Up until now, whenever my inner voice asked “when are you going to start a cooking blog”, it was smacked down by another voice asking that challenging question – “does the world really need another cooking blog!?”  How did the “do it” voice win?  I stumbled across a blogger who described blogging as a community – to which she welcomed new members.  I was convinced to join the community of people who love to cook and share.

The final push came from reading my newest cookbook / holiday gift (xmas 2014) – Ovenly.  The authors, two talented and seemingly indefatigable young women - Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga – write touchingly about taking inspiration from mothers, fathers and grandmothers.  A photo in the book displays a collection of well-worn recipe cards – surely most of us have, have seen, or have inherited such a recipe box overstuffed with scribbled index cards.  How, I wondered, can I optimally share my favourite recipes with family and friends?  Years ago, I did begin with a wooden recipe box – a wedding shower gift – but my life’s cooking favourites will not fit into such a wee box.  I graduated from the box to a notebook, to a binder, and now recipes torn from magazines or printed from the internet are sorted (or waiting to be sorted) into hanging folders.  Add to that over a hundred recipe books – and that’s the “post purge” count.  Lurking in a few websites where I have created logins, there are recipes tagged as favourites.  I wonder… can a cooking blog, in time, be the vehicle that will help me organize and share my recipes and tips?

"Sharing" may well be the compulsion of educators.  They are keen to support others who wish to learn and once they learn something, are enthusiastic about sharing new knowledge or skill.  So far, the food blogging community also seems interested in sharing – and not just recipes.  A search on “food blogging tips” generates over 7 million results in 0.49 seconds.  You could spend so much time researching how to do a cooking blog that you’d run out of time to do one.

I hope I have learned from the generous guidance offered by members of this blogging community.  Where and when I fail, I’ll aim to plug along and improve.  The goal of mastering blogging skills is not unlike mastering cooking skills – or any skill for that matter.

“Though (a child) may be tearful when he falls, he is not embarrassed. His disappointment is that this experiment in walking did not work, not that he is personally a failure… Nor does he assume from his momentary failure that the possibility of walking is unreal or doesn't apply to him…  children thus fall a lot but learn quickly to walk... The child does not begin to fall until she becomes seriously interested in walking.... Falling is thus more an indication of learning than a sign of failure.” (Whole Child / Whole Parent, by Polly Berrien Berends)