Sunday, May 26, 2013

Adirondack Baker's 4th Anniversary!

Today, Sunday, May 26th, 2013, marks four years since my very first post as Adirondack Baker! It's been an incredible experience, and one that has broadened horizons, birthed and rekindled friendships, and provided a record of special moments of the past four years that might have otherwise faded away. It has ebbed and flowed with the happenings in my life, and has been witness to the growth of my family with grandsons Henry and Peter. It follows the connections of children, siblings, extended family, and friends. It has seen me through significant job transitions. This blog has been a passion and though, sometimes, I wonder just how many hours I've spent writing, and baking, and writing about baking -- time that could have been spent doing other significant things -- I don't regret one second. I write for you. For me. Especially for my kids and grandchildren. Russ tells me I write as if I'm writing "to the universe." Perhaps that's true. Investing so much, with no promise of financial reward at the end, must mean that it's worth it in ways that can't be measured in dollars and cents.

I've previously said that, when this blog was first launched, I was cautioned by an I.T. person, "Most blogs last six months, if that." I saw that as a challenge, to prove his prediction wrong. Four years later, I clearly have, yet I still work toward that challenge, inspired to write in a way that will relate to my readers, to bring them something real, something genuine, perhaps not always right, or pretty, or perfect, but something sincere. If I can write a few paragraphs that brighten your day, or inspire you to create, or provoke thought, or even provide a few moments of escape from a difficult day, then I've accomplished what I've set out to do.

There are many more-polished blogs out there, and I must admit that now and then I suffer an extreme case of blog envy, especially when I see what others contribute compared to what I do. But then, I realize that what I bring to the table is unique, and personal, and very real, and something my own. My confidence is restored when I remember that, as the CEO of this little operation, there's no one to tell me it's not good enough, to go back and rewrite, to reject what I submit. Here, I am the boss of me! :)

So, with my "Field of Dreams"-esque attitude of "If you write it, they will come," I have faith that this effort is worth it, that you will come back again to see what's new, to read about it all.  And I am grateful, very grateful.

Thank you, ADK Baker readers.  The fact that you are here, reading this, means the world to me.  I appreciate each and every one of you.



photo credit: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ow19sN5lNxg/UX6jcDUuLUI/AAAAAAAACy8/eI4B7AIZabw/s1600/birthday4.jpg



23 comments:

  1. The pleasure is all ours, Jeannie! Thank you for a guaranteed slice of heaven every time we enter your domain!

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    1. Thanks Weez - love that you stop by now and then, and I always look forward to your comments. I look forward to "seeing" you here again, and again, and again! :)

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  2. Jeannie you inspire me with the joy you share in your writings.

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  3. Love your comment about "being the CEO and the boss of me!" You have every reason to take great pride in these four years -- so much accomplished and enjoyed by so many. To say nothing of the physical deliciousness you make possible for so many of us. Happy 4th Birthday, Adirondack Baker! Way to go.

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    1. Chris, I have always loved baking for you and your family, and the fact that you enjoy reading my blog is (forgive me) icing on the cake!

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  4. Congratulations, Jeannie!!! Love your beautiful personal blogging style of your baking mixed and stirred in with your 2 precious grandsons! May you have many, many more blogiversaries for us to enjoy!! Love you! Carol xox

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    1. Thanks so very much, Carol! I was so excited when you decided to launch your beautiful blog (one I am often in awe of, for its pure beauty) and I appreciate your comments because you KNOW how much goes into such an endeavor! I hope we're both still blogging many years from now (if the technology still applies!) and sharing the things we love most with our readers. Love you too, my friend!

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  5. CEO I love it JOF.....I have read other cooking blogs..but yours is truly from the heart ! We have watched your family grow and have experienced your true love of life and writing...no matter what it brings. Please keep feeding us your with all your excitement and adventures for many years to come CKJ

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  6. Happy blogiversary, Jeannie!! I love your blog and will continue to read as long as you keep blogging (which is hopefully a long, long time! ;)). Your posts are always heartfelt, genuine, and enjoyable to read. And OF COURSE, your recipes are delicious. :) Cheers to you!! xoxo

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    1. Colleen, thanks so much! Very grateful, and I love your blog (and recipes) too!

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  7. You must be doing something right...we keep coming back for more and are never disappointed.
    Happy Blogiversary and here's to many many more!

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  8. Happy Blogiversary! I love this blog because there are recipes I actually make and also because it is local for me. I actually know the places you are talking about. It makes it even more fun to read. Thank you.

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    1. So glad you enjoy the blog, especially the local connection! Thanks Janice!

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  9. Happy Anniversary, Jeannie!! We are all fortunate to have you and your wonderful blog!

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    1. Thank you Melissa! Very glad you enjoy it!

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  10. Congratulations Jeannie!! I still remember when you started this. Go you :-)!!

    Marla

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  11. Congratulations on 4 years! Your blog was first introduced to me by someone on Facebook a few years back, and since then, I have loved each and every post. I started following for the recipes, but have come to look forward to reading about your family and the other things you do besides bake :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Teresa. I really appreciate that, and look forward to bringing you more recipes and stories to keep you entertained! All the best to you!

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  12. Congrats my friend. U deserve all the success in the world!!!! Xxoo

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    1. Thanks so much, Crhistian! xoxox right back!

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