So it’s been a year since I started my blog (or just over, actually; as usual I am a bit behind…).
I set up my blog after a chance conversation with Rosee from Nana Taught Me How who is a friend of my brother’s. When I was speaking to Rosee about her blog I suddenly realised a blog was exactly what I needed.
I didn’t follow any blogs so really had no idea what they were all about. I saw it as a way to deal with the need to share things I had made without hassling my friends. I’m not sure that I thought anyone would actually read it.
It serves all sorts of purposes for me. I get to make things, then I get to photograph them and then I get to write about them. Oh and eat them…
I have always loved baking and would spend hours and hours as a child and a teenager working my way through various recipe books. Then it sort of fell by the wayside and it’s only been over the last few years that I have really started to get back into it.
I am utterly useless at taking photographs of people and avoid being in front of a camera at all costs, but have now discovered I like to take pictures of food, flowers and landscapes. Not sure how I’m going to explain to the kids when they are older why I have hundreds of pictures of cakes but not so many of them… I’m really enjoying learning about photography but am in awe of the ability of other bloggers. Definitely something I need to learn more about.
And writing is something that I am learning about. Again, there are some blogs out there that are absolutely beautifully written. It doesn’t come easily to me but I am enjoying that side of it.
And I have learnt a lot about baking this past year. If I look back at my posts from a year ago I can see that my baking skills are improving all the time. It’s only by looking back that I can see that; I don’t think I would have realised that otherwise. And there is still plenty of room for improvement!
Maintaining a blog requires an element of discipline so at some point I decided to post three times a week and stick to it. The only exception has been when I’ve been away and I have used that as an excuse! At times I struggle with finding “something for the blog”. Fae from Fae’s Twist & Tango recently asked me what I do with all the food I make. Good question!
I make quite a lot of cakes and cupcakes for other people, and then there are the things I take to friends’ houses for dinner, coffee, picnics, etc. Some things I make for us or because we are having friends round. All in all though I probably now make and eat far more cake than I should! I am deliberating about whether to go to posting twice a week in order to reduce the cake mountain (and my waistline) a little…
But I think the most amazing thing about blogging, and the one thing I didn’t expect, is the people I have “met”. I follow some truly outstanding blogs: there is an incredible array of shockingly talented people out there and I am thrilled to be able to get to know so many bloggers through their writing, pictures and creations.
And even more amazingly I have people who follow my blog! I truly appreciate the time and effort all of you take to read and respond to my posts. There is so much positive energy and a sense of community out there: it’s very inspiring.
So thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts and interact with me, and for making my blogging experience such a great one so far. Here’s to another year!