Today is the second anniversary of my first post on this blog. Since it’s my party and I’ll indulge myself if I want to, I thought I’d take a look at my very first post, which was about why I love to bake and why I wanted to start a blog, and see how things have changed, or not, over the past two years.
This is the entirety of that first post, with today’s annotations:
What It’s About
Let’s be clear up front: I really have no credentials, no business writing a blog, much less one that has anything to do with food. I’m not young, hip, witty, artistic, or visionary. I’m not a foodie, a chef, a writer, a critic, or a photographer. I can’t cook, although I sometimes try, but I don’t eat out much either. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the concept of a “trackback.” [At least I've pretty much got the trackback thing down by now.]
Yes, the sad truth is that I possess a solitary qualification: I bake a lot of bread. [Still true enough.]
That’s all about the bread, of course: perhaps the most universal of foods, a thing virtually synonymous with food itself. Infinitely versatile and varied, everyone likes it, every cuisine includes it, and no meal is complete without it. [I dare anyone to argue with that.]
But I’m a stone’s throw from San Francisco, and great bread of all kinds is in no short supply here; you don’t have to bake your own to eat very well indeed.
So, as it turns out, it’s equally about the baking.
It’s about a process that engages and satisfies every single one of my senses. Really, how many activities do that and don’t scandalize your mother when you let it slip that you gave some to your husband, your boss, and the guy next door, all in one day? [Ooh, talk gluten to me, baby! And let's not forget the tutor, the carpet cleaner, and the window washer.]
It’s about nurturing my inner geek; lots of science, and a little math too – what could be better? (No, I’m not kidding.) There’s always something to learn about or experiment with, if you’re the curious or experimenting type. [No doubt about it, I'm geekier than ever. I've kind of learned to accept this. But guess what? If you bake bread, you're a geek too.]
It’s about knowing that there’s at least one thing my kids like about me. (There used to be more, but then they became teenagers.) [By now one of my kids is well out of teenagerhood and liking more about me, I think. At least tolerating. But he still likes the bread the best. The other, well, I love her to pieces, and she, in turn, likes the bread.]
It’s about the amazing professional and home bakers and teachers I’ve met in person, in print, and in this virtual world. You won’t find a more friendly, generous, smart, talented group of people on the planet. [The absolute, 100% truth. I don't think this will ever change. And thanks to this blog, the group of friendly, generous, smart, talented people I've found is growing every day.]
(Sappy analogy ahead; don’t say you weren’t warned.) It’s about something that’s a lot like the rest of my life: I try to control every variable I can think of, and it’s still entirely possible that something I didn’t think of, or can’t completely control, will crop up to produce a completely unexpected result — for better or worse. It keeps things interesting, and me on my toes, and a little humble. [Some of my unexpected results, for both better and worse, have been shared here. Others... haven't. So I guess I am not quite as humble as I would like to say I am.]
And if I’m being honest, it’s about being able to look at something well-crafted, delicious, just plain necessary, and be proud that I made it. (So I suppose it’s about nurturing my inner narcissist as well.) [Do we get less narcissistic as we age? In my case, I guess not.]
I get paid to help people get and stay well. Baking is part of what keeps me well (take that, Dr. Atkins), and happy. Why start a blog about it? A few things:
To create a place to park my thoughts and observations, successes and failures, to clarify and organize them for myself. [It turns out I park more of my successes here than failures, for sure. I think we've established that that exposes a lack of humility. Maybe it's dishonest too. So sue me.]
To share what I’m learning with other amateur bakers, and to meet and learn from them in return. [Wow. I had no idea how many wonderful people I would meet through this thing. This is the absolute, hands-down, unqualified best thing about having a blog. Seriously.]
To find out why blogging is such a phenomenon. [I'm still not sure I know why, but it is.]
So thank you for reading! [You know, when I wrote that, I actually didn't think anyone would be reading at all, much less all the way to the end, but it's always good to say thank you just in case. So just in case: Still and always, thank you, thank you, thank you! Not only for reading, but for baking with me and for being my friends.]