I’m heading to Melbourne for a blogging event today. No doubt there will be much talk about building communities - there always is - it’s what bloggers aim to do, build a community of folk who don’t hate the things we write about.
The community that have adopted my blog are an outstanding bunch of people. Yesterday I wrote a post that I felt uneasy about publishing, then loads of mothers came forward on Facebook and shared stories of their imperfections too. Then I had another terrible morning with the kids BUT I didn’t shout. (Small steps).
I really value the folk who hang around here, so I wanted to write you a quick note and tell you a few things I love about you.
1. You keep yourselves tidy.
OK. There was that really angry man who didn’t like pumpkin scones but he’s not a regular reader, so I'm not counting him.
2. You empathise.
You empathise with me and with one another. I’ve watched you support each other through bereavement and other family issues.
3. You have impeccable timing.
I don’t know how you do it, but somehow you know when I’m having trouble making it all fit into twenty-four hours, and that’s when you send me nice comments about soup, photos of recipes you've tried yourselves and other wonderful things like this picture Peter sent me of his favourite cookbook.
4. You’re thoughtful.
Last month Paul recently wrote to me to share a smashing steak success he’d had with his new sous vide machine. I told him that I regretted not having bought a cheap one when I had the chance and told him I'd sometimes wondered if my slow cooker would suffice. You know what Paul did? He tested his slow cooker and reported back that it didn’t hold it’s temperature stable enough - all in a day!
5. You’re generous.
Long-time reader Doc has sent me some great old-fashioned recipes over the years including a cracking recipe for molasses bourbon pecan pie that he’s agreed to let me share with you.
These are just five of the many things I love about you.
Thanks for being part of this community. You're all the encouragement I need to keep filling the inter web with cake and ugly food,