In early January, I received an annual summary email from WordPress.com and the Blog-Health-o-Meter™ for my site said “WOW” – you had a great year.
Well, I would agree with that, but not because the traffic numbers for my site say so, but because of the real and wonderful experiences I had in the blogging community. I met readers from all over the world who shared stories of food and family. And what can I say about my fellow bloggers? I feel so at home in this community and have been so warmly welcomed. I am in constant awe of the ideas and talent that abound on so many food blogs. And how can I thank The SITS GIRLS enough for telling me to start using Twitter! I’ve met so many people, learned so much, and can always find something entertaining to read.
In a perfect world, I would continue writing a pithy, funny post about my top ten favorite things about my readers and fellow bloggers but as luck would have it, my blog birthday is not the only important thing going on in my life right now. In a few days, my daughter will turn thirteen, and a few days after that she will become a Bat Mitzvah. For those who are not familiar, in the Jewish religion this is a turning point in a young person’s life where they learn to lead a service, chant from the Torah (imagine reading English with no vowels and having to remember to sing at the same time), and take on the responsibilities of being a young Jewish adult, including giving back to the community through “Tikkun Olam” – repairing the world. My daughter has been studying Judaism and Hebrew for over 5 years to prepare for this day. We have friends and relatives flying in from all over the country and it won’t come as a surprise to you, that the 3 days of celebration include just a wee bit of food.
So if you have found me scarce for the last couple of weeks, it’s because I am drowning in details to prepare for 4 hosted meals, two of which will feed well over a hundred people. And if my Grandma and my friend’s mother Hermine could see the dessert table on Saturday that will be filled with hundreds of baked items from so many of my friends and family, they would be very very happy and proud.
I promise there will be pictures of the food and stories to tell after the event along with lots of yummy posts to share to make my second year of blogging as fun for my readers as my first year has been for me.
Thanks for your comments, visits, and amazing community support!