Well, let’s see. Where do I begin? So this has been my first year of being a food blogger and what a ride it has been. In one year, in food blogging, I have made some wonderful connections with other food bloggers, learned more about food photography, have received wonderful comments about how one of my recipes has given someone’s belly comfort, how one of my “sex” articles have given new perspective, and recognition for how wonderful my pictures are (still a work in progress). Oh! Not to mention, I received my first check from food blogging for $30! What an amazing year?!
To some of you, those accomplishments that I’ve mentioned may not sound like much to you, but they are the world to me. When someone blogs about what they feel (with emphasis) in their heart, there is this small part of them that becomes vulnerable. We (bloggers), no matter the subject, are sharing with you what is in our hearts and, involuntarily, you become the judge. Typically when people blog they don’t care about what others have to say about their content. However, I am different. Although I do this for me, at the end of the day, the content that I share with the world must be accepted by others in order for my work to be fruitful. One wrong recipe, one missing ingredient, one faulty picture, and posting inconsistency and I have lost a potential lover of my work, which is meant to be shared. I look at my blog as the gift that keeps on giving. If one person likes it, chances are 5 more will.
I found myself so frustrated at the beginning of the year when I would only get 20-35 views on my page a day. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Let’s be honest people, if we didn’t care about how many people we attracted with our blogs then we wouldn’t do it. So, those numbers matter to me. Now that number isn’t so low. I also found myself frustrated at the quality of my pictures, which is still not an area that I feel confident. However, I can appreciate my efforts and the fact that I have over 20 photos and recipes published out there in the world somewhere and in large part that has everything to do with my photography.
My first year in food blogging has definitely been a learning experience. I have learned a lot and also have become more risky in my cooking. For 2013, I want to take ordinary food and make it more delicious and creative. I want to make dishes that people wouldn’t ordinarily come up with, but their taste buds will appreciate. I have some creative ideas that will create more dialogue with my sex articles and encourage more interaction. Lastly, I want to share with you more restaurants and images of Cincinnati. I know I have gotten lacked on that, but it is a part of my blog that I do love and want to continue to share.
My first year in blogging has been eventful and a tremendous learning experience. I look forward to sharing with you more tasty recipes, wonderful adventures, different perspectives, and places to go in the City of Cincinnati. Now that I think I have the gist of this thing, you will be hearing and seeing more of me in 2013. Hopefully, a new website too.
Happy New Year!