To Blog or Not To Blog…That was the question!
It’s strange to me how normal blogging has become, the decision to start this journey wasn’t easy. I was asking my self, should I really start a blog? Would I love doing it long term? I quickly decided that the only way I would find out was by jumping right in. I also decided I would give it one year and at that point decide if it was still right for me. Thinking back to the first post I ever posted on Whisking Mama (Scared To Blog) all I can remember was how nervous I was. Nervous that overtime I would realize no one cares to read what I have to say. The most fear came from the unknown and not wanting to fail at something that I (with all my heart) want to be successful at.
Most people have a story and a lot to say, why would my recipes and personal blogs be interesting at all. There was fear of opening up about my son Patryk and how everyone around me would take reading my thoughts. I think that had to be the scariest first post of all…Its always and never at the same time. I had to really push myself. If it were not for my families encouragement and Maxwell taking such regular hour to two hour naps a day this dream would not have been possible. I’ve thought about if I had never started this journey of blogging and how my life wouldn’t feel nearly as exciting, this lets me know I’m doing exactly what I should be.
I was always good at hair and for the most part loved doing it. Blogging and cooking is different for me, I’m passionate about it. I can’t imagine my life with out it. I remember my first recipe post (Bacon Mac n cheese) like it was just yesterday and it’s hard to believe that it was one year ago. I reread that post about hundred times to make sure I didn’t completely screw it up. Well the moment came where I hit post for that first ever recipe and awaited friends and family to comment. All the messages and comments I started receiving truly encouraged me and slowly chipped away at that fear. Close friends and family started supporting me, sharing my recipes and personal posts. I received hundreds of messages and comments from people I knew, but also from complete strangers. I couldn’t get enough of talking to everyone and hearing their thoughts and opinions. This part for me, the interactions with everyone is what makes this journey such an exciting and rewarding one. I love talking about food, I love sharing personal stories and connecting with others; I now had that all in my very own blog.
The recipe that took Whisking Mama viral is The Best Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin. This crock pot recipe had about 150,000 page views last month and is truly the recipe that has put Whisking Mama’s name out there. Through this recipe people have randomly stumbled upon my personal post and read about the tragedy of losing my son Patryk. There have been a handful of people who have written me publicly and privately about their stories of losing loved ones. Why I bring this up is each person that wrote those endearing comments and letters to me has impacted me very much. The journey of healing after grief isn’t easy, but knowing that sharing my story has helped in the smallest way has helped to heal my heart. The stories you send me of your own tragedies also helps me to not feel alone, its a whole new support system I never had. Thank you!
To be successful you must first believe in yourself. Then, it also helps to have the love of family and friends to help push you past certain fears. Sitting here now typing this post I still can’t believe how much I have grown as a writer. The writing portion is what I feared to mess up entirely. Things just flow more freely now that the fear has dissipated. What’s also encouraging is my toddler, Maxwell, has cooperated with having a consistent sleeping schedule (most days). This allows me to have some time to write and not being restricted to only the evening hours. Now Miss Katia, she is just a baby, but her colicky little self has currently made it impossible for me to do as much as I want on the site. I’m just thankful she loves the Baby K’Tan wrap. I cook with her in the wrap as long as it’s safe (no high flames) and also do kids crafts with Maxwell. Heck I even took pictures for the site with her in it the baby carrier a few times. Thank you Baby K’Tan for helping me be able to keep my baby content while I get a little bit of work done.
The question I asked my self one year ago has been answered, To blog or not to blog! (definitely TO BLOG!) I now realize my fears were just that, fears. That people did care about what I had to share and were enjoying it while encouraging me to do more. Now here I am one year later and loving every second of blogging. I hope this post can encourage others to push through their fears and try something they’ve always wanted to do. Doing so may be the best decision that will change your life for the better. When your truly happy with what your doing it will work out for the best. The journey I’ve started in blogging is a one that I’m overly enthused to continue…