I must admit that blogging has taken a bit of a backseat for me in the past few weeks.
Honestly, I think there is a bit of a crisis in the "blogosphere" at the moment, as many bloggers are expressing their uncertainty about the future of blogging and the pressures placed upon the industry by monetization.
Faced by my own personal feelings of doubt over this tiny internet space of mine, I have decided to take a step back for a period of reflection about what I really want to say.
I read blogs because I want to be able to find out about how other people live - where they travel, what they eat, what they wear and what they are passionate about.
That's what these spaces are really, a platform to talk, to share opinions and to find out about different ways of living. This is what I'm going to be focusing on in the next few months - my life, in all of its imperfect, hilarious and occasionally outstanding glory.
So what's new then in my life?
Despite taking a backseat in the old blogging department, I have been writing more than ever.
Mostly this has been for a very exciting new client project at Coffee Yard Media, where I have been able to take my passion for food and channel it into the launch of a new magazine for the Clandestine Cake Club.
We wanted to create something that could contain many elements centered around cakes and baking, but was not limited to just being another "baking magazine". We also wanted it to be free and easy for users all over the world to download, which is where the idea of an e-zine came in,
Sucre Kitchen Magazine was therefore born, with the central premise of celebrating the sweet things in life.
My role in developing Sucre really became that of editor, helping to curate the content and put everything together into a cohesive and interesting magazine. Think Anna Wintour with less attitude and more love for cake.
Managing the editorial side of things was a definitely process that I thoroughly enjoyed, despite a few sleepless nights near the deadline. The best part of doing a self contained project like this is that you clearly have a result in the end - a magazine which I'm so proud of!
One of my highlights has to be getting the chance to interview Pastry Chef, Helen Vass (part of the winning team on Bake Off Creme de la Creme). This was a great opportunity to ask about what things are really like behind the camera on such shows and how the pressure of filming affects one's baking skills.
I also really enjoyed getting my baking hat on again and coming up with new recipe ideas. This process has actually given me a lot of ideas which will hopefully make it onto the blog over the next few months - so watch this space!
I'm now back to the grind working on issue 2, which will be out on December 1st.
Download Issue 1 here for free!