A Blushing Broccoli

You Gaaaaaaaaah-EYES!!!! 😀

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I just finished reading through all the beautiful comments left on my blog birthday post and I’m….well, I’m just…ok, obviously I’m a little speechless at the moment. No, actually, that’s not true at all. The trouble is there are so many words running through my head right now that I’m having trouble forming complete sentences.

In the hour that it took me to read all ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE entries, I smiled, I blushed, I giggled, I laughed out loud (like really, not just when you say “lol” and in reality, your face is void of emotion…don’t say you haven’t done it), I raised my imaginary wine glass, I went to the kitchen for a glass of wine and then raised my ACTUAL wine glass, I fell back into my chair, I sighed, I clapped a hand to my chest, I muttered things to myself, and while some may have wondered what exactly was in my wine glass or if I had somehow become possessed by a sly demon with obvious good taste in host flesh, I really just felt my heart had grown so big that it would burst out of a gold frame just like the Grinch. And I immediately felt the need to write the longest run-on sentence I’ve ever written in my 1,460+ days of blogging…followed by a fragment because I know you guys also come here for grammar lessons! 😉

But seriously…I’m sorry, I always deflect to humor whenever I have to deal with unexpected emotions. The truth is, I almost cried at least twice. Good tears of course. I just feel so overwhelmed with emotion right now. So loved. So understood.

I have a confession to make.

For the last year, I’ve been seriously thinking about closing KMB’s virtual doors, especially since I’ve started posting less and less in regards to recipes. This blog has gone through many phases in these last four years and I’ve grown and changed a lot during that time. I was starting to think that maybe I’d outgrown it all. I would have days where I would sit to write and they would be painful…it would take me HOURS to type up a 500-word post, but other days, I would have so much excitement over something, that my fingers could barely keep up. Plus, the more I thought about it, the more I struggled with the emotions and connotations associated with what it would mean to me to just “give up” this whole thing. I know that I am not solely defined by my bloggerdom (ok, well that makes me feel like a princess!), but maybe I just needed a little validation…I think we all do at times…I just had to know if it all really mattered anymore.

I never expected the flood of emotions I would feel while scrolling through entries from loyal commenters, lurkers finally introducing themselves and confessing to being long-time readers, and even newbies too! Knowing that my energy and attitude come through so positively in my writing makes me bounce up and down in my chair. Knowing that many of you are doing your best to stifle giggles and/or not spit all over your computer screen while reading is just icing peanut butter on the cake brownie. But knowing that through it all, you guys really see me for ME, that’s the best part. Well, besides getting to brighten a certain someone’s day.

Snack Bars

The winner of KMB’s 4th Birthday Giveaway issssss…

KMB's 4th Blog Birthday Giveaway Winner
Congratulations Jess! Expect an email from me later today to collect your information so that you can soon be rolling in a pile of all these bars! 😉

I want to thank you all for entering and for literally making my day. I wish so much that I could give more than just one person something tangible to show my gratitude, but since I can’t really afford to make my way to each and every one of your homes and personally BEAR HUG YOU, these words will have to do. I hope you can feel all sincerity in my “voice” and know that I love you all so much!

Thank you.

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22 Responses to A Blushing Broccoli

  1. I can’t even say anything to this except that you’re awesome <3

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Well you’re not so bad yourself ya know! Miss you, love! Please please PUHLEASE tell me you’ll be at Blend next year!

  2. Annie says:

    Please don’t EVER take away KissMyBroccoliBlog! We’re all human and don’t expect you to post everyday and that’s what makes it special when you do post. I love your blog because you’re honest, helpful and so funny. The Internet would lose a good one if that were to happen.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you SO much, Annie! You really just made my day with this comment! Like for serious, I’ve got this really pathetic frown-smile going on. You’d think I just watched Channing Tatum roll in with a wagon full of puppies, kitties, and piglets…all wearing little barnyard animal costumes complete with tiny baby shoes…just to paint a mental picture for ya! 😉

  3. I’m so glad that your blog is still around here in blogland :) I feel like I’ve really gotten to know you over the years and I Love hearing what’s going on with you! :)

  4. You are truly an asset within this community- I’m not kidding.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks, friend! I always look forward to your comments! Also, I think you should know that you have more comments approved than a lot of my from-the-beginning readers…which at this exact moment isssssss 221! I feel the love, man…I really do! :)

  5. Little Bookworm says:

    Glad you are still blogging. :)

  6. Don’t stop! We love you and need you here in the community!!

  7. Natash says:

    Please, please please don’t stop I need my daily broccoli fix in ALL forms (:

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Well how in the world could I deny you one of your daily servings of vegetables…that would just be cru[de]ciferous! 😉

  8. There have been times where I’ve considered shutting down my blog too in the past 2 years. I’m glad we both decided to stick around though! 😀

  9. I am so glad you had a fabulous birthday.
    It is okay to blog less, but if you still enjoy it I say go for it.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thanks girlie! And that’s exactly how I see it too…I never want it to become a chore, but as long as I still get excited about sharing things, then I’m gonna keep it up!

  10. You are the sweetest little Broccoli. I’m very happy you started and kept blogging. Mwah! Now… wipe your eyes, man up, and make me some fucking pancakes!

  11. I’m also glad you’re still blogging…. and want pancakes… 😉

    I think it’s totally cool to go through stages of blogging more and less, as well as wanting to talk about different things because shit, we change don’t we?! Congrats on your 4 years. xoxo.

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