It’s My Blogiversary!

The original “Cook’s Tour” guy, Thomas Cook

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On January 10, 2011, my little vanity project started out:

Well, I guess I’m going to really do this thing.  I don’t know how often I’ll be posting, or if it will be any good, or if anyone will even read what I write.

I’m still learning my way around the whole blog “thing”, so be patient with me!

It’s hard to believe that I have been doing this for 8 years – WOW!!!!

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When you start up a blog, one of the first things that you have to do is come up with a name for it.  You want it to be catchy and personalized, without sounding too self-important.  You also want to hint to people what kind of adventure they will be going on if they decide to read your blog.

With that in mind, here is how I came up with the name for my blog:


  • My blog’s name is a play on the pronunciation of my last name, Koch.
  • “Koch” is the German word for “cook”.
  • My husband’s family pronounces their last name “Koch” to rhyme with “cook”.
  • The inspiration for the title of the blog was the “Cook’s tour” from travelling’s heyday.
  • I substituted “Koch” for “Cook”, and vóila, “Koch’s Tour“, the perfect name for my blog!

Cook’s tour (noun)
A long or complicated journey; an indirect route.
     The detour meant that we had to go on a twenty-mile Cook’s tour to get home.

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And here is how the term “Cook’s tour” came to be:

In 1841, British missionary Thomas Cook convinced a British railway to run a special train to a temperance meeting, then proceeded to find passengers for the trip, an event regarded as the beginning of organized tourism.

Within a few years, Cook was setting up excursions on a regular basis, and by the century’s end, the Thomas Cook & Son travel agency was orchestrating travel around the world.

The agency’s tours were famously well-organized, but they were also known for herding travelers hurriedly from location to location. A Cook’s tourist might see an impressive array of famous sites, but often only in superficial glimpses.

Over time, English speakers started using “Cook’s tour” for any hurried tour.

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So, there you have it – my blog’s “origin story”.
Thank you so much for “taking the long road” with me through my world!
I hope you have enjoyed the journey, because I don’t issue refunds….. 😊

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About Teresa in Fort Worth, TX

A short, fat, over-the-hill, happily-married mother of 4 daughters. I know just enough to get myself in trouble....
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2 Responses to It’s My Blogiversary!

  1. Janice Culpepper says:

    I love you and your blog!

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