Celebrating a Year as a Blogger!/Reader Recipe Photos/General Blogging Q & A
Believe it or not, but I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now!
I remember when I first began. I was bouncing between technological terror, uncertainty, and elation as readers contacted me to say that something I had written had touched them, struck a chord, or made them ponder, smile or chuckle.
I read a post from a fellow blogger recently that said if a blogger hits the “Publish” button and doesn’t have a sense of accompanying terror, he or she isn’t challenging him or herself enough. Trust me when I say that I’ve been terrified more times than I care to remember as my index finger has hovered over that notorious button! The intention of my blog though is to share my thoughts and represent the whole me: my passions and joys, struggles and fears, what makes me wake up in a sweat in the middle of the night and bend over with side-splitting laughter. If I were to have published only “puppy dog and rainbow posts” as many bloggers are apt to do, you wouldn’t have gotten to know the real me . . . the whole me.
Over the course of the last year, a handful of wonderful readers have not only waded through my recipe posts and then made the dishes, but have also been so generous as to forward photos of their finished results to me. I love that type of feedback! I love knowing that my favorite recipes are making their way onto your tables, and that that you and yours are enjoying them as well. Frankly, if, in the end, my obituary reads nothing more than, “She tried her best to be a good mom, and shared her thoughts and recipes that some folks kind of, sort of liked,” it will be enough!
With that, take a gander at some of these foodie photos.
Here are Colleen’s photos of the Potbelly Chocolate Chip Cookie and Sweet Potato Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce recipes I posted. Perfection on two plates!
Here’s Kara’s take on my Oven Fried Chipotle Chicken and Sausage and Cheese Strata with Sun-dried Tomatoes recipes, which she said her whole family enjoyed.
The Chipotle Chicken is actually the number one most popular recipe on my blog by a long shot most likely because it’s a simple yet delicious go-to weeknight meal. It’s chicken marinated in a mayo/chipotle mixture and then breaded. So succulent and just plain YUM! If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go!
Debbie made and shared a photo of her Apple Crack Dumplings on a beautiful glass plate that I just might have to steal . . .
. . . while my sister, Heather, shared her Basil Pesto Pasta and Best Grape Salad. Both are making me drool and long for summer at the moment.
And last, but certainly not least, Audrey shared her son Ben’s birthday celebration photo with his favorite Southwestern Santa Fe Pizza! Too darn cute!
Can I tell you what a kick I get out of seeing these shots?!
On another note, I’ve had a handful of people ask me similar questions about my blog lately, so I thought I’d take a moment to share the questions and answers.
Q. So, how’s the whole blogging thing going?
A. Swimmingly. When I don’t feel like I’m drowning, that is. See, I really enjoy being able to write regularly again, but it takes a whole heck of a lot of time. Forgive me if you see that I’m not as consistent with posting as I once was. Life often trumps blogging.
I would love to have a larger readership base, so please share my posts with whomever you’d like, and encourage them to sign up when the obnoxious, flowery pop up window shows up. Tell your mom, your sister, your brother, your friends, your neighbors, your Facebook friends, tax attorneys, personal yogi, and your entire email list all about the wonders that can be found at PonderMom.com.
What’s more, if you share my posts on both Facebook and Pinterest by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the text, it helps expand my readership immensely!
Also, I know I’ve said this before, but I LOVE getting comments even if it’s just a “Looks yummy!” I might not reply to a short comment like that, but I still love getting them because it makes me realize that you’re reading and perhaps drooling as you’re reading, and then having to mop up your drool as your reading, which puts a big old smile on my face because, honestly, you look utterly ridiculous in my mind. Comments also help me feel connected to all of you. Heartfelt thanks go to those of you who take the time to post notes from time to time! It means so much.
Q. Can I access your blog through Facebook?
A. You betcha! If you’re a Facebook user, type in PonderMom.com in the search bar at the top of the page, and, once you get to the PonderMom page, simply hit LIKE, um or FOLLOW or something along those lines. Well, if you’re on Facebook you know what to do.
Q. Is there a faster way to find a recipe other than scrolling down through the “What’s Cooking” tab page?
A. Good golly, yes! If you look on the upper right side panel of each page, you’ll see a little magnifying glass icon and a blank box, which acts as a search box. Just type in whatever word or phrase you’re looking for such as “Chicken”, hit enter, and the posts that contain that word will pop up so you’ll have just a few to look through versus many.
Q. What are the boxes with words or phrases in them after each post?
A. They’re called tags and are sort of a filing system both for my blog posts, and for web search engines. If you click on one, all of the articles with that common tag e.g. “Cheese” or “Christmas” will pop up. Go ahead, try it.
Q. Why are your photos getting darker by the day?
A. Because . . . the winter sun. There’s no substitute for taking a photo in bright, natural light, which, these days seems to end before the day has even begun. I typically cook at 4:00 or 5:00, therefore . . . dark photos.
Q. Why in the world are you posting so many desserts when you’re trying to decrease your sugar intake?
A. Because I have an insatiable sugar jones, and making sweets and then pawning them off on hapless others helps.
It’s a type of sugar deprivation therapy I suppose. . . Don’t judge.
Well, that does it for today’s blogging recap.
I’d love to know if there’s a topic that I haven’t covered that you’d like me to, or a type of recipe you’d like to see more of. Just leave a note in the comments below.
Thanks so much for your loyal readership, and stay tuned for a beautiful Christmassy salad post in the next few days that would be perfect for a holiday brunch or lunch!