Today marks six months since I started My Food Challenge, and my personal quest to blog about food everyday for a whole year. In six short months I’ve published 190 blog posts, including over 60 recipes, and generated over 20,000 views. I was also listed in the Foodies 100 Top 500 food blogs… which is such an honour – I only hope I’m able to maintain my place during the next six months.
As you all know, writing this blog has been and continues to be a labour of love. I cook and bake most weekends, type up posts on overcrowded trains on my commute home from Leeds and stay up late – a lot – knowing that I have to be up before six to catch my train the next day. Ok, I don’t want a medal or anything… I could stop today if I wanted to, but I wouldn’t/couldn’t, because I love my little blog so much – and I love experiences I have with it – I get to taste amazing foods, bake beautiful cakes and
burn learn a few things along the way.
Looking back to the cold and miserable New Years Day, when I first came up with the idea to start a food blog – I can safely say that My Food Challenge has surpassed ALL of my expectations. It literally started out as a hobby, and something to channel my nervous and stressed energy into. It was my little way of creating something to make 2013 stand out from all the others years behind me, that somehow blur into one big ball of ‘stuff’. This blog is so much more than a food blog – it’s my outlet, a channel for my creativity and a chance for me to learn and meet new people. Why wouldn’t I write this blog? It’s been so good to me – and appreciate every single person who has viewed a post, commented or it or contacted me to say how much they enjoy it… you have no idea how much it means to me.
There’s been so many highlights throughout the past six months – here are some of my favourites:
- Blogging about tea in a crisis.
- My birthday tea at Fancie.
- Making and eating a glorious Guinness cake.
- Making the best red pepper pesto I have ever tasted.
- Enjoying food with friends…
I should also say a quick thank you to some of the brands I’ve worked with/am working with. I appreciate your ongoing support:
- Fancie (and Amanda)
- Joseph Joseph
- Oxo Good Grips
- Anisha Mistry
- Barefoot Wines
- Brock and Morten
- Norwegian Seafood Council
- Lurpack Butter
Finally, I should add that I have spent all afternoon trying to persuade Dan that I deserve a Kitchen Aid mixer to celebrate my achievement – and that he should buy me one. So Kitchen Aid, if you’re reading this – he said no… so you know where I am, feel free to pop one in the post to me! 😉
Hayley Jayne xx