It’s now been, to the day, a year since I created Attempts in Domesticity. I resisted starting a blog for a long time, but my husband (who knows I love to write) prodded me into creating one and finally I caved. Since then, it’s become a big part of my life. On a basic level, it motivates me to cook more, even on nights when it’d be easy just to whip up a bowl of ramen for dinner instead.
But it’s more than that too…
I’ve learned a lot (not related to cooking) in the past 12 months. When I started writing posts, I was totally unaware that if I didn’t tag things they wouldn’t appear in the “reader” section. For the first month or two, I think my page views were averaging about 30 per week. (Don’t worry, Ree, no competition here!)
I was also so busy (considering it was the holiday season and all) that I hadn’t really started reading other people’s blogs, so I had no connections to anyone on WordPress. My blog was more like a public journal that no one besides my close friends read or even knew about. Finally I understood that I needed to take time to read other people’s posts if I wanted anyone to bother with mine — it’s not a one-way street.
Since then, I have gotten quite a few followers (thanks to all of you!) and made some virtual friendships with people who I really enjoy. I love feeling a little invested in other people’s — yes, basically complete strangers — lives, seeing what food they make, what crafts they create, the lives they’ve lived and where they’ve traveled to. It’s opened my eyes to a lot of different points of view which I think is pretty fantastic.
And so even after 12 months, I still feel like this project is fairly new — it’s constantly growing and developing, which means I am too. There’s no time to sit around and wait to be inspired — you’ve just got to go for it.
Anyways…back to the reason for the cake at the top of this post:
There are two people who share a birthday with my blog — my step dad Jim and my grandmother. So I thought a little virtual birthday party would be lovely.
And a birthday celebration wouldn’t be a true party without some sweets. So here’s a few pictures from some of my very first blog posts. I still feel attached to them as they were my first attempts at making this blog a success* and I feel a little sad that they didn’t get to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame. (Ha!)
As an unintentional bonus, the benefit of beginning this blog in December means there are plenty of fun, seasonal treats that are now perfectly timely. They also make excellent gifts for people who you haven’t shopped for yet. (See how helpful I am?)
* success means people besides my parents and husband read this. =)
For one of my first blog projects, my friend DB and I made candied grapefruit and orange peels — rolled in sugar and dipped in chocolate. In fact, last weekend, we did another batch — these are now a holiday tradition!
That same day, we created these delicious tangy and fruit jellies from grapefruit and kumquats. These were awesome and so pretty, like little jewels.
And, because I enjoy alcohol, these rumballs will always have a special place in my heart!
So thanks again to all who read this blog — it’s nice to know I’m not talking to myself!
Congratulations! I hope you and DB popped some bubbly! And, I hope some of the orange rind makes it to the East Coast. A lot of people are hoping that, in fact. Thanks for the great reading and eating!
Thanks! I love that you read this! And if beer counts as bubbly, we did last weekend. Though if it doesn’t I’m more than willing to try it again with champagne! =) I also wish you good luck in getting some orange rind. I hope he has more will power than I do. I can’t keep snacking on them!
Happy anniversary! I appreciate your measure of success–when folks other than the husband and parents are reading the blog. I look forward to posting my one year anniversary post…in 9 months. Let’s hope I make it that long!
Thanks! And I wish you luck. I think the first few months are the hardest. Seriously the second week in when I discovered the “stats” page and realized it was really just my family and a few friends reading, it was pretty dismal. But when I got my first follower (that I didn’t know personally) I did a happy dance and it just got better from there. =)
Happy birthday!!! I really enjoyed reading your post and your sweets look delicious. 🙂
Thank you! I’m happy they got a second time to shine. =)
I share a bday with your blog:-) AND I made myself a rum cake today! See what I mean, it’s like we’re the same person;-) (Pop back onto fb to see the rum cake.) Love your posts. And the pretty photos. Those candied fruits look fantastico. Yay you and congratulations!
Wow — Happy birthday!! My blog is in such good company! =) Thanks for the sweet words — I really enjoy reading your blog and your comments. And color me jealous that you are dining on rum cake today. That makes me want to get in butt in gear and make this year’s batch of rumballs!
rum balls rock–so do bourbon balls. Will you make the rum balls with the peppermint that you included here?
Yay Happy Birthday to all! And your definition of success is exactly mine. I still can’t believe anyone looks at my blog. Craziness!
Right? It’s such a funny thing but it makes me feel so good that people (besides my family!) take time out of their day to read things that I write. And thanks for the ‘birthday’ wishes! =)
Congratulations!! I wish you many more blog years to come
Thank you! =)
Happy Anniversary and Birthday! And it happens on 12-12-12 too! Double congrats!
Thanks! It’s got to be a good sign, right? =)
Woohoo!! How exciting! 🙂 congrats on your one year! That’s quite an accomplishment. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and it’s great to know that I’m not the only one who went through those struggles when I first started my blog.
Thanks! I love reading yours too — you always have such a great attitude about life. =)
Aww! Thanks so much! 😀 I know some people find it exhausting but it really is how I am…and I’m happy about that! 😛
Happy Blog Birthday!! And Happy Holidays!! 🙂
Thank you for the good tidings! 🙂
Congratulations! I just hit my 6 month mark. It’s exciting when you have a project that keeps you exciting and interested. Keep up the good work.
Thanks! And congrats to you for the half-year mark. =) It’s true — I think being excited to write posts instead of feeling obligated is a big part of why it keeps me invigorated. Plus when you mainly write about food and alcohol, it’s bound to be fun, right?
Many happy returns!
Congratulations! Happy bloggiversary to you! That is such a great feeling. I just celebrated my blog’s 1 year anniversary in early November and it felt like such an accomplishment. To many more years of blogging!
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