Ocean Grove, Sydney, and Mount Hotham.
In 2018 my blogging energy was lagging. I was surprised to see that I had posted slightly more than the previous year (thanks to participating in Vegan MoFo):
123 blog posts
29 photos accepted on FoodGawker
10 cafe reviews linked to Zomato
432 likes on FaceBook
My stats are ok but my energy for commenting and blog events was certainly lower. So it seems I am still posting but am connecting less.
For example there were less links to my blog from other round ups than other years. It feels like perhaps this is a result of the competition for such round ups getting tougher as the internet gets more beautiful and more instagrammable. But I also know it means that I have less energy for putting myself out there, for social media, and for making great photos and recipes.
So bouquets to sheknows.com, tin and thyme and vegan mofo for linking to my blog in round ups and brickbats to those who shall not be named and shamed; those who missed the discussions on blog ethics and have felt happy to take my images but not link back to me.
And as usual many thanks to the blog events I have been featured in, especially In My Kitchen, Eat Your Greens and the sadly departed We Should Cocoa.
As I have found previously, Google Analytics and Blogger numbers are very different. According to Blogger my stats went down substantially from March but not according to Google Analytics. Did Blogger change some algorithms? Here is my top ten recipes from Google Analytics:
1. Sloth slice
2. Vegan haggis burgers
3. Tree house birthday cake
4. Sushi with broccoli, edamame and pickled carrots
5. Thai pumpkin, corn and chickpea stew
6. S'mores slice, vegan marshmallows, Graham crackers
7. Watermelon poke salad bowl
8. Lentil, chickpea and tomato salad
9. Sweet and sour tofu
10. Malted chocolate cake
This is my personal reflections on what I encountered this year rather than what was published this year:
- Favourite novel(s) - Circe by Madeline Miller and Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
- Favourite non-fiction book - Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
- Favourite children's book - Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
- Favourite Australian tv show - Jack Irish
- Favourite international tv show - Bodyguard
- Favourite children's tv show - 100 things to do before High School
- Favourite DVD film - Fly away home
- Favourite DVD series - Gavin and Stacey
- Favourite films - Darkest Hour and Crazy Rich Asians
- Favourite children's film - Early Man
- Favourite album - Grace Vanderwaal's Just the Beginning
- Favourite live show - Puffs
- Favourite pub - Green Man's Arms
|Never got around to blogging this Ottolenghi cauliflower salad|
- Bowls: Watermelon poke salad bowl, Tofu marinade bowl, Miso roasted cauliflower bowl, Tex Mex vegan bowl
- Memorable salads: Brown rice salad, Confetti salad, Kale and broccoli salad, Cobb saladVegan experiments: Cashew cream, Vegan cheese on toast, Tortilla de patatas, Vegan lasagne with spinach ricotta and cashew cream sauce, Chickpea hummus scramble
- A little bit fancy: Radiatore pasta with tomato and chickpeas, Vegemite fudge, Layered nut roast, Cauliflower ceviche tacos, Haggis burgers
- Healthy dinners: Thai pumpkin, corn and chickpea stew, Sushi with broccoli, edamame and pickled carrots, Lettuce, broccoli and pea soup,
- Bread experiments: Sourdough cheeseymite scrolls, Chocolate, cranberry and apricot sourdough bread, Savoury monkey bread
- Healthy but fun sweet food: Jack o Lantern oranges with fruit salad, Fruit Christmas tree, Unicorn rainbow sushi, Christmas cheesemas tree
- Fun food: Tree house birthday cake, Cat cupcakes, Spiderweb cupcakes , Easter macaroons with Nutella nests, Oreo Christmas tree pops
- Chocolate indulgences: Malted chocolate cake, Chocolate muesli slice, Sloth slice, Nutella brownie, Rocky road,
Finally I turn to the new year. I am very lucky to be able to take holidays for all of January and am enjoying days of long sleeps with no rush to get ready in the morning. We will have some time in Sydney and I expect there will also be days at the pool, the beach, the movies, coffees, playdates etc before I try to remember where I work and what I do there!
I hope I will have some time for blogging over the summer holidays - I already have a few Christmas posts to catch up on. We planned a gingerbread house for Christmas day but finished it just in time for New Year's Eve. So I am chasing my tail but getting stuff done!
Resolutions aren't my thing! I plan to keep blogging but expect it will not be at any great rate. Life just gets busier and busier. It is not what it was when I started blogging almost 12 years ago and that makes me sad but there is still so much joy and inspiration in blogging.
Gratitude is however something I will happily indulge in. As such I want to send huge thanks and appreciations to you for hanging in there to read each next post, to comment, to like, to send feedback any way you can. (And there are just so many ways to connect these days that it is confusing so I am grateful to anyone who navigates the digital maze to find me.) I am grateful to those who have discussed recipes with me, shared food and go E who has done the dishes to keep my head above water over the festive craziness. I am very grateful to have a daughter who loves cooking and will make pizza to be ready to eat when I get home from work!
So I wish you a happy new year of robust health and frequent laughter, of fun discoveries and cosy comforts, of good food and good company. I look forward to you returning to my little corner of the digital world and sharing the foodie conversations and connections. Happy New Year!