It was early January 2008 when I started this blog. I have come to determine that I love blogging; what a great hobby it has become! My blog inspires me to cook, my dining experiences make me want to write; blogging is a past time that has really become a part of my life. If you're a fellow blogger reading this, you probably know what I mean.
I really enjoyed reading the blog Dine and Dish today, because Kristen really spoke to me when she discussed "the hazards of blogging". Her blog is amazing... I would love for my blog to someday be like hers. I strive to make my blog as good as it can be, but I still sometimes have to step back and ask myself, "why am I doing this?" It's easy to get caught up in getting more comments, having more subscribers, and other little things that make my blog seem successful. But really, when I stop and think about it, I'm blogging mostly just for me. I want to keep track of my cooking and dining experiences in my kitchen and around the wonderful city of Chicago. I also love having the chance to connect with other people who enjoy cooking as much as I do. When I look at the goals of having this blog, I would have to say I feel really good about where I am with it.
I feel like a tease, though, because a week or two ago I mentioned that I was thinking about having a contest that people would enter by giving me suggestions on how to improve my blog. Now, I don't think my blog is perfect, and I think there's plenty of room for improvement. But I think I need to just slowly work on that on my own at this point. So the contest is on hold... I think I'll make it a celebration instead! I only have three more months until I've been blogging for a year, so I'm going to plan sometime involving a blog giveaway at that point. That gives me time to settle into a new position at work (I got a promotion, yeah!), and to plan a blog event that's a bit special and fun.
So, if you managed to read that... thanks for reading, commenting, and/or being a part of the blogging world I enjoy so much. And if you're a blogger, too, thanks for sharing your blog with me as well!
I'll be back tomorrow with a recipe as usual :)