Last year was a weird year for me, it started off very strong with plenty to look forward too, it became far too overwhelming in the middle and it has left me feeling like I need to pick up the pieces, dust myself off and get back on track at the end. To be honest I feel a little chewed up and spat out by 2013!
Moving house just threw me off completely, which took me by surprise. I’m quite an organised person but since moving I have struggled to get any routine going in my life, especially with my blogging! I had a steady 2-3 posts a week routine until we moved and recently I found that a different kitchen and a different space to photograph in (a space which is driving me crazy) meant I lost a bit of my motivation to continue. To be honest I haven’t even really be cooking for our dinners like I used too, 2013 made me lose any inspiration to be in the kitchen.
But I have spent these last few weeks fighting to get it back because cooking is a passion of mine and I miss it. Our new kitchen is freezing, even with the heating on it retains zero heat so I am going to try and work out how to get around that! I am also going to build myself a much better area to photograph in. At my old house I had the perfect spot with big white curtains to control the light, this house doesn’t have the same so I am thinking about learning how to use some lighting equipment! After photographing a few recipes at my new spot I got so frustrated I ended up just feeling defeated and like I’d taken a step backwards, but this is a learning curve and I hope to move on and get cooking again!
The other day I decided to do something I haven’t done since moving, I got all of my cookbooks out and sat in the middle of the huge pile and just browsed, taking notes of recipes I want to make in 2014 and book marking inspiration for future veghotpot recipes. It was so much fun and made me remember how much I love love love cooking!
Lucky for me I have still, over this time, being getting lovely comments and referrals from the blogging community which has kept that spark alight even though the fire was temporarily dying. I have seen my daily views double and my subscribers increase so thank you all!
Here are the most viewed posts of 2013 (some were posted in earlier years but your still viewing them!). It always surprises me when I see the stats for most viewed recipes. Sometimes the recipes I spend hours on and are hardly noticed but the simple ideas I share are the most popular!
So happy new year! Thank you for sticking with me, thank you for reading Veghotpot and bring on a blog filled 2014!! Xxxxxx