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What's she up to now?

Here are my incredibly profound thoughts on blogging, all ten of them :-

It’s not as complicated as it might look – though some things can drive you bonkers – like aligning photographs.


It’s still just binary code. But even a picture of a nice slice of cake can make you feel better for a little bit.

Comments make it all worth while. Thank you from the bottom of my banneton! I imagine I’m leaving a trail across the interblogs like Hansel and Gretel with their breadcrumbs and in years to come I will look back and smile. Join in, comment away, don’t take it too seriously!

On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog and as long as I can hit a keypad or  click a mouse there are a myriad of great blogs to sniff out and nose around in.


Blogging is a great aide-memoire for absent minded butterfly brains like me.



I take the best photos I can but try not to get hung up about it; no sense in letting dinner go cold while I try and understand the mysteries of the white balance…

I love using links in posts; I think they are one of the things that make blogs unique and different from books and newspapers. I love the collaborative feel I get from using them. I always double check they work. It feels like pumping blood through the body when I get the links up and running.



Wish I had more time to give to this, but it takes a surprising amount of time as it is and my weakness is re-editing a published post; like the Land of Green Ginger, the posts can be subject to change and the pages move about, hopefully for the better.

I wonder where blogs go when we’re not here, do they meet up in some bloggly bar and compare photos, chat about their latest posts, maybe they talk about us?

I have realised I am addicted to the exclamation mark.


So did you guess? I bet you did…


Yes it’s the first birthday of Zeb Bakes!

A thousand thanks to all the people who pop by, to those of you who comment and make this such a happy blog, and to all the people whose expertise and knowledge I’ve gained so much from in this past year. I wouldn’t have done this without you. I’m sure you know that, but it’s worth saying again. It’s been a delight getting to know you!!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the blog so far.  Have you got any tips for me to make the next year go with a whoosh?

Related Posts: None really, being my first birthday  – but here’s a link to my very first bread post in case you missed it!

50 thoughts on “1-10

  1. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    Happy happy birthday Zeb Bakes!

    Chug-chug-whoosh-whoosh-twist-twist! (That’s me doing a happy dance! :))

    Happy day that you first posted, how I’ve enjoyed sharing the days since with you! :)

    Lots of love, Celia

  2. Fire Beard

    Happy Birthday, I love dropping in to your blog, it is always interesting and gives me ideas. Thank you, Joe

  3. Mariana

    What? Only one year in blogland! Well you have done one mighty, good job in the short time I have come to enjoy your posts. Congrats Joanna. So, how does it feel? (the counsellor in me coming out). I don’t know about a ‘whoosh’, but my only tip to you would be; don’t allow your blog to consume you. You’re the boss. Post when you feel like it, when you enjoy it, when you’re excited about something and want to offload or share. Don’t post because you feel you have to. You know. Oh, I haven’t posted in a week, I better do something. I felt like that at times in my first year. Now, I don’t give a toss. I’m on a roll right now, but I could easily drop out of the blogosphere for six months. Without a word, without a trace. And you know what; it’s okay. It’s your space for enjoyment or for whatever it means to you. Happy Blogging Birthday To You, Joanna, Happy Birthday To You. Mariana

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Thank you :D

      I feel a song coming on in reply to your question that is….


      How does it feel
      To be on your own
      With no direction home
      Like a complete unknown
      Like a rolling stone ….

      Bobby D

      As Brian says, don’t give up the day job. On the internet no one knows how badly I sing…

  4. Jeannette

    A Very Happy Birthday, Zeb/ Joanna! I just had a peep at your first post and it looks very professional for a beginner, I am in awe of all you people who blog, I just enjoy reading them. Long may you continue.

  5. miskmask

    Congratulations on persevering for a year with a thoroughly enjoyable and readable account of your various passions. Or stated more briefly … Wow and like so brill! :)

  6. carllegge

    Happy blog Birthday! (There’s one of them sclamation thingys)

    ZB definitely one of my ‘must reads’ – I love your skill & enthusiasm.

    Party time! (Oops – another)

    Carl x

  7. sallybr

    HAPPY FIRST YEAR, dear blogger friend!

    It’s nice to know that I followed your blog from day one, and will continue to do so every step of your way….

    You built a very warm and nice spot in the blogosphere…

  8. Abby

    Happy 1st blogiversary! I love your blog…it is a happy place. More of the same for year #2! =)

  9. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    This is like opening birthday cards, so many nice comments – Thank you ! Hey, thank you all for coming over today. The bread is in the oven, the sun is out, the tulips are bowing down in the heat, and Zeb needs his supper. xx

  10. cityhippyfarmgirl

    Happy Blogirthday Joanna!
    Happy to say I’ve been a follower since the first day too. Want to know a secret? I followed you over from Celia’s comments as you had mentioned one word once…Marzipan. See I knew you were a cool cat solely because of this, and I was right!

    How to make your blog go with a whoosh this year? Hmm, I’d have to say whoosh on a plane to come and see all your Australian fans, and then blog about it :-)

  11. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    I would need to tesser to get there. Useless at long haul flights and jet lag turns me into one of the Undead for several weeks.

    I recall the marzipan too ;)

  12. C

    Can’t believe it’s only been a year that I’ve known you through your amazing blog Joanna – thank you so much for starting to blog – your blog is one of the happiest and most interactive blogs I know and I love it like that.

    Happy Blog Birthday and I hope you continue to enjoy baking and posting as much in the coming years as you have in the first. I will certainly continue to enjoy reading what you’re up to and following your bread-y (and other) escapades.

    Love the pic of Zeb – we don’t see enough of him!

  13. Ann Hall

    Happy Blogday! I have followed you from very nearly the beginning – I think I found you via Celia. Loved it when I found out that Zeb is a dog and got a good laugh from that cartoon. Incidentally, you often mention dogs in the plural – who is the other one?

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I’m delighted that you have stuck with me Ann :) in answer to your question the other poodle, Lilly Pilly – not her real name – belongs to Brian who doesn’t want her on the blog.

  14. heidi

    Hi Joanna!
    Happy 1st blogiversary!
    I also have a big inventory of exclamations and points!
    I’m so glad you started this journey- because I got to meet you!
    Keep writing and posting Brian’s pictures and baking and sharing it all with us.

  15. jan trounce

    Have just been away for a few days and looked forward to getting back to see what everyone has been doing. Happy blogday, Joanna. I agree with all the other comments. Your blog is warm and welcoming, full of inspiration and good humour – and I love the photos and your writing. I’d miss you terribly if you wandered off.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      ooh have you been anywhere exciting Jan? I have no plans to wander off at the moment but who knows what will happen tomorrow. Thanks for being such an enthusiastic blog supporter…. Meanwhile the sun is shining and it’s time to plant a few seeds in the garden, drink coffee and be mellow :)

  16. Ray

    Happy Anniversary! I like your thoughts on photography. Its the balance between taking a photo quickly to do your dish justice and actually enjoying the dish itself. I like food blogs where the food looks like it is created in an real kitchen. I love your recent bread photo with the light streaming in.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      The food here is definitely real which is why the supper pictures are few and far between as I get a blue tinge from the low energy spots in the kitchen. I know I could probably do better but for years I was a camera phobic, feeling they came between me and my way of experiencing the world and it’s only with the bread baking that I have wanted to take pictures, otherwise the breads all disappear into a blur. Thanks for the nice comment Ray! … and I’ve just been visting your elegant new blog beetroothummus – very lovely.

  17. Joanne Jones

    Just love your blog, your photo skills are outstanding, and your sense of humor is fun! I too am addicted to exclamation points, and that fountain is awesome! The poodle is beautiful and seems very happy to know that you have been blogging for a whole year. Happy birthday ZebBakes!

  18. Mimi King

    I couldn’t resist a little comment! I clicked on your link through Celia’s blog. I’ve become a huge fan of hers and I reckon anything she suggests just has to be good and so here I am on your blog. Congratulations on a successful year and I wish you many happy returns.
    (I love the !!! too…!!!)
    <3 Mimi

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Hi Mimi – thanks for the lovely commment; I’m a huge fan of Celia’s too, just love those chickens, the chocolate cake, the poached chicken, the New Year decorations, well I love it all :D

  19. gina

    Happy Blogirthday Joanna! I thank you for sharing your inspiration, enthusiasm, humor, knowledge & lovely food creations with all of us! Hugs & my love to you! :)

  20. LovingFood

    Happy Birthday, Zeb! Your paws are pretty impressive tools, I must say.. I know no other dog who can use links in their posts. woof woof! ;)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      That waterfountain is in a lovely garden at Forde Abbey, I get my fountains confused, not Stanway House as I said before. I finally found the set of photos it came from late last night. Lovely Forde Abbey with its bog garden and candelabra primulas looking like lollipops.

  21. Choclette

    Happy Blogiversary Joanna. Can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. My profound thoughts on the way forward is carry on as you are. You have such a fantastic blog – interesting, creative, fun, fantastic photos and I am one of its many fans. Long may it and you continue.

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