Happy New Year! It’s time to reflect on what I’ve been up to over the past year.
I started the year about 8 months pregnant with my third child.
I had gestational diabetes, like I did with my previous pregnancies, so I began writing a blog called the GD Diaries to document my experience. I had to watch my carb intake quite carefully and I experimented with a lot of low-carb recipes. This No-Noodle Lasagna was a favourite of mine.
On February 8th, my baby girl Ayla was born.
Needless to say, February was a quiet month on the blogging front. Actually, March was pretty quiet too. I gradually found my groove as a new mother of three, and had a little more time for blogging again.
It’s been a pretty good year for my blog. In fact, it’s been a great 4 years. Today, Food and Whine turns 4 years old! I started it as sort of a new year’s resolution to write more. I chose to focus on food because I love to cook and I figured I was more likely to keep writing about something that really interested me. It was also a great way to keep track of the recipes I made up in my head. There were so many times that I made something delicious and couldn’t remember what I had done to create it. This blog has helped me to be more organized, to eat healthier, and to expose my children to a wide variety of foods. I started it for myself and my family, never expecting that 4 years later it would have more than a million and a half views from readers from all over the world. It’s funny to look back at the photos from when I first started out.
I don’t claim to be an excellent food photographer even now, but I think it’s fair to say I’ve come a long way since the first photos I took 4 years ago.
Most of what I’ve learned about food photography and blogging has come from other blogs. Before I began blogging, I knew very little about the blogging world (and I think I still have a lot to learn). I had no idea of the immense wealth of talent out there in the blogosphere. It blows me away. I’m honoured to be a part of it and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a blogger.
Happy 2014 from our family to yours. I hope this year is a good one for all of you!