Friday, September 14, 2007 by Ospite.


So tell me people, how many out there are reading this and want it still going?

To be blatantly honest, waiting tables has been the last thing on my mind when I come home from a double shift day, shower, go out and rehearse for 3 hrs. I have very litle desire to rehash the events of the day.

Thus I'm considering throwing in the towel on Buon Appetito!

Is there a steady stream of readers who want me to carry on, or will everyone end up being happy that there are (and always will be) 900 other waiter blogs out there?

72 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I love your blog.. I check it every morning during breakfast...

Keep it up if you can..

9:08 AM  
Blogger INNER VOICES said...

sucks that your feeling down about the blog, and your lack of posts has been noticed... but who gives a shit about the 900 other waiter blogs out there? i read some of those too. yours is on my daily check list and i think ive got a link to you as well. i know how you feel when you get home from work and dont want anything to do with that part of your day...
dont want to write about work? fucking dont then... write about something else, its your style of writing that entertains, your jokes, etc... keep it going and continue to give yourself another outlet...
when i started mine it was to keep myself from getting too depressed. i wrote about hatred, anger, and self-loathing... it has become something else and now has a small following, people from around the world! i never would have had such a positive response to the mundane things in my life had i not taken the chance at online publication... good luck what ever you decide... but ive seen alot of really good fucking blogs disappear.

spelling is one of the things im not too fond of paying any attention to, youll have to bear with me on that.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your's is one of the blogs I check almost every day.

I second what the first commenter said: Keep it up if you can.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Public Masturbation said...

I always read your blog, I find it vey well written and highly entertaining (and was disappointed your other blog didn't really get off the ground).

Please keep it up if you can, though I certainly remember the days of dobule shifts and no time and how it felt.

9:21 AM  
Blogger christopher said...

if you keep writing, i'll keep reading. :) i'm another that has you on my daily visits, but i totally understand the not wanting to write about the shit that went on all day. i'd miss ya though.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'll read as long as you post!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope you keep writing. I enjoy reading you blog and your posts are good. I am with christopher about the "not wanting to write" thing, but you will be sorely missed!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do what yo uneed to do... but i'd like it if you keep writing. i check in daily...

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Syd said...

I linked over a while back from one of those 900 other waiter-type blogs and have been lurking, checking in a couple of times a day, ever since. My hope is that you'll find yourself able to continue this blog in some form, even if you don't post as often, because I enjoy your narrative voice.

Take care of yourself first, though. Otherwise, you don't do anyone any good. ;)

11:06 AM  
Blogger Xtine said...

I quite enjoy reading your blog.

Yours is one of the ones I get excited about when a new entry shows up.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous crinklish said...

I'm another lurker who found you via a server blog (can't even remember which one at this point)...I check your blog daily and would be disappointed if you closed up shop.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous ryan said...

i'm still reading, but if you really want to give it up, cheers.

12:51 PM  
Blogger -Nathan said...

I personally very much enjoy reading your blog, and check it regularly for updates. That said, fuck what your readers want.

If writing about work is the last thing you want to do when you get home then don't, write about what you want to. Or, don't write; paint, sing, do a little dance (make a little love?) The point is that we get too caught up in the little things.

Live well.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really do enjoy the blog, but if you don't have the time, it's up to you. Will I find another blog to occupy my time? sure, but I'll do that as well anyway. I'm always looking for new blogs. The fact that I keep checking even though not much new has been going up kind of shows me that I will continue to read.

but all in all, it really depends on YOU. if it's not rewarding or fun or interesting for you...then why bother? best of luck to you.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous far&away said...

I've never posted a comment on a blog before - but I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading yours these past few months. I hope you'll do whats best for you (be it to continue writing or to do something else with your time) and know how much all your readers have enjoyed your witty commentaries.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you keep writing I'll keep reading! I check it everyday to see if there's anything new

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging by the fact that yours is one of just a handful of sites I check daily for updates, it's safe to say I'd like to see it continue.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easily top three service industry blogs. keep it up.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please- continue!

2:31 PM  
Blogger staticwarp said...

well, this is the 20th comment, so you know you have at least 20 loyal readers. i agree with a few of the other commenters, if you dont feel like writing about business and crappy customers, we would still come back and read whatever you post here, be it creative nonfiction, autobiography, or just a journal. we come back for your writing style, not the subject matter. i sincerely hope you stick around!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous emf said...

I enjoy your blog and would love to continue reading about your trials and tribulations. I can see how it might become exhausting narrating your life while also living it. I wish you the best in what you choose.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, don't give this up. I check this several times a day, hoping that I could see some new blog posts of yours.

I mean, if life's getting in the way of updating, live your life, but don't feel put down by the lack of views or anything--I'm positive you have a fanbase that would be sad if you left the blog.

*hug*

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Annapolitan said...

You write well and the stuff you write about is interesting. I enjoy reading your blog.

If you continue to write, I will continue to read. I've started using an RSS feed, but before that I would check your blog almost daily to see if there was something new.

Having said that, I've been a blog reader long enough to know what goes into running a blog, and not all of them last forever. When blogging starts to feel like a chore instead of a hobby, it's time to re-assess what you want out of blogging.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Buon Appetito,

There may be 900 waiter blogs out there, but there are only three that I look for regularly, and yours is one of them. The others are not worth reading...

That said, I understand the need for space and time, which is why I don't have a "Systems Administrator" blog.

But I check yours nightly, and always enjoy a new post.

If you need to throw in the towel in order to maintain your sanity, I understand, but if you're looking for a reason to keep writing, consider this a vote for "Yes, please keep writing!"

Thanks for the imagery you provide, and I hope to see more.

Cheers,
Aitch Ball

5:52 PM  
Blogger Warrior Knitter said...

Count me in with the rest. If you keep writing, I'll keep reading.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm so tired of being the kiss of death to blogs that I like. Your's is one my everyday list.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Pirate Monkey said...

Please don't stop blogging! I look forward to reading about your day...

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you need to keep writing!

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not about us. That's not why you started this. You have to do what's right for you. Consider stepping back, taking a breath, and reinventing when your ready. At first it will be hard on us, your readers, but we may be rewarded in the long run by your next level.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YESYESYES keep going please!

But seriously, only if you want to. Do it for yourself, not for us.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your blog! keep going!

9:41 PM  
Blogger nola said...

WELL well well somebodys got a fan club....I've always told u that you were a good writer, and I check ur blog out on a regular basis too. BUT if you got to much shit with ur new projects..send ur readers my way. (ps....u never sent me all ur links and u promised!) lata

11:53 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

The other 900 aside, this was the first waiter blog I started reading, and it's still the first one I check every day. I hope you find the inspiration to keep it up.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like many others here, I check your blog daily, and -- out of pure selfishness -- hope you continue. As others have already mentioned, however, this is for you, not us, and you have to do what's best considering current circumstances.

That said, what has happened to 'From Process to Performance'? I haven't seen any new posts there since the first one, and maybe dropping this one and shifting your attention there might be more in tune with with your needs.

Whatever you decide, good luck! You are a very enjoyable writer, so I hope that you continue somewhere, on some topic.

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Please don;t leave us. You blog goes so well with my morning coffee. I love reading your posts and think they are wonderful. Keep on keepin on... BA

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your blog too!!!!!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your writing is the best of the restaurant themed blogs I've seen, but if a blogger doesn't post regularly, like at least once a week if not more often, it seems pointless to me. If you're not into it, then pull the plug.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I enjoy your blog. I check the site every day. That said, if you only post twice a month, give it up. It is frustrating to check a site every day and never see anything new. We are investing ourselves also.
Thanks for writing. I hope you keep on.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. It's one of the better written ones out there, and its always entertaining.

Hang in there, man. Take a break if you need to.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that there are about 900 other waiter blogs out there, but what I love about yours is that you've never come off as particularly cynical or bitter. You retell the events of the day in a somewhat levelheaded way, and your grammar is generally pretty good too. I'd say there are significantly less waiter blogs out there that do more than just rant about how the little guy always gets the short end of the stick and blah blah.

That being said, whatever you decide to do is your choice and if you stop posting, good luck!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous appreciative said...

Another regular reader checking in. If it's time to move on, fine. But you are a good writer, with exceptional skill in engaging the readers. I'll keep reading if you decide to keep it up.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your blog all the time. Keep it up!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I check in here every day or so and I really enjoy reading your blog. I'd be very sorry if you stopped writing!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I enjoy your blog, although I don't comment like I should. Please keep it going as you see fit! :)

3:58 PM  
Blogger Manuel said...

I love your blog and like others I check it every day. You should stick at it, you write well and your stories are great....

no pressure all the same...

4:08 PM  
Blogger Ermintrude said...

Please carry on! But don't wear yourself out.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be a major bummer if you gave this up!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Alli said...

I love your posts - there can never be too many WELL WRITTEN waiter blogs :)

11:21 PM  
Blogger Suz said...

Hey, I'd miss your blog!

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

hey i read ur blog. dont stop

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Waiter,
yours is on the short list of blogs I regularly read as well - all I can say is thanks in advance for keeping it going!

- a different Josh

p.s. for what it's worth, good luck with the job situation!

4:48 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

On my very short list of food service blogs as well. I've really missed your posts!

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

For what it is worth, I check your blog every other day and enjoy your writing.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your writing and hope you don't quit. If posting everyday is too much, once a week would still be satisfying. Love hearing about your adventures and your writing style.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i usually check daily but was away for a few days, i hope you keep going for my own reasons--if it's too much then much respect...but i read this frequently and always enjoy it.

take it easy

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

I very much enjoy your perspective and hope that you continue.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

I say...when your tired of discussing waiter topics you could expound upon other topics - traffic, idiots at the store, etc. I love your writer's voice and would read anything you wrote about (unless you got a foot warts kick, then maybe I'd skip it).

I personally would be sad if you stopped writing all together.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Pat P said...

I'm a lurker, but I like your blog. Check it just about every day. Keep it going if you can!

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check you every day for updates!! Don't stop!!

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't stop! I check your blog often, and really enjoy your stories. We're out here - and counting on you for more entertainment!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do enjoy your blog very much - you are a lovely writer and it would be a shame if you couldn't find time to put 'pen to paper' at least once a week or so.... but I also hear you on the busy and tired front! Good luck.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep it keep it keep it

3:20 PM  
Blogger Michael Mason said...

I'm out here too up in Canada! Keep it up!!!

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Gamestore Girl said...

I absolutely love your blog, I've been reading it for many months. I check your site quite frequently over the week and am always delighted when I find a new post. Frankly I wish you'd post to the blog more often, not less often or not at all!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u should definetely keep writing...you kinda rock! i would like if you were to post more often but i understand u have a life

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're in my favorites, and I check here periodically... I'll try to remember to comment when I do. :) You're a great writer, and it's good to read blogs like this to understand what waiters are thinking. Keep it up!

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I so enjoy your blog! It's literate, interesting and entertaining. Please continue! I can understand the temptation to quit; but if you get ANYTHING out of it at all (creatively, "therapeutically", etc.) then PLEASE continue. You're bookmarked in Austin, Texas.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Ribeye of your Dreams said...

I say keep it up! Where else are people going to get great stories and a good time from when they're at home ? We all enjoy reading your blog, even if you don't have time to post all the time, you DO still post, so just keep it up when you can! You're on my google reader, and my sites blogroll, tryin to bring you some traffic hehe.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog... please dont go

8:48 AM  
Anonymous none_yer said...

Please don't go. Your blog is a favorite - and your stories are much more than a rehash of another day's work.

6:55 PM  
Blogger the Drunken Housewife said...

I check in on this blog from time to time. In my opinion, you're the best writer of the waiter blogs. Please keep it up!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this blog too, I hope you keep it up.

10:40 PM  

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