One year ago today, I posted my first blog entry. I had no lofty aspirations, I thought it would be a tidy way to update family and friends out of state about current affairs in the household and an efficient way to record and share my recipes. I never thought I'd be the next Dooce or Pioneer Woman.
Three hundred and sixty-five days later, and I'm sure neither Heather or Ree are looking over their shoulders to see if I'm gaining on them. What I never expected from this little vanity project is the connections I've made with people all over the country. I'm amazed and often intimidated at the talent and creativity of fellow bloggers. I can't believe how much I have in common with people hundreds-even thousands-of miles away, and how they feel like old friends even though we've never met.
I've found the writing process comes easier after a full year of putting effort into it. There are still dry spells to be sure, but as I look through the archives I find myself surprised at how prolific I could be in spite of a demanding lifestyle. I don't know that I have the full support of my immediate family in this endeavor, but they're willing to humor my obsession for at least another year.
I had high hopes for this post. I thought that I would spend my "vacation" in Las Vegas in front of my computer, overhauling the appearance and possibly-possibly-starting another, strictly culinary blog. Today, I would have rolled out these bold new ideas. Instead, I spent most of the daylight hours on my feet in a convention hall and evenings savoring dishes like Lobster Risotto, which was every bit as delicious as it sounds. I love this blog, but I love my husband more and in Vegas, something had to give.
Now that I've put those goals out there, I fully intend to bring them to life in the next couple months. I am passionate about cooking. I love the process and I love sharing recipes. I've discovered a new interest in the history of food recently, and that is something I'd love to delve into a little more. I'd like to challenge myself to try a new recipe every week and to share the results with my readers. I've grown bored with the look of this site, and want to do some much needed redecorating.
I don't know where my journey is taking me, but I want to thank everyone who stops here for their support and companionship. I am flattered and honored that you find my mental meanderings worth your time.