Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Alice in Wonderland
You'll pardon me (I hope) for this brief interlude.
The fact is, I've been feeling a bit bedraggled lately, and the whole blogging bit has started to feel a bit like a chore. When we started out, we were fueled by the challenge of creating something new. Stoked about honing our skills. And ready for anything. But, the truth is... life has gone a little crazy.
If I'm honest, I'll admit that it's been pretty insane adjusting to the writing load of two blogs (while working full-time, mind you). And, while I vowed that my commitment to Milwaukee Magazine wouldn't interfere in my enjoyment of -- and dedication to -- Burp!, I must confess that I was stressing about things pretty hardcore just before the holidays. I was starting to feel tapped out. And I seriously wondered if I could keep this whole blogging thing up for much longer.
In the nearly two weeks I had off of work around the holidays, I found myself taking a much needed break from blogging. I didn't warn people or call attention to it, in part because most of you were off taking vacations of your own and you probably didn't even notice. I didn't write. I didn't cook much (aside from working on a seriously delicious recipe development project that I committed to before the holidays). I did a ton of reading (many thanks to Peef for the Kindle he got me for Christmas). And I took the opportunity to breathe a little bit.
Wow. It's amazing what a bit of oxygen will do for your brain.
Since the break, I've been a little slow on the uptake. But a few days ago I managed to get myself together and I started reading blogs again. I'm not quite back to my old pace, but I did manage to glimpse a few posts that are worth mentioning.
These are the sort of posts I adore. The pieces that inspire me to stretch. The ones that remind me that food blogging isn't just about quantity... it's also about quality and authenticity... the pieces that underscore some of the reasons why I'm still here blogging.
- You Say You Want a Resolution (Voodoo & Sauce) - an apt reminder that sometimes more is... well... More.
- Test Driving Yeasted Beer Bread (CakeWalk) - a great reminder that personal growth & constant experimentation always drives a good blog (not to mention recipe development).
- Lentils With Chocolate. No, Really. (We Are Never Full) - because unexpected flavor combinations make the world go round, y'all.
If I'm honest, I have to admit that there's very little in life that makes me happier than cooking, writing, and blogging. And the fact is, despite the fact that the Web is now positively glutted with food media (some of which, I must admit, isn't worth reading), I am still enjoying what I'm doing. So, I guess I found my answer.
So, as crazy as it sounds, I'm going to keep on believing in those impossible things. And writing about them too... Maybe even before breakfast.
For those of you wondering why in heaven's name I'd bother to post these ramblings -- I just want to offer a few words of explanation. If there's one thing I've learned (and appreciated) about food blogging, it's that there's a real community surrounding the writers and readers of food blogs. One thing I'm certain about is that you've all "been there" in some way, shape, or form. So, you can relate to where I'm coming from. And hey -- if you have any advice to share, I'm all ears.
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Want more? Read Lo's latest ruminations at FOODCrush, her Milwaukee Magazine blog.