During it’s day, and I was only a lurker back then, the Hot Sauce Blog(HSB) was the Facebook for chileheads. People wanted to be informed about spicy products, food, recipes, shows or just wanted a place to share their love of fiery foods, the HSB was the place to go. It inspired other blogs like mine to branch off and continue to blaze a trail of spicy information to the masses. I do not think that type of atmosphere will ever be replaced again as Facebook has taken over. TastetheFear had a really nice run in it’s fast and friendly pace a couple of years ago, but Facebook gobbled up the posts as well. That might have been the last great stand for chile blogs.
Most of the present blogs are good for a click now and then, but to sustain that type of lively chat, that just isn’t going to happen unless Facebook gets a scandal and then I am sure Google+ will be a suitable replacement. For now we have the Chileheads group on Facebook which in it’s own right has become the new version of the HSB. It is very friendly and active, and the people are so passionate about chile peppers and their love of spicy food. All the chile blogs, as well as some companies and events use it to promote their own endeavors. I am quite guilty of that, but it is why I created the group, so we could create a hub for the chile world. Something I tried to do with the HSB months before I started ILIS. To show my commitment I started a spicy bacon product contest, but the site was on life support at that point and the contest was not well received. I heard nothing back from the HSB moderators so I moved onto ILIS.
After 2+ years of rumors on the reemergence of the HSB, it is clear that the rumors were nothing more than a pipe dream. Even if it did zombify itself at this point, I am not sure there would be a welcoming yelp throughout the chilehead community. Speaking with a few companies here and there over the years that were left high and dry for product reviews, I think there are some unhappy at how things ended with a lack of contact. The previous owner Nick Lindauer has moved on and from his Facebook page, and he is a happier man for it with a lovely wife of 1 year and a brand new bouncing baby to prove it. Nick made a great blog, but sometimes life changes and you change with it.
The HSB was a great blog, but it is now time to sing it’s praises and honor it with our stories. I know there would be no ILIS if it wasn’t for a desire to bring back a taste of the HSB’s greatness. I have met so many great people because of my interest in the HSB, and for that I am forever thankful. Let me share a little story about my first comment on the HSB.
I was a lurker off and on for some time, but never had posted anything until I was home a month from stomach surgery. I could have nothing more than chicken stock for 10 days, and was adding Tabasco to my soup for heat and flavor. It had hit me that I wasn’t getting much of a buzz off the heat of Tabasco anymore, so I decided to ask about other products I could get my hands on that were hotter and still tasty. I got a load of suggestions, and wrote them down. What I did not know was the majority of them were from the product makers themselves. I bought many of them in my first visit to Peppers of Rehoboth Beach where I met the one and only Creator of Defcon Sauces. It was my induction into the community, and I have been on a spicy roll ever since.
Please share your memories if you have any good ones. We are here to celebrate the HSB and remember it for what it did to help enhance the great chilehead community we have today.