It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I do not think this blog will be quite that long, but it does indeed start with a picture:
That was me a little more than 9 years ago, and at the time I used it as the banner of a brand-new blog that I had finally decided to create — yes, I am referring to THIS very blog!
As a reflect on those days, I cannot help but shake my head in wonder. I had no recipes to speak of, and no pictures of food either (which is why I used a picture of myself!).
I was scared and excited at the same time. Who would read my recipes? Better yet, who would prepare them? I remember my heart racing when I finally found the courage to click “post” for the first time. I hoped that the blog would be the start of something fun and big, but I had no idea what to expect.
Little by little, new visitors started stopping by. I cannot put into words how exciting and amazing it was to see the numbers go up. The “someone is reading my blog!” happy dance is what comes to mind.
Now, a little more about the picture of me up there: it was taken on a trip from Phoenix to Savannah. During that trip is when my love of cooking climbed to a new level. That is also when the idea of a blog started to formulate in the back of my mind. And what sealed the deal, was when I realized that a blog would be the perfect answer to the “what’s for dinner tonight?’ calls that some of my friends would ask me on a daily basis.
Nine years ago, things were so different. Back then, there were few places and opportunities to showcase recipes. Instagram did not even exist! I jumped in feet first and decided to “learn as I go.” Back then, I used to post the whole dinner menu at the beginning. My photos were terrible and unappealing. Since then, I have made things simpler by focusing on one recipe per post, and I have added some photography equipment, taken some classes, and practiced a lot. The picture quality has greatly improved!
How else did Giangi’s Kitchen change throughout the years? Well, it has evolved with time. The blog has undergone a couple of face lifts, and the last one just brought the blog to where it needed to be (read the press release!). Also, I did update my picture. After all, 9 years shows, and the last thing I wanted to do is not to look like me
Also, many of the people who were blogging about cooking back in the days have given up, either because it was taking too much time, too much money — or both. Until you run a blog, you have no idea how much of a commitment it involves!
But what has not changed — and I promise you will never change — is the core vision of Giangi’s Kitchen, which is to features simple, delicious, elegant and nutritious recipes that are geared to everyone: working moms, dads, grandparents, empty nesters, teenagers, and anyone else with a desire to prepare great and budget-friendly evening meals for their family in just 30-45 minutes.
So, what is ahead for Giangi’s Kitchen? I am working with some exciting and interesting new flavors, and always creating new recipes and blog posts. I am also trying to travel more and enjoy new flavors and cultures. Let’s face it, we all share one common bond: we all eat and love food!
I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this journey. Without a doubt, the very best thing that has come from this blog is getting to connect with SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE from around the world! We truly do live in a global village, and I am honored that so many people spend time here in Giangi’s Kitchen. You are always welcome, there is always something delicious cooking on the stove, and we are all family.
Here is to the last 9 years, and here is to the next 9 — and many more!