Tomorrow marks the 48th year of Independence here in Mauritius. I thought why not make it special by making an Independence Day Cake using my Mauritian Massepain Recipe as I deemed it only fitting to use a Mauritian recipe for this occasion.
Happy Birthday The Cake Architect!
Today makes two years since I nervously posted my very first blog post. It was quite tense to launch my own blog but at the same time incredibly exciting and I could not wait to begin my blogging journey!
Up until now The Cake Architect has not been much of a priority for me but I am on the way to making it a better blog. Lately I have been suffering from writers block. I haven’t been able to sit down and write a blog post as I usually do nor have I had the energy or motivation for it. In addition my perfectionist self has not wanted to post poor content. If you follow The Cake Architect you may have realised that I haven’t posted much during February.
However as my 2 year anniversary was drawing nearer I felt a sudden urge to get back into writing.
In all honesty I love blogging! The rush of energy from baking and cooking, the constant urge to improve my food photography each and every time, setting my camera to so many different angles, taking 50 photos but selecting only 5 to post and finally the thrill of writing a post.
I feel that I suddenly develop moments of drive and focus to work on and improve my blog while other times I just slump and don’t feel like writing. How do I maintain those impulsive moments of motivation? Could it be that I’m not inspired enough?
Throughout 2015 I unfortunately couldn’t blog as much as I wanted to. School took most of my time, that last year was definitely intense. I had made grand plans for my blog after my one-year blogging anniversary but unfortunately I could not fulfil them because of this. Its okay though, lets make 2016 our year!
On a more positive side this past month I have been learning how to cook properly for the first time. I have been discovering new exciting recipes that I can make for university and getting excited for this new step in my life. I also recently designed my header and I’m pretty happy with the outcome right now. What do you think of it? In terms of the blog posts this year I would love to branch out and try new things. I absolutely loved writing this Pizza Cake post and certainly would love to do many more like that.
I have also discovered some incredible Mauritian blogs over these last two years who produce fantastic content. It’s great to see the number of Mauritian bloggers today!
Looking back over the last year I definitely want to focus more on my blog. Now that I have finished school I feel that I have the ability to accomplish my goals. As well as improving look and feel of the blog I also want to really enhance the content. While writing this post I decided to look at my one year anniversary post for some inspiration and found this:
“I knew that blogging would be a journey, one with many ups and downs. You can have incredible baking moments and then the next time you bake you may feel disappointed……I realised baking was my passion when no matter how many times I failed a recipe or baked something that was not what I was too particularly happy with, I would never give up on it.”
Today I still stand by those words and can firmly say that my love for baking has certainly grown over the past year. I have learnt to appreciate the good baking days and learn from my mistakes on the difficult ones.
This post is just a Thank you to all those who like, comment and share my posts because the fact that you took your time to read and tell me what you think really means a lot to me. Thank you to those who have nominated me for blog awards, I really appreciate it. You also act as a real motivation to keep posting! 😉
I would love to hear how other bloggers deal with motivation and writer block! Let me know in the comments below.
Hope you enjoyed this long post
Here’s to another year of blogging!
Zahra, The Cake Architect
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has supported me throughout this blogging journey so far. Special thanks to my family, my friends, my fellow bloggers and to all of those who have taken out of their time to like and comment on my posts and tell me what they think.
I would also like to thank those of you who have nominated me for awards and everybody who has followed my blog, whether its from day 1 or day 365 each and every one of you are greatly appreciated. 😃
For my first post I originally planned to bake an incredible cheesecake recipe that I had prepared several times over the last few weeks. I was so excited to write my first post and it is during this excitement that my cheesecake – which although tastes quite delicious – “almost failed” as I said in my very first post. Yet I knew that blogging would be a journey, one with many ups and downs. You can have incredible baking moments and then the next time you bake you may feel disappointed. This is what keeps me going on today. I realised baking was my passion when no matter how many times I failed a recipe or baked something that was not what I was too particularly happy with, I would never give up on it.
My earliest memory for baking was when I was a little girl. I had borrowed a cookery book from school and together with my mum we made lovely fairy cupcakes. I was fascinated. Although all I could ever bake was cupcakes since then up till a few years ago, this particular memory stayed with me ever since. I knew that I wanted to practice baking and further develop my skills in this field and I knew blogging about it would help.
My resolutions for this year is to try and blog more. Although I can’t promise everything with exams looming in the near future, I will attempt to do my best.
Thanks for everything and lets hope this blogging year will be just as great as the last!
The Cake Architect 🙂