After much ado about something that was almost nothing, The Kitchen Journals finally went live last November. At last. Finally. Phew.
I don’t want to say it was a lot of work, but I feel I better understand what long-term pregnancy is like. (No offense to all the mothers out there, but for now, it’s the best analogy I have.) Eventually, the thrill of creation dissipated, and all I wanted to do was to get that baby out.
STILL, there is much to do as we build-out content and begin marketing it to the world. Wish me luck.
In all sincerity, I am quite excited, and I hope readers of this site who are really serious about home cooking will take a little time out of their busy day to see what’s going on over there from time to time. I know there are probably 1,234,567,115 food sites in the world today (or at least it feels like that), but I really think when all is said and done, The Kitchen Journals has something special to offer. I suppose only time will tell.
Before I move on to the road ahead, I just want to take a moment to thank some of the folks who were so generous in helping me get The Kitchen Journals live.
A Partial List of Some of the Really Awesome People in the World:
Jeni Britton Bauer
And Now, What’s to Become of David’s Table
When I first set-out to create The Kitchen Journals over a year ago, I thought I would ultimately shut down David’s Table. But as time has passed, the idea of turning off the lights here feels something like the abandonment of an old friend. Since it’s inception in 2009, this site and has been a large part of what motivates me to pursue my passion for food and cooking. Along the way, it has certainly taught me a thing or two. Ultimately, it has been something of a HTML-based training ground which enabled me to create the new site. So how do you just put something like that aside? I began asking myself the not-so-age-old question, “What does one do with an old, used food blog?” Could David’s Table be repurposed for something else?
It seems to me there is always something missing when you’re writing a food blog. It’s like throwing a dinner party and then spending all your time in the kitchen while your guests are in the next room having a great time. All the researching, recipe testing, photographing, writing, editing and posting, and you never get the chance to sit down and enjoy the meal with your readers. I never really got the chance to relax here.
That’s when it hit me. The dinner table is not just a place to eat. It is also a place to gather with family and friends and share the stories of your day, talk about current events, gossip about people, ask each other questions, maybe argue a little, and enjoy your time together. When I started this site, it was to act as a knowledge base for all things cooking and food. With that role now largely filled for me by The Kitchen Journals, maybe I could convert “the Table” into a place to just relax and have some fun for a change and not worry about things like SEO and grammar errors. (Warning; I’m a terrible spellar.)
So from this day forward this site will be a place for you (whoever you are) and me to come together and chat about the things that connect us; the things that make us human. So come along. I’ll pour you a nice glass of virtual wine or cold beer, we’ll have a great meal, and see where the evening takes us. You’ll have a great time. Trust me. There’s more to me than just food. (I think.) And besides, I’ve reserved us the best table in the house.
It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot