger can relate to. Still, new posts have to be more frequent than it’s been recently. Hai, ganbatte nei!

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  • January 3, 2018 at 8:36 am
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    Pomai,

    Akemashite Omedetoh to you and yours. May 2018 be filled with happiness, good health and prosperity for you.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones~

    The posts I enjoyed the most on this site was your potlucks and parties (because it helped give me ideas on what I can bring to my own parties or where I could go out to celebrate instead whenever I’m in Oahu), or your product reviews like the tonkatsu sauce and Portuguese sausage shootouts (it helps me choose which brand better suits my tastes without me having to test it out myself XD), or when you food blog at different shops (whether it’s the hole-in-the-walls or even Costco….it gives me ideas on where I should go and what I should get when I take my holidays there later~)

    And a new post at least once or twice a week would be good too~ ^_^p

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  • January 6, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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    Happy New Year! Pomai, I’ve been lurking and I love reading your reviews. No matter how often you do a new post, it’s all good for me. Mahalo!

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  • January 11, 2018 at 6:16 am
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    Hi Pomai: Happy New Year to you! Two things — 1. I too liked your old layout better. I don’t know if that affects the number of comments you receive, but I liked the look and feel of your old site better. 2. Secondly, there is one thing that might be affecting your comment volume. About 50% of the time when I try to leave a comment, the website won’t take it. I don’t know why, and the comment is just a general one; not something that some spam blocking or offensive language algorithm would block. Maybe that is something that others have experienced too.

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    • January 12, 2018 at 11:12 am
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      Alan,

      Hmmm, strange. I haven’t had any issues after testing leaving comments from various points of external entry (not my own cached browsers). The only time a comment gets held up for moderation is if there’s more than one hyperlink in the body copy. I check my SPAM filters regularly, and there’s nothing unusual that’s caught, other than the usual. Still, now that you mention it, as I’ve said to Alan, I’m looking into changing the theme to hopefully make some improvements to the readers, such as comments.

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  • January 12, 2018 at 8:58 am
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    A belated Hau-oli Makahiki Hou to all! I like the look of the new site. I don’t find it off-putting at all. I agree with the others that the posts that have to with locally-owned establishments or potlucks are the most entertaining, I understand that Yelp Elite need to have a presence at grand openings or corporate roll-outs. In the last year, I’ve really appreciated the coverage of the changes at Ala Moana, the shuttering of Ono Hawaiian Foods, Uncle Tetsu cheesecake, holidays/parades, etc. Your pics always kick-okole. Thanks for letting me chime in. Best wishes

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    • January 12, 2018 at 11:05 am
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      Mahalo Puka Pants for the feedback. Glad you’re cool with the new site design. I personally really like it, and don’t want to go back to the “blog” look others have said they prefer. Yet I respect everyone’s opinion on it. Perhaps I can find somewhere “in the middle” of that with another theme. There’s one I’m looking into right now.

      Speaking of Ono Hawaiian Foods, Da Ono Hawaiian Foods has taken its place there. So far the Yelp reviews are a toss-up. Will have to try it myself and report back here soon!

      https://www.yelp.com/biz/da-ono-hawaiian-foods-honolulu-4

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