I had originally intended for this to be a Wordless Wednesday post. But being a verbose, often chatty person, that concept doesn’t work out well for me. So instead I offer up some photos and commentary. Ever since my friend Maris over at In Good Taste wrote a thoughtful post about why she writes, I too have found myself thinking about why I blog. The blog first began after I had been cooking seriously on my own for a little over three years. Sure I’d dabbled in cooking ever since I was a kid, but graduating from college and living me on my own was what really pushed me into the kitchen in a big way and got me experimenting and practicing on a regular basis. I’d been challenging myself to try as many new recipes as possible and keeping track of every one I made in an Excel spreadsheet. It was gratifying to see how many new dishes I’d logged, but I was hungering for an even bigger creative outlet. After stumbling upon the blogosphere it seemed like a great fit for a girl who had originally gone to college a journalism major.
A recent photography class served as good reminder of why I got into this into the first place. Not to be a better blogger than anyone else, but to become a better version of myself, to constantly grow as a cook and expand my creativity. While the pictures I took in class would never be professional quality, they are decidedly worlds ahead of where I was when I started. And my cooking? Also greatly improved. When I started I was pretty reliant on recipes, sure I’d put my own spin on things, but conceiving an entirely new recipe from scratch seemed like a pipe dream. Now it’s a more common occurrence for me than pulling out a cookbook. So while it my not seem ambitious, for me, for now, it is enough.
What about you? For those of you who blog, why do you do it? Or for those of you who don’t, what keeps you pursuing a favorite hobby or passion?