I think it’s that time of the week for: what bloggers think but don’t say.
Today, I thought I’d touch on the life and death of blogs.
Lets face it, blogs are kind of like people. They are born, they go through infancy and awkward embarrassing stages. They have their days of glory and some rock bottoms. They get makeovers, they “move”, they mature, and they even get sick. I hate to bring up death, but they die. I suppose their advantage over us mortals is that they can be brought back to life. Come to think of it….maybe they dont “die”, sometime’s they’ll got on vacation or they will hybernate. Ok, so maybe blogs are more like bears.
Anyhow, most blogs when they first start out tend to be “cute” and naive, like children. And like children and babies, they can also be annoying as hell. This is why I cringe at my first few posts (dont you dare go hunting in my archives!). They seem to get overly excited over new kitchen creations or happened to them at work or something. Or, they do what a lot of kids do. They’ll be “clingy” to their “parents”. What I mean by “parents” is other, more popular blogs that those newbies got inspired by or follow religiously. They’ll comment on every single post in hopes that the big blogger will give them the light of day and take a peek at their new blog. If they are especially lucky, maybe those big bloggers will drop them a comment or two.
They go through “puberty” and start develop better posts, followed by some “what were they thinking” posts.
And eventually, blogs mature. Bloggers find their voice and they become “parents” to readers that start to toy with the idea of starting a blog themselves. I guess they are like “sperms” at this point (yes, grin at this “sperm” reference). Sperm in the sense that they are almost blogs…or a fetus I guess…..
Anyhow, after some time of lots of comments and blog chatter, blogs begin to “age”. The blogger behind them have other things going on in their, gasp, real life and may even begin to feel like they are running out of blogging ideas. Posts become less frequent or lack luster. They turn “grey” and are no longer as attractive to readers as they once were.
And like all people, all blogs eventually end. Maybe not today, or even next year. But one day, that blogger will move on and loose interest in the upkeep of the blog.
(que the funeral procession)
Alas, they post a final post, readers comment, “oooo noooo!!!!! I’ll miss you!!!!!! dont go!!!!”
But at this point, the blogger has already made up their mind and the idea of not constantly checking for comments or replying to comments is too tempting. And so, the blog “dies”.
As I mentioned, blogs are sometimes brought back to life. This actually happened with me, twice! Who knows, maybe I’ll be like a cat and collect nine lives. For now, number three is doing alright. Right????
What do you think about the life and death of a blog? Where do you think your blog is on the “lifetime” spectrum? I’m gonna say mine is having a quarter or half life crisis. Unsure about the future, but still alive and kicking.
O yes, and a recipe!
I didn’t disclose this with a lot of people, but ever since my dad came back from the hospital, I’ve been trying to tame my anxiety by focusing on something completely different. Hence I decided to enter a cupcake competition. I might enter more cupcakes but this is my first entry.
- 1.5 cups flour (I used 1 cup AP and 1/2 cake flour)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup dark molasses
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 earl grey tea (brew it in 1/2c water)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
First (and this is IMPORTANT!) take out all your ingredients so they are all room temperature! Begin by sifting the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda into a bowl, and then mix salt into that. Set it aside.
In a second bowl, mix the buttermilk, brewed tea (make sure its not boiling hot) and molasses. Set this aside.
Cream the butter and add in the sugar, mixing until the sugar has dissolved into the butter. Then, add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until fully integrated before moving on to the next one, and then finally, mix in the vanilla. At this point, you want to bring it all together. Add a third of the dry mix into the butter bowl and mix just until fully incorporated. Then add a third of the buttermilk/tea/molasses bowl, mixing until incorporated. Repeat until done, mixing only as much as is required.
So with the batter ready, pour it into paper linings in a muffin pan. I got about 18 cupcakes from this, so plan accordingly. Transfer to a 325°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
For the frosting you will need:
- 1/2 c. butter
- 3 c. powdered or confectioners sugar
- 1 tbsp. lemon zest
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp orange extract
Cream the butter until soft. Start to mix in the powdered sugar and continue adding until you read a stiff consistency. Add the lemon zest, orange extract and honey – this will thin the frosting out slightly. Correct consistency with more powdered sugar.