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how blogging can be like middle school (which wasn’t all bad, right?)

Blogging is  impacting the world of publishing more and more, I think, as evidenced by the slew of talented bloggers getting book deals. Bloggers are demonstrating that they can convey their creativity to others and publishers have taken notice. These worlds of computer and paper are colliding.   So today I thought I’d tackle the way-too-huge-to-tackle topic of blogging. And since I started writing this post, that topic got infinitely huger with debates over the ups and downs of Pinterest, which I’m NOT addressing quite yet. Maybe next week… Because I have many, many strong opinions on how important original sources are.

 

Anyone entering or already in the food blog world probably understands my title. Blogging is not an escape from the world we know offline. Far from it, I see the same dynamics of reality work themselves out in similar ways in blogland. For better or for worse. But I like to the think the scales tip to better. They must, or why else would we keep doing this? Aside from things like getting to write Sugarlicious.

 

(The photographs in the post are scattered from my blog, just click on the photo to go to the original post.)

 

 

How blogland can be just like Middle School, aka Junior High

aka Fisher Jr. High if you live in Trenton, NJ

 

The pay sucks. Yeah, like scrounging for movie money. While those more skilled in Search Engine Optimization and advertising and CPMs probably do make a nice living blogging, those of us lacking such knowledge get paid very, very, very, very little for their hours of baking and photographing and writing and creating.  You definitely can’t go into blogland with a plan to strike it rich. But the beauty of blogging is that it does give someone like me, home with her daughter and needing flexibility, a chance to earn at least some income. Between my other gig (where the owners do understand SEO and advertising and CPMs) and work for other blogs, I do earn a little.  I’m not buying gold toilets and diamond encrusted shoes, but I probably wouldn’t buy those things anyway.

 

 

 

You feel insecure and compare yourself to others. Plus, there are cliques.

Anyone who has obsessively checked their own google analytics stats against another blog’s number of followers or comments knows of what I speak. It can consume you, comparing yourself to other creatives, their popularity, their work, their numbers. Why don’t I get 50 comments every time I post? Why aren’t my monthly visitors skyrocketing? How come I’m not featured on all these other sites?

 

So you try hard. You leave comments, you submit to food porn sights, you add your posts to link parties, you spend hours spreading the word on facebook, pinterest, twitter, foodgawker, tastespotting… anywhere you can who will take you. And then you get a mere blip in traffic. It’s exhausting, this race for clicks.

 

And to top it all off, it may seem like all of these well-known, big bloggers know and love each other and you are on the outside.

 

It’s impossible to avoid this game entirely, especially if you do want to earn income blogging and need the numbers, but I’m learning more and more (with each and every yawn and eye rub) that it’s best to step back from this angst-provoking mindset. It’s too draining to work so hard for the numbers, when really, it should be about creating  and sharing. That’s what I tell myself when I step over to the dark side, “Create and Share, Create and Share. They Will Come. Or Not.”  Easier said than done, but I keep saying it anyway.

 

And these “cliques”? I’ve found that these cliques are not about the popular kids closing themselves off to the less popular kids. It’s merely about a continued presence and growing friendships and respect for each others’ work. I know  that with the friendships I’ve made through blogging myself, it’s happened slowly and organically, much like real life. Not out of exclusion.  But I know it can be tough, right?

 

 

 

People can be mean.

I’ve been scolded for my techniques, gotten yelled at, sneered at, been called a snob and labeled a bad mother. And I decorate cookies and marshmallows. This never ceases to amaze me. And what’s crazy is I’m really, really nice. Truly, I am! I promise I’m a nice person. But I do offend easily (dang insecurities) and am quick to scoff back. Too quick.  And I’ve gotten in trouble. Showing your weakness makes you a target. Which brings me to…

 

 

(by the way, this is the closest thing I had to a “target,” as in “sitting duck,” as in “sitting chicken?”)

 

You might share too much and become a target.

I still get livid when I see my photos and ideas stolen. And by “photos and ideas stolen,” I don’t mean being inspired by an idea, or using my tutorials, or seeing someone else’s version of my work and making something like it. I mean someone taking a photo or idea from my site and calling it theirs.  Way too frequently others have taken my photos, put  them on their sites and claim them as their own.  I’ve seen my treats being sold on etsy, even my photos with someone else’s watermark. And my immediate reaction is anger. I often forget my own lesson to never react with such anger online or you put yourself on the same level.

 

Every time I write a tutorial and post a photograph, I risk losing it to the world, and it becomes impossible to keep track of all that I create. As many know, that’s what happened with Mr. Melty. (See his story HERE.) And if I do start talking about how your work can get lost on Pinterest because of those that don’t pin original sources, I would be here all day.

 

 

So why keep sharing? For the vast majority who do NOT visit the internet to steal, but to learn. For those that actually use what I post for the sake of good, not evil. And because I need an audience.  I’ve written about 400 posts over 3 years filled with illustrations, photographs and tutorials. I’ve created a body of work that will last forever, not just online, but in Sugarlicious. Much of the knowledge I’ve gained through blogging  is what made it to the book, packaged neatly between two covers.

 

 

 

You make lifelong friends.

I can gripe about people being mean and taking things that don’t belong to them, but overwhelmingly, the online community of bakers and creative, crafty types and other bloggers and all of you readers are incredibly kind, thoughtful and supportive.  A kindness, thoughtfulness and support that dwarfs all the negativity.  Just like real life, I like to think. And I never anticipated making true friends over the internet, encouraging, funny, smart and creative women I know through blogging. We exchange advice, jokes, tears… stunning, really, to have never met face to face.

 

 

It may lead to great things.

I don’t just mean book deals, though many have that as a goal. (And by the way, if you do, I encourage you to read my post on “how to get a book deal,” even though it’s long. Not to toot my own horn, but toot. It has some solid info.)  But blogging will help you hone your craft, be creative, push you in certain directions, bring you friends and a community, win you prizes sometimes if you’re lucky in giveaways, and yes, it can even determine the course of your career.

 

 

I’d love to hear your reactions! Any grand thoughts on blogging and books and such things?

 

 

 

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63 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    hear hear!! I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years, been to tons of conferences,etc and every single thing you’ve said is true! Thanks for putting it out there.

    AND.. now I’m going to pin a few of the fabulous treats in this photo. LOVE the cotton candy heart!

  2. Michelle
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Ha!! Great article! I have felt every single emotion you laid out here. Except for the stealing of material, haven’t seen that yet …wonder will I just bump into it?! It is hard to try and keep up with those who’ve been in the game longer. But I just keep doing my thing and keep telling myself “they all started small”. It is about sharing and creativity. Thanks for this post!

  3. Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    This is by far one of the best blog posts I have ever read. Like the other comments I have found myself in a rat race and beating myself up for not being as good or as creative or post as many things as the next guy. But then I gained my sanity to realize that the reason I do blog and create apart from my day job and life is to have FUN and create memories and a collection touched by me that will be there long after I am gone. That was the point…the rest is sprinkles on the cupcake. If ya lived next door I’d walk over and give ya a hug.

  4. Karen
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I am extremely appreciative of your posts and can honestly say that I might not have ever tried decorating cookies had it not been for your site (and a couple of others-some of which I also found through you!). I’m completely baffled by the fact that you’ve been insulted for some of your posts, but people seem to think it’s appropriate to comment on ANY/EVERYTHING these days…And unless you’re actually abusing your family with marshmallows I say keep it up (there, I’m sure that offended someone!).

  5. Lindsey
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! You have no idea how much I needed to hear all that this morning. I’ve been toying around with the idea of a food blog for the last few weeks, and today might just be the day I start (or tomorrow, maybe monday), but really I think I will! The whole ‘clique’ thing has for some reason really hit me, and I think I just don’t want to ‘relive’ middleschool where maybe nobody will want to read it or like it. But I have to try it, to know. Now, see what you’ve done, you’ve gone and inspired me so I better go get started. Thanks again for not sugarcoating this post (that’s probably the first non-sugar coated blog post yet)!

  6. Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been blogging for almost two years now, and I’m sold. I make no money at all, my site has no advertisements, I have 69 facebook fans and 5 email followers, and even though I really want more people to discover my blog (because I think the recipes I post are worth making) I can’t help loving to blog, and it is so worth it when, once in a rare while, someone leaves a comment and says hello :)
    By the way, your blog is amazing! and as soon as I manage to scrape some money together, your book will be ordered from amazon (it is currently on my “top priority” wish list)

  7. Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    what a great post and yes, so true!

  8. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you all! It’s funny how common all of these emotions and reactions are! And phew, I’m not alone. Trisha, “erg” (sound of being hugged). Miss Overballe, I’m popping over to say hello. Lindsey, yep! It’s a crazy world, but fascinating! Aw, Karen, and I agree! There’s something alluring about the anonymity you get over the internet that some feel free to just let loose all their issues. (And on occasion, my critiques are accurate, so fair enough to those)

  9. Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    This was such a nice post! I’m only in high school, and I was worried if the blog world was always going to feel the same way. I guess I was just looking at it with the wrong attitude! I love your blog, too!

  10. Corrie
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed reading this- what an honest view on this subject :)

  11. Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    cheer! cheer! … your post is very enlightening to someone like me who just started blogging on baking. I still have zero followers and zero comments but I don’t mind. I have reposts from my favorite bloggers and I give due credit. I blog because I need an outlet to all the ramblings in my head. Blogging to me is like a diary.. so I dont forget what I did with each cake or cookie creation. When I get old,all I have to do is read them all over again.

  12. Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    WOW! You really put it all out there! Well done. I have to remind myself quite often of many points you make. Great read.

  13. Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    This is great – ‘the stealing things’ really hit home as it happens to me way too frequently. I would love to hear your thoughts on Pinterest (even privately) as I have very strong opinions about it.
    I feel like we’ve ‘known’ each other for years! ;)

  14. Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I go through that middle school feeling all the time! My blog is very slow growing and I often wonder why the heck I do it when there are so many more popular ones out there. But the bottom line is I like it!
    I hate that people steal ideas, I never search for my stuff but if I had time, I would and I would be infuriated if someone blatently stole my idea and coined it as their own. I have only one cookie that I think is a new, creative, never seen before idea and I worry that someone will take it and run with it!
    Thank you for sharing!

  15. Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Meaghan, I told you that you have a way with words, and you just confirmed it! This post is “spot on”!
    I will most likely never have a book deal, so for me, publishing a post is as close as I will probably ever get:) I do get a certain thrill every time I push the “publish post” button:) I also gain a lot of satisfaction from sweet comments(support) and real friendships gained through blogging, such as yours!
    Blog on, my friend!

  16. Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Your blog/creations are amazing! This post is full of truth. I started my blog last year and I truly enjoy every part of it. I make no money off it, and nor do I really have the time to outreach or network my blog as much as I would want to. And the ugly truth is I find myself comparing myself to others and its hard to wonder why I don’t have a lot of “likes”, comments etc as others… I constantly have to remind myself it is not a competition..and that I make these food creations for my daughter! The blog allows me to share my creations with the world.. but ultimately it is about my daughter and having fun with her and creating fun memories together in the kitchen :)

  17. Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I love it when the big-timers like you still struggle with the same issues us small-timers do. It reminds me that no matter what, in the end, we are all just people sitting at our computers, trying to share a little happy with the world. Even though your happy is wayyyy cooler than my happy, you’ve got mad cookie skills that I so envy…I may get cookie dough out of a tube on a good day. :)

    The idea stealing hurts so much…I actually had the ‘pleasure’ of coming across a local planner who used very well known party photos in her ad. Come to find out, she had an entire site and FB page with parties lifted from EVERYONE and even I had the honor of seeing several of my photos in there, no credit nothing. I realized, I had arrived, but it made me sick thinking I put my ideas out to inspire, not to be stolen.

    I’ve seen Mr. Melty everywhere and unfortunately that is the flaw of a fabulous idea, it will be imitated, but we know where it came from! Alrighty, I’m done rambling.

  18. Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t of said it better myself! :)

  19. Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful post! I’ve only been blogging for three months, not in it for the money or fame, baking just happens to be my release from reality! I never thought I’d enjoy it so much and gain so much inspiration from amazing bloggers like you! Thank you!

  20. Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    This posts speaks so much truth, thank you for posting! I agree with everything you just said. What a great reminder :)

  21. Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this inspiring and honest post Meaghan! As a middle school teacher and a new blogger I can attest first hand to all the feelings you have described. Your blog has been such an encouragement the last few years as I have tried my hand at cookie decorating. I love your detailed tutorials and your unique ideas! Please keep it coming!

  22. Kris
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Great post, I am just starting a cookie blog for personal use and to share with my friends. Great timing and well said!
    Your cotton candy heart cookies are adorable. My son has had a cotton candy business for 10 years, he would love those.

  23. Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful post. My thoughts exactly! I do think people should credit even if it is just the idea itself. Your creativity should be honored, not taken by others who want to claim it for themselves.

    I agree, blogging world is so much work but goodness it really is so fulfilling!

  24. Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Great post and at just the right time to remind me of all these things!! So few bloggers actually talk about these struggles and it’s really important to hear (and remember than behind every blog is a real person juggling things too). Since blogging is mostly a labor of love it’s easy to get emotionally vested & focus on what it’s not doing instead of what it is – thanks for the reminder on keeping perspective!

  25. Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow I just find you thru one of your blog friends and you amaze me with this post. I been blogging for a little more than a year and haven’t get any money out of it,comments are not frequent, I don’t have that many followers (164 in FB) but a lot more than I expected, and had a lot of the feelings you are describing. However I’m having so much fun with my projects and just thinking that maybe is going to help or inspire somebody else. Believe it or not the best recognition of my work have come from some of the “popular kids” that I believe are so popular not only because for your talent and creativity but because you share that with passion and dedication. So Thank you for this post and nice to meet you !!!

  26. Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I love LOVE this post! It was great to read a REAL breakdown of what the blog-world is like. You wouldn’t think that cookies and cupcake blogging would be tough, but it really is! My blog is just under 3 months old, and it is a very slow process. It’s hard not to check all the traffic on a daily basis and agonize over it. I’m constantly thinking about what I can do to increase the traffic, when in reality I should just be thinking about what new and fun creations I can make and share with the world!
    Thanks for the great post and for your beautiful creations.

  27. Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Grateful for your post…as an amateur blogger (and by amateur I really mean inconsistent with under 20 followers – 3 of whom I don’t know) I have found it confusing to know just where to establish boundaries and what is considered fair and just in the blogosphere. There are no style guides like there are in the publishing world. And worse…there’s far less accountability than you would find in middle school where most kiddos are just learning what plagiarism means. Your post caused me to pause and make sure that despite the vast grey area that blogging is, as often as I enter in to it I still maintain the level of integrity you’d find in stricter, more accountable modes of communication. Bless you sweet girl. You are an inspiration!

  28. Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I really loved this post Meaghan! It perfectly summed up a lot of what I’ve experienced blogging. I didn’t expect so many ups, downs, troubles, new friendships, and growth opportunities to come from the little blog on started on a whim. But if I had it to do all over again knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t change a thing. (Although it would be nice to one day have the whole attribution and photo ownership things tightened up.)

    : )

  29. Margaret Hayter
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I think the world of blogging has gotten ahead of itself. Blogs aren’t really the path to riches; they are a very public means of expression. For some people, they are a way to document their food/craft/collecting/personal activities. After all, what percentage of bloggers gave up their full-time jobs to live off of their advertising? Not many people get the exposure of, say, Bakerella who took a simple idea and made a hit of it. If something lucrative comes of it, that’s nice. If not, just remember that it’s not employment. If you need income, you probably have to be employed. You’re one of the lucky ones who got a book deal. Think of the thousands of people out there who just toil away. Hopefully they are doing it for the enjoyment of it and not the longshot paycheck.

  30. Margaret Hayter
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    BTW, please put a watermark on your photos to help protect your work. You’re work is great, keep it YOURS.

  31. Posted February 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I blog about my weight loss trials and tribulations, if someone would like to come and steal my ass & thighs I will gladly let them. But in all seriousness, that is terrible that someone would take your idea and the fact that you share step by step instructions how to do it and not only steal your actual photo but try to pass it off as an original idea. So sorry you have to deal with this. I wish I had the creativity you have.

  32. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Totally agree, Margaret!! (BTW, yep, all my photos in the past year have watermarks, but none of these early ones shown…. a long process to go through and change them.) That’s why my advice, when I’ve been asked about making money blogging, is, while it’s possible, don’t plan on it and don’t quit your job! Same with the book deal… it’s possible, but as I mention in that super long other book deal post, it’s extraordinarily difficult and for most, like me, it’s not handed to them. It’s something they’ve worked for for a looong time (about 7 years in my case).

  33. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, Tracy, middle school teacher and new blogger? The perfect test case for this post :) !

  34. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Not Just a Mommy! Ugh, I know that exact feeling of seeing your work taken! And still stings every time, more that another human actually could do that ethically, than anything I think. Also, your entire first paragraph is spot on, though I did laugh at me being a “big-timer” since I so very much feel like a “small-timer”!

  35. Posted February 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Great post! I really needed to read this today, as I’ve been feeling a lot of the same things lately. But you’re exactly right – it shouldn’t be about how many comments or the number of page-views, but about sharing what you have to say or teach. If people read it and comment on it, that’s just the icing on the cake. It’s just really easy to get disheartened for all of the reasons you mentioned. It’s nice to know I’m not alone when I feel that way sometimes!

  36. Posted February 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    so well put, I really love to blog, and I dream about making money at it. But I know realistically I wont, which is not the end of the world. I also know that I put things out there and people are going to see it and make their thoughts on it. I have talked to a lot of great people through my blog, so I love that.

  37. Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    I’m glad someone posted this. Of course, once it’s on the interwebs, it’s pretty much out there and there’s no telling what could happen but that doesn’t mean that everything that does happen is bad. And just like face to face, if something happens, you have to know how to handle the situation and the people in a manner that will get the point across with few incidents as possible.

    So thank you for making this post :)

    ~ Kieli ~

  38. Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    I always say there needs to be something that each new blogger reads before they are able to publish their first blog. I know, that only takes care of the newbies that “didn’t know” and not the people who know exactly what they are doing.

    I agree, the friendships I have made are so great in comparison to the frustration of photos and content being stolen. Many of my friends are the ones who let me know something of mine is out there, even before I see it – we watch out for each other.

    When I first started my website, it was to share recipes and food ideas, I honestly had no idea the opportunities and friendships that awaited. So, I keep going. When I find my content elsewhere, I deal with it, and keep going. *sigh*

    Thank you for this – and for all you do and share!

  39. April Yablonovitch
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH for blogging about this! I’ve been thinking abou starting my own blgo and this helped so much:)

  40. Sweetsugarbelle
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Megs..you know how you giggle and cry at the same time?! Like as in gigglecry. I gigglecried. You amaze me in more ways than one, and I want to be like you when I grow up. And maybe when I am able to stop shaking and remove myself from the fetal position, I will give you some thoughts on blogging, lol.

  41. Posted February 26, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Oh, thank you for this post! So many thoughts ring so very, very true, and I love to hear advice from a gal I look up to & consider a “pro.” Much love, girl. :-)

  42. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Yeeep! Totally agree Kristina, especially about the content elsewhere, dealing and moving on… And I only find my content elsewhere because of how loyal and astute and awesome my readers are!

  43. Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this post. LOVE it. And you. And all your honesty and super creative ideas. And if we were in middle school together, I totally wouldn’t mind sharing a locker with you. You know, if you wanted to.

  44. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, Georganne, we can have our little mirrors with the magnets and a pic of Kirk Cameron up! Unless you’re more of a Kevin Bacon (a la footloose) fan!

  45. Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Great post and you certainly are right on the money with your thoughts and feelings. Like any society, the blogging world has both good and bad elements to it but I like to think that the good always outweigh the bad. People may steal your photographs, copy your content, etc., but they can never take your talents, your integrity, nor the friendships that have grown from being a blogger.

  46. Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Meaghan I am learning these things and feeling these emotions for myself and my fellow bloggy friends. But connecting with people like you (!) who become friends is enough to keep me going. Someone once reblogged one of my original ideas. A *big* website picked it up and praised her up and down for it. She did have a link back to me. My first reaction was anger and a little sad for not getting that praise. But then I reminded myself that I don’t do this for praise or even for the tiny amount of income. I do it because it I like to create. Inspiring other people is humbling.

  47. Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Meaghan for the fab post! I am one of the worst at comparing myself to others – including the beautiful air brushed people in the magazines! After starting my blog almost a year ago, I decided to just enjoy it for me and if something good along the way happens – well, that’s a plus. It has relieved alot of pressure to measure up to the top guns! Also, I realize that not everyone can comment, I certainly read and enjoy everyone’s blogs, but don’t have time to comment (and proving that I’m not a robot LOL) on every single one. So I always keep that in mind.

    Thanks for always inspiring me and keep up the good work – I’m rooting for you!

  48. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Woo hoo, Paula, perfectly put!! And I’m exactly the same Katrina. Oh my goodness, I still get pangs when I see a melted snowman cookie and want to scream at the computer, but that was MYYYYY idea!! But it’s all just part of how things go and your bloggy buds get ya’ through!

  49. Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this! So well put. It’s such an interesting little world, and the friendships with other bloggers are so great – especially when your “real life” friends and family don’t have a clue what we do (despite our attempts to show them!). And there will always be people to criticize, I mean we do sit around and feed our kids cake pops and marshmallows 24×7, right? ;) Thanks for such a spot on post!

  50. Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    Oooh, definitely Kirk Cameron. I’ve been a little afraid of Kevin Bacon since I saw “The River Wild.”

  51. Posted February 27, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Dear Meaghan, I could not agree more on everything you say…and the waste of energy im comparing yourself to others …it is really a waste..

    I did a post on blogging back in august,, i know its in Spanish, but although google translator is not that brilliant you can make yourself an idea.. http://www.elrincondebea.com/2011/08/consejos-para-bloggers.html

    Congratulations on your new book!!!!!!

    Love

    Bea

  52. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    BEA!!! Just read your blog post and now I have to go spread the word on facebook. It’s so very spot on, and you give lessons I myself forget. Everything just rang so true to me. Thank you for sharing this! And anyone else reading these comments and interested in these issues, be sure to click the link to Bea’s post.

  53. Rachel
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m new to the world of blogging. I had no idea it could be so “cliquish” (sp?). The fact that people steal your photos and say that they created the treat just frustrates me. I guess if you put a watermark across your photo it would only cover up the picture of your treats right? I’ve been thinking of getting a nicer camera for the photos on my blog, but maybe I’ll just stick with the one I’ve got.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! I look forward to trying some of your recipes and creations. You are very talented!

  54. Posted February 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I read this post on my phone a few days ago while I was feeding the baby.I need it to come and leave a comment. I feel like an outsider, everyone is so cool/good blogging but me.I am so lucky and I get all the mean people upset because I wrote “this” instead of “these” in a sentence. I get really upset at people stealing pictures and to others thinking they are the big deal.I feel funny writting tutorials because I feel mine are not good enough.
    I have decided just stop comparing myself to others and post what I do and believe in.
    You have inspired me to write a post about my own thoughts about blogging.

  55. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    YES Kathia! That’s exactly that same feeling I’ve had! And that I assumed so many others must have felt, too. That’s what this blogging world may to you if you let it, makes you doubt and compare and aaaagh! So silly. Like middle school. Have you SEEN your work? Just go to your blog right this instant and look at the entire first page (Now I’m like a parent telling their child to look in a mirror and tell me what they see.) Freakin’ gorgeous. Plus, you’re able to talk on the phone, feed a BABY, and read a blog at the same time?!? Are you also folding laundry and decorating cookies with your feet? Superwoman. And lastly… I’ve been scoffed at for so many mindless errors, too, like “your” instead of “you’re” and “dying” instead of “dyeing,” and yes, I know the difference. Can I brag here that I have a Masters in Literature and studied English lit at Oxford (just a summer, but still). Typos people typos. Forgive us. :)

  56. Posted March 2, 2012 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Brava, Meaghan! I loved this post. I’m grateful for all the good folks out there, who’ve, as you so nicely put it, “dwarfed” the baddies who steal ideas. A good friend once told me that if something is supremely precious to me (like a great idea), I should keep it off the internet and never share it/blog about it because the internet has no boundaries. I’ve always remembered that, and it helps me be sure that whenever I hit “publish” with a new project I’m proud of, I’m already prepared that it might go places I’d rather it didn’t. I thought it would make me cynical, but it hasn’t – it’s given me peace of mind instead. Does this make sense? It’s past midnight!

    Thank you again for all the wonderful, gorgeous cookies you make and share. They make me smile to see them. My middle daughter loves looking at your photos – she’s the cupcake/cookie/rainbow aficionado of the family. We draw on marshmallows because you taught us to, and we use meringue powder in our frosting because you were kind enough to share that secret with us. Thank you!

  57. meaghanmountford
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Awwww, thank you!! And sigh, that’s good advice. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the division between the internet and my non-virtual life… Well, this comment would be much longer if I kept going on THAT topic :).

  58. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Well said! We all just want to be the popular blogger!

    I will stick with your motto… “Create and Share, Create and Share. They Will Come.”

    Thanks!
    Susan

  59. maria mcdonald
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    What AMAZING ideas!!! You are so creative!! I LOVE it all!! :) Thank you for sharing your talent!

  60. Katie Eisenhour
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I love all of your ideas…they’re soo creative! I wish I had that much creativity! Keep up the work and thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with those of us who aren’t as creative!

  61. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your inspiration!

  62. Kim Stockschlader
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to experiment with some of these ideas!! I love cake decorating and this is a cool way of expanding on it. These are beautiful!!!

  63. Posted March 7, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    LOVE this! I make no $$ from Fizzy Party and that’s ok. I didn’t start it to make $$. Would I like to make a little..sure. Than I could throw more parties and post more :) I don’t really look at my numbers. That’s not why I’m in it. Of course I get excited when my numbers go up but I’m not # greedy. And I too have found some fabulous people out there who are becoming my friends, even if they live across the country :)

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