|Blogging means sharing food.|
|Blogging means enjoying an interesting journey.|
When I first started blogging, there were lots of blogs that were of the what-I-ate-for-dinner-with-a-blurred-photo variety. I barely knew what I was doing. It took me a while even to find out how to take close up photos. These days many blogs seem to start with a glossy design, high quality photos and ambitions to be a success. Perhaps this is a result of so much information about blogging. Or maybe they are just the new bloggers with the higher profiles.
Changes to technology:
When I first started blogging, I remember tossing up whether to use Blogger or Wordpress. I can't remember why I chose Blogger but I am still using this platform. Sometimes I think Wordpress might have a cleaner look but I really like how Google continues to develop Blogger, even if I don't agree with all the changes. Back when I started, the options for the side bar were far more limited and so were the design options. Back then, no one who hosted blog events use the Linky tools.
|Blogging means you never have enough time in the day.|
One of the biggest changes to blogging has been the rise of social media. Back when I began blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Eat Your Books were unknown. Now they have made a huge impact on blogging. It is not enough to enjoy reading a blog these days - even if Google Reader is closing so you need to find another feed reader for the RSS feeds. Nowadays you can follow many blog on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest. You might say that old bloggers never retire, they just are found on Facebook.
Changes to my blog:
I started my blog with intentions of merely sharing recipes but not my life. Six years later I still like to write down my recipes but this blog is more than a large index of many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free recipes. I now also write about places I have eaten and travelled (though I don't as a rule accept freebies and advertisements). I have also created an excellent resource of nut roast recipes, discovered an interest in food history. and shared more of my life than I ever expected.
|Blogging means sharing old family favourite recipes |
(this is the chocolate pudding that I loved as a child).
Lately the blog seems to have been recording some of the places we have enjoyed. In fact I might be so bold as to claim that it is not just a food blog any more but also gives an insight into my Melbourne. This is assisted by better photos that capture some of the sights around me.
However, I am still wary about sharing too much of my life. I still resist sharing photos of myself and the faces of those closest to me. But I am opening up in other ways. I now share my cookbooks, my bookmarked recipes and even recently have started a page of recipe planning.
Another big change on my blog is the photos. At first I was stingy with photos and struggled to find the close up button. Then I found that bigger photos looked better, I collected more food props, our kitchen space improved for photos, I bought a DSLR camera and now I just like putting is esoteric photos that record our day and not just our food. In line with better photos, I have made quite a few improvements to the blog design.
|Blogging means lots of photos at a fancy meal.|
It is fascinating to look around at other bloggers who I have followed since around the start of my blog and see all the changes in their blogs. Some have become more professional, learn to take better photographs, accept advertisements, hold giveaways or promote products. Many but not all now post with less regularity than when they first started. Best of all, they still continue to delight me with their recipes as well as sharing some of their life.
Most of us have had many life changes: travels, babies, illness, deaths, marathons, graduations. There have been celebration cakes and cleansing detoxes. Many post round ups of ideas for traditional feasts because we all have such amazing archives of recipes. Some fellow bloggers have had dietary changes that influence what recipes they post. Katie and K have been diagnosed as coeliac. Ricki has embraced an Anti Candida Diet. Lisa has found her wheat allergy has abated since her pregnancy.
With all the fantastic recipes being published, it is not surprise that many of these bloggers are becoming published authors. Ricki has self-published a cookbook and many e-books, and she now has a cookbook soon to be published by a commercial publisher. Lorraine has just had a book published about her journey as a blogger. Anh is writing a commercial cookbook with a fellow blogger from another country, Lucy and Kathryn publish a cooking e-magazine. Kathryn also writes a column for Readers Digest and Jac writes regularly for Baby Centre.
|Blogging means more colourful food.|
There are so many contributions and achievements by bloggers. I have only focused on a few that I met at the beginning but there are many more great stories of those I have met since. If only we had the time. But I can tell you that I am lucky to have met bloggers at potlucks or just for a meal, to have exchanged emails, comments and parcels, and to have found friendship and support in this community. And if I ever need to think about where to eat in Melbourne, I can consult the amazing list of reviews by Cindy and Michael.
As an aside:
This is the last of my self indulgent blog anniversary posts. I have lots of recipes to share and will be posting some soon. However my internet has been slow for the last week or so and will be for a few more days so it is all slow going here.