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A (Very) Belated Birthday for DDD: Musings on Three Years of Blogging* and Vegan MoFo Roundup #3

Pink Cake Box Cake

 Another week of Vegan MoFo is over–and I’m still standing (or, to be more precise, sitting here at my desk). I can hardly believe how quickly the past three weeks have whizzed by! I must admit, I am stretching more than culinary muscles with this event. My usual modus operandi for blog posts is to let them stew a bit before posting, but there’s no time for that with MoFo.  And speaking of stew, who (other than the professionals, of course) has time to cook something new each and every day?  Not I.

Consequently, today’s post is another recap of the week just past, plus a few ruminations about birthdays.  Blog birthdays, to be precise. 

Weekly Recap: During the past week, DDD introduced another Festive Freebie giveaway (a baking kit starring–CHOCOLATE! Could there be a more alluring food?  I think not.  You can still enter until midnight tomorrow) and the third installment of “A Gluten Free Holiday” event (with its own giveaway–check out Alta’s post to see the two gluten free cookbooks on offer!).  I also baked up some Coco-Nut Shortbread Buttons, made a Roasted Chestnut and Parsnip Soup, and put together homemade “Chocolate Bark” with carob and mixed nuts.  Oh, and I was a guest on Toronto’s local Daytime show on the Rogers network for the first time!  Getting to the studio for 9:00 AM was a bit of a challenge in Toronto’s rush hour (a 29 kilometer/18 mile drive took over 1-1/2 hours!!!), but the segment was lots of fun and I really enjoyed meeting the hosts.

Amid all the excitement the past few weeks, I never did write about my blog’s third anniversary, which happened a couple of weeks ago!  I had fully intended to devote an entire blog post to the topic.  Instead, because it’s MoFo and I haven’t had time to write said post, I’ve decided to enumerate a few of the most crucial lessons I’ve learned through blogging.

There is nothing like the friends you meet through blogging.   I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but I have to reiterate:  there is really nothing else like the blogging community.  When I talk about my blogging buddies (other bloggers or readers whom I’ve gotten to know) with my local friends and family, I am invariably met with a blank, slightly denigrating stare.  And yet, as I’ve remarked to the HH on many occasions, my blogger friends often know more about what’s going on currently in my life and are more frequently in touch than my “real” friends and relatives (well, except for the ones on Facebook or twitter, of course).

[“Thanks for the help, Elsie. You’re a real pal.”]

It never ceases to amaze me how generous, caring, and helpful the people who blog, and their readers, are.  They’ll support you in your latest endeavor (no matter how wacky); they’ll wish you well when it’s your birthday or anniversary, they’ll email when it seems as if you might be having a hard time (and even email you when it seems someone else is having a hard time, so that you can get in touch with that person), they’ll cheer you on when you succeed, they’ll post helpful suggestions when you don’t. I feel very privileged to have met a few of my blogging buddies in person, too.  I loved that there was no awkward “getting to know” them phase, either–we just dove in as if we were already old friends.

Because we were. 🙂

[“This is a great read, Mum, but where are all the animals?”]

Bloggers Love a Good Bon Mot.  Okay, this one may be my own quirky observation, but as a college English professor, I’ve seen literacy decline alarmingly over the past decade (tangential rant: the proper pronoun is “its,” not “it’s”! That’s right: no apostrophe. “It’s” is a contraction that means “it is.”  If you can’t replace the word with “it is,” there’s no apostrophe!! No apostrophe!!!  Aaaarrrggghhh! [pulls at hair like a banshee]).

Yet I’ve noticed that pretty much all bloggers, whether daily posters (or thrice-daily–is this woman mortal??) or twice-a-week like me, all revel in the craft of writing.  Indeed, you’d have to love it in order to write consistently and then expose your work to public scrutiny on a regular basis.  It’s (ie, “it is”) become clear to me that the problems in the college classroom are not indicative of writing everywhere, however. Most bloggers I read, even the really young ones, are better writers than most of the young people I meet in other areas of my life (sorry, guys. Maybe you should begin a blog?). These days, a huge portion of my reading material appears online, and I am regularly inspired, entertained, educated, or reassured by what I read.

[“Sorry, Mum, I just don’t see the appeal of this blogging stuff. . . . oh, you mean, I have to turn it ON first?”]

Blogging is an Integral Part of Bloggers’ Lives.  In order to blog in the first place, blogging requires its (ie, “belonging to it”) users to embrace new technologies just to sign on. So it makes sense that those same people would also embrace other opportunities for growth in their lives–and continue to blog right through them. 

In my own case, a surprise diagnosis of candida caused a complete shift in my diet and the kinds of foods about which I write (and I am eternally grateful to all you loyal readers who’ve stuck with me despite all that!).  Some bloggers find themselves in similar situations and the dietary shift is reflected on their blogs; others find themselves returning to previous eating habits.  Sometimes, a blog is renamed after someone feels they’re no longer connected to the original concept.  Bloggers change their careers, graduate, retire, get married, have babies, move across the countrymove across the planet–and they still continue to blog. And, perhaps most obviously, they keep cooking up new foods, posting new recipes and trying out new and unique combinations of ingredients–and share it all with the rest of us. 

The blogosphere truly is a microcosm of  the outside world, and while it may exist on the virtual plane, it offers many of the same social interactions, connections, benefits and opportunities as the world outside the blog.

You know how parents always say, “I had no idea how much I’d love this baby until s/he was born”?  Well, blogging is like that: it’s inconceivable how much it will become a vital part of your life until you’re right there in the thick of it. And once you are, you can’t imagine ever going back to how it was before. 

Thank you to every one of you who reads this blog, who comments, who writes a blog of your own–to all of you I’ve come to know and cherish over the past three years.  It’s been a joy and a privilege, and I am grateful for how much my life has been enriched immeasurably because of all of you.  😀

[And thanks from us, too–because the more Mum blogs, the more there’s food in the house–and that means more leftovers for us! Yay!”]

* actually, three years plus a few weeks–but that’s how far behind I am in writing my blog posts!

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42 comments to A (Very) Belated Birthday for DDD: Musings on Three Years of Blogging* and Vegan MoFo Roundup #3

  • Kelly Michelle

    what a beautiful post. that traffic sounds awful, I thought Miami was bad!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Kelly Michelle. The traffic has gotten much worse in the last couple of years. . . I try to avoid rush hour at all costs! 😉

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  • Congratulations Ricki! Your blog is amazing and has given so many people the chance to eat well again! I know I’ve been so inspired by you and your girls – who could forget the girls? I feel lucky to know you.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Aw, thanks, Maggie! I feel the same way about you. And of course, my furry gals inspire me, too! 🙂

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  • Hayley

    Thank YOU for writing such an amazing blog and sharing your creativity with all of us 🙂
    I am constantly amazed that, despite your anti-candida diet restrictions, you are always able to come up with fantastic new ideas and recipes for the blog. And your personal stories have so much character. That’s what makes “blog friends” feel like real life friends, so I really love that you put so much of your personality into DDD.
    Also, I have a dog crush on your fur babies. They are gorgeous. Just had to add that in.
    Hope you had a great weekend, Ricki.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hayley, thank you so much! 😀 I guess I can’t help but babble about all that stuff. . . and I’m sure the Girls have no problem at all with your crush! (and I just love the expression, “dog crush”–I feel that way about so many pups!!) 😉

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  • Happy blog anniversary 🙂 It has been a pleasure to read you all these years (even though I had a bit of a break in the middle when I my laptop died/I switched jobs/I moved in 2008) … and of course I love the girls 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Valerie! I’m grateful that you came back, and that you decided to start commenting at some point! 🙂

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    Valerie @ City|Life|Eats Reply:

    Me too – I can’t believe how long it took me to comment on blogs, but so glad I did!

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  • Congratulations, Ricki, on an amazing accomplishment. Your blog has been so inspiring to so so many and the recipes and the cookbooks that have come from your special spot in the blogosphere are phenomenal. And, talk about wonderful writing…You have truly perfected the craft. You manage to insert the appropriate amount of humor, information, and important points all tied neatly into one post.
    And I so agree that the blogging community has completely and totally changed my life. And no one in my real life gets that. I am proud to call you one of my blogging comrades and friends.
    Happy 3 year Blogaversary… xoxo

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    Ricki Reply:

    Wow, thank you so much for this sweet comment! I am honored to have you as a reader and blog friend. 😀

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  • Happy belated blog birthday! What you write is inspiring and gives many other bloggers, myself included, something to which to aspire. Thank you for being a model in this community!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanksk so much, Rachel. Can’t say I feel like a model (in any sense of the word–ha ha!) but I’ll happily accept the wonderful sentiment 🙂

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  • Happy bloggy birthday!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks! Can’t believe it’s been this long already 😉

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  • Congratulations!! And it’s been a privilege for me to have discovered your blog this year 🙂 Not only for the delicious recipes, but for your pluck and, of course, the photos of your gorgeous dogs!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Hannah! And those Girls are quite the little hams, aren’t they? 😉

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  • Happy blog birthday Ricki! I agree with all your sentiments about the blogosphere, it is a wonderful place to spend time and I am very glad to call you a friend 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    I feel the same way, Jacqueline–thank you so much! 😀

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  • lovely post about the joys of blogging – congratulations on 3 years and the mofo shows how much mojo you still have in the blog! Though I sort of envy that you don’t have lots of recipe you want to post but don’t have time – I find quite a few of mine just get left by the wayside. (btw got your email and will reply soon – just a crazy time right now)

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Johanna. And one of the many fabulous things for me about blogging is my friendship with you. No worries on the email (look at how long I took to get back to you!)–I know you’re incredibly busy! xo

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  • Lovely post Ricki! I agree with you, the blogging community is amazing! Happy birthday to your blog.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Nothing like it! Thanks, Kiersten 😀

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  • Great post! I agree their is nothing like the blogging community!! Happy Birthday to your blog! It is fun to see where blogs go and how things change over time, I know mine sure has 😉

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    Ricki Reply:

    Yes, it’s like watching your friends’ kids grow up. . . or something. 😉

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  • I am so grateful for your friendship and support, Ricki! I couldn’t imagine this bloggy world without you. I am sending you big hugs and best wishes for another continued year of success and will hold your dreams of doing this full time in my heart. I know it’s possible, in fact, it’ll happen sooner than you know.

    Much love,
    Amy

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    Ricki Reply:

    I feel the same way about you and your blog, Amy. Kindred spirits! (And kindred sweeteners–ha ha!). And thanks for the good wishes. From your fingers to Ellen’s ears! 😉

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  • Congrats on 3 yrs Ricki! I don’t know if you remember this, but your spiked sweet potato truffles were one of the very first blog posts I read, anywhere, and I really loved them and asked you to submit them to my old website (in my pre-blog days). Anyway, I’ve always loved your writing and recipes and hope you keep doing this, well, forever!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Winnie, OF COURSE I remember!! And I especially remember how careful you were to request permission. . . which I really appreciated (and still do). And now that your blog has reached a massive level of success and I can say I knew you “back when”! 😀

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  • Happy Blog Birthday, Ricki! I’m so happy to have found you and your blog, and I know I’m not the only one.
    Could those girls be any cuter? I just don’t think so.
    Here’s to many, many more years of blogging love!

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    Ricki Reply:

    I feel the same way about you and yours, Shelly. 😀 And I know I’m biased, but I just have to agree about The Girls! 😉

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  • 3 years!?! incredible 🙂 you’re amazing!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Shannon. But I think running marathons is amazing 😉

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  • Courtney

    Congrats Ricki! What an accomplishment…THREE years! Wow. I love each and every one of your posts and recipes and so appreciate all the time and talent you put into crafting your blog. I know it can’t be easy, but it is much appreciated 🙂

    Now I only wish I lived in Canada so I could have seen you on TV! Congratulations again 🙂

    Courtney

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  • Congratulations on three years of blogging, and thank you for all the wonderful recipes and information you’ve brought to the blogging community!

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  • Congratulations on completeing 3 memorable virtual years here and wishing you many more. You’ve just said everything I wanted to about blogs, blogging and bloggers. They’re a wonderful community of people and have reinforced my faith in the good there is in evryone.

    Don’t worry, there are also a few like me who are behind with things. I also completed 3 years of blogging recently and got to posting about it only 3 weeks later! 🙂

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  • Happy Birthday, Ricki!! Here’s to (hopefully — for all our sake) many, many more blogging years!

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  • Thank *you*, Ricki, for all the amazing contributions you make to the vegan blogworld! You’re rather inspiring, dotcha know. 🙂

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  • Happy Blog Anniversary Ricki!!
    please stay with us for many many more years and keep sharing with us that fantastic and inspiring humor you’ve been blessed with along with delicious cooking experiences, that make us rush to the kitchen to give them a try with a big smile on our faces :), and then come back and write “it was a hit!”;).

    Cheers,
    Susana.

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  • Happy Blogiversary Ricki! And Le Girls look like they are happy about it also. You do an amazing job of recipe posting and information sharing that is so much appreciated. Rita and I often have discussions about ‘what Ricki just posted’. So thank you and please have many more Happy Blogiversaries.

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  • A very happy belated three 3 years of blogging to you! I’m so happy to have “met” you. 🙂

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