Having a blog is a funny thing. It is a great creative outlet for me, as I love to write. But, in a way, it also holds me accountable. For example, recently I’ve been really getting into taking pictures. Prior to getting my DSLR, I used a point and shoot, quite terribly I might add.
I would take a picture any time of day, any where in the house, with little to no thought about composition, props, angles, etc. If you go back to some of my earlier pictures, you will definitely see what I mean. Now, because I have a camera that I love using and because I want to present pretty pictures to you, I spend extra time every morning taking pictures. The light is sometimes a little too cool, but for the most part, the pictures turn out decent. And they are far better from some of my old shots that are now circulating the web.
Obviously I still have oodles to learn, but for the purposes of this blog, the pictures I am taking now are suitable.
Here is one of my current non-food pictures from our New York City trip that I absolutely love. Sure there is probably all sorts of things wrong with it, but it is appealing to my eye. That’s what matters.
It is interesting to see the pictures people choose to put on Pinterest though. I recently discovered I can look up items by my blog name on Pinterest and see what people are pinning. Some of the older pictures are really terrible. I mean straight up scary. It makes me want to go back and remake everything from my recipe list just so I can take better, more thought out pictures. But who has the time for that?
Another fun thing about having a blog is it keeps me from eating cream of wheat and cereal for dinner all the time. Honestly, there are some days when I just don’t feel like making anything. After working all day, working out, and trying to find time to relax, making a meal isn’t always the most appealing option. However, nine times out of ten, I know I will want to have something to write about. If I don’t have a funny dog story, a random tale about the thieves in my neighborhood, or something else worthy of your time, then I will come up with a recipe. In the end, I’m almost always glad I made something as opposed to eating cereal.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few nights every now and then when a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch finds its way onto my dinner table. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
My favorite part of having a blog though is that it is really just a journal. It is so fun to look back and see what I was doing a year ago. In the last few months, I have been much better about following a regular posting schedule, but posts are kind of hit and miss from a year or two ago. Looking back, it is neat to see what I was doing, where Wes was living, how many pairs of panties Lizzie destroyed, what recipes turned out awesome, what recipes turned out completely terrible, and where I was in my life. My writing style has changed a bit, but it’s all still me.
I’m sure I’m missing other fun things about having a blog, but those are the ones that stand out to me.