I celebrated my first anniversary as a blogger on November 24th. And now that 2012 is coming to a close, I’m about to reach the 5,000 hit mark. Not bad for a first year!
I wrote this post to celebrate as part of the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge.
To Write or Not to Write. That was the question.
It had been about 35 years since I’d written anything that got published. I still considered myself to be “a writer” and if I did write something, I still put my all into it–letters, emails, shopping lists, reports for work. I still loved any type of writing.
In the meantime over those 35 years I became an accomplished cook and taught cooking for 25 of those years. Cooking became my art and my craft. It replaced writing as my creative outlet. This is convenient since I also eat food daily and have people to cook for but the writing bug was still within me, patiently waiting for the day when I would start my novel or my series of short stories or whatever it was that I would promise myself I was going to eventually write.
Love to cook. Love to cook for others to enjoy. Love to write. Love to communicate to others. Scared to try a big project like writing a novel. (Wow. I am actually admitting I’ve been scared to start that novel. That is a first.)
And not interested in opening a restaurant, catering business, or cooking school. Or write a cookbook for that matter. That would seem to be the logical solution to loving cooking and loving writing. But that idea just didn’t meet my needs.
I Became Queen of My Realm
So I decided to start a blog about cooking. Short writing projects about my cooking life that can be completed in a sitting. I’m the dreamer, author, editor, photographer, designer, publisher and promoter. I’m the Queen of My Blog, Baby!
I tested the waters with all kinds of food and cooking-related topics. I shared about my growing up and family life, I got on my soapbox about the evils of sugar and GMOs, I introduced some favorite characters (Claude Mouse, Lars and Edith), I posted some of my standby favorite recipes and some new ones I created just for you to read in this blog, and I dabbled in the food photography arena. (So far, not extremely successful with that endeavor.)
I do throw in some original recipes. Sometimes I do the recipe thing because I think, “That’s what people want.” But it was never my intention to have that kind of recipe-cooking tips-how-to blog. Not strictly.
More enticing to me is the expression of life through cooking and the way cooking has seemed to weave its way into every part of my life. I get some of my best ideas while cooking and as a matter of fact, when I’m writing a post for this blog, I often get my best ideas for cooking. Blogging has provided on-the-spot cooking inspiration and vice versa! See how it is for me in my cooking life?
As my fellow Kings and Queens of Blogging know very well, receiving encouragement and comments in response is the pay. Thank you for responding to me over the past year! Along the way I met many wonderful people and fantastic bloggers and found out that reading blogs is not only a lot of fun, but it is a great way to find the cutting edge of current thinking about all kinds of subjects.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your interest in reading what I have to say, for trying some of my recipes and cooking tips and for responding to me so generously. It is such an inspiration and encouragement for any writer to be acknowledged and know that someone heard (or in this case read) what was communicated! So thank you, thank you, thank you my readers and fellow bloggers! Thank you, husband Jack and my sons, for your enthusiastic encouragement and support for me to keep on cooking and writing!
And thank you WordPress, for providing this medium where I can become one with my writing and my cooking by sharing My Cooking Life.