Teaching myself to cook, one recipe at a time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

and life goes on...

When I began this blog three and a half years ago, I read somewhere that you should never begin a blog post by saying, “It’s been so long since I posted.” It takes away from the content without adding anything, and honestly, no one wants to read a description of the things that kept you too busy to write.

So I’m not going to describe how difficult it is for me to find a few spare minutes these days, or how 90% of my cooking efforts go toward making baby food purees, or how all I want to do when I do have a break is to eat a bowl of ice cream and go to bed.

But I feel as though I owe it to anyone who’s read this blog over the years to write this post as a bit of explanation. I’ve made the decision to suspend this little project of mine, much as I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve got a few reasons.

1. I accidentally deleted the majority of pictures that appear throughout my old posts. I was cleaning up the host site and did something stupid, and now most of the pictures are gone. I have the originals all on my hard drive, but the thought of going back through 3 1/2 years of posts to add them back in is just daunting. The whole issue makes me want to cry. Anyone up to doing this for me?

2. Many of the meals that I have cooked lately have appeared in some form on another blog. Maybe it’s the academic in me, but there’s a very big part of me that feels squeamish writing about recipes that someone else has already written about, even if I assign full credit to the original source. Besides it not being my own content, my version is also typically an amateur version of something that’s already been beautifully done. If my cooking and my photography aren’t as good as the original, I’m not adding anything creative or new by posting about it.

3. I truly struggle with the fact that days are only 24 hours long, that I work full time, that I want to be with my baby every moment that I can at home, that she isn’t a great sleeper and that I'm always hoping for a better night sleep tonight.

I’ve really, really enjoyed writing this blog. I have learned a lot and have expanded my knowledge, and I’ve enjoyed sharing with other people. I love when people tell me that they’ve read the blog and that they enjoy seeing new posts. So thank you, those of you who have kept up with me. It means more than you know.

I would like to resume posting at some point, several years in the future. It kills me to join the ranks of defunct blogs that never got off the ground, and I hope this doesn’t get forgotten like so many of them do. I put a lot of my heart and soul into this project and I really believe that I’ll come back to it when my life allows it.

Until then, this is it.