For the last 4 years I have been searching for my long lost Panera Bread blog. Okay, I wasn't really searching for 4 years, but it was probably a good 3 or so months that I diligently tried to reunite with this blog. You see 4 years ago my domain Panerabreadaddict.com expired. When I purchased the domain I purchased it through Blogger -- a platform that I was unfamiliar with. So when it came time to renew I couldn't figure it out -- so it expired. Once it expired I couldn't access the blog at all. Not even the Blogger platform. It was perplexing to say the very least.
After my initial search and recovery mission to gain access to the blog failed, I would intermittently check back to find the blog. I literally could not find anything. Like not even a trace of this blog - which made me question the whole "once you post something on the internet it stays there forever" theory. It also made me wonder if maybe Panera was suppressing my blog -- did I need to find a skilled Russian hacker to let my voice be heard?
Turns out no hacker needed. It's a long random story, but the short story is that Google Adsense sent me a letter requesting me to verify information on this account. (I don't want to brag - but I have several Google accounts) Anyway, after a number of login attempts - I finally gained access to this blog!!
To say I was excited is a complete understatement. Have you ever found something you thought you had lost? It was emotional.
I am now reunited with this blog and I am pretty damn excited to provide all sorts of insights. There have been so many changes at Panera since I have last posted. So stay tuned for updates.
- Goals. I don't have a solid goal for my next few posts. When I first started the blog I was living in Columbus, OH and had a goal to visit all of the Central Ohio Panera Bread locations. Now that I live on the Panhandle of Florida, there aren't many locations to visit. I will still do it, obviously, but the challenge isn't that strong. I do know that I have some strong opinions on the salad situation at Panera.
- Forced eating. The day after I found this blog again, I forced myself to eat lunch at a Panera. I feel like there will be a lot of forced eating at Panera in the future. I remember making special trips while on road trips last time around to eat at Panera. That's highly likely again.
- Twitter drama. My old handle was @paneraaddict. Lost those credentials too. Might need a hacker to find that info. For now I am locked out and have created a new handle @panera_addict. I actually like the underscore better. I hate when two vowels are together with out separation. It's confusing.
- Map. Here's a map and listing of my new Panera locations on the radar.