A Question For You & The Weekend Whisk – 6/8/13

by Kate on June 8, 2013

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Happy Saturday! I’ve been thinking about this series. On the heels of an incredibly ugly, hateful and outright rude email from a reader, I’ve been thinking. I had all sorts of things to share with you but instead, this weekend I have Β no updates for you. I have nothing to tell you about my week, although it was a good one. This Saturday I have the normal recipe recap for you but beyond that I have only questions and I’d really appreciate your opinions and interaction here. So…

Is the Weekend Whisk something you find useful? Do you enjoy having a look into my life and reading my ramblings beyond the kitchen? OR would you prefer the Weekend Whisk simply be a weekly recipe recap? Please leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Thanks so much for your input! I always strive to make Food Babbles a blog you will enjoy reading and one that is filled with wonderful treats. I hope I’m always accomplishing that. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Enjoy!

~K

 

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and the most popular post this week was…

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Babbles Favorite Bookmark Of The Week:

White Peach, Nectarine and Rose Water Creamsicles from Pink Patisserie: These ice pops are not only gorgeous with swirls of pink and white that are oh so inviting but I also love the flavor combination here. I imagining biting into one and tasting summer. These are a must make for sure.

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suzanne June 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

I enjoy having a peek into your life, it’s always fun to see your children, how Murphy has grown and it allows us to participate vicariously in routine activities, day to day goings on are IMHO what blogs are all about. You include wonderful recipes along with it all and it makes for interesting reading. I am so sorry you got a hurtful email, I’ve always thought that if you don’t have anything good to say then don’t say anything at all. People don’t think, period. A cruel and senseless remark can make such a negative impact on the recipient and life is too short for that.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Thank you for your kind words Suzanne. I appreciate them so much! I agree, that is what blogs are about. The story behind the food, the life and activities of the author, or really whatever we want it to be. Thanks for being so supportive and for reading what I write here. xoxo

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen June 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

Please Kate, donΒ΄t let one comment get in the way of what you want to do with your blog. I always like recipes in posts, or food related things. Besides that, the post you want to write is up to you. And your opinions are your own and if I donΒ΄t agree with them I can stop visiting your blog. An opposite opinion is fine, but rudeness is not acceptable from my point of view.
Keep on doing what you feel comfortable with! There are hundreds of readers who didnΒ΄t leave a rude comment, and you should focus on that.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

You’re absolutely right! And that’s just what I’ll be doing, focusing on the positive. Thank you Paula!

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ChristineM June 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

ya know Kate, I quit going to a few forums due to the rudeness of some individuals, so I now stick with some food blogs where the blogger is down to earth, beautiful, and loves to share their lives…. like you. I like the weekend whisk, I enjoy it all Kate, don’t EVER change who you are because of a rude person and you do what you think is best. You know how to BLOCK those out those rude individuals…… LOVE YOU KATE!! Keep it the same! I like the recaps, and reading about your week beyond baking.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

You are too sweet, Christine! Thank you so much for reading my writing, for making my recipes and for your wonderful support!!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog June 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

I do a weekend feature about my life, too. I love writing the post each and every week (well, almost every week). I love hearing about the life behind the baker/chef. Yes, the food is important, but it’s also interesting to find out how the writer connects to the food. Incorporating yourself into each and every post makes it relatable. It’s not just, “Eat this cake. It’s good.” When you incorporate your life into the post and make a connection to the food, it enhances the deliciousness that is the food. I love it, Kate! One persons opinion shouldn’t count. It’s what makes you happy. If that person doesn’t like your weekend posts, then they shouldn’t read them.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

That person didn’t like me mentioning anything personal about my life. I couldn’t agree with you more and I really appreciate your incredible words. I’ve always loved reading blogs because they are more than just a recipe. There’s a story, something more personal. Thank you again Jennie.

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Lizthechef June 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Please don’t let one ugly comment make you change your site. Follow your heart and speak to your readers as you feel so inspired. After all, your question motivated me to check out your site and subscribe.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Thank you so much Liz! I’m so happy to hear that you found me and like what you see. Thank you also for your wonderful advice!

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Christina June 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I just recently started reading your blog and love it! It was a great suggestion on Facebook’s part πŸ™‚ Keep doing what you’re doing! It seems to me that these people who write hateful emails, which there seems to be a lot of lately, are unhappy with their own lives. It must be terribly exhausting putting so much energy into the negative. So I’m sending you virtual hugs and eating a snickerdoodle for you πŸ™‚

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Ooo! Thank you SO much for the virtual hugs and snickerdoodles! I love snickerdoodles πŸ™‚ They’re my favorite cookie. Thanks for your kind words and I’m so happy to hear that you like what you’re seeing here so far. Thank you for reading!

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suzanne June 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Just checking, for some reason I am having problems posting a comment on your site, did you get my comment from this morning.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

So sorry Suzanne! My site is having comment issues. I’m working on them and hopefully will have them rectified soon. I am getting all the comments but everything is going to spam which takes FOREVER to sort through!! Thanks for letting me know about the issue.

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ChristineM June 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

don’t you WORRY about that email Kate. You do GREAT here, and I love your recaps, reminds me of what I may have missed during the hectic week, and I just LOVE your style

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Thank you Christine!! You’re awesome. I appreciate it and I’m glad you enjoy what I’m putting out here.

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Emily {Jelly Toast} June 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

I’m not even sure where to begin with my response. First, let me say how sorry I am that you were on the receiving end of a hateful, nasty email. Because as easy as it is to say just let it go, I know how one mean person can make you feel terrible and deflated and question why you are doing anything like this at all. I have found that the anonymity if the I telnet makes people incredibly bold and rude. Hiding behind their computer screens gives them the misplaced ‘courage’ to say some of the rudest things. I am sad for those people who have nothing better to do with their time than to spread hate. If they don’t want to read a blog post, simply don’t read it. Which I guess leads me to a response to your question. I think you should write about whatever YOU want to write about. That is what is so fabulous about blogs. There are real people behind each and every one. Not some group of editors. Blogs are different from websites. I happen to enjoy your weekend whisks very much, and I feel have gotten to know a lottery about you through the stories you share in them. I know it’s difficult (because I have been there) to just forget a nasty comment or email, but please know for every one of those, there are countless positive and supportive comments and readers out here. I (we) love what you do!
Hugs xoxo ~ Emily

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Thanks so much for your wonderfully uplifting and supportive comment, Emily! I appreciate it. You’re so very right. I believe you’re right that hiding behind a computer keyboard makes it very easy to be rude. Either way, water under the bridge. It was something I know so many bloggers experience and I’ve been fortunate to not have encountered it until now. Hopefully it will be another 2 years before it happens again πŸ˜‰

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Emily Wells June 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

To be perfectly honest, I subscribe to food blogs for the recipes. When the authors write a post/update about something completely unrelated (makeup, working out, home remodeling, their dog, etc.) I’ll delete the email because I’m just not interested in those types of updates–especially from a food blog. Not trying to be hateful AT ALL, I promise! πŸ™‚

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Now that was a very nice way of saying, “I’m here for the food!!” I appreciate your honesty. Obviously I post about my family, my dog, all those things you aren’t interested in πŸ˜‰ But I always try to include a recipe so that there’s something for everyone. That way you can just skip to the good stuff. Thank you again for your feedback!

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Mimi June 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

There’s nothing like a rude email to make you re-think everything, even though we shouldn’t. I don’t understand anyone who would leave a rude, disrespectful or negative comment. These people have issues. Blogging is about fun, and food, cooking and eating. These people don’t have to follow us. Don’t question yourself. Do what you were doing since it obviously gave you joy!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Thank you Mimi! You’re absolutely right.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Thanks so much Mimi! You’re very right.

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Barb | Creative Culinary June 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

First Kate I’m sorry to hear you got an offensive email; this is your space to do whatever you want to; readers have the option of not reading but being rude is not an option!

For me personally? It’s not a post I often get to; I take the weekend off from visiting blogs for the most part especially in the nicer months when my time is devoted to family and friends, gardening (yes, even at my friend’s house!), preparing and photographing dishes for my blog and more.

But I’ll repeat myself. This is your space; if you enjoy sharing those tidbits of information and a recap then by all means do it; you don’t owe anyone an explanation or an apology.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Barb πŸ˜‰ You’re so right!

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Elizabeth June 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I was just thinking a few days ago about how America and it’s people have changed. So intolerant of others. I have not been reading your blog for very long, I just found it. You keep doing what you do, do not read the bad emails, if it starts bad delete it right away. Actors do not read bad reviews.

I believe the current government is so hateful it has passed it on to the people. Love what you are doing and f bomb the bad emails and their senders.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Great advice Elizabeth! Thank you for your thoughts and as a new reader, I hope you enjoy what you find here.

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justb June 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I rarely (if ever) comment to any blog I belong however considering your recent experience I feel compelled to respond. The way I look at it is – This is YOUR party – I am an invited guest.
I will take from this party those things I’m interested in and skip through the rest. Should I ever find I’m skipping more than I’m reading I will unsubscribe. I feel the agreement between blogger and subscriber is not one sided – your obligation to your readers is to blog about whatever and my obligation as a subscriber is to read and take away some enjoyment. Both of us have the right to terminate this agreement at any time as is appropriate. So long answer short – host your party as makes you happy.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Love your feedback! Thank you so much for taking the time to give me your opinion. I really appreciate the feedback and this was such a great analogy. Thank you!

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Laura@bakinginpyjamas June 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Never stop doing what makes you happy Kate, keep the weekend whisk as it is, I love to read all about your adventures and baking. Ignore these people, don’t let their negativity get to you.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thank you Laura! I appreciate your feedback. I’m also glad that you enjoy what you find here πŸ™‚

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jacquie June 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

OMG what kind of rude email did you get? to be honest it doesn’t really matter to me – if i’m not interested in a post for whatever reason on this or any other blog I just skip it. no big deal. i’m a vegetarian so believe me I skip a lot of recipes. I subscribe to blogs for the overall mix and not just for one thing or another. if someone didn’t like your content then she should just move on as there are plenty of blogs out there. I don’t expect the world to cater to me and my interests in the day to day world why should I expect that to be the case in the blog world? I know it is hard but try to not to let one mean spirited and rude person get you down and influence what you do. (and I will admit that this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black because i’m terrible at it) keep doing what you are doing – it is your blog and it needs to work for you and be what you need it to be. take care.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thank you SO much for your fantastic advice Jacquie! That is how I read blogs… sometimes the content holds my attention while other times I skip to the recipe. I would never in a million years leave the author a nasty comment if I wasn’t particularly interested in the content. Thanks for all your feedback and for taking the time to visit my site.

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Jodi June 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I really enjoy your weekend whisk and I hope you keep it up.

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Thank you Jodi! I will indeed.

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Toni Vitrano June 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hello Kate,
First, let me say that I am very sorry that you had to receive a “hateful” e-mail from any reader. I, personally, don’t understand the need for it. Quite honestly, while I enjoy reading about your life — it is fun to compare it to my own in some ways — I am most interested in the recipes that you offer. HOWEVER, there is never a need to be rude or hateful about what you write. If I am really in a hurry and just want to get to the recipe, that is what I do, scroll down to the recipe. Again, I am sorry that you had to be on the receiving end of an ignorant person’s ranting. I much appreciate your blog and the wonderful recipes you offer. I hope that you have a better week this week; ignore the small, ignorant, unfortunate, moronic e-mailers. πŸ™‚

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Thank you so much for your honesty and your opinions. I definitely appreciate your comment! Much like you, when I read a blog I am mostly there for the recipe. I’ll skim through the post. Often times it will keep my attention and I’ll end up reading what the author has to say while other times I skip to the food. Thanks for your feedback! I truly appreciate it.

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Priscilla | ShesCookin June 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Hurtful comments can really make you think twice about why you’re blogging. If you are getting enjoyment from it, then keep at it, but if you find it is taking away from your family life and you’re not having any fun then it may be time to step back for a little while πŸ™‚ We’ve all done it at some point or another!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

That’s so true Priscilla. Fortunately I do very much enjoy what I’m doing here but yes, hurtful words definitely gave me pause and made me think about it all for sure.

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Julie June 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I’m sorry you received such an awful email. If people don’t like what you do on YOUR blog, they shouldn’t read it. I’ve enjoyed your blog and hope you continue it as before. Take care!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Thank you for your kind words Julie! I appreciate your opinion.

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry June 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I love getting to know you and reading about what you have been up to. It is a shame that some people feel the need to send negative emails. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to read it, right? I hope you will keep sharing snippets from your life for the Weekend Whisk!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for your feedback Kristin! I appreciate it. I will indeed keep sharing since the overwhelming result of this post has been that the majority of people feel the same way as you. Thank you!

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Erin Ward June 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I love the weekend whisk and the great pics & stories that come along with it!!! Whoever says anything different is crazy!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thanks so much Erin! I’m happy to hear it πŸ˜‰

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Deb H. June 10, 2013 at 3:05 am

Hi! I love your blog! Yes, reading about your life and reading about (as you put it, ramblings beyond the kitchen) don’t change a thing! And don’t listen to the idiot who may have told you differently with their nonsense!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thank you so much for your input Deb. I truly appreciate it!

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Kate@Diethood June 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Oooooh I hate those emails… I have received a couple of those and I ignored them. They went straight to the spam bin.

Don’t stop sharing! I loooove reading more about you and your family!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thanks so much for the support and feedback Kate! I appreciate it.

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Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos June 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Kate – DO NOT – stress DO NOT stop doing what you do!!! I don’t always comment but I do enjoy reading about the day to do. Listen – this is YOUR domain and if that reader who sent you a rude email has a problem with it – send them my way. I have a good stiletto to whap upside their head to knock some sense into them. Just ignore it and thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world πŸ™‚

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Kate June 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

HA!!! I totally just got a mental image of you whacking this lady with your stiletto! Love it! Thank you so much for your kind words, support and encouragement. I’ll keep doing exactly what I’ve been doing.

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