I have been blogging for over a year now and I feel like it is good to look back and reflect on what has changed since I have started and what I have learned. Yes, I have blogged before, but this has been different I have been fairly consistent blogging at least once a month if not more. Hopefully some of this will be helpful to you if not just interesting.
Recipes Take Time
When I started blogging, I assumed I would only write about food. I still love food and in fact I plan to continue to blog about food and recipes. What I did not fundamentally understand is that for me to be satisfied with a recipe it often takes time and effort to create and test to ensure I am happy with the product. I am not sure why I believed initially I would be a recipe savant, but no I have many a flops and I work to shift and change them. As I continue to blog, I will include recipes, but I am not sure of the frequency which depends to a greater degree on how they test and how many trials it takes to get them to taste the way they are in my mind.
Change is Inevitable
This goes hand in hand with the prior lesson, but I have shifted my blog to include more things of interest and that change was not intentionally planned, but occurred because I love this medium. I love being able to reflect and write and share my thoughts. I find blogging to be a way to process the world and I then have concrete evidence of who I was and what I thought a year ago or more. For me the key to continuing blogging has been to accept change and embrace it as an opportunity.
Ideas Continue to Come
I also thought I would run out of ideas, even in terms of food. In reality I have more ideas now that I did when I started and I thought that my writing would be limiting. I would run out of words and ideas, but as I continue to learn and grow I have new ideas and new things to share that will continue to come out via blog. I thought creativity was something I had in limited supply, but the more I tap into it the more I realize it is fairly infinite.
Blogging Helps Me Grow
I did not realize all the skills that went into blogging. Photography, recipe development, writing, finding a voice and even editing. I am slowly growing and learning to improve these skills in a way that helps me grow in general. I find when you are working to develop new skills it influences the way you see the world around you and gives you a greater understanding of life in general.
Here is to another year or more of blogging. If you blog, what have you learned along the way? What tools, tips, or advice have been most helpful? If not, what have you learned through consistent practice in one area?