Twitter’s legacy

For awhile there, I was twittering. Sometimes it was a lot of fun, but a lot of the time I (and lots of other folks) wondered what the point was. That’s an excellent question and I’ve decided that there’s not enough of a point to it (for me anyway) for me to continue spending time with it.

But there are two things that Twitter gave me:

  • A way to write very short blog entries about things I wanted to share, but didn’t think merited a whole new post. For example, when I see a snapping turtle on my daily walk, I’d kind of like to tell you all that I saw it, but I wouldn’t sit down to write a whole entry about it most days. Twitter let me toss that off in 140 characters and it would show up on the sidebar here. I liked that I could share little thoughts and observations that way. But the navel-gazing nature of it (not just mine, mind you) annoyed me. So maybe I can figure out another way to “micro-blog” to this blog, without using Twitter. I’m going to try.

  • A new challenge. On my last few days on Twitter, a twitterer I was following mused about setting herself a challenge to bake every recipe in The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Regular readers here will remember that this is the book that brought us the irresistible pain a l’ancienne. Then she (Nicole) asked if anyone else out there in twitterdom was interested in joining her. After a time, I wrote to her and said I thought I might be interested. Well, at last count, there are about 80 of us home bakers around the world who are embarking on a project to bake every one of the approximately 45 recipes in the book at a rate of one recipe per week. Nicole has set up a page outlining The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge on her own, terrific blog, Pinch My Salt. I don’t know if we’ll actually bake all the recipes. I don’t know if we want to. But I baked recipe # 1, Anadama Bread, this week – and it’s delicious. Stay tuned for bread #2 next week.

Anadama Bread - Loaves

Anadama Bread - Interior
Thanks, Twitter!


  1. Nooooooo! No HobNob on Twitter anymore????

    I’ve seemed to have reached a point where it’s not longer a micro-blog platform for me….

    1. grongar says:

      I just felt pulled in too many directions, I guess. I like the idea of trying to centralize things here more. We’ll see how it goes. I might find myself missing Twitter. 🙂

  2. Appoggiatura says:

    Your bread looks yummy! It has such a nice, dark crust. I really need to get on with writing my post and putting up pics.

    1. grongar says:

      Thank you!! Hope yours turns out well, too.

  3. Madam Chow says:

    Glad to hear it was a winner – I’m making it in a couple days!

    1. grongar says:

      Excellent! Let me know how it goes. I’m ready to plunge into the 2nd recipe, but am trying to wait so I can stay on schedule with the main group.

  4. Susie says:

    Great job.
    I’m not much of a TWITTER-ER either. 🙂
    I’ll be baking along with you.

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