Friday, my blog turns one, and it’s time to celebrate!! Follow along, because at the end of this post I’m going to let you in a little secret that has to do with my celebration.
I have been thinking about what a one year post should be say for a while now. Should it be serious? Or funny? Just to warn you, I sometimes have a warped sense of humor – yes, unfortunately it’s true. Should the post be festive? Or low-key? Long, or short? Showcase all of the goodies I’ve made? Or, should I create something entirely new and exciting?
The more I thought about it, the more I felt as if I had cornered myself into writing something like a commencement speech at a high school graduation ceremony. You know the kind I’m talking about. Where you share words of inspiration, promote enthusiasm, urge everyone to follow their dreams, and remind your peers they are about to embark on a wonderful journey. That didn’t fit, as most of you have already embarked on the journey of blogging.
My mind was digesting all of my ideas when it suddenly hit me like a lead balloon. I would share 20 things I’ve learned about food blogging over the last year. So, without further adieu, here they are in no particular order.
1. Foodies are passionate. But, so are people who raise chickens (right Molly?)
2. It’s the post that you don’t expect to get much traffic that sends your numbers to the moon.
3. The post you write that you think is super awesome, probably isn’t.
4. Your spouse is your biggest fan. Thank you! X0X0
5. Friends come and go at your blog, just like they do in the real world.
6. There are cliques in the foodie world. That’s life.
7. It takes a long time to learn Twitter lingo. By the way what is #FF?
8. Not all advertisers will deliver what they promise. They know who they are.
9. If you bake something and it doesn’t turn out, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just the end of your next post.
10. When an editor of a well-known food magazine follows you on Twitter, it’s a HUGE compliment. When they tell you they were drawn in by your photo‘s, it’s even BIGGER.
11. You will grow as a baker/cook, writer and photographer.
12. You probably will never be as successful as Julia and/or Juliet but if you happen to hit it big – enjoy the ride! I’m still waiting for the ride…
13. If you bake/cook , blog, and sample frequently, you will gain weight. This I know…
14. Family and friends will love you for all the desserts you share – right down to the last bite.
15. Your oven/stove, camera, and computer are tools of the trade. Pray none of them break, because if they do, it will throw you off your game.
16. Blogging takes a lot of your time. Maybe, too much of your time.
17. You will get writers block, go into a funk, or become bored. It’s only temporary.
18. You will make friends from all over the world that you wouldn’t have made otherwise.
19. Without question, the BEST baking supply company in the world is KING ARTHUR FLOUR.
20. Food bloggers have the best giveaways.
Maybe these 20 things aren’t a one size fits all, but I’m sure you will relate to something on the list. Blogging has been a great adventure for me. When I started I was anxious, and felt as if I had walked out onto the edge of a diving board for the first time. I wondered should I turn around and retreat, or take the plunge. I took the plunge, and I’m sure glad I did.
With all that said, now comes the very best part. On Friday, I am having one heck of an awesome giveaway to celebrate. I promise you that you won’t want to miss it. And yes, there are clues in this post.