For some, it’s a way to express their passion about what they enjoy doing most. For others, it’s a means to an end in pursuit of a writing career. And maybe for all of us, it’s a way to reach out of the loneliness that our human existence can sometimes have, and share common interests and conversation, while learning a thing or two in the process. Whatever one’s reason may be for starting a blog, the end result is exposing yourself to a whole new world. And that’s actually what I like about it the most!
A year ago June 15, I started Bits and Breadcrumbs as a fluke. Oh yes, I’d toyed with the idea of starting a food blog…but only in my head. My friends had encouraged me to write about food, but I’d never seriously considered it.
This blog came about because I wanted to see if I could use a WordPress template for a business web site. And what better way to test this than to make a food blog and see how it worked. I hadn’t collected any stories, hadn’t really made any plans of how this would unfold, and to this day it is still a work in progress. My first post was just after we’d returned from a camping trip in North Georgia and had stumbled upon an old working grist mill, and you can see that post here in an Ode to Red Speckled Grits.
From there things just kind of took off. Naturally, being from the deep south in the United States, my blog had, and still has, a bit of a southern slant to it. Soon, I had readers from different parts of the country subscribing and making comments…very cool. Next, I had friends and family telling me that they had no idea I could write, and well…neither did I, but it sure is fun! Next thing I knew, I was having the best time posting about cooking new things and experimenting, sharing little road trips and adventures that informed or inspired my cooking, and best of all, I was “meeting” people from all over the world via comments on the blog. Honestly, it’s kind of a miraculous thing, this blogging! And now one year later, I can’t imagine NOT having this blog, and I’ll bet that’s how my fellow bloggers feel about their blogs, too.
And because of that feeling, and to honor this 1 year anniversary of starting my blog, I’d like to take a moment to encourage anyone reading this who has ever toyed with an idea to write a blog, or do anything creative whatsoever in fact, to go for it! I can’t tell you how often someone says to me “I’ve been thinking about starting a blog, but am (pick one): afraid, too busy, too lazy, too late, etc.” I know exactly what you mean. But one thing I have learned in this life is that it’s too short to have regrets, and especially those that you could so easily change today by your own action. I am living proof that all you have to do is go to WordPress or another free blogging site and start playing with a template, and the next thing you know, you’re blogging. Like the famous Nike commercials said: “Just Do It.”
So off the soapbox I step, and on to a little (smiling, not so little) retrospective of my first year. Once again, I’d like to thank all of you for joining me in this wonderful adventure, and for hanging with me. I love your comments and it makes my day, especially at the end of a long work day, to see what folks have said about my posts or if they liked a recipe or dish—or on those rare occasions that I review places, to hear if someone found it helpful and agrees/disagrees, so please don’t stop reading and commenting! As a self-employed entrepreneur who is essentially the product as well as the company, it may sometimes take me a bit longer to get back to you than I’d like, but I will respond to every comment I see. And the same is true in terms of my reading and commenting on others’ posts as well…I’m coming, I’m just running a little behind sometimes…you know how life is!
So here is a big cheers to all of you as I start getting busy on another year. Enjoy the ride!
And now, a few of my most popular posts from my first year, just in case you missed some breadcrumbs along the trail:
In June the Kri-Kri (goats) abound on the island of Crete, as does the yogurt based Tzatziki, from the post: Glorious Greece: Part 1: Tzatziki.
My take on a tomato caprese pie in July prompted the comment from a friend of mine in Italy that “all of Tuscany was making this pie!” I can’t wait until the tomatoes come this summer to start making more.
This Postcard from Florence, my hometown in Alabama, is still prompting folks to share memories of our beloved Trowbridges, and I was just there last weekend as a matter of fact!
My first attempt at making jam in “We’re jammin!” was fun and a revelation on how easy it is to can things. Now if I can just find the time to make more this year.
This Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a sure fire hit on a hot summer day.
My homemade drunken fig jam, Humboldt Fog cheese and a homemade pan bagnat were the main food attractions Of Mountains, Waterfalls and Picnics in the North Georgia Mountains. And the celebratory photo of the chocolate pie at the beginning of this post was from another lovely birthday mountain trip to Highlands, NC, a must-visit place!
A small glimpse of my cookbook addiction prompted lots of wonderful discussion about favorite cookbooks and reads, and I started my bookshelf page on this blog as a result…which I need to update of course.
A trip to visit friends living in Afton, Virginia was the subject of this post on why I now think Virginia really is for lovers...of beautiful scenery, great wine, food and fun.
What is it about pizza? These two quick and delicious “cheater pizzas”, one featuring prosciutto, tomato, basil and arugula and the other a roasted chicken with thyme shallot white sauce were two big hits with readers.
Not an eating fish for sure, but many people seemed to enjoy seeing a jellyfish up close and personal, as well as some really beautiful images from our trip to the coast, that most lovely and pristine of beaches, Cape San Blas, Florida. The oysters in the area (Apalachicola) are outstanding and worth the trip alone!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the single most popular pasta dish I’ve shown so far: Penne with Fresh Broccoli and Garlic, reposted far and wide on Pinterest.
The holidays were full of fun foods to eat and gifts to make, and you can see a recap of most of them on my final approach weekend to Christmas including this cranberry liqueur and it’s variations, a ham, spinach and fontina bread pudding, some chocolate, hazelnut and ginger biscotti, those wicked fennel and red pepper glazed almonds, a clafouti and oh, so much more.
The story of the Little Chicken that Could about a roast chicken stretched to the max, was a fun ride over 3 chapters and 4 recipes including these Individual Chicken Pot Pies with Lemon Thyme Sweet Potato Biscuit.
“Salad Days,” with my recipe for Warm Asparagus and Potato Salad with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette, tops the most read post thanks to some very kind person posting it on Stumbled Upon (thank you whoever you are), with over 1000 views in about 2 days.
Ma’amool, a middle eastern celebration cookie, are not only super fun to make, but of interest all over the world. The moulds are works of art!
And I’ll end with this recent, but most timely post on Peach Ice Cream because it really is the best ever, as folks who’ve tried it will attest…and peaches are in season here, people!