One Year Ago: A Wee Anniversary

IMG_3425One year ago, today, I posted the very first entry of Tales of Thyme & Place. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted the scope of this blog to be. How would it be categorized? Who would read it? Why would they care? Was I ready to have an “audience” — real or imaginary?

Even before getting started, I found a lot of inspiration in a blog called Straight From the Farm. Jennie’s photos, recipe descriptions, and stories always leapt off the screen for me — especially on days when my endless number crunching droned on and on and I needed at least a momentary reminder that a natural world was out there beyond the computer screen, where there was good food, brighter days, and warm, kindred spirits.

While I was awed by her blog and all of the unique details carefully placed in each frame, Jennie writes in such a way that I was inspired to try the recipes myself rather than being intimidated by her culinary prowess. In the same way, I wanted to share what was going on in our kitchen so that you might want to try these things yourself — maybe even things you wouldn’t have thought to try before.

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Like Jennie, I knew that I didn’t want to be “just another cooking blog” where one can storm in, swipe a quick recipe, and then be on their way. In the age of the “information superhighway,” recipes are as plentiful as ever. Instead, my main goal was to create a sort of “safe haven” on the internet — a place where faithful readers or even casual passersby could stumble upon little moments of quiet in the mundane, maybe IMG_1535sometimes getting a chuckle from my blunders, or perhaps a spark of inspiration to take away with them.

I definitely didn’t want to turn myself into some Martha Stewart-like individual whose daily life might be perceived as catered and tailored down to the very last detail. No, in fact, I wanted to show something much more the opposite — that everyday, ordinary life is special and worthy of celebration. This life, in all of its imperfection, mystery and even banality is – without embellishment or the need to purchase anything – worthy of reflection.

I wanted to share seemingly ordinary experiences in hopes that these “tales” might resonate with someone else out there in cyberspace — someone taking a break from their IMG_1493stare-at-the-screen kind of job or maybe someone merely surfing the web in the wee hours of the morning, looking for some kind of intangible, simple comfort to remind them of home. That was the one way I hoped this blog might stand out: a tiny speck of encouragement in the voids of cyberspace, a rest area on the information superhighway. On any given day, a quick browse through the internet will quickly find you bombarded with advertising, commercialism, politics, screaming headlines, scathing reviews, angry commentators… all reflections of a seemingly shallow society, jockeying for our attention and our response, daily trying to convince us that we are a part of IT. Maybe we’re not!

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So, on this First Anniversary, I hope that I’m at least on my way to accomplishing those very lofty ideals I set for this blog. It’s a crazy world, out there. Let’s keep in touch.

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~ by Jason on May 19, 2011.

8 Responses to “One Year Ago: A Wee Anniversary”

  1. On the one year anniversary…

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog and, most of all, thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections…

    Tales of Thyme is a refreshing “safe heaven” space that invites to celebrate life and nature.

    Mariana

    • Thank YOU, Mariana, for reading and for taking the time to comment. 🙂 While writing and blogging can be its own cathartic reward, at times, it’s especially rewarding to hear commiserating words from folks like you.

      I’m looking forward to this next year of blogging — finding new recipes, finding interesting places, and sharing this with all of you.

  2. I enjoy your site and congratulations. I have pulled many recipes off the site. I love to cook and I love reading your blog. Looking forward to another year coming. You richly deserve it. Bev.

  3. Jason,

    I think that you have more than achieved your “lofty ideals.” Your blogging has made me often slow down, ponder and reflect on the beauty and mystery of the world in which we live. I am continually inspired by what you write. Thank you for the first year of this blog!

    • Hi Chris! I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed the posts, this year. I’m thankful that my ramblings have caused you to pause and reflect — and hopefully not simply because my sentences are sooooo looooong! 😀 Thank you for reading.

  4. Beautiful! Keep the words, recipes, and thoughts coming.
    Hugs to you both!
    Sally

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