Late last night, I met my goal of writing 3 posts and getting the basics of the webpage set up by January 1. Even though it wasn’t 100% perfect, I decided that I there was no better time to launch. At 11:57 p.m. on January 1, 2014, I decided to make the blog “Facebook official” and published the page and launched into the blogosphere with www.NutFreeWok.com with the tagline, “Allergy Aware Asian Fare.”
3, 2, 1! Go!
I shared with a few friends and went to bed. Thanks to them and especially, my friend, Vivian, interest in the blog grew quickly and I’m truly grateful for the heartwarming response and kind words of support from so many people who are just as excited about making Allergy Aware Asian Fare as I am. I am inspired by my reader’s enthusiasm and welcome your questions. So far the biggest questions are how to make Chinese food without soy sauce for those with soy allergies and how to substitute sesame. Done, it’s on my list of topics to blog about!
Getting the blog launched was truly a team effort!
My dear husband, Jimmy Wong, is the technical whiz behind the set up of Nut Free Wok and has been a great help with his social media experience as well as a food allergy dad to our two children.
Elizabeth Bostic has been generous with her time and really fun to work with on the logo designs and artwork. I love her creativity and positive can-do attitude and look forward to seeing more of her artwork and allergy related posts at her blog, Thriving with Allergies.
Special thanks to Homa Woodrum and Jenny Sprague organizers for the very first Food Allergy Blogger Conference. I attended to cheer on the keynote speaker, my friend Henry Ehrlich and ended up being inspired by the community and support. I knew that starting a blog was within my reach. Thank you, Henry, for volunteering your editorial help and encouragement when the blog was just an idea in my head.
My heart is filled with love and gratitude to the friends who have helped me when I needed help, who have been supportive of my advocacy efforts and encouraged me to blog, who have helped me realize that there’s a need for Allergy Aware Asian Fare, and who have been great friends since 2006, when our family first learned about food allergies. Love to you all, this post is dedicated to you. xoxox
P.S. If anyone wants to read about why I wanted to start a blog, take a peek here!