My Blog: A New Look, A New Focus, New Features


Since 2006, I have been writing a blog that I entitled “Meat and Three Cafe.” Meat and Three was personal in its origins, and I often reflected on adventures, experiences and life transitions, as well as politics, religion and a lot of other things that you are not supposed to talk about in polite company. “Meat and Three” are cafes in my native Nashville that serve up a lot of this, and a lot of that. And that is how I saw my blog — some meat, and a lot of extras along the way. This seemed to interest a lot of readers, except for my employer (whose donors were not so captivated). I switched focus in 2010 to focus on professional topics related to my career in leadership development and customer experience. I retained some of those articles on favorite trips and restaurants for the benefit of others, but my blog began to evolve as I evolved in my own life and my career.

I made the move to New York City in May, 2012, and with that move, came new focus and and a new life. Religion and politics are important to me personally, but they are not the topics that I wish to address in forums like this one. I am committed to my vocation: the education and improvement of individuals and organizations by individuals living more fully and leaders leading more transformatively. To that end, this blog is dedicated.

I chose the name “Hot Toddy” for a couple of reasons. First, it is my nickname, and how many of my long-time friends address me. But more importantly, the title, like the drink, has a touch of tradition, a slight edge, and points to what I believe my personality is, and what my blog entries are: fun, a bit “stiff” to take at appropriate times, and ultimately a source of healing for those who read them.

The blog has some of the same features and categories as Meat and Three, but I’ve added a few as well to reflect the breadth and focus of my life and work. These include:

  • Categories of postings on leadership, organizational development and customer experience, as well as links to the best resources on each of these
  • A new link category devoted to leadership in churches and faith-based organizations (non-profits coming soon!)
  • On the right column, you can view what I’m eating at Yelp, what I’m reading at Goodreads, and what others are reading on my blog under “Top Posts”
  • A new travel category devoted to my favorite things in Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles — something I’m asked about often
  • Links to only the best resources for actors in Los Angeles – my blog entry on acting in LA is still my most read blog entry after the one on Ken Starr. Ironies!
  • Some of my most read postings are film reviews and entertainment-related entries, so those remain.

I am humbled every day to see that others find what I write and offer here as helpful or inspiring, and I’m honored that you visited my blog. Since 2006, my blog has evolved from 2 readers — me, and my mom — to almost 94,000 views total, and a daily average of 200 readers. Over 750 subscribers read my blog in their RSS feed. I always seek to be more helpful and more delightful to my readers, so please do email me at todd@toddbouldin.com if you have suggestions for links, topics or aesthetics that would make the blog a better experience for my readers.

Thank you for reading, and welcome to The Hot Toddy.

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