Well hello there. What’s happening? What’s news?
I met a reader recently (hello Erin from Honey and Glow!) at the Finders Keepers markets and after forcing myself to not buy half her stall, the subject of my blog came up. Or rather, the lack thereof.
Bless her, Erin said she missed it.
I have mixed feelings about my blog – I’ve even gone so far as to unpublish some of my earlier posts that just have THE MOST horrific photography (no shit, one bowl of pasta looks like my cat threw up in it), but then I’m a bit sad because those early posts are just as much a part of this blog as the new ones are. But what if someone comes through a Google search, and sees that post, and leaves again because really, who wants a bowl of cat vomit for dinner? But why do I want them to stay? Why do I want anyone to read this? WHAT AM I DOING? What is this blog for?
Who knows, I really don’t have an answer to any of these questions. I don’t know why I blog and I never really have. I blog for me. I blog for those of you who want to read it, for whatever reasons you have. I blog because I like talking to the people who stop by here. I blog because when my food doesn’t look like the contents of a cat’s stomach, I want to share it. It’s not fancy, it’s just the run of the mill everyday homestyle food alongside the thoughts of an run of the mill everyday homestyle gal.
I don’t know where I’m headed, but hey, I’m here now. Might as well enjoy it and worry about the future in the future! We live in interesting times, with the newest player in the social media space being hot for like, a week, then the masses turn to the new shiny thing on the horizon. I’ve recently done some social media work for a few businesses and was appalled to find when I tried to build community and increase engagement, all I got was spam. And bots, the bloody bots, FFS! People using apps to make it look like they’re engaging with your content but really they’re just auto-posting “this pic is lit, fam!” on a picture that is most definitely not lit.
Ir reminded me again how grateful I am for every single one of you who come here. Even the people who have read for years and never said a word. Every single one of you is an actual real-life person. I might not have huge numbers and it might be slow going for me to “grow my blog”, but those numbers represent a real, human person who cares enough to follow along here. I can’t even begin to value that. That’s not something I could just walk away from.
Thank you for sticking around while I’ve shirked my duties here at the blog. While life and other work has taken my attention. For understanding when I got confused about where I was going and encouraged me to go there anyway. I’ve always been sad that when things get busy, the blog first thing to be taken off the to-do list. If it helps, I’ve never stopped writing posts – they’ve just always been written solely in my head, haha.
Well now that took rather an unexpected turn. But if you were really here for a real cup of tea, I’d have said the lot.