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Last week was my first anniversary in the blogosphere. In recent years my husband, Tom encouraged me to start a blog – a political one. I knew that topic would get me into trouble and instead started a cookie blog. (Here are a few of my favorite cookies)


It’s been an enjoyable and challenging experience. I’ve spent countless hours as baker, photographer, writer, editor, marketer and movie-maker. Who knew blogging was so time-consuming? It’s been rewarding although frustrating at times. I’ve learned quite a bit during this past year but computer code is still Greek to me. Thank goodness Tom knows computers and possesses lots of patience. The baking and decorating is the easy part. I often struggle with writer’s block so I'm grateful for Mr. Grob’s Creative Writing class in sophomore year of high school. The photography is a challenge and is my biggest weakness, if you hadn’t noticed. Tom has helped me navigate around Photoshop Elements and explained layers, levels and masks. Marketing through social media was new to me as well and I’m beginning to get the hang of it. I have a YouTube channel of cookie decorating demonstrations which can also be viewed on my Video Tutorials page. And I now take orders locally in the Washington DC Metro area. (See Cookie Orders).


My Cookie Clinic originally started out as a way to show friends and family sweet creations and demonstrate cookie decorating. Here was my very first post. It turned into something more after only a few weeks when I posted the Shirley Temple cookies of the famous red & white polka dot dress. I received a very touching note from one of my loyal and early subscribers who is the mother of a good friend. When she saw the decorated cookie it rekindled a tender childhood memory from the 1930’s. Her mother was an amazing seamstress and she made Jane the same dress as Shirley Temple, without a sewing pattern! It was one of those moments when I realized my blog was not just about baking cookies but about bringing joy to my readers. I admit at times I’ve fallen into a common blogging trap … an obsession with numbers … subscribers, followers, pins, clicks, etc. In the realm of things does it really matter? I have decided it is time to regain the proper perspective, the one I had after posting the Shirley Temple cookies.


During this past year, I met dozens of bloggers and they are the nicest and most generous people ever. A few blogging buddies have given their encouragement and support during the last year and taken the time to comment on nearly every post. It means more to this newby than you know. Anne at From My Sweetheart, who makes beautiful cakes and desserts has been like a sorority sister across the Potomac; Paula from Canada at Vanilla Bean Baker, a cookie artisan who gets my obsession with cookies; Cindy, a hop, skip and jump up Route 95 at Little Miss Celebration, an amazing, crafty talent who’s sunny disposition is infectious. 

Stay tuned and follow me into my second year. I have oodles of cookie ideas and will be mixing it up with traditional cookies too. My goal is to inspire and awaken your inner baker and decorator. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all my readers, subscribers, followers, pinners and occasional visitors … you know who you are. 


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28 comments:

  1. Joan, congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. I've told you before your skills are impressive and this blog is the ideal vehicle to get your work out there. Never mind computer code, keep bringing us cookies!

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    1. Brooks, Thank you! Your kindness and support during this past year is much appreciated. I look forward to your sweet creations this year.

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  2. Congrats on your first year and your amazing cookies! You make blogging look easy :) I can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations!

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    1. Aida, Thank you for your kind remarks. I love your peppermint cupcakes and I too look forward to more goodies from The Crafting Foodie.

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  3. Congratulations Joan on this 1st Anniversary of blogging. I just clicked over to see your Shirley Temple cookie. Adorable!
    I for one am very happy that you began blogging, especially about decorated cookies (not politics!). Thank you for the mention, I appreciate it very much. Know that I look forward to reading your blog throughout the coming year and enjoying your stories and your cookie creativity. Best wishes :)

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    1. Paula, Thank you! It's been nice meeting you and your encouragement is very appreciated. I'm sure you've got some wonderful cookie designs coming our way this year. I agree, cookies are more fun than politics!

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  4. After reading this blog I am blessed to have found you! I initially pinned your cookies to my board, "Beautiful Yumminess I Will Never Make," but after reading this I am tempted to try my hand at decorating. Congrats on your first year, and may you have many more! <3

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    1. Lin, Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to comment and thanks also for the pins. I think you would enjoy cookie decorating. Let me know how it goes.

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  5. Just beautiful! And, yes, who knew blogging would be all-consuming! :)

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    1. Paula, Thank you! I've learned so much from you during this past year.

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  6. Happy Blog-versary Joan! I've enjoyed seeing all your tasty treats and just love what you can do with dough and frosting! I'm not worthy! Looking forward to seeing what you make in your 2nd year!! Best, Deb

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    1. Deb, Thank you! It's been nice getting to know you this year. Your support is very appreciated and I too am looking forward to what you will be whipping up at Cooking on the FB.

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  7. Happy Anniversary!
    You do beautiful work and yes - you do inspire!
    Thanks for all the work for us!

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    1. Lisa, Thank you! I'm so lucky to have many taste-testers in our family and to make cookies for special occasions. Thanks for all your encouragement.

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  8. Congratulations Joan! Looking forward to another year reading your blogs and occasionally tasting your cookies!

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    1. Thank you! I love baking cookies for family and friends.

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  9. Happy one year blogiversary to you, Joan! I love politics but yeah, cookies were a better choice. Politics can get pretty sticky. But then again, so can cookies. :)

    Beautiful cookies, Joan! Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Julie, Thank you! It's been nice getting to know you this year. Love your blog and I can't wait to try your Seafood Enchilada Pasta.

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  10. Oh YaY Joan! Happy First Blogiversary! Somehow I feel like you've been blogging for longer than that! I have so enjoyed getting to know you and you have also been such a great source of support and inspiration to me. I am always amazed at your incredible cookies....which truly are works of art to me! I'm glad to have found a 'neighbor' in this vast food blogging world. And I look forward to many more years of blogging, friendship and cookies together!
    Congratulations....and you have the right perspective! : )

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    1. Anne, You are a true blogging buddy. I appreciate how you are always there when I have a question or need blogging advice. Thank you for your encouragement and I can't wait to see what you are baking this year!

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  11. Happy Anniversary. I am so glad you chose cookies over politics. Not that it not important to pay attention to what is going on, but this is so much better for us.

    Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon
    MakeMineLemon

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    1. Madonna, Thank you for visiting. I stopped by your blog and it's wonderful...love your furry staff!

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  12. Happy anniversary! Your cookies are darling! I would love for you to share them with us at our Sewlicious party! They will be a hit! I look forward to seeing you there! :)

    Marti

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    1. Marti, Thank you ! I appreciate the invite to the link party and just linked up some cookies. I look forward to touring more of your blog.

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  13. Happy 1 year of blogging Joan and wow, these are all such beautiful cookies :)

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    1. Kelly, Thank you! You've got some wonderful dishes on your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Joan, I'm so sorry I am late with this - wishing the a very happy blogaversary and I'm so happy we connected through our blogs! Thank yo so much for joining us and sharing your beautiful cookies at Best of the Weekend. Looking forward to many more years blogging and sharing! Have a happy day!

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    1. Cindy, Thank you! I've met so many kind and generous blogging buddies in my first year. I appreciate your support and enjoy your link parties.

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