SANTA FE, N.M. — Gil Garduño started writing his online food blog before being a blogger was trendy and before most people started using the newfangled thing called the Internet.
Garduño said he started the “blog” for himself in 1995 to keep a catalog of all the places he had eaten. A native of New Mexico, he had just returned to the state after spending eight years in Mississippi and he and his wife began exploring local restaurants. He said he was surprised when people found him and started reading his reviews.
“I created a website and it wasn’t interactive,” he said. “I didn’t use photos. People had to use their imagination. I didn’t even know about search engines back then but it’s how people were finding me.”