I'm not even sure how to begin this post. I suppose I'll come right out with it: it's time to step away from blogging. Whoa, it feels weird to even type that. The Sweets Life has been a huge part of my life for the last five years. It's hard to remember a time when I didn't create a weekly meal plan full of never before tried recipes, take photographs of whatever we were eating for dinner, and spend hours on the computer several nights a week. The process of blogging is so ingrained in me that I can't really imagine stopping, which is kind of why I've delayed it, even though there was a little bug in the back of my head for the last several months telling me it was probably time.
There are thousands of food blogs out there. Tens of thousands. Maybe hundreds of thousands. The Sweets Life is a tiny little fish in a really, really big ocean of food blogs, the majority of which are much more impressive than what I've got here. Given the abundance of food blogs, I'm realistic enough to know me quitting isn't a huge loss to the world of food blogging. I don't say that with false humility or because I'm fishing for compliments...I've never blogged for fame or fortune and I'm grateful to have even a few thousand of you reading regularly! This has been an amazing creative hobby, and one that has brought a lot of perks over the last five years. I will never tire of hearing from readers who've made something they've seen on the blog and fallen in love with it. Just yesterday I got one of those emails and it made my day! Thanks to blogging we've received some pretty fun things in the mail...new cookbooks, a smoker, and countless food products to try. I've had fun "meeting" other bloggers and being inspired by the meals they're creating day in and day out. Most of all, we've eaten really well along the way!
|Pork Tenderloin with Date and Cilantro Relish|
|Homemade Cracker Jack|
Finally, there aren't poignant enough words to end this post, but I do want to give a giant thanks to each and every one of you who have popped in to read. Whether you've been a devoted reader for five years or you Googled your way here today, I am truly honored! It's been way too fun!!!