December for me is an exciting month of the year. Even though the days are shorter and colder than usual, the spirit of the holidays lingers on; it is hard to ignore the excitement going around. But as days draw closer to the end of the month and as the clock resets to a new year and, it is but natural to reflect back on the things that happened the past year, ponder over the what if’s and also hope for an exciting and fruitful next year.
These last few days I have been pondering about what 2008 has meant to us. It has been a fruitful year and one which is full of blessings. In terms of my food blogging, I feel lucky to have discovered this medium. I started blogging a year and half ago and now I can safely say that this has become my hobby and my passion. I started off here by using the free hosting site of WordPress and this year in April I moved to my own domain here at RedChillies.
Blogging is not only a platform for me for sharing recipes and ideas, but also a good way of learning new ideas. Blogging also keeps my mind occupied and helps me streamline my thoughts by removing unnecessary chatter. Balancing home, work and family is not easy task as many times there are clashes in priorities. Fortunately I have found that blogging relaxes me as I am able to take off my mind of stressful matters be it related to work or home. The thought of trying out new recipes, cooking ideas, presentation etc is able to calm my nerves and gives me the much needed distraction.
Having my own domain also this gave me an opportunity to start FoodWorld, a food blog aggregator. It was a very good learning experience and has given me insights about blogging software and technology that I was not aware of before. I am happy with the way things have shaped up and I feel it is a very useful way of bringing our small food community together.
Picking only a handful of recipes is not an easy task, but I have selected some of my family favorites here from different categories like breakfast, appetizers, rice, curry and desserts. Hope you all enjoy these too:
In this process of blogging, I have learnt a lot from other fellow bloggers. Not just new recipes and cooking techniques but ideas about presentation, effective writing and photography. Even though I am an introvert, and do not reach out to people easily blogging has helped me in making friends from all the parts of the world.
I have not set any resolutions for myself as I know that I will not follow it just 21 days after the New Year has started. But the important hope is to continue blogging, try out new recipes, diversify and try my hand at baking.
This is my last post for this year. I thank you all for the warm comments, wonderful support and that strives me to do more. Wishing you all the very best and hope for a fruitful next year. See you all in 2009!
Off this goes to Srivalli’s “Best of 2008” event.