Sometime last week, I was pondering what would happen if I stayed offline for a few weeks… No blog, no Twitter, no Facebook, no commenting, etc. So, of course, I mentioned it in one of my Tweets and a few of you responded saying that you would miss me (thanks for the vote of confidence and humoring me while I was in a cranky mood!). A week later, I am still pondering that same question, and it has really gotten me thinking about why I started my blog in the first place and why I feel like I need to post something every day and comment on every single blog post I read.
The thing is, I started my blog because Ienjoyed sharing my love of cooking and baking with all of you. I have put the pressure on myself to try to keep up with some of the more popular food blogs (you know the ones… and no, I’m nowhere close to keeping up) and blogging has become more about analytics, stats, and traffic. I force myself to post something new every weekday and it has become a chore at times. And that’s not even the end of it… Once I write a post, then I also have to submit it to a countless number of networking and photography sites, and then tweet about it and put it on my Facebook page. Seriously?! I miss the days of just posting when I felt like it and not worrying about my bounce rate and whether or not my traffic is down 5% from last month.
I also have been feeling a lot of RSS and commenting stress… I feel as though I NEED to comment and stumble everything I read, and I end up leaving lousy comments like “Looks delish” or “Good recipe.” I do my best to keep up with my RSS reader, but it’s tough. Imagine the feeling of dread when there are 1000+ new posts, all of which I feel compelled to comment on and stumble! I can’t win at that game.
So, I am here to announce that I plan to pull back a bit. No, I’m not going to disappear for weeks at a time as I had threatened, but you might not see 5-6 new posts from me each week. When I cook or bake something that I think is worth sharing, you’ll see it… and I won’t bore you with the “forced” recipes in the meantime. After all, I know you have better things to do than read posts that I didn’t feel like writing in the first place!
You may notice fewer comments from me on your site, too… But, that doesn’t mean that I love your blog any less or that I have stopped reading. It just means that I am commenting when I actually have something worthwhile to say!
For me, this is my return to blogging for fun – posting food that I love, reading blogs because I want to, and not stressing about all of it. Oh yeah, I’ve pretty much sworn off of Google Analytics, too.
Ok… Now that I got that off my chest (thanks for sticking with me on this one, if you’re still reading…), here are my Friday Favorites for this week. These are posts that I picked because I enjoyed them. That’s a good enough reason for me. After all, that’s what my Friday Favorites are all about!
- I absolutely had to include this Meyer Limoncello from The Wright Recipes… Limoncello reminds me of Boston’s North End, which always makes me smile and wish I lived in New England. And, I just love lemons… Don’t you?
- Cinnamon Biscuit Rolls from Simply Scrumptious … Really?! I am pretty much speechless about these… Biscuits are one of my favorite foods in the world, and to turn them into cinnamon rolls? That’s more deliciousness than my brain can comprehend at the moment. Yes, please!
- I have to confess that I buy bottled salad dressing (I’m not sure why I buy bottled dressing when I make more difficult things like pasta from scratch!). But, I think this Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette from Bread + Butter may change that! Plus, this salad uses ramen noodles to add some crunch (a necessary element of any salad, if you ask me), which I think is brilliant.
- Last, but certainly not least, is this Honey Wheat Pita Bread from Evil Shenanigans. I have been on a bread making kick lately, but I’ve never actually tried to make pita. I always thought it sounded difficult, and I was unsure of how to get the nice pocket in the middle. This post makes it look easy and approachable – something that even I can manage. Oh, and the pocket in the middle is just pita magic!