This post is just for you. In some ways, all of the things I share here are for you, but this one is especially for you. Let me explain. You see, I love the way that blogging provides me with a way of recording the moments in life that I want to remember. It's a brilliant tool for storing recipes and creative ideas, and it's a way of documenting the beauty that I see around me every day. But the thing is with writing a blog, is that everything I write is out there for all the world to see, and from the blogs that I follow, I have seen how wonderful the impact of sharing a little bit of life online can be. Blogging can foster community, and I think that this makes the process and time that goes into blogging seem so much more worthwhile - when a blog becomes a space where conversations happen, where inspiration is found and where encouragement is given. In my sidebar, there is a picture of a chair, and the words,
'come sit a while and have a little read...'
I suppose my hope for this blog has been that you, dear readers, would come and visit the space I have created here, sit a while with a mug of your favourite hot beverage in hand, and feel like you're sharing a little bit of life with a friend. But can I be honest with you? When I look at the content of my posts, I don't feel like this is a place where I would come and sit with a big mug of coffee, because for the most part, I write about baking with a sprinkling of life thrown in between. And I feel that's all I'm really giving you - the sprinkles on top of a cake instead of the beauty of the cake as a whole - with a perfect sponge to sink your teeth into, topped with just the right amount of frosting. For the most part, you, my readers, are a quiet bunch, and in all honesty, if I were to write from my heart, and put a lot of time and energy into sharing life in a little more depth, to speak to silent onlookers feels a little disheartening. And I feel that this contributes to the nature of my blogging being just about giving you the sprinkles on a cake, rather than the whole cake experience, to continue with that analogy.
As I begin live out this new season in my life of motherhood, and as a new year approaches, I have been thinking about the things I blog about, and what direction I should take in blogging over the next year. I would love to have a little bit of input from you, my readers. I have grown to love taking photos of food, and the more I have taken photos of my baked goods, the more I have enjoyed styling the photos to make them just a little bit more exciting. You see, I love to bake and cannot imagine that changing any time soon. I am aware that food and baking are the things that I blog about most frequently. And there is a part of me that feels there is value in keeping a visual and written record of what I make and bake, even if no-one who reads this blog ever feels inspired to make what I share, because I will always enjoy looking back at what I have baked each year, and challenging myself to vary the way that I style and photograph food.
Can I invite you to join me in a little conversation in the comments section of this blog? If you have followed along with me here for a long time, but never commented, I would love to hear from you and what you are interested in. For those of you who do kindly take the time to comment here on a regular basis, can I say a huge Thank you? I really do value your generosity and encouragement offered through your words.