I can’t believe today marks one whole year since I launched Behind the Plates. I can’t begin to describe what a fun and rewarding experience it has been so far. I started the blog as a selfish way to incorporate my passion for food back into my everyday life again. There was a small hope that others might appreciate it as well. However, I truly did not know what to expect. I decided that as long as I was accomplishing my own personal goal of celebrating my love of all things food than it would be a worthwhile journey.
After one year I’ve shared 129 different posts. This includes my numerous travel excursions this year such as my stay on a Norwegian “Cruise to No Where”, as well as trips to Florida, New Hampshire, Long Beach Island, Cape May and Jamaica. I also shared my first experience representing an event as a member of the “press” for a local food festival. I took my first hand at cooking a turkey, I completed a knife skills class and I interviewed someone for the first time (James Ricciardi of Cambridge Wines and Peter Lombardi of Lombardi Pizza Company). I penned my reviews on over 25 restaurants I visited this year and created 55 recipes that were posted for all of you.
What started as a simple way to share food related tidbits has turned into so much more. I have learned more about building a website and IT related lessons than I ever cared to know (But…I’m happy to have learned what I have so far). I’ve developed relationships both personally and from afar with so many other fantastic blogs ranging a gamut of literary topics, including fashion all the way to technology. My writing also held a semi-frequent guest spot on another local food blog, The Devil Gourmet (Which is another great gastronomical venture). This year I set six foodie related goals and I finished ALL of them. It’s honestly the first set of resolutions I’ve ever kept in my life. As you can see Behind the Plates is more than just a blog. It’s been a personal development initiative. I’ve truly created a hobby I can practice all the time and learn more with each passing day.
If there is anything that you, as readers, can take away from my own reflections of this past year it’s to take the risk. If you are passionate about something and have continually put a goal or idea related to this passion on the back-burner, take that first step. You may fail, it may become a huge success, or it could fall somewhere in between that spectrum. But; one thing is for certain…you will grow from it.
I’m starting 2015 with an amazing group of followers that continues to expand however; that is not why I will continue to post. I will carry on with Behind the Plates because it is something that makes me happy. It is something that gives back to me just as much as I put into it.
I cannot wait to share all that is to come this year on BTP. I already have quite a handful of travel adventures lined up that I’m excited to dish out on. The site’s recipe box will keep on multiplying in size and I’ll be sure to share as many foodie happenings, reviews, and contests as I can! Stay tuned for great things….
…all for the love of the dish