Tuesday, November 10, 2009

State of the Freezer Address
...delayed a few days

Greetings! For those of you that are new to the blog, I like to look back at the last 3 months and see what's happened (almost 4 dozen new reviews), where I am, and where I'd like to head. It's also a chance to review the polls and set up some new ones.

So, what have we learned these last 3 months? I learned that I'm not as young as I once was. You may have noticed I'm not posting as much and it's because it's been hard to keep my eyes open with the new baby in the house. It's kind of a catch 22. If I go to bed earlier, then I don't post a review. If I post a review, then I stay up too late, and I'm too tired to post a review the next day. It is what it is, and I will do my best to slowly ramp production back up. Heck, I've got a half dozen reviews stuck in my head as it is (ok, just 4 really). I still love blogging and spreading the word about new treats, it's just going to be a while til I'm back at 4-5 reviews a week.

Speaking of motivation, I want to thank everyone for contributing comments the last week or so. The blog had fallen into a comment lull for a few months and then all of a sudden I find myself publishing a few comments every time I check on the blog. (I do go through the comments before they are released just to make sure we don't get spam or other junk floating around, everything else gets the green light). Ok, let's recap the polls now.

First poll: How often do you eat low fat ice cream?
now and then - 28% - 35 votes
all the time - 23% - 28 votes
never! - 22% - 27 votes
a lot of the time - 21% - 26 votes
half the time - 4% - 5 votes

If you look closely, the votes even themselves out quite a bit. For the 28 votes of "all the time", we have 27 of "never"!! For 26 votes for "a lot of the time", we have 35 for "now and then" (these two we're pretty close til just the last few weeks of voting). I guess my point is we have a fairly balanced crowd/view of low fat ice cream, so do what I do, keep both regular and low fat in the freezer.

Second poll: How can I make the blog better?
more national reviews - 35% - 16 votes
add more images - 24% - 11 votes
opinion poll on every flavor - 15% - 7 votes
add ingredient list - 6% - 3 votes
leave out the rambling - 6% - 3 votes
more specialty reviews - 4% - 2 votes
more background info - 4% - 2 votes
describe things better - 2% - 1 vote

First, I'd like to thank 94% of you for saying that my rambling is not your primary complaint with the blog, hehehehehe. I know the blog is about ice cream, but I like to throw in a little color here and there. I like the reviews to be as robust as possible and sometimes that includes a little background of why we're eating or trying a particular flavor.

The obvious answer for the poll was more reviews because really, how can you argue with that? Well, my wallet can, but maybe some more free ice cream will roll in. Hopefully you've noticed that I've been trying to add more images to my more recent posts, but it's hard to do on older reviews. At some point I may re-review some things, but for now, I'll try to keep things fresh and new. I would also love to add an opinion poll to every flavor, I just have to figure out the best way to do it with blogger (it would be easier if I was running something like wordpress). There are free poll services, but you usually wind up with too many advertisements.

Maybe I should mention my actual freezer before I go. The kitchen freezer is doing fine, it's been enjoying its new found freedom now that we have a deep freezer in the basement. The basement freezer is also doing well, though I probably could have gone with the smaller one, but at least I don't have to worry about freezer burn from the auto-defroster anymore. There's nothing worse than getting excited about a new flavor and then being unable to give it a respectable review because it's been freezer burned into oblivion.

As always, any and all comments are welcome here at the blog. You can leave them on a specific post or email me at onsecondscoop at gmail dot com. Even if I don't post, I usually check in to see if anybody needs anything. I'll see if I can't sneak in a few holiday themed reviews during this upcoming holiday season - feel free to let me know if there is a particular product I should showcase on the blog.

One more thing--look for new reviews from the ice cream of the month club! Our friends over at amazing clubs are huge cream fans and I'm more than happy to talk about the free samples they send me.

Oh geez, one more thing, I'm so scatter brained right now -- Hey, guess what? The blog has a proofreader now! I've known for a long time that my mastery of the English language leaves much to be desired and when she offered to double check my work I was more than happy to accept. Now, I wouldn't trust this mighty blog to just anyone, but considering she's a huge ice cream fan who's married to a buddy I've known for over 20 years, well, if I can't trust her then I don't know who to trust. So a big thanks goes out to her for all her current and future work!

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