Last week in the midst of trying to sort out my blogging voice my mind went to a weird place. I don’t know how to explain it, but I guess you could say I felt worn out and fell into a pretty deep funk. Over the past year, I’ve come to discover that writing has been incredibly therapeutic for me to get me through these funks. What I’m starting to realize is that I don’t necessarily need to be writing those thoughts out in a public forum. Turns out there’s this thing called a diary…I need one of those.
Some of you may have gotten the privilege to read the post I accidentally posted while I was deep in this funk. It’s been removed now and I’ll never know exactly who read it, but it happened and I’ve been forced to get over it. I don’t need to go into the details of the post and quite honestly it was not that bad but is was enough to cause a minor freak out when I woke up to comments on it on Wednesday morning. With time I’ve come to see what bothered me most about it…
The tone was overwhelmingly negative. Trust me, I am not little miss sunshine, but I do try to keep THM a relatively positive place. However, this post was undoubtably the most negative I have ever written. Essentially it was filled with suggestions on how not to blog. The funny thing is, I HATE it when other bloggers do that. There is no “one” way to blog or some manual that you have to follow precisely. Every blog is different and people are coming up with the most unique and unbelievably creative ways to turn their blogs into a success. While I am more than happy to share the tips that have worked for me, they are not the be-all and end-all.
Lately I have been thinking back to where I was a year ago. I’m fairly certain I was dreadfully bored, staring at a screen of baby brains and just starting to tell people about my blog. Even though nobody was reading my blog, I was so excited to feel excited about anything! Sure, it may seem strange that cooking and baking and taking pictures of my food turned my life around, but it 100% did. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined that THM would be what is is today. It blows my mind on a daily basis.
I started this blog a little over a year ago and picked up my first digital SLR camera almost exactly one year ago today. I had no experience and knew nothing about blogging and food photography. I always dreamed of one day seeing my recipes on Foodgawker, I just never thought it would actually happen. Thinking about this makes me realize why giving blogging tips about “what NOT to do” makes me so uncomfortable. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that if you set your mind to something, anything is possible. Super cliche, but oh so true. If your goal is to improve your food photography, increase your readership, meet new bloggers, inspire others then there is absolutely nothing stopping you. If you want to blog as your hobby that is awesome. I can attest to how life-changing it is to have a hobby you feel passionate about. If you hope to or your blog has become your business, that’s fantastic! Don’t let anyone bring you down, but especially don’t let anyone tell you what not to do. The internet is not getting any smaller and there is absolutely no reason why your blog can’t be as successful as the next one, in whatever way you define “success”.
I also think this extends beyond blogging. If you’re feeling like you’re just going through the motions and need to make a change, then CHANGE. Do your research and then take the leap. Challenge yourself, try new things, ask questions and try to be better every.single.day. Which brings me to my big announcement. I absolutely love what I’m doing with my life. I could not have asked for a better opportunity with Kewaza and having the flexibility and the time to work on THM has been such a blessing. But I’m ready for the next challenge. SO I’ve decided I am going to write an ecookbook! I’m sure some of you are not surprised by this and some of you are like “psssssht been there, done that!”, but I don’t care. I am doing this for me. I have no freaking idea how to publish an ecoobook (like legit I’m clueless), which will make it that much sweeter when I publish it. And I WILL publish it, because I can.
After discussing with my friend Kelly (who just turned in the manuscript for her first cookbook WOAH) I’ve decided I am not going to put myself on a deadline. I want this book to be the best it can be and not rushed and half-assed. So my plan is to shoot an additional 1-2 recipes a week. Essentially this means cutting down on my trashy TV watching, which is probably good for me (not GoT, don’t worry).
As I explained in last week’s post, I value your opinion more than you know. I’m coming to realize that I will never make everyone happy and as much as I would like to, I cannot take everyone’s feedback into consideration but the reality is that I would not be in a position to do this if it weren’t for you guys, my amazing readers. I want you to be a part of this process. I want you to weigh in on themes, recipes, pictures etc…Most of all I want you to see that there is absolutely no reason why you can’t make your dreams a reality.My hope is that in my journey to follow my dreams you might be inspired to do the same.
I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am! I know I can do it, and you can too. <–omg who am I? Just roll with it…