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the first year

I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since I first went public with my little blog. You guys, I love my blog. It has become such a big part of my life; my identity, even. I have long been a food blog follower, lurking behind the scenes, scoping out recipes and familiarizing myself with the lives of the authors behind the blogs. It was always a little daydream of mine to have my own little corner on the web, to share all of the recipe ideas that constantly flow through my mind and talk about my own experiences in the kitchen, and in life. I’m so glad I took the leap!

Reflecting on the triumphs and challenges this past year…

  • Technology

I have learned SO much the past year. If you’ve started a blog, or really any website, you’ll understand when I say that it is overWHELMING. You suddenly find yourself using words like “coding”, “javascript”, “plugins”, and “SEO”. SEO!? I was introduced to computers and the internet at a fairly young age, but it was all surface knowledge. I had no idea how much actually goes into the flashy websites that I frequent.

Just when I start to become comfortable with maintaining and operating my website, something gets updated or I click on something unknown, and catastrophe strikes. I then spend the next few hours (or days), combing through forums online trying to decipher the problem, all the while feeling like a bit of an imposter. I truly feel like I’ve sort of guessed and fumbled my way through the set-up and maintenance of this site. I often see things I would love to change or improve, but have no idea how or where to start.

Time, and resources. Two things I’d love to have more of! 🙂

The other monster that I just can’t ignore is SOCIAL MEDIA. Aaah. I was that person who didn’t even have an active Facebook profile before starting the blog – I’ve never loved social media, but it really seems to be a necessary evil in food blogging. I will say I have grown to love and appreciate Instagram. It’s fun and easy to use, and I can honestly say I’ve created real relationships through it! I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to Twitter, and even Facebook is still a bit of a giant mystery to me. Plus, who has the time for all of these platforms!?

  • Relationships

Starting the blog, I never expected to make such strong connections with fellow bloggers. I absolutely LOVE reading the comments from my friends, and I love commenting in return on their posts. It’s amazing how you can really start to feel like you know someone just through an online relationship. I so appreciate all of the support and love from this amazing group of people – you know who you are!!

I truly enjoy reading the posts of my food blogging friends; not only do they provide amazing inspiration for my own blog creations, I’ve found myself trying new recipes and getting great ideas for dinner, breakfast and snacks without having to look very far.

  • Balance

When I talk about balance, I’m referring to my own personal struggle with the demands of running the household, caring for my two little boys full time, and managing the blog. Oh, and dealing with pregnancy on top of that! It is NOT easy. I have so much respect for those bloggers that are working, momming, and operating a successful food blog. How!?!

I spend 90% of my evenings working on the blog; writing my own posts, commenting on other bloggers’ posts, making food, editing photos, and brainstorming recipe ideas. Most of my photos are taken at night, without that glorious sunlight! Thank goodness for my tabletop fluorescent light. With the exception of that one fantastic day per week where my in-laws take the boys off my hands, I get zero time during the day to work on the blog, especially since my oldest son has stopped napping. I do spend some time on the weekends preparing food for the blog while Etienne is home – but I’m always so rushed to take photos of the final product, as the food I’ve made is usually also our meal for that day.  I just cannot waste food, so we eat EVERYTHING that I make, with some of it gifted away.

I often feel discouraged by my photos or the amount of time I’m afforded to style the food; I feel things could look SO much better and I could take truly wonderful photos if I had more time to practice and try different things (like videos)! I often daydream about the endless time I would have if the kids were all in school, and I could take advantage of that glorious sunlight, and actually take photos of food without someone screaming for Mama or having utter chaos erupt on the other side of the door. I have to do a check-in with myself every now and then to lower my expectations for what I’m able to achieve within my own personal constraints, and to stop comparing myself to others!

One day, I will have more time to really work on this passion of mine!

  • Goals

When I think of what I hope to achieve with the blog, I know that one day I’d love to earn enough money from it that I can justify spending more time and money on it! I don’t expect to ever be a top blogger, nor do I really think I want that – but I do hope for some degree of success! I guess success is how you define it, right?!

I’d love to have a few more pins go viral, or to gain a larger following on some of those social media platforms I was just complaining about. Hopefully the blog can one day be more than just a hobby, but for now it is my favourite way to spend my “me” time, and my mind is never far from it.

With a new babe coming in a few months, I am certain I will have to slow down a bit – but I know I’ll get back into the groove eventually.

A big THANK you to all of you who have read and followed along this past year. I absolutely love when someone tells me they’ve tried a recipe; it is so rewarding.

Here’s to another year of learning, growing and obviously, eating.




About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. I think most of us fellow food bloggers can totally realte to everything you said! People who aren’t in this business think blogging is so easy, but if only they knew! 😉 So glad to have “met” you through this crazy virtual world!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year! Cheers!

    1. Aah it’s true, I used to think bloggers had it easy!! There is SO much to learn and do! I’m so grateful for your friendship, Chey! Thank you so much!! XO

    1. Ah, that’s nice of you to say, Patrick! I would have thought you’d been blogging longer too! I’m happy we’ve connected 🙂

  2. The struggle is real Katherine! I started my blog much like you with no active social media accounts so the learning curve was huge for me. Having to be present on social media is one of the biggest drawbacks to this job but at least we get to work from home right? That’s amazing that you shoot all of your photos at night — I wouldn’t have known that! I’ve never done it and I swear, planning shoots around sunlight can be so difficult. You’re doing an amazing job and I’m so glad we’ve connected this year — congrats on your first year of blogging!

    1. It is SUCH a big learning curve, isn’t it?? I had no idea what I was getting into when I started! Social media is a beast for sure – and there’s unfortunately no way around it 🙂 I would LOVE to take my photos in perfect sunlight, but you’re right – it’s so difficult to get the timing right. Thank you so, so much for your support and friendship!! I’m glad we’ve connected, Marcie! XO

  3. you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved!!! I love your work 🙂 and can definiteyl resonate with what you’ve been saying, the first year is crazy!!!!! and i still aren’t on top of anything! ha ha can’t wait to watch your blog grow x

    1. Thank you Georgie!! I love reading your posts too – you are a source of inspiration!! It’s fellow bloggers like you that make this craziness a little more fun 🙂

  4. Let me begin by saying that you are at an amazing place in just one year!!! From what I have learned is only fellow bloggers can truly relate to the effort that it takes. With the OG bloggers, seasoned bloggers and new ones popping every day, it is so very hard to make an impression. But, I’ve grown to love this community who are so willing to support one another – a blessing indeed. From what you’ve accomplished in just 12 months, I see a very bright future my friend. Wishing the best that the blogosphere has to offer!!

    1. Maria, you are so right! This blogging community is so wonderful – it makes the whole thing so much more fun. You are so sweet – thank you, THANK YOU for your kind words, and constant support and encouragement!! XO

  5. What an awesome year you’ve had, Katherine!! Blogging is definitely a whirlwind! I wrote a post a while back (15 things I’ve Learned as a Food Blogger) that you may find funny. Social media is definitely time consuming and a struggle at times. Like you , I didn’t even have FB until the blog and that wasn’t even right away….so it definitely pushed me waaaaaay out of my comfort zone. I find it difficult balancing a full time job and the blog. Most of my evenings and practically all of my weekends are taken up with the blog. I remember before I got really serious with it, that I used to casually go out on Saturdays for coffee and what not and that definitely doesn’t happen very often these days. Buuuuut, I do love blogging, especially making connections and real friendships with other bloggers, yourself included 🙂 I think your photos are absolutely beautiful and your recipes are so good! Can’t wait to see what year 2 brings you. All the very best! XO

    1. Dawn! I just read your blogging post the other day, it was so awesome!!! You are hilarious. It sounds like we have a lot of the same struggles, which is reassuring! I’m also kind of glad to hear I’m not the only one spending evenings and weekends blogging!! Sometimes it would be nice to just be “normal” and have those casual Saturday coffees hey!? But you’re right – it has become such a big part of my life that I can’t imagine stopping now. Thank you so, so much for the love and support you always provide!! I’m glad I found you!! 🙂 XO

  6. Congratulations on the success of your blog over the past year, Katherine! You have created a beautiful little space to express yourself and I’m so glad that I’ve discovered it. With a young growing family, I am impressed that you can find the time and energy to create content, maintain a blog and social media sites. Blogging is not easy and so time consuming, with ups and downs. But we do it because we enjoy the process, as frustrating as it can get at times. Keep up the great work!!

    1. Thank you so much Thao!! Blogging is not easy, you have that right for sure! I can’t lie and say it’s been easy managing it all, but it’s true, we do it because we enjoy it! I’m so glad to have “met” you as well, and I always look forward to your own posts! I appreciate all of your support! XO

  7. Wow! Only 1 year in and a busy Mum to boot and look how much you’ve accomplished. Your site looks great and photos are great. I’m 2 years in and have not managed to customise anything on my site. I’ve also only just started to appreciate my photography style

    1. Thank you Marie!! I think your photos are phenomenal too! It takes a long time to really get going I think, but it sure looks like you’ve got the ball rolling in the right direction 🙂 I appreciate your kind words!!