Happy New Year and My Resolutions for 2009

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31 Dec Happy New Year and My Resolutions for 2009

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I’m stunned. After a quick look back at my promises, I can announce to the world that I actually kept last year’s blog resolutions. I delivered cookbook reviews, shared my thoughts on more than 20 culinary gadgets and included a photo in every post. Even my unannounced mid-year resolution of posting every weekday wasn’t a complete fiasco. But then again, it’s not hard to beat 2007 where I went AWOL for six months.

Overall, it’s not bad for an undisciplined and easily distracted blogger.

This year? I’ll try to keep my goals realistic. In 2009, I plan to:

1. Diversify my photography. (Notice I’m keeping this vague so ANY change enables me to claim victory).

2. Close the gap on the dessert – main course ratio. Currently I have 57 desserts to only 16 mains and 10 veggies. Soup week pulled things a bit closer, but at this rate I’m killing you with kindness.

3. Post before 9:00 a.m. Until recently I was held hostage by natural light for my photos. This wasn’t an issue in the summer, but mid-winter? I can’t tell you how often I looked towards the sun sulking behind the clouds and screamed, “Work with me, baby! Work with me!” I now have a light box and am learning to use it. My light box photos still look a little like Kraft commercials, but once I get the details ironed out I won’t have to wait until morning to photograph last night’s supper.

Oh, every once in a while I get grandiose ideas. I briefly consider adding podcasts, celebrity chef Q&As and making my own videos, but figure these are the blogging equivalent of promising to lose 30 pounds by March Break and giving up your couch potato ways to become a triathlete. So for now, let’s just keep it real. Better pictures, healthier food, earlier postings.

So, any resolutions for 2009 you wish to share?

Photo © Velo Steve. Published under a Creative Commons License.

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  • Elizabeth Kricfalusi
    Posted at 12:30h, 31 December Reply

    None to share, but I wanted to congratulate you on your success with this year’s resolutions (and wish you good luck with next year’s!).

    That’s an absolutely gorgeous photo at the top of this post, BTW. Maybe someday…

  • cheryl
    Posted at 13:09h, 31 December Reply

    Let’s pinky swear that if you ever do videos and podcasts, I will, too. (Better yet: if you don’t, I won’t either.)

    Have a wonderful night and be sure to drink a toast to your successful year!

  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 15:53h, 31 December Reply

    Good luck with our resolutions!

    I’m not going to get too ambitious but I am going to try to keep myself from getting run down and burnt out. Last year I ddin’t do well on that front at all but I’m optimistic about this year since in the last week I turned down three national TV opportunities so that I could keep my promise to myself and my family to have a leisurely Christmas holiday . While that may sound like nothing much to others, for me it is a huge milestone. I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about keeping me resolution. : )

  • Lisa magicsprinkles
    Posted at 20:45h, 31 December Reply

    May the New Year bring everything you want and more!

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 00:26h, 02 January Reply

    Thanks to everyone for their good wishes!

    Elizabeth, one day I’ll take a photo this good. I promise.

    Cheryl, okay, consider this a virtual pinky swear with the emphasis on NOT.

    Dana, that sounds like a huge milestone to me. Congratulations on setting and keeping your boundaries.

    Lisa, many thanks and may your 2009 be the best yet.

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