Tears and tantrums at CakesBakesAndCookies.com

This here blog has been going for five whole years at the end of this month and I have to say that it has truly become my baby. I didn’t realise just how much of my baby it had become till last month. You see behind the scenes there have been a few technical hitches. And when I say hitches I mean monumental screw ups. I broke my blog. COMPLETLEY!

There was stress. Then there was anger. Then there was all out sobbing like a baby – so much so that my very un touchy-feely daughter came up to me without saying a word and just hugged me tight and didn’t let go while I sobbed and sobbed – something she doesn’t do – hug or hold on tight. What did I do? It doesn’t really matter, all I’ll say is that I messed up and lost my readership and google ranking which is how people find me. My numbers dropped by 75% and I couldn’t see a way back up. I was devastated. I actually thought I might have to give up blogging. I’m not really a quitter but I thought I had come to the end of the road with no way back.

Feeling the baking love

During this time of stress some amazing things happened.

Number one

Tim sent me flowers. I don’t think he’s bought me flowers in 10 years! All the card said was “It’ll get better”. And he was right.

Flowers from my belovedNumber two

Readers were emailing me. Now, I get a lot of emails but usually they’re asking for help with Madeira cake. These emails were different. There were loads and loads of “Thank you’s”. Some were for helping with a problem I’d answered, some were just to say thanks for posting a particular recipe which they’d used and loved. Some were showing me their beautiful cakes but every one of them was showing me the baking love. Thank you. I really needed those emails right at that moment.

The other emails were asking me why the post they had previously bookmarked wasn’t there anymore or to tell me that something was broken. Without these emails I wouldn’t have known there was a problem. These lovely readers were kind enough to help me check – once I had fixed the problem, to see that everything was working again. A massive thank you goes out to you guys. Your time, patience and help means a lot to me. You know who you are. xxxxx

Number Three

I learnt that everything is fixable and you can get outside help when you can’t fix a problem alone. You just have to keep looking for the right kind of help. It took me the whole of February to get back on track and for the numbers to go back up. Even missing two posts last month my numbers are practically better than ever. So thanks for your patience. Blogging will resume as normal now!

So, that is why it’s important to subscribe to CakesBakesAndCookies.com via email. If it all goes down the pan I can still send you yummy recipes, cake decorating tutorials or just plain old book and product reviews. So, if you haven’t already please, please subscribe to the blog by putting your email in the subscribe box on the right hand side or when the pop up – pops up!



 

All that’s left to say is a massive thank you to everyone who has helped me to get right back where I was at 100% and to those who helped me pull up my socks and get back in the kitchen – which let’s face it – I never really left. Gin cocktail cupcake anyone?

Love you guys

Happy baking

EmmaMT

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5 Comments on Tears and tantrums at CakesBakesAndCookies.com

  1. I thought I’d broken my bookmarks somehow when I couldnt find all your pages & had a mini panic attack ! Now I know why . Your blog etc is my go to site every time & your Madeira is the only recipe I use . Thank you

  2. Thank goodness you got this sorted out Emma, what an absolute pain it must have been for you, I am already subscribed to your newsletter & look forward to every article, so well done , just about to make another batch of your Chocolate chip & Peanut cookies, everybody loves them

  3. Oh Dearest Emma, I didn’t realise – I am so sorry you had to go through that. For something to get you that down, it must have been huge. Well done girly for ‘picking up’ again and we are all so please everything is sorted. And if nothing else, you got a lovely bunch of flowers out of it, lol!!! T xxx

  4. Hi Emma, I’m so sorry to hear this. I love your blog, and I understand how important it is to you too. Hopefully, things are all ok now. Give me a shout if you ever want to discuss/rant about all things blogging. xxx