Today me and a friend discussed about how to maintain an active blog. Creating one is easy. But in order to maintain an active one, we need to find inspiration and motivation so we can share our ideas and thoughts to everyone. Without unique and eye-catching posts, the public won’t notice what we have to say or show. Losing confidence in your own blog and going idle will cause the rest of the world to ignore it like a speck of dust on the ground. Most of the time, it’s our audience who motivates us to keep on going. We can always play it safe but eventually we have to take risks and hope that the result is worth it. Maybe it’s the controversial posts that will instantly boost your followers, likes, and popularity.
I thought about how creating and trying new food or recipes is like taking a risk. Pushing yourself to do it and knowing the consequence can either be really bad or fantastic is like making a sushi roll for the very first time or trying a UFO (Unidentified Food Object). For example, during Thanksgiving, I tried to make a raw pumpkin pie and half-failed. The pie’s appearance was enticing but it didn’t taste very good, so to the garbage it went! I also made purple yam (sweet potato) mousse and it was surprisingly a success. Through these experiences and many other embarrassing ones, I learned to take risks and accept failure or success.
Trying out a type of food or restaurant that’s new to you can also require you to take a risk. Sometimes the food in the restaurant just isn’t quite right or maybe that fruit or vegetable has a funky taste. Going to a restaurant you have no idea about can require you to make decision that will either waste or make good use of your money. Recently, I tried a restaurant: Le Soste al Mare in Como, Italy. Although I read good reviews about it, I was not a fan of seafood and large portions of fish. However, their oysters was delicious and I ended up finishing the plate Another day, I went to a Japanese Restaurant and decided to try out their menu. I’ve eaten enough sushi in my life to be a judge of what’s good or bad. Unfortunately, both the food and service was great and amazing – the sushi was good and tasty, and the salmon tartar tasted like okay.
Even though I did not eat pasta or pizza during my stay in Como, Italy. I do still have the appetite and hunger to discover new eateries! After all, you can’t find new places to eat and tell your family and friends all about them without taking risks. The most important lesson out of this is that through success and failure, you can always gain something positive from it. Maybe it will take a few tries to master that one dish you’re making, but in the end, you can improve from it and make each one better than before.