Well, I made it. I have met my goal to write a blog for one year. Last year on June 1, I hurried to Best Buy after work to buy a digital camera, then I hurried to the liquor store to buy ingredients for a Long Island Iced Tea Cake, and then I hurried home to start baking my first blog post. Today on June 1, I also found myself at the liquor store after work.
Anyone who blogs will tell you it is a labor of love. Never do I feel that more than when I spend most of my Saturday baking things that do not turn out. I cannot claim to be a better baker than when I started out one year ago, but I can claim to much more readily recognize the point where things start to go terribly wrong. Though there remains much room for improvement, I have rediscovered my forgotten joy in photography.
Throughout the year, I wanted to quit multiple times. I wanted to quit this week. I might want to quit next week. And I just might! Except I recently realized I’m not so much a quitter as I am a pauser. Sometimes I pause – which may look like quitting to everyone else – so I can gain wisdom or strength or rediscover what it was I enjoyed about something in the first place.
Though I often feel my posts are published into a vacuum, reason tells me that is not necessarily the case. I am truly grateful to every person who has read a Love & Flour blog post. Though I sometimes forget to respond in writing, I say thank you to every comment, every Facebook like, every Twitter follower, and even every criticism if the feedback helps me improve. I am grateful that though I may fail at a recipe or a photo, the words always arrive to fill the page.
Some of the posts have been really bad. Some of the posts I’m pretty proud of. I have very little idea of what I should do with social media. I have had a Facebook page and Twitter account since the beginning, but very rarely have I updated them with anything more than links to my posts. It will probably be a long time before I initiate conversations on Facebook (I rarely post status updates my personal page), but I have recently started Tweeting*. You can thank (or curse) Instagram for that.
So now what? I want to take the time to improve my photography. I want to learn more about baking. I want to improve the look of the website – I’ve never liked pink, and the recipe page is in desperate need of an overhaul. I want to do more series!
For the year ahead, I am going to focus on a flavor per month. As this idea expands, I may also focus on a technique, like whipping egg whites into posts about angel food cakes and meringues. My goal is no less than four (an average of one post per week seems reasonable) recipes that focus on the month’s flavor theme. If any one would like to suggest a flavor, please feel free to leave a comment letting me know.
I have been thinking of what to make for my one-year blog post** since February. Is this an anniversary or a birthday? I leaned towards birthday and an elaborate cake. But I simply have not been in the mood to bake. The answer to what I should post today appeared in the form of a Birthday Cake Batter Martini.
On a final note, does anyone else find it fitting my blog shares its first birthday with National Donut Day? (National Donut Day is always the first Friday in June). If ever there were a sign to continue…
*Tweeting is a bit awkward. When I talk to myself, I don’t expect a response. But when I tweet, which I find is really just like talking to an invisible audience, it becomes readily apparent that no one is paying me any attention. Awkward…
**For anyone paying close attention, I consider the May 31 post a prologue.
- 1 ounce amaretto
- 1½ ounces cake batter flavored vodka
- 1½ ounces creme de cacao
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- assorted sprinkles
- Coat the rim of your glass with frosting.
- Place the sprinkles onto a plate, and lightly press the glass rim into the sprinkles to adhere.
- Combine all other ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 30 seconds.
- Strain into glass and enjoy!