One thing I enjoy about this time of year is the chance to review the previous season, and then clear out and organize for the coming year. One project I’ve taken on in this process is sorting through my blog. I read through each of the posts from the past 2+ years, and organized them into their correct categories (you can view these at the top of the site).
I have to admit I felt a little sentimental reading through it all! I put a lot of hard work into the posts, and much of that was fueled by the ambiguity I felt in my career and future. This blog has been an immensely refreshing creative release for me.
That said, now that I’m in school, I have less time for blogging. I’ve had to think about where I want to take this site that I’m so fond of. To be honest, I’m not sure what the content will look like in the future. I do feel, however, that its identity as a baking blog has drawn to a close. I simply don’t have the time required for baking posts anymore.
I do want to keep this blog up and running though. I love having a medium where I can write/create/share, and sometimes even connect with others out there in the internet world. I will keep posting – I plan to write some thoughts on 2013, as well as an update on my nursing journey very soon.
In the meantime, as I’ve just revisited the history of this little site, and as this blog is officially moving from one chapter to another one, I thought it might be fun to highlight the best moments and my favorite posts from the past 2 years, in chronological order. I feel a lot of gratitude as I look back over what I’ve experienced the last couple of years. Let’s review!
1. Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies.
This was my first recipe post, back in September of 2011. I submitted the photo to Foodgawker.com and was shocked when it was accepted, and the post got 1000 hits in one day! It was so exciting. If you are a food blogger, I highly recommend sites like Foodgawker for exposing your work to others.
This is also literally one of my favorite cookie recipes. Here is the original post with the recipe: jessienextdoor.com/2011/09/02/lemon-gooey-butter-cookies/
2. 2011 Summary Post
This series of photos are some of the first I ever took with my DSLR. I think any creative person would say that they often feel they are “given” something (such as a song). I felt like these photos were a gift. The mornings when I took them were so refreshing as well…it’s a good memory.
Here is the post: jessienextdoor.com/2011/12/31/2011/
3. Lavender Cupcakes with Honey Frosting
This is the most popular recipe on my blog by a verrrrrry long shot. AND Lauren Conrad featured it on her blog once. I just can’t get over that! You can view it here: laurenconrad.com/blog/post/friday-favorites-53-lauren-conrad-cupcake-hair-braids-shoes-print-2012
…and here is the original post: jessienextdoor.com/2012/03/21/lavender-cupcakes-with-honey-frosting/
4. Style Posts
I thoroughly enjoyed photographing some friends of mine and displaying their style and creativity! These shoots are some of my favorite memories. Pictured below is Grace from the post Late Summer Maxi Dress (link here).
5. Lemon Lavender Bars and New Day Northwest
Of course one of the most unforgettable moments was winning the Girl Scouts Cookie contest and presenting the recipe on New Day Northwest!
6. Lauren Elizabeth Interview
One of my very favorite bloggers is Lauren of thelaurenelizabeth.com. She was so kind as to write a guest post about blogging. She was such a pleasure to work with – really prompt and helpful. I loved reading what she had to say.
You can view her guest post here: jessienextdoor.com/2013/06/26/guest-post-lauren-elizabeth-on-blogging/.
7. My New Career
I took some time to write out the paths I’ve taken in my search for the right career, and my new journey towards nursing. I’m so beyond excited to be where I am in life right now, and it was a lot of fun writing it all out. You can view this post here.
What a journey! Even as I look back over my personal life in 2013, I’m so amazed at what can happen in a year or two years’ time.
Thank you so much to any of you who read my blog. I hope you have a wonderful last few days of December!