Year 4 begins

Ah, it brings a tear to my eye as I realise that my baby’s growing up.

happy birthday to me, today I am 3!

Image: Stuart Miles /

My little blog has just about graduated from toddlerdom: 21 January marked A Very Foodly Diary‘s 3rd birthday.

While still very much about my adventures in food, the content has changed as my mindful eating business has grown.

Over the last 12 months with A Foodly Affair and A Very Foodly Diary, I:

I don’t exactly know how this blog will change and grow in its 4th year, but I would love for you to be a part of its morphology. One of the ways you can do this is by leaving comments against posts that really rile/excite you, involving yourself in Facebook conversations, following my sometimes random trains of thought on twitter, or by taking part in my occasional polls and surveys.

In my posts of 1 and 9 January, I put out a call to action via a Polldaddy survey. I also committed to bringing you the results of that survey — and here they are!

What you said you wanted from A Very Foodly Diary in 2012*

First of all, thank you to those of you who took the time to complete my survey [it really did take a whole 5 minutes, didn’t it?] and to volunteer your preferences. I really appreciate you!

The results from my recent survey show that you want to see more recipes (30%), reviews (22%) and research (22%), with personal anecdotes (15%) and food facts (11%) trailing behind.

As well as notes of congratulations and [thank you kindly!], I received some specific comments on the content that you would like to see, including:

  • more frequent posts;
  • better organisation — eg. tabs for recipes and other major post categories;
  • more foodly experiments;
  • seasonal recipes.

You also told me that you wanted to know more about classes (40%), food coaching (40%), talks (20%), catering (20%) and consulting (10%).

[* Note that percentages against questions do not necessarily add to 100. This is due to the fact that respondents were able to select multiple responses for a number of questions.]

What I will deliver

While I can commit to delivering some of what you have asked for (thanks to the facts that I have a compulsion for foodly experiments, and I love to use seasonal, local and organic produce), there are other aspects that I will find more challenging.

Organisation. I promise to keep categorising posts. I will develop a more accessible menu system as time progresses (and I am aiming for 2012), however I can’t promise that this will happen quickly. All of the work on my blog is completed by me and this relies on my very basic html and css learnings.

Frequency. With baby’s birth positively imminent, I will find it hard to commit even to weekly posts for a few months. I will continue to do my best to post regularly and accurately. I will also actively source articles (in the form of guest posts) from knowledgeable and interesting people.

Information. I will let you know more about each of AFA’s services, with examples in future posts. In the meantime, you can get hold of basic information regarding these services via the AFA website [link defunct > removed].

For those of you who seek more information on classes, workshops and talks, you will find it on AFA News as it happens and in AFA’s monthly newsletter [sign up here].
>In case you are interested, I also recently published AFA’s basic calendar of classes. You can uncook with me again from May! [links defunct > removed]

Thanks so much for sticking with me through another year. This year (coincidentally, the Chinese Year of the Dragon) has started with an awesome bang and I am so excited about what it promises for you and for me.

H 🙂



  1. Congratulations on 3 years of interesting, informative, and taste-bud-tingling writing! Your commitment and passion are inspiring. I look forward to what you will bring us in 2012! Jxo


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