Monday, January 19, 2015

Four Years....

Everybody's got a story. 

Everybody. And no one can tell that story quite like you.

That's what I started doing four years ago today when I decided to put my thoughts to technology. 

Actually, that's a lie. For crying out loud, I'm already telling porkies and I barely made it past the first couple sentences. My mind's moving faster than my fingers and I'm getting ahead of myself. 

Let's start again. 

When I created my blog four years ago, I did so for two reasons. 

A. To show certain whinging friends of mine (and they know who they are) that baking isn't as hard as they constantly complained it was. 
2. To create an online recipe journal of sorts with step-by-step instructions for my littles that they could reference time and time again. 

That's it. That was my main objective. Funny enough, it actually took me months to push that publish button. It was a terrifying concept at the time. Writing it was one thing; knowing it was about to be exposed to the world was quite another. 

You see, I had ZERO confidence in my ability to blog when I began. In fact, I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I am not an overly confident person to begin with, so you can imagine I didn't feel I was up to snuff with some of the already cool kid bloggers out there. Could I really pull off a "Triple Decker Double Dark Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownie Snickerdoodle Cookie Cheesecake Pie" and then photograph it to look like it should be in Gourmet magazine? 

The funny thing about that last statement, before the pie I mean (but HELLO! Who's up for some of this? Damn....) is that I'm not one to compare myself to others in general and I'm not someone who usually cares what others say, do, or think. I mean, I care, of course I care - I'm human, but I can't control what others say, do, and think - people will do that whether one likes it or not, but in saying that, I also knew that if anyone said anything negative about my blog, especially charging right out of the gate post, I would be absolutely crushed. In fact, aside from three people, I didn't let anyone in on my 'dirty little secret'. Looking back, it was clearly a self-preservation tactic that I perhaps took way too seriously.

But eventually, I found the ladyballs to persevere. Since that day, I haven't looked back. 

Not once. 

As I have travelled on the blog path to word domination *wink*, my confidence improved, my expectations changed, my desires increased, and my needs evolved. Unfortunately, with all the super good things blogging brings, the bad, the ugly, and uncertainty also come along for the ride. Jerks.

Despite the many, many lessons I've learned throughout my journey, it always came back to one important factor.  

The relationships. If I could make that one little sentence flash in brightly coloured twinkle lights, I would do it in a New York minute. 

For me, it's all about the relationships I've made. I adore people. I have been so blessed to have met some of the most FANTASTIC folks from all over the world because of my blog. Readers like YOU who give me purpose. Bloggers that inspire me to do better. Companies that give me opportunities to show what I can do. It's always really been about that, it just took me some time to realize it. 

It no longer mattered that my photos weren't magazine material, I didn't give a shit that Google didn't do what it was supposed to - I honestly hand-to-heart have no idea what SEO's are or what all that mumbo jumbo truly means. All I know is that I'm real and I am connecting with you on a personal level. If I've made your day with a story or recipe, then I'm a blogging success story. Period. 

And like everyone, it's so nice to connect with people that get you and your passion. It's even nicer when said folks do as one does. Several years ago, I was overly blessed to have met some lovely bloggers that live in my own backyard. Ladies I lovingly refer to as my foodie girls. These amazing souls polish me and make me shine - and I love them to bits for it. 

We recently got together for an après-Christmas potluck to celebrate the good things in life and celebrate what makes us, well, us. While there's so much I adore about them collectively and individually, the thing I love about these girls is that get me. They also get the frustration of the unstable, unpredictable world of blogging. 

But more importantly, they get the necessity to enjoy a drink (or two) before noon every once in a while...





Their absolute and irrevocable love of food mirrors mine....













They not only understand the unspoken word that no one eats until the last photo has been successfully taken and documented, but also understand it could take twenty minutes before we actually do eat....




But when we do, it's going to be almost as incredible as the company itself...

  










Despite the fact we're all very different in personality and blogging technique, one goal remains the same; we all want to reach out to our audiences. We want to bring our readers amazing food, helpful techniques, sound advice, and smoother experiences in the kitchen and in the home.

So you see, making lasting relationships with you has been the most important lesson I've learned on my journey thus far. 

Because without you to share it with, what's the point?

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14 Responses to “Four Years....”

  1. Congrats to you!!! You are an inspiration to any and all who love doing what they do!!

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  2. LOVE this post! Congrats on 4 years girly, that's such an accomplishment and you should be very proud of all you have achieved!! xo

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  3. We're (hashtag) blessed to know you, girl. This day was so fun and your gorgeous photos captured it perfectly! Congratulations on your blog-iversary! I wholeheartedly believe in celebrating each blogging year that goes by, and each delicious bite along the way! xoxo

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  4. Congratulations! As a subscriber for a while now but first time poster. I am so happy a google search lead me to you! I would be one of those whining gal pals on baking. I can cook anything, baking I struggle with. However, the Mudslide Cupcakes ( search that lead me to you), Banana Cake with Carmel Rum Sauce and Cannoli Cups have all turned out AMAZING!!! You actually made me think baking was fun, that was a huge first for me, thank you! I cannot wait to see what you whip up in 2015 and the next four years.

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  5. I'm so glad you started blogging four years ago! I'm so grateful that I met you and call you my friend. xoxo

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  6. What a lovely story and I'm glad you have some local girls that you can share with.

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  7. HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!!

    and I completely agree-it's alllll about the relationships <3

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  8. Your shots of food are Gorgeous. You should be working for a magazine! You are inspirational, hope you have many more years of blogging and recipes to share. :)

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  9. Congrats! I'm hungry now. So nice to have a supportive community in and outside the blog world. Keep on, you are very gifted!

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  10. Love this!! Everyone has their own reason for blogging, and you are rocking yours!

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  11. Jenny, happy 4 year blogiversary! I'm so (hashtag) blessed to have met you in person at FBC this year. It was one of the highlights of 2014 for me (trust) and you are just as amazing, hilarious and fabulous as you are on your blog. Absolutely, blogging is all about the relationships. I haven't blogged since November and am veeeerry tempted to give it up but the one thing that stops me is how much I love the friendships I've made. I don't want to give them up. Keep doing you, lady. I love these photos (and recognize so many of the faces!). Here's to another four years and beyond!

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  12. Happy 4 years. I don't even know how old my blog is? Does that mean my blog is the senility blog? You know what I wish for 2015, more time to read good blogs like yours...Lately work has been nuts...I love your blog. It always makes me laugh...

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  13. You are my favorite blogger. You always make me laugh and your desserts/treats always look so incredible. Thanks for always sharing with us.

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