Monday, December 20, 2010

A Few Words of Encouragement

I am not a psychiatrist but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.   Not funny?!   Oh well.

More than a few of my blogger buddies are going through the "blogging blues" right about now.  If blogging is getting you down, do not despair, it happens to all of us.  It is paramount to remember why you started blogging in the first place.

When I started blogging, I really had no idea what it would entail.  As you blog along you encounter some fantastic things like meeting other talented people that share your love of food.  You also encounter some not so amazing things like the world famous, comment game.  But ultimately I do not blog for comments or anything else other than my love of cooking, food, and writing.  LC will always be here because I love to cook and talk about food.

That is the most important thing I could pass along, figure out why you started blogging and get back to it.  Forget about the noise and cook your food.  Another thing you can try is something that I have found incredibly gratifying which is collaborating with other talented foodies to do joint projects.  I actually have another one posting tomorrow with the one-and-only Natasha from 5 Star Foodie.

Whatever you do, never let the little things get you down and keep doing what you do.  Cook your food, take your photos, and share.  That is why we blog.

Wishing you all a fantastic Holiday Season!

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. I guess this is what I exactly need right now. Yeah, Im having "blogging blues" at the moment. seems I became quite detached and not keeping in touch most of my blogger buddies, not reading much, and not posting much. Maybe because of the emotional turmoil ive been experiencing at the moment. personal problems do affect a lot. Guess youve been seeing a lot of sad shoutouts from my facebook lately beAnd yeah about the comment game. Ive been with it also. I guess most starting bloggers do. But in the end, after all, I just wished it was like from the start. Were I just blog and really dont mind if someone's reading or not. My blog has been like a journal/diary for me. It's open for someone who's interested, and its okay ifnobody gives a damn.... Thanks for reminding me again Laz. Merry Christmas!! xoxo

  2. Well said, Lazaro. It's too easy to get caught up in that awful comment game, but once you come to realize why you started blogging in the first place that's when you can truly appreciate the joys of blogging. I visit the blogs I love every week, some even everyday because these are the people I know who truly enjoy blogging. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I truly love visiting your blog because you are the real deal! Thanks for always being you, my friend.

  3. Words of wisdom..Gracias!

    Feliz Navidad!

  4. I don't have blogging blues - but am always thinking about how to develop real relationships throughout the blogosphere. I know I share great recipes and experiences. I know I read completely every post I comment on. I consistently work to develop mutually beneficial relationships: that is those that involve discussions about one another's food. Yet, I find that so many are simply focused on what they have to say more than on engaging in conversations with others about food. To me, blogging must be an interchange. I deeply value the relationships I have built that provide this opportunity for me, and am incredibly confused by those that seem to be so sporadic in their participation. However, it the long run, I just continue to do what I do. There are new exciting sites popping up everywhere and so much more to learn.
    Each year at this time I also set goals and engage in some kind of new change, too. I like that!
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to 2011!

  5. Don't you think a lot of us get bogged down with the holidays? And sometimes we just need a break; life happens and you need to deal with it.
    I'm reading my favorite blogs off and on this week, but not commenting. Except for you because what you had to say today is important.

    We bloggers mostly love what we do and I have met some wonderful people since I started. People I consider friends even though I've never met them. And these friends are not only food know most of those anyway. I love the variation. Tracey at French Larkspur with her decorating, Koralee at Bluebird Notes, Brian at Waystation One, James at Man of the 50's, and Dionne at Notes from Dionne. All ages. The list goes on and on. I appreciate each and every one of them. It's always fun to get honest feedback but difficult to find the time each week to tell each of them how we feel about what they had to say.

    There are times: I wish I wrote better...had talent like Vanessa from Coffee and Tea or took photographs like Lecia from A Day That is Dessert, or had inventiveness like Faith, you and Natasha (and so many others). But I accept that I don't and even at my great age :), I am still interested in new ideas, love trying recipes I've discovered online, finding old family recipes I can tell others about and attempting recipes that I've always wanted to try that push me out of my comfort zone. I'm learning. Still. I hope I'm never too old to keep learning.
    I do thank you Lazaro, for your continued support. There are so few male bloggers...I appreciate each and every one of you.

  6. And I hope you have a Happy Christmas too!

  7. You're right. I think a lot of bloggers fall into slumps. I personally don't feel inspired to cook and create a lot of the time when my kitchen isn't really my own (my NY kitchen isn't really mine). It's good to know there are friends and bloggers out there who still care, even when we aren't always able to share new recipes. I'm looking forward to your collaborations with Natasha :)

  8. Happy Holidays to you and your family...
    Well said and most inspiring :) Let inspiration warmth and love shine around all of our friends!
    Huge hugs!

  9. YOu are the sweetest man, Lazaro! I have been on a great ride lately with the writing part of the blog and in a spin on the photos... dark, odd-- well whatever. It's part of the creative process. Now that I am trying to make sense of what I do and make a book... I could remove chunks of my hair but hate looking a mess for the holidays. Just do it. That's the best advice. Write dribble drabble for 10 minutes then go translate... or better still, go outside the blog world to a museum and get a jolt from an unlikely source... that is usually the best medicine of all for getting unstuck. This is such a supportive community 95% of the time... it took a few months of give and take but I now have such a community of people who support me and who I support. I am positively blue when I don't have time to check on them. Thanks for helping the sun shine, Lazaro... you have a super holiday!

  10. I agree, to stay motivated and inspired as a blogger it's so important to remember why we started blogging in the first place. Don't let the other stuff get in the way. Thanks for the reminder, Laz. Wishing you Happy Holidays!

  11. Great words here... merry christmas and happy new year!

  12. Thanks for the encouragement and sound advice, Laz! I too had no idea what all blogging would entail when I started my blog. It has proven to be more gratifying and uplifting than I had imagined - especially given the friendships I've made via the blogosphere. On the other hand, it takes more time than I had envisioned, and what with a busier day job these days as well as having joined a team blog in addition to doing my own blog, sometimes there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get around to all the blogs I'd like to visit, plus comment on them. Sometimes I've had to drop back a bit, reminding myself that I do this for fun, not for stress.

    That said, thank you for your ongoing inspiration. And some holiday cheer to my blogging friends up over at my place. Wishing you a joyous holiday!


  13. Thanks Lazaro! Enjoy the holidays! :-)

  14. I love this Lazaro... sounds eerily familiar from our emails a few months ago :) Love that you're so encouraging!! You rock :)

  15. Truer sentiments were never spoken. Enjoy the process! And when you can't for a myriad of reasons - take a break. It's allowed. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011.

  16. Thanks for the timely reminder Lazaro! I just posted a not so great photo from a fantastic and simple dinner I made. I'm never happy with the photos and me and hubby are (honestly) too impatient (and hungry) to take the time to "do" them properly. So, I will continue to focus on what I AM good at and that is my humourous writing style and creating delicious food! Happy Holidays to you and your lawyer, dear! All the best to you for a creative and food filled New Year! xo

  17. wise words of encouragement Lazzaro! "Cook your food, take your photos, and share" - perfect! Or in my case it would just be EAT your food, take photos and share, since I haven't done a ton of cooking lately!

  18. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableDecember 21, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Life is a coaster ride to be sure - ups and downs are part of it, whether we like it or not. Blogging is no different. Being on this crazy ride has been sweet, because of bloggers like you Laz and some others, many of whom, you already know. Thanks for the friendship (feels more like kinship)for the certitude that you are always ready with a helping hand and for your faith :)

    I wish the most wonderful Christmas for you and yours!


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