Happy April Fools!
Funny how I would choose today to make my blog comeback (funny – see what I did there?!)… hehe obviously, my jokes have not improved in my absence from this blog :P
So much has happened in the space of a month – well 37 days to be exact, but who’s been counting right? – that it’s hard to know where to start. I began my final year of uni, went up to Sydney for a spell (Bourke St Bakery ♥), decided to grow my hair out again (that was a big blog-worthy decision!), English tutored for the first/last time (story for another day/blog), helped launched a new service at my church, took advantage of a MFW Express Lunch for the first time(!), started my 2nd Project365 challenge (woot!), met up with my coffee-lovin’ blog buddie again plus put my virtual hand up to write some foodie reviews for the “wikileaks of law school”!
Day 1: The day I wore my new necklace created by an amazingly talented Melbourne artist – click on the photo to visit her website.
It has taken every ounce of self-control (ok, maybe that is a bit melodramatic!) to keep myself from sneaking back on during the self-imposed blog fast for Lent however, in retrospect, the month away did give me some time to think (amongst other things) about why I blog, who I’m writing for and where this blog is headed.
*cue contemplative, reflective music*
First, I blog because I enjoy it. Read this for a refresher. I enjoy stringing words together to paint a picture of the experiences I’ve had and I enjoy sharing those experiences with others. As Rudyard Kipling said, ‘I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity.’ However, I have to remember that I’m still a full-time law student and not a full-time blogger – have to get those priorities straight!
Day 3. The day we finally made it to Bourke St Bakery, Sydney! Loved every bite of it ;-)
The second piece of revelation relates to the first: Above all else, I’m writing for myself. While being off the blog (sounds like a drug, doesn’t it? lol), I’ve had more of a chance to (re)discover lots of blogs and bloggers whom I admire and deeply respect. There are sooooo many amazing blogs out there and sometimes I’ve felt like I should do more of this or that, I should try to keep more on top of the trends (read: be more active on Twitter) etc. I’m going to be a bit vulnerable here and say that in the past, I’ve caught myself trying to imitate other people’s writing styles/formats, hoping to generate the kind of readership that they have no doubt built up over years of blogging. This type of approach is never beneficial; I can never be a better version of someone else. All I can be is the best ‘me’ that there is. From now on, no more trying to be more witty, knowledgeable, savvy, creative, well-versed than who I really am. My voice doesn’t need to be like anyone else’s or else it would just be redundant. Selah.
Day 7: My first meal in Melbourne after Sydney – Persimmon (yum!).
The last point that I’d like to make (this is like essay practice for the 8,000 word paper I have coming up, eeekk!) is where this blog is headed. This blog is almost 1 year old (so quick!) and I think after 11 months, I can see a clear pattern of food and photography (plus some miscellaneous moments thrown in the mix) being the focus of this writing space. So that’s the kind of blog that it’ll continue to be :).
*end contemplative and reflective music*
Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, hope you’ll stick around for some delectable blog posts to come ;). Still haven’t written a word about the tastes of QLD so we’ll mix it up with some Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne flavours, shall we?
For now, I leave you with my favourite Project365 photo so far:
Day 14. Part of Blue Week – Delicious Violet and Blueberry Macaron from an old friend ;).
And we’ve back in business… for reals :). Hoping my blogging muscles aren’t too rusty!