“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” – Frank Sinatra
When I was at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival, the Saturday morning panel was a wonderful way to start the day. Kath, Sarah, Joy, Tracy, and Jessica were such amazing panelists and really opened up my eyes even more to the world of food blogging. Before this festival, I was pretty much on my own. When I first started my blog, I was the only blogger I knew. Slowly through this experience, I have met many other bloggers and it has been such a fun adventure. Really, it was quite a random choice and to this day I can’t really explain why I started a food blog. Actually, yes, I can. I knew I needed a hobby and I knew it needed to be something that I actually enjoyed and wouldn’t wind up as a chore that I would eventually want to throw to the wayside.
It took me a while to decide what that was though. I wanted to do something with food but whether that had anything to do with an online presence or just a weekly meal for myself was still undecided at that point. When I finally made the choice to try blogging again, I knew I couldn’t do it half-assed. I committed, and although that committment has teatered here and there, my blog is still breathing.
The issue is, though, that sometimes it’s hard to breathe. It’s hard to keep a steady breath when everything around you is constantly moving and you must learn how to stay on your toes. But I think that’s also why it’s so exhilarating.
Many friends and readers constantly ask me how I keep up with my blog. I’ve always tried to explain it as best as I could but after this festival, it was calming to find that all fellow bloggers share that same feelings that I do, no matter how long they have been blogging, how popular their blog is, or what their lifestyle is like.
With anything, it all comes down to hard work, dedication, passion, and drive. If you’re passionate enough about it, you’ll keep with it. If you’re not, it will also show. As Joy put it nicely, “You just don’t sleep as much!” SO TRUE!! I also started timing things differently, or thinking about how I could incorporate upcoming events into the blog. Sometimes, I strayed and let myself take a break from blogging. But I always came back. Strange as it sounds, and as much time as this little baby takes up, I still enjoy it to the moon and back.
It’s my outlet, my storyboard. I am happy to share everything with 1 reader or with 1,000 readers–as long as I am happy with it, that’s all that matters.
It’s soothing, really.
So let’s all find that drive–drive stemming from whatever you feel is best for you, drive for your passion and how much you want it, and drive for deliverance. Don’t just say you’re going to do it. DO IT! START IT NOW. NOW. Take a bite out of life. Immerse yourself in your passion. That’s how I started this blog. I tossed around the idea for weeks, and then I finally just signed up and made it live so I had no excuses.
And in the end, it’s just a blog. Some people don’t even like blogging/bloggers. But I do. And I know there are things everyone wants to do but never does, or “never has enough time to do”. Well, you do have time. If you really want it, you will make time. What have you been wanting to do that you’ve been putting to the wayside? Exercise? Diet? Financial savings? Take a couple hours out of your day tomorrow, make some tea, sit down, eat a cookie, and just plan it—to the extent that you are willing to take it to of course. Don’t overwhelm yourself, just do enough so you stay passionate about it and don’t end up resenting it. You will feel so much better, I promise.
Drive, just drive. You can do it. I believe in you. Let’s do it together.
Happy Saturday! :)