Turns Two!

dude turns two

I do my best to not make this blog about me. It’s about us. Our community.

And today’s post is no different.

Yes…I have survived two years of blogging about all things celiac and gluten-free. I’m quite proud of that.

But I didn’t make it this far because of me. I did so because of YOU.

Your passion. Your humor. Your knowledge.

Without you, Gluten Dude does not exist.

And for that, I give you the biggest virtual hug in the world. (Did you feel it?)

Here are some quick stats as we take our journey into it’s third year:

  • Pages Viewed: 1,171,612
  • Comments Left: 14,031 (thank you!!!)
  • Countries Reached: 205 (hello to my one fan in Guadeloupe)
  • Most Visited Blog Post: Celiac Disease Symptoms Infographic
  • Most Commented On Blog Post: Stop Eating Gluten-Free Foods
  • Blog Post That Cost Me the Most Facebook Followers: Is Semen Gluten Free?
  • Number of Biblical Passages Emailed to Me After the Above Post: 7
  • Most Unusual Search Terms People Used in Google to Find Me: celiac disease is bullsh*t, gluten free sex, I hate gluten free people
  • Number of Springsteen References: Not nearly enough (which will change with my “Mega-Mailbag, Springsteen-Style” coming in a few days. Don’t ask.)

So what’s next? Good question. I suppose if it ain’t broke, I shouldn’t fix it. But I am always open for ideas if you have any.

Will I run out of things to say? Probably not. There’s always something to talk about in this crazy gluten-free world we live in.

And I believe we are making a difference. Heck…when you can get Disney to completely edit a show, that’s pretty cool.

As long as that continues to be the case, I’m not going anywhere.

I hope you tag along with me.

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33 thoughts on “ Turns Two!”

  1. Two years!! Right on, GD. I love stopping by for a daily visit. There’s usually something thought provoking, laugh inducing and “oh-no-he-didn’t”.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Whoyah GD-

    You bleeping rock.

    Jersey Girl

    “Ought to be easy, ought to be simple enough:
    Man meets woman, and they fall in love,
    But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough.
    You got to learn to live with what you can’t rise above.”

  3. Just a thought about taking risks and writing a blog:

    “It takes a leap of faith to get things going
    It takes a leap of faith you gotta show some guts
    It takes a leap of faith to get things going
    In your heart you must trust’

    🙂 my nod to the boss

    Happy Birthday and Cheers! 😉
    It’s 86 down here and I am going to the beach.
    (yes, I am a most happy girl in my new home state).

    Rock on..

  4. Happy Blogging birthday. I love reading your posts and stories. It’s great having someone who advocates and researches and inspires the rest of us to stand up and speak our mind on living gluten free.

  5. I can pretty much always count on you for giving me something to laugh about at least once a week. Today, it was the stats above. The first few stats – amazing! The last few – hilarious!
    Thanks for your time and energy spent blogging. You add a lot to the celiac community!

  6. Congrats on your blog’s 2 year birthday! 🙂
    I recently found you while doing research, as my husband was diagnosed with Celiac a few weeks ago. It’s been tough so far and there have been alot of tears. So thanks for what you do and for sharing your knowledge on the subject and making me laugh!!!

  7. Happy Birthday, GD. I was in a dark place when I found your blog. I was feeling so alone. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

  8. Happy Anniversary Dude! Although you weren’t blogging back when I was diagnosed in 2010, I discovered your blog at the perfect time last fall when I was in a big celiac disease “slump.”
    Thanks for your honesty about living GF, sense of humor, and all of the hard work that you put into your page!

  9. Steady as she goes, Gluten Dude.

    Haters are gonna hate, but you just blog blog blog.

    You’re the king, thanks.

  10. Happy Birthday to yoooou
    Happy Birthday yooooou
    Happy blogging for another year
    Happy Birthday to yoooooou

  11. Happy Bloggy BDay GD! You’re the best! Can’t imagine this celiac journey without an advocate like you out there. Keep pushing the envelope and helping to create change!

    I don’t always agree with every position you take but I genuinely appreciate the discussions and awareness you raise…That’s the point, isn’t it?

    Thanks for all you for our community! Have a tall gf beer to celebrate!


  12. Happy Birthday GD!! I love this site and it’s my favorite place to go on the internet these days. I love seeing a new post. One of the highlights to my day. 🙂

  13. Congratulations GD!! Thanks for all the amazing work :).

    Your blogs are always interesting to read. They have helped me a lot after my diagnosis and I truly appreciate all the effort you put into creating awareness about celiac disease.

    THANK YOU!! 😀

  14. Happy belated blog birthday, GD! Thank you for having such a refreshing view of Celiac Disease and NCGI.

    Love the blog, love the comments, hate, hate, hate the disease.

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I AM someone who's been gluten-free since 2007 due to a diagnosis of severe celiac disease. I'm someone who can steer you in the right direction when it comes to going gluten-free. And I'm someone who will always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.

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