What will this new year, 2018 bring? In the back of my head, I am hoping that it brings better things than 2017 did. Last year was not horrid. The again, it did not exactly fill me with feelings of warm cosiness either. While things did get better work-wise, they did not in relation to this blog and the side business of A Kilt and a Cuppa.
A New Year, new ideas, and a new look...
Right before the holidays last year, the website was hacked and destroyed. This meant the shop was lost and there was not much opportunity to make sales for the season. At first, I thought that it was not worth it to keep going.
When I began this as a blog, I did it mainly for myself. It was part of the healing process to move on from the Irish restaurant that I spent almost seven years at. There was a lot of myself that I put into that place. I wanted something to show for it. In the course of time since 2014 when I left, the website was hacked 3 different times. After this last time, I decided that I needed to do things differently. I moved the site to Squarespace. I decided on a very clean minimalistic look for it. I wanted to start clean, neat, and completely different.
Yes, this blog is written for me. It is in part for my kids, so that they have something to go to in the coming years when they want to reflect on the foods that we have all come to know and love. It is a cookbook to share with everyone. I am not a believer in "secret recipes". Food is meant to be shared be it as a meal or as recipes for others to prepare themselves. That is what the writing part of this is all about - sharing. I get to share my passion, my interest, my knowledge about this specific type of food.
The other part of this site (due to take form soon) will be about the Shoppe. This is where I can share the physical fruits of my labours. This is the place to sell those things that we became known for when we were at the Irish restaurant. There are things that we will do seasonally as well as regularly. These are the items that we will produce for delivery sales.
One of the goals for this year is to figure out shipping details as well. This way we can share with a much broader audience. Hopefully, we can have all of that ready to go, so this year's holiday season will be much more profitable.
Other goals on the agenda for this year include a more consistent writing schedule, promoting our catering menus, and not just waiting for things to happen. This is the year that is about getting out there and really promoting A Kilt and a Cuppa. This is the year to really let people know what we do and why it is so good.
If you plan on embarking on this journey with us, welcome aboard! Tell anyone and everyone that you know. The more people that we can get to share this trip, the better. This year will hopefully be a good journey. May the road be filled with many stories to tell and good food to eat!