No one told me food blogging was going to be hard.
It's time consuming. Most of the time it's expensive. It's frustrating when the sun goes down before the perfect picture can be taken. Sometimes the cake doesn't look as pretty as it did in your imagination or taste as good as it sounded even though you've tested that new recipe for the 4th time. What food blogging most certainly does is make you doubt your abilities. If a food blogger tells you otherwise, they're probably lying.
I hit my blogging terrible twos in 2013 and by summer, my blog suffered even more when I started a new position at my daytime job. Longer hours kept me away from my oven and by the time I got home, I was too tired to even think about starting a baking project, let alone take pictures in my dark kitchen and write about it. Precious weekend time was spent with my husband who works two jobs and has even less free time than I do. Before I knew it, the holidays were fast approaching and although I was baking A LOT, I just didn't have time to blog. Don't get me wrong, my blog was always on my mind but I also started to doubt myself as more and more time passed from my last post. Was anyone even reading my blog? There are so many food bloggers out there! How does my tiny little blog even compare? Do I even want to continue blogging?
I think we all get lost sometimes and we need to step away for a bit to realize what we really want to do with ourselves. After a lot of time to gather my thoughts, the answer to that last question is YES, I want to continue blogging. I enjoy blogging and sharing my adventures, frustrations, and successes in baking with my readers. I get excited to share a recipe when it finally works out or when my cake picture turns out just the way I wanted it. (You don't even know half the struggles I had with my blogaversary cake above. I was a little more than frustrated with that cake.) I'm lucky to have had the unique opportunity to be invited to food events and to go behind the scenes with other local food bloggers. I especially love participating in charity events and making a small difference with my little section of the web. Why would I want to give all that up?
So here I am again, celebrating my 3rd blogaversary with all of you. I have a lot of tasty recipes coming up, some visits to a few local bakeries that I'm a fan of, and great (personal) news regarding my favorite event, the annual Food Blogger Bake Sale. With the return of Spring comes the return of some Sunshine :)