One year ago today I sat at the computer ready to begin a blog.
One year on I find that writing this blog has been quite possibly the most satisfying and rewarding thing I have done in my life. Even more than having children, and considerably less painful. I really can't imagine not blogging now. In fact just thinking about not being able to blog is making me panic. I'd rather give up alcohol than give up blogging. And that's saying something.
Things I Love About Blogging
1) I can talk about quinces, baking bread and making jam to people who are actually interested.
No one I know in real life, with the exception of some family is at all interested in this stuff.
2) My blog allows me to be creative.
I find composing a blog post really rewarding and I just love hitting the 'publish post' button.
I bought my first camera in December 2009 having never been particularly interested in photography and was enchanted with how easy and immediate digital photography was. I recently upgraded to a DSLR and am enjoying playing around with it. I love being able to post really big pictures on the blog.
I am surprised to find that I enjoy the writing part of blogging as well.
3) I have 'met' so many lovely people who have been kind enough to comment on my posts.
Friends who don't read blogs often ask me if I make money out of my blog as if that is the only reason for doing a thing. Well, of course you can make money but I don't want the blog cluttered up with advertising. I don't make money but I do get paid - in kind and appreciative comments.
4) I really love the way my blog has become a record of my everyday life. I often read through my old posts and marvel at how much there is to celebrate in the ordinariness of life. Thinking about what the next year will bring makes me so excited. I really have only just begun. I have a little blog notebook in which I jot down ideas for posts. It is getting pretty full.
It is a cherry cake recipe with cubes of quince cheese standing in for the cherries and a glaze made of icing sugar and a little quince syrup that was lurking in my freezer.
I also celebrated with a tot of quince vodka :o)
Thank you for all your responses to my last post. I just want to emphasise that blog awards are nice things. People pass them on in a spirit of goodwill as a way of saying 'I like what you're doing'. But apart from not wanting extraneous graphics on my blog I want to decide what I blog about and not have to write a post in response to an award.
* A.A Milne