If I had to choose a favorite Christmas Movie it would be Santa Claus is Coming to Town and one of my favorite songs is One Foot in Front of the Other. What does this have to do with my baking blog…
I knew I wanted to blog from the moment I read my very first blog post written by someone else. I have enjoyed baking since I can remember and I have always wanted to be a mom and I wanted to be an actor, a doctor, a nurse and a teacher — I love taking things apart and figuring out how they work and I’ve always been indecisive, easily distracted and a hard-worker when my interest is piqued. I also really enjoy learning new things, I love a challenge and enjoy just about all things that are creative. I enjoy sports and nature, especially water – the warmer the weather the better. I mostly dislike the cold – although I enjoy skiing, sledding, and building snowmen on sunny days.
One of my interests has always been photography. I got my first camera when I was around 8 years old. When I started the original Baking 4 Six blog Mike and I purchased a DSLR camera- not just for the blog, but to take pictures of our children. The only problem was I was pretty much clueless how the camera settings worked (besides the manual mode). So, I immediately signed up for a photography class.
That was 6 years ago. Thanks to Facebook for keeping track of my life’s history and reminding me of what I have done and when I did it – haha! During this time, my role as a mom suddenly became more demanding and I put my blog on what I thought was a temporary hold. I had absolutely no knowledge of blogging, domain names, servers etc. and unbeknownst to me, my domain name registration expired and I lost the rights to the domain Baking 4 Six for almost five years.
Six months after getting the name back I revisited blogging, but by then the “theme” for my blog basically no longer existed and the entire blog was basically a mess. My content was mostly still there but the pictures were gone and because the technology was out-dated I was unable to import the blog from the old theme into a current theme. This meant I had to copy/paste all of the content one blog post at a time into the new blog. As well as, attempt to find all of the old pictures (again thankful for Facebook). A time-consuming process for sure!!
Meanwhile, we were in the middle of a family room/kitchen renovation and some general house updating… Let’s just say we started the process January 2017 thinking we’d be finished the end of July and we’re still not quite done Spring 2018. I planned to have the blog completely copied and updated and start adding new content as of September 2017 once the kids were settled into school. Obviously, that hasn’t happened and I realized I should just start where I am currently – writing new posts and updating the old ones as I go along and see where it takes me.
The blog is essentially a journal for my family. Every day I learn so much useful information about living life as a human being, a mom, a homeowner, a wife, and as a woman and I want to share this information with my children. However, the “teacher” in me wants to share the knowledge and “how-to” with the world… okay, more realistically with anyone who might be interested in reading what I write and hopefully that’s my family. This led me to my decision to put one foot in front of the other and take baby steps back into blogging before another 6 years pass. 6 years isn’t long, but when I started blogging my children were 14, 12, 9 and 8 – and now they are 21, 18, 16 and 14.
Note: The picture was from Mother’s Day 2017… just realized Mother’s Day 2018 is only 6 weeks away – time flies!! (…and my boys still look like boys in this picture, but 11 months later they look more like men).
Plus, did you notice the OPEN sign? – fitting for the Grand Re-Opening of the blog.