GOODBYE SOON!


All good things must come to an end. For the last year, I’ve given a lot of thought about whether I would continue the blog beyond 2020. After nearly 250 blog posts and 8 years of blogging, having begun this endeavor in January 2013, I have come to the decision that this will be my last year doing My Cookie Clinic.

The blog takes a lot of time and I’ve calculated it is a 15-17 hour process to create each blog post. There is prep time which begins with making the cookie dough, rolling it out,  cutting the shapes, baking time, mixing the royal icing, coloring and preparing icing. All that takes place before the decorating process begins. Then, each step is photographed as well as glamour shots of the finished cookies. Let’s not forget cleanup. It’s amazing how many bowls, spatulas, spoons, piping tips and bags are used and what a mess I can make! Next, is the blog post. I spend a lot of time composing and editing the anecdotes. The decorating instructions take little time but it is the photography that bogs me down. I take nearly 100 photos for each project and it takes hours to choose, edit and beautify them.

You can probably tell from my infrequent online postings that I am not a fan of social media. I only follow bakers and cookie decorators but I feel my time could be better spent. In fact, I think what finally prompted my decision to stop blogging was the quantity of toilet paper cookies and cakes posted on social media during the peak of the global Coronavirus pandemic. I fail to see the humor when people are full of fear and anxiety over their health and livelihood and those of their loved ones.

I have enjoyed working on the blog, meeting other blogging buddies and bringing the anecdotes and tutorials to you. Now I would like to spend time completing the many tasks on my to do list and boating on the Chesapeake Bay with my husband. Then there’s that piece of furniture that needs refinishing. I plan to continue decorating cookies for family and friends, baking cakes and other sweets which have always been a pastime for me.

I will continue to create cookie posts during 2020 and the blog will be online until the end of this calendar year, as well as my Facebook and Instagram pages. If there are any anecdotes, tutorials or recipes you would like to keep, I suggest you make a note of them as My Cookie Clinic and all social media pages (except YouTube) will be removed from the Internet after December. For anyone, who would like a copy of my e-book containing the 35+ recipes listed under the Recipes tab, send an email to mycookieclinic@gmail.com and I will send you a copy. 

To my subscribers and blogging buddies, thank you for your kindness, support and encouragement. It has meant more to me than you will ever know. I truly hope my little blog has inspired you and brought sweetness to your world.
Happy baking!  Joan
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16 comments:

  1. I totally get it, Joan, although I'm always sad to see a favorite blogger stop blogging. I know how much work it is to put together a blog post, especially intricate recipes like yours. I always enjoy reading the words that accompany your beautiful cookies, and will miss having you as a blogging buddy. You and I began blogging at around the same time, and things have certainly changed since then. I, too, constantly wonder if I should keep at it, and for now I will, but I can see myself making the same decision you have at some point. Please be well - I will miss you!

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    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate all your encouragement and support over these years. I have learned so much from my blogging buddies and cherish our online friendship. Take care, Joan

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  2. Joan, I will miss you so very much. Your blog was a great way for my family to "get to know you" again. Your memories as posted were shared with my sisters and Mom. Thank you so much for allowing us to be invited into your world of beautiful art in cookie baking and creativity! I hope you continue to enjoy it as a hobby as I know those lucky folks you bake for will. If I'm lucky, our paths will cross if I'm ever in the DC area visiting friends and be sure to look me up if you find yourself near Doylestown :) All the best of healthy and happy living to you and your family! Love, Maggie

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    1. Hi Maggie, I am very touched by your kind words. It has been a delight rekindling our acquaintance online. Jack and your family were such a big part of my childhood. I remember Jack was at our house nearly every day and so much fun. It would be great to all get together sometime as we'll all on the east coast. Hugs to you, your siblings and Mrs. E. Love, Joan

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  3. Congratulations on another milestone. I will miss your anecdotes and the pictures of your beautiful cookies, but look forward to trying some on my own. You are an inspiration, Joan. Love, Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, Thank you and I'm so glad you have found some cookie inspiration on my little blog. I'll be around for several more months and look forward to bringing more cookies your way. Have a great summer. Love, Joan

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  4. Good Morning Joan,
    When I received your post in my inbox yesterday I felt so sad and at the same time I can totally relate to every point that you made.
    You and I began blogging about the same time, didn't we?
    So much has changed and without going on a rant, I will leave it at that.
    I have always enjoyed your blog, well written reflections and of course your stunning creations.
    Several of my blogging friends just like you, have or are going into retirement, I will be hanging up my hat soon as well.
    I will miss you.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Jemma

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    1. Hi Jemma, I am so touched by your heartfelt words. My blogging buddies are definitely a source of enjoyment in doing this blog. You have been so supportive and such an inspiration. You have no idea how often your blog posts have picked me up and made me smile when I really needed it. I hope you have a wonderful summer. Take care, Joan

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  5. Everyone has said it so beautifully - your writing is only surpassed by your lovey cookies!
    thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts!

    Stay well, Enjoy!

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  6. I fully understand your decision. It is one that I too wrestle with. I think unless someone actually creates content for a website it is not known how much time, energy and money it takes to create a post. You will be missed but I will continue to follow you on other avenues.

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    1. Laura, Thank you and I have appreciated your support for the last 8 years.

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  7. I understand your decision. I will miss your blog posts and your lovely cookie designs!
    Be well!

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    1. Melissa, Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your support during my blogging years. Take care. Joan

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