Today marks a year since I published my first ever post
on Gourmet Worrier and thus made my debut onto the blogging scene. In doing so, I unexpectedly joined the ranks of those suffering from what has been referred to by some as 'gourmand syndrome', which as far as I'm concerned is a most pleasurable and joyous condition to be struck down with.
In looking back at the year that was, I can honestly say that I didn't really think that anyone would be remotely interested in what I had to say, think or cook. Hence, I am completely gobsmacked that people actually take the time to read my blog and continue to do so every day!
I primarily started this blog for me, as I desperately needed a place where I could find my 'own' voice and 'vent my gastronomic spleen'. If truth were told, I never set out to write for any given audience, because no one was really out there, right? I was happy with my little piece of the blogosphere, content being Ms Gourmet
the anonymous, naive, newbie blogger.
Yet within what seemed like a matter of moments I began to connect with other like-minded food centric souls who not only understood me, but also wanted to 'follow me'
and get to know me. Your genuine interest, honesty and sincerity demanded that I shed my alias and reveal myself - pronto! So down went the 'bumblebee' avatar and up went the photo of moi
! Yes I was cautious and tentative like the rest of you, but I allowed myself to be led by instinct and began to let you in one at a time.
I now enjoy the many conversations that fill my day with people I would never have had the chance to connect with due to the obvious constraints of time and geography. For someone who is painfully introverted, deeply suspicious and at times can border on paranoid - blogging has proven to be a most therapeutic outlet.
Despite my major faux pars
and the huge learning curve before me, many fellow blogger's have proven to be incredibly generous and helpful with their suggestions and advice, and so for this I thank you! Very early on there was Christie
with her constructive, yet ever so gentle criticism, followed shortly there after by Ilva
who although frank and direct is also incredibly seasoned, honest and wise. Then along came Bron
and to my utter joy came Heidi
. Never in a million years would I have ever believed that Marcella
herself would show up on Gourmet Worrier
Dear readers I'm constantly blown-away by your friendship and incredible kindness, despite us having never met face to face or having shared a meal together. Well all except for Mona who not only shared a meal or two with Huxley and I when we were recently in Malta, but who then graciously allowed us to crash in her guest room after that unforgettable meal at Tal-familja
It was only late last week that I found this gorgeous comment that Elaine
had recently left on my very first post. Hence, Elaine managed to articulate everything that I am currently feeling at this time:'Blogging serves a purpose if only to allow some to bloviate endlessly. However, when one magically connects with a food geek that is serious about their obsession then palates are expanded, relationships developed and food knowledge grows. Sharing meals, cooking marathons, or visiting markets together all virtually, makes those experiences all the more sweeter.
Thank you internet, for bringing together a food community we otherwise may never have known, with those such as Ms. Gourmet.'
So thank you for coming along with me on this journey of sorts and for helping me to understand that genuine, authentic connection is far more rewarding than hits and page views!