Have You Missed Me?

It’s been about a month since my last blog post and I hope I haven’t lost all my readers with this break! What happened? You ask. I think the best explanation is that I got the blog blues. Somewhere along my first year of blogging I burnt myself out. My goal to post 3-4 posts a week and keep on top of things was a good one but, having never blogged before, I didn’t realize the time and commitment that amount of writing, photos, edits and of course, cooking that 3-4 posts per week takes. After my first blogiversary, I looked at my web stats and my survey results and allowed negativity to creep in. I’ll be honest, only 4 people took my survey and one of them was my husband, another one was likely my mom and maybe even my dad. I took the turn to negative town and felt like I was writing to no one and all this time I had spent, over a long year, was for nothing. I allowed my dreams of “making it” in the blogosphere to get the better of me and somewhere in my year of blogging my focus had shifted from enjoying the writing, pictures and cooking, to making sure my blog stats were growing and focusing on gaining readership.

Finally, amidst a short and very negative rant about all the work I’d put in, Eric gently reminded me “I thought you weren’t doing it to be successful, I thought you just enjoyed it. Who cares if no one reads it, you like cooking and writing, remember?” I love it and hate it when he’s right about me.

And so, after some time “off” to have a crazy work event (that was held on Monday) I finally have some time again to get back to basics. I do love cooking. I do love writing about it. I do love having a log of my successful and unsuccessful recipes. But most of all, I love my tiny readership. Considering about 95% of my blog comments are spam, that one gem that I get every month or so really makes my day week month.  I want to get back to basics, back to the cooking and living I love and I can’t wait to share it with you all again.

This weekend is the unofficial start of Summer and it’s so nice to welcome warm weather, grilling season, fresh fruits and veggies. Not to mention baseball, time at the beach and warm Summer nights. We’re hoping to soak up as much Summer as we can this year.

Thanks for reading my blog. Stay tuned, more is in store this week!