2012 in review

2012… What a year! With one day left on the calendar, I’m sitting here in my dark room, laptop gleaming at me and I’m not quite sure where to begin??

Well, let’s start with my landmark achievement for 2012. The completion of my five year double degree: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Laws.

I still remember the laughter my friends and I had when we went to see Legally Blonde:The Musical in Sydney at the Lyric Theatre, and to quote Elle’s father: “Law school? My God, Why? Law school is for boring, ugly, serious people!” Now after five years, all I can say is thank goodness it’s all over and now I’m a little apprehensive of how the real world will be. Regardless, bring on the adventure!

Onto what this post is predominantly about – my food blog. This food blog was only created in May, so the blog is not yet at its one year birthday, being just on eight months. I never would have thought that in over 2012, I would:

  • Have over 100 blog subscribers;
  • Get over 22,000 views;
  • Be invited to the 2012 Sydney Food Bloggers’ Picnic;
  • Meet the culinary woman of my dreams, Nigella Lawson;
  • Have some of Sydney’s most-well known food bloggers swing by to comment on the blog;
  • Receive invitations to exclusive food bloggers’ events held by promoters;
  • Receive free stuff. Like, seriously – what?
  • Teach my first ever baking class.

I only started from posting food photos snapped here and there on Facebook, and after receiving requests for recipes and recommendations of restaurants, I turned over the idea a friend had suggested about starting a blog and the idea began to take seed. I originally had had no idea that food blogs even existed before this year, can you believe it?

I’m a firm believer of sharing recipes. I’m not one of those people that will cling to a specialty recipe until they pass it on to their next of kin – if you’ve got something great, it’s meant to be shared for others to experience! I’ve been absolutely delighted to receive the feedback comments from my readers saying how they’ve tried my recipes and telling me how the results were. I’ve passed out what cooking and kitchen advice I have, and of course I’m constantly learning as I test more recipes for you!

I’ve learned how to take better shots with my trusty little point and shoot, use my reasonable writing skills to describe tastes and textures, and forced myself to approach foods that I used to avoid with an open mind. I never actually touched salmon nigiri or had my steak medium-rare before the blog. My baking and cooking repertoire was ridiculously meagre, and I never would have thought I would be capable of making marshmallows, paella, or dry caramel before the blog began.

To think my photos went from this, taken with my old Nokia, my first-ever touch-screen phone:

To this!

I also need to thank some certain people for their ongoing support from the inception of the blog. I owe a thank you to an old friend, Aytac, who bought me the trusty camera I use for all of my photography. The poor little point and shoot has been dropped into cooking bowls, had cake mix smeared across the screen, been slid across restaurant tables for friends to photograph their dishes, and been tossed around my bag with my other things on the way to my next foodie adventure. Unfortunately we had a trivial spat a while ago and no longer talk – so if you’re reading this, Aytac, thank you.

Blogger-wise, I’ve greatly appreciated the comments from Tina @ BiteMeShowMe, All You Do Is Eat, Suze @ Chocolatesuzeand Lorraine @ NotQuiteNigella. Your comments never fail to bring a smile to my face! As for Suze and Lorraine, your blogs were the first I was referred to when I asked what a food blog was. I’ve also tried restaurants I normally wouldn’t go to based on your reviews – so thank you for expanding my horizons!

And lastly, thank you to The Cooking Chook for nominating Confessions of a Glutton as the 2012 Blog of the Year.

If you ever want to meet up for high tea, let me know, lovely! As the award dictates, I nominate another blog for the award in kind, and I’d like to award it to Jina @ Soy & Ginger. This young lady’s photography and style of writing is simply amazing, and the things she concocts in her kitchen are awe-inspiring! Keep up the great work, Jina. I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

Happy New Year, everyone! I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring 🙂

xx

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Jina @ Soy and Ginger says:

    Wow you met Nigella Lawson :O
    All the best for 2013, and thank you so much for the award!! xo

    1. She’s gorgeous on-screen but downright stunning in person! And you’re welcome, all the best for 2013! xx

  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    Aww thanks for the mention. I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for half a year but you’re the one who is inspiring me. I love your outlook on things and your recipes are just to die for. I’ve already bookmarked a bunch so stay tuned for 2013 🙂 Happy new year babe and looking forward to what the new year will bring, no doubt its going to be bigger and better than what it is already xoxo

    1. Naw, thank you, Tina! I’ve been reading some of your reviews and I really want to try some of the restaurants you’ve been to now! Hope you had a wonderful night celebrating (I’m sure you did, judging by your Instagram!) and best wishes for 2013 xx

  3. By the looks of things, you’ve had a wonderful, fruitful year. I’m so incredibly envious that you got then chance to meet Nigella! Have a wonderful new year Cath. I have a feeling next year is going to be a stunner 🙂

    1. Thank you! Nigella is absolutely as stunning in person as she is on the screen – I was absolutely struck speechless! All the best for an amazing 2013 x

  4. irene says:

    First of all, congratulations for the completed degree! And I agree with Tina, you don’t seem like you’ve only been doing this for half a year, the blog is inspiring and I really love your writing as well! Happy New Year Cath 😀

    1. Thank you, Irene! I hope you had a wonderful night celebrating last night. All the best for 2013! x

  5. chocolatesuze says:

    happy new year cath! here’s to an even more delicious 2013!

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