Pop.Bop.Shop. Turns 10

Today, Pop.Bop.Shop. turns 10. 

Pop Bop Shop Turns 10

10!!!!!!!!!! 

Yes, that's one exclamation point for each year. In so many ways, I still feel new at this. I'm constantly learning, trying new things, and pushing myself to make this site as helpful as it possibly can be. In other ways, I feel like I've been doing this my whole adult life. It's hard to remember a time when I didn't keep my digital camera in my bag, sheepishly ask family and friends if they would mind if I snapped pictures at dinner, or raced home after a great movie to jot down all my thoughts. Pop.Bop.Shop. has become such a big part of the way I experience the world. 

I still remember writing that very first post on January 4, 2009. I was about eight months into my new career in PR, and I desperately needed a creative outlet. At the time, I was mostly working on a medical device company, and my writing projects didn't leave much room for experimentation. As the clock struck midnight and we headed into 2009, I resolved that I would start a blog and stick to it for one year (ha!).

Here is that very first post. I still laugh every time I look at this. First of all, the post is comically short. Second, it has all kinds of wonky formatting, and third, there are no pictures! Bless all of you who read that and thought, "Yeah, I'll give this girl a shot." 

Over the years we've celebrated each milestone together:

Today, I want to celebrate 10 years by sending care packages to 10 lucky readers. I've hand picked items I love, and I'm excited to pack up and ship off 10 boxes to 10 of you. 

Here is a sneak preview of a few things coming your way, all three of these items are from my favorite store, Greentail Table in Newton, MA. 

The first is a Compendium box. These come in all different themes, but I chose the Dream and Happy Day boxes, both great for starting the new year with strong intentions. 

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Each box has 30 affirmations. You read one per day, for 30 days. You can read them when you first wake up to set the tone for the day ahead, or right before you go to bed to dream of big things. 

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You'll also receive a Paddywax soy candle in one of my two favorite scents. The Holly Leaves & Cranberry smells like all the best things about winter. The Salted Grapefruit will transport to a warm beach far, far away. 

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Since you know I have a mega sweet tooth, I'll also be sending a box of McCrea's caramel candies.

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Each piece has a letter M on the wrapper, so you can think of me as you unwrap each and every one. 

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To enter to win one of the 10 birthday celebration boxes, simply leave a comment below with one thing you'd like to see here on Pop.Bop.Shop in year 10. It can be a city you think I should travel to, a restaurant I have to try, a book I should read, a show I need to binge, gift guide suggestions - whatever you'd like to see here, I'd like to write about it. 

Entries will be accepted through 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The winners will be notified on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

Before I sign off to toast to 10, I want to say thank you to a few people:

  • My parents - For always believing in this passion project. For telling everyone, at every restaurant we've ever eaten at together, "My daughter is a food blogger!" For sharing my posts with your friends and colleagues. For handing out my cards as if they're your own. For trying so hard not to touch your food before I have a chance to snap it, and for forgiving me when I yell at you when you just can't wait to stick your fork in. 
  • My friends - One day I was just a normal dinner date, and the next day I was taking pictures of everything we ate. Asking you to move your hands out of the way, asking for your thoughts on a dish while you were mid bite, and walking around the restaurant like a weirdo trying to get wide shots of each space. You were never embarrassed. You were always game, always encouraging. You are the ones who pushed me to keep going when I felt like giving up. 
  • My co-workers - Even though Pop.Bop.Shop. isn't my "real job," you have always supported me. Whether it was letting me take pictures of our hotel rooms during business trips, indulging my need to try a specific restaurant during our 24 hours in town, or humoring me by describing your meals, you've cheered on this side hustle from day one. 
  • My fellow Boston bloggers - When I started writing this blog in 2009, I was doing it for myself. I hadn't even considered that I might form friendships with other bloggers, or get to meet them in real life. Over the past 10 years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know so many of you. You inspire me with your drive, ambition, and talent. 
  • YOU - Yes, you! My readers. In the past decade, the Pop.Bop.Shop. community has become the best, most accurate recommendation engine. You share ideas for things I might like (you're always right), suggestions for ways to improve, fresh ideas for content, and so much more. You've followed along on my New Year's resolution journey over the past four years, embracing my honest and vulnerable updates. I am so grateful for you. Thank you for reading, for actively engaging, and making this such a meaningful project. 

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Cheers to 10 years! 

*Top photo by rawpixel on Unsplash. All other photography by Molly Galler. 

Comments

Stephanie Blackburn's picture

TEN YEARS!!! Happy blog-aversary (I'm so sorry you're spending this momentous day on a crazy business trip. It hardly seems fair.) My request is to keep up with the female business owners. I find those post incredibly inspiring for myself, to keep striving to get my business out there to more realtors after seeing their achievements. So I hope to see even more of that in the coming year. Slainte, PBS!

Vanessa Finnerty's picture

Happy ten years! I want to see continued resolutions! And either binge Tidying Up on Netflix or read The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. I recall an old resolution or two to organize jewelry and party supplies— there may just be some joy sparking ideas to leverage for other categories too!

laurie leichthammer's picture

Love your blog!!! I’d love to see more New England travel recommendations. Keep up the great work.

Maria Fairbairn's picture

Happy 10 years! That’s so amazing! Your passion radiates in every post! Keep it up, girl! I’m going to obviously say that you need to try Arethusa ice cream! I’d also love to see a round up of affordable vacations to take since we’re trying to plan our 10 year anniversary trip!

Erin Bloom's picture

Congrats on ten years! My husband and I are eating at Whaling in Oklahoma this weekend (what a name!) and would love to hear your take on it. Keep up the great work! :)

Caroline Cammarano's picture

More NYC restaurant reviews! I volunteer as dining companion. Congrats MG!

Heather Corbett's picture

Love your blog! Love you! How about exploring Fenway Park as a museum? Or rating their eats?

D Grubs's picture

Congrats girl! 10 years, so amazing! Love your viewing party ideas on insta - and would love to see more travel!

Mollie Searle Benoni's picture

Happy 10 My Darling! Some of my favorite posts dont involve me salivating over your food choices, but rather come from you getting to an event that you've been dreaming about for a year or more. The experience, especially if it's an annual celebration or happening (meaning I cam dream of going the next year), is always exciting to read about and I love that you made the resolution or dream happen. Keep making those dreams happen and enjoying to the fullest! Xoxo

Daniel's picture

Congrats on a great first decade!! Here’s to many more! As for things I’d like to see in year ten, I’d love a top ten list of your favorite posts from the first ten years! I’d also like a quarterly segment that reviews both the veggie and meat options at various restaurants called Chow Down With the Carnivorous Couple

KMatt317 .'s picture

Molls! Cheers to a decade! I think it’d be really fun to see you spend a month, season, year etc. trying to find the best version of one of your favorite foods. It’d be so fun to see you adventure for where the best donut, hot chocolate, dumpling etc. is! Also, I’d love to see some author interviews!

Emily Fairbairn's picture

Molls! I can't believe it's been 10 years already. I loved your recap of your Turks trip, it looked like heaven. Please take another tropical vacay this year so that I can continue to live vicariously through you! And, keep blogging, I look forward to every post. Love you!

Marisa Edelstein's picture

MAZAL TOV MOLLY! Obviously my favorite posts are the restaurant reviews and I've loved being a part of so many of them. I think you should keep taking incredible vacations, exploring unique shops and events, hosting fabulous parties, and watch the Romanoffs! Love you!!!! - M

Leeba Morse's picture

Hi Molly! My favorite posts are your book reviews and gift suggestions. I would love to see more of both - and top 10 lists of each, like your top guilty pleasure books and best gifts recieved or gifted.

I also like reader participation posts, like this one!

xoxo

hybridauth_user's picture

I really like your restaurant reviews so am hoping for many more :) Keep upnthe good work!

hybridauth_user's picture

Sorry - had no intention of posting a comment as hybridauth_user...but can’t figure out how to fix it :) Happy anniversary! Nina

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Molly Galler

Welcome to Pop.Bop.Shop. My name is Molly. I’m a foodie, fashionista, pop culture addict and serious travel junkie. I’m a lifelong Bostonian obsessed with frozen confections, outdoor patios, Mindy Kaling, reality television, awards shows, tropical vacations, snail mail and my birthday.

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