The surprising outcome of graduate school, other the astounding amount of financial and sleep debt one accumulates, is the discovery of what is really important. I don't mean this in any kind of profound who-will-be-at-your-side-when-you're-on-your-deathbed kind of way, but in the sense that, when your free time is limited to nonexistent, you learn very quickly what sorts of activities are fulfilling enough to find - or, really, make - time for. For me, that's baking. I really, really enjoy decorating the house, and I sometimes enjoy cooking, but daydream about baking. I relax by looking at baking blogs. I sometimes wake up in the morning with recipe ideas in my head. It's a sickness.
When I thought about how much baking relaxes me, and how much I enjoy sharing my baked goods with people, I realized that that's what I'm good at. This blog has become this Frankenstein of all the things I do around the house. And while there's nothing wrong with that, I will never come close to being an interior decorator, or a Top Chef. And that can get discouraging at times, and I don't want to share things here that I'm not proud of. I'm really proud of my baking, so I decided to start from scratch - no pun intended.
Late last month, I tried an experiment. Whereas very few friends know about this blog (to those who do: thanks for your readership, support, and lack of ridicule) I launched a new, baking-only blog at www.buttercreamfanatic.com. It's been harder work than I anticipated, but I'm so pleased with how it has been going so far. Friends have been incredibly supportive, strangers have been reading and commenting, and one of my photos was accepted to Foodgawker, which is a major hub of fellow cooks, bakers and bloggers, and somewhere I never thought I'd see my own food.
Which brings me to my May resolution. When I planned the resolutions at the beginning of the year, I didn't know what was in store for May. But very quickly, I'm seeing the potential in the new blog, and I want to see if I can actually build a small following. So, my resolution for May will be just that: to devote my free time and energy to baking Buttercream Fanatic a fun place for me to showcase my baking, and interact with people who enjoy it too. So, I'll be largely neglecting this blog for awhile (sorry!), and/or reposting content from the other one. Fair warning :)
Buttercream Fanatic is a concept that I've always wanted to do, but never had the time, or the courage, or the ____enter excuse here___. Now that I'm doing it, and it's going well, it feels great. With baking, I know I have something to share. With this blog, sometimes I feel silly sharing my living room's new paint job. I do want to keep documenting the progress on this house, so I will continue to post here sporadically, but the bulk of my energy is going to be directed toward Buttercream Fanatic. If you're reading this, and don't already, I'd love for you to join me over there.
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