Not at All Wordless Wednesday

by Kelly on November 9, 2011

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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.
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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?

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Candice @ Sailing on Paper November 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I think blogging helps me feel connected to other people with similar interests. Since I don’t often share my innermost thoughts with people in real life, it’s really nice to be able to “talk” about my feelings and get supportive comments from readers, without judgement. I also think that blogging helps me stay motivated for whatever goals I want to accomplish for myself. And, like you said, blogging can help cultivate creativity and help you become even more in tune with your own creative interests and skills.

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Shannon November 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

love those photos :) but i think my reasons are quite similar to yours!

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Kelly November 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Candice – I agree with everything you’ve said. I have to admit, I haven’t used it much for goal setting but I can see where if you announce you to your readers you are going to do something it would give you a sense of accountability.

Shannon – Thanks!

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