A note from Melissa

by Melissa on March 6, 2013

I have been putting off writing this post. You see, I am a major procrastinator and if I can put something off, especially something I am not looking forward to, I will. That is what happened with this blog, I was not looking forward to updating it, so I didn’t. Granted, I did have some major life changes (trying to sell a house, relocating 600+ miles across the country with my family, new job etc.) but the bottom line was I didn’t make time for this blog because it was not fun for me anymore.

Like many other food bloggers I started this blog as a recipe collection for me, and to have as a reference for my friends and family when they asked me for recipes. But, after 5 years the blogging world had completely changed. I know longer felt like my blog was “good enough”. I couldn’t keep up with all the social media sites necessary to have a “successful” blog, I couldn’t give away hundreds of dollars worth of gifts every year, I couldn’t update with new posts the recommended 3-5 times per week, my writing wasn’t witty, my pictures were far from perfect and I don’t own Photoshop!

I only recently came to the realization that I miss blogging! I miss taking that time to write about recipes that my family and I have enjoyed, and I have made some really yummy things lately! I also miss interacting with all of you. I sincerely appreciate everyone who reads this blog and I miss reading your comments and Facebook posts.

So I am back, and I am really happy to be back! I hope you will continue to stop in from time to time, even if I don’t update as often as you would like or have pictures worthy of hanging in a gallery, or that I can’t give you a new car! But, I plan to keep in mind that this blog is ultimately mine, my project, my pictures and my writing, and I refuse to fall back in to the mindset that it is not good enough.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I will be back with a recipe post soon. We are having a snow day today, and I am taking the time to get caught up! And again, thank you so much for reading! :)

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Danielle March 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

Welcome back! I appreciate your honesty and accept you exactly as you are :) I don’t need another fancy-schmancy blog to make me feel inadequate anyways!! Glad to have you join the blogging world again!

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Melissa March 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

Awww thank you so much Danielle!

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Stephanie @ Plain Chicken March 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Welcome back!

Blogging can get overwhelming. It is hard to not compare yourself to others, but you just have to make sure you are doing it for yourself and nobody else. Just know that even the “popular bloggers” have those same feelings of inadequacy. Most people do at one time or another.

I started my blog for the same reasons you did – recipe storage. It has morphed into more, but I still try and stay true to myself and what I like. I don’t have a fancy DSLR camera or Photoshop either. I just do the best with what I have!

I’m so happy to hear you are back and ready to have fun!

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Melissa March 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Stephanie, I appreciate it!

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Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} March 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Glad to hear from you Melissa!! I value your honesty and I’m still a loyal fan. Life goes on, and you do what’s best for you…not what’s best for your blog. Can’t wait to see what you post next, it can be big or small…but I’ll be here to read it!

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Melissa March 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Thank you Krystal! And, congratulations on that adorable little girl and baby to be!

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Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} March 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

You are welcome and thanks! I love my little girl so much, I can’t believe she’s going to be a big sister already!

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Jennifer @ Mother Thyme March 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Welcome back! :) Looking forward to seeing what you have to share.

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Melissa March 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Thank you Jennifer!

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Laurie@The Baking Bookworm March 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Melissa, you are not alone. Like you, I tend to feel like my little blog isn’t good enough and I just can’t compete with those blogs out there who have gorgeous sites, loads of sponsors and are giving tonnes of things away with thousands upon thousands of followers. Blog envy is rampant!

But … I have to remind myself that I started this blog to share recipes (and good books that I’ve read) with my family and friends. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels like a popularity contest.

Would I love to be paid to blog, read and cook? Undoubtedly. Do I have enough time, money or energy to devote to making my blog ultra-fabulous? With three kids, a husband, home and work?Unfortunately not.

Until that perfect time when time, money and energy collide, I’ll try to not compare my blog with others and hopefully things will work out in the end. I think it’s good to stick with it if your heart’s still in it. If you still have recipes to share, I’ll definitely be here to read ‘em. :)

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Melissa March 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Thank you so much for your comments Laurie! I really appreciate it!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

SO glad you are back!!!! Your blog was definitely one of my favourites!!!

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Melissa March 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

Thank you Jolene! And thank you for always having positive comments!

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Todd M March 7, 2013 at 1:09 am

You are not alone – there are many of us not good enough blogs out there. Just keep having fun with it.

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Melissa March 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you Todd, that is why I wrote that post, I just want to get back to blogging because it was fun!

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Katie Brandt March 7, 2013 at 6:27 am

Hi there, Please don’t change. It was the way you were so down to eath that made your blog so enjoyable. I look forward to your ( when ever you get to them) recipes, they are wonderful.
warmly,
Katie

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Melissa March 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you so much Katie, you are so sweet!

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Rachel March 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

Welcome back! I’ve always loved your blog so I’m glad that you are going to get back into it. :)

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Melissa March 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

Thank you Rachel, I love your blog too!

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Prissy March 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

Love your recipes and your sweet blog. It just seems “real”.

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Melissa March 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

Thank you so much!

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Gigee March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

Glad you’re back — I come here when I’m looking for something different to make and am never disappointed. I don’t need fancy, just some new ideas when I get bored with my usual fare.

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Melissa March 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thank you!

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marguerite March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Welcome back!! I know ‘exactly’ how you feel!!! I’m still not really back… it comes and goes… but I’m glad you’re back… because I still totally read!

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Melissa March 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Thank you so much! I’m glad you are still reading!

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