I realized this weekend that this blog post would be a big milestone: my 500th (gulp).
Blogging this long has taught me two lessons:
1. I like to write. It's time to call my high school and college English teachers/professors and thank them for helping me learn this skill.
2. I consume a lot of time writing about food. Not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I do like sharing my passion for cooking healthful foods with friends, friends of friends and, complete strangers. On the other hand, 500 hundred posts worth of time is a lot of *time*, time that could have been used for _____________.
For the most part, I think this blogging hobby has been time well spent, with neat experiences that wouldn't have otherwise happened without SP&P. I love having near strangers approach me at church, the grocery store or at a kiddie sports activity and say, "I am a friend of ______, and I love your blog!" Or one time, when I was out and about in my parents' town and a perfect stranger walked up to me and said, "where are the Sweet Peas?" This mere brush with Z list-type celebrity is fun. Or getting to go on our local news station to do a cooking demo on live television. Etc...
But then there are the days blogging doesn't seem so fun at all. Days when I don't care to write, or feel completely uninspired. Or when I write something I really, really love and I get a big goose egg in the comment sections. Or during a season when I just need a break from the kitchen.
Overall, I feel like the first 500 days have planted a seed of fun memories, skills learned and time (hopefully) well spent doing something I really enjoy. Not sure if I will make it to another 500 posts, but for now, I am in awe of the sheer magnitude of posts listed in the right column.
Speaking of seeds, our latest batch of sweet peas has begun to sprout:
As these little sprouts grow, I need to consider where SP&P will grow in the future...