December 31, 2013

Why I’m Not Writing A New Year’s Post!

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hat’s right. I’m not writing a New Year’s post this year! I’m just writing it on New Year’s Eve, and it’s not the sort of post one finds on most food blogs at this time of the year. I didn’t write one last year either but put out a recipe for a “No- Egg Nog” as the end of that year had left me with a rather itchy and sore throat.
I’ve been a bit neglectful for some time now when it comes to a lot of blog related milestone counting or even celebrating blog anniversaries for a couple of years now. Most of the time, these things seem to pass me by before I know it and it seems a little silly to be celebrating my 500th post (or something similar) when I’m already sitting down to write my 543rd post, if you know what I mean.
So why did I decide to make a point with such a title for my post? Well, I was assured by some well-meaning articles out there that this was one of the ways I could definitely make sure my blog post caught my readers’ attention. I’m not sure it will, or that it won’t, or that it really matters at the end of it all, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out and see.
Of course, unlike the milestones I was mentioning earlier, a New Year can never pass one by without realising it. So this is season when a lot of bloggers take the time and effort to compile recipes from their food blogs and others’ to create an easily accessible list of festive food. I just realised that this is something I should do for my blog after I received a couple of e-mails asking how they could find all the Christmas recipes on my blog! This shall be one of the things I’ll try and get done on my blog in 2014.
It’s also the time of the year when many bloggers like to look back at the year that was and get nostalgic about it and tell you all the good stuff that happened, or if it wasn’t too good tell you how they never wish to see another 2013 ever! Otherwise, they tell you want they hope for in the New Year and all their plans and resolutions for it.
There’s nothing wrong with that at all, and I’ve been reading some pretty good old year/ New Year write-ups. I guess in some ways such blog posts are like a “cleaning out and moving on” kind of exercise and we all know how good a thing that is.
Yet, it’s just not my thing to look back into the past year and write a post on a “Recap of the that Went by” or “My Favourite 10 Posts of 2013, or “The Top 25 Posts on My Blog (does anyone really want to know or care, other than me?). I have done the “Recap” thing posts some years ago but no more. I don’t make New Year resolutions, though I do always have some plans about what I ought to get done in the next 12 months it’s another thing that some of my plans never make it out of my head to see the light of day.



 
So what I’ll do, like I always do, is tell you all how much it means to me that all of you who follow my blog and read everything I write keep doing so year in and year out. My special thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment on my posts and written in to me how much they like my posts, recipe and photographs here and how my recipes have worked out so well for them.
And most of all my best wishes to all of you and hoping that your New year is peaceful, happy, fulfilling and everything you want it to be and more. I’ll see you all sometime in the first week of 2014 and until then I’ll leave you with “A Song for New Year’s Eve” by William Cullen Bryant. 

A Song for New Year’s Eve
 (William Cullen Bryant)

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay—
     Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
     Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
          Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away. 

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
     Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
     For his familiar sake.
          Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away.  

The kindly year, his liberal hands
     Have lavished all his store.
And shall we turn from where he stands,
     Because he gives no more?
          Oh stay, oh stay,
One grateful hour, and then away.  

Days brightly came and calmly went,
     While yet he was our guest;
How cheerfully the week was spent!
     How sweet the seventh day's rest!
          Oh stay, oh stay,
One golden hour, and then away. 

Dear friends were with us, some who sleep
     Beneath the coffin-lid:
What pleasant memories we keep
     Of all they said and did!
          Oh stay, oh stay,
One tender hour, and then away. 

Even while we sing, he smiles his last,
     And leaves our sphere behind.
The good old year is with the past;
     Oh be the new as kind!
          Oh stay, oh stay,
One parting strain, and then away.
 
 

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