Hey Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Blog…
As you guys know, the last few months have been fairly crazy here at Mr Baker‘s Blog HQ, with lots of travel, a healthy sprinkling of cake shows, plenty of cake projects and a lot more besides.
However, in addition to all of the crazy cake adventures I have been going on, there have been a few other fairly big developments that I have been waiting to share with you.
As many of you may know, for the last five years, Mr Baker’s Cakes and Mr Baker‘s Blog have very much just been side-gigs to a very demanding full-time job as a primary school teacher and head of KS1. If I’m honest, I’ve spent years deflecting comments such as, ‘You should give up teaching and make cakes full time!’ and the always popular question, ‘Why are you still teaching?’
Long story short, I love teaching and I love working with children. It has never even entered my mind to take my hobby and make it a full-time gig and, having seen firsthand the emotional rollercoaster that full-time cake making takes you on, I definitely don’t think it’s for me.
However, clearly something has had to give or I run the risk of burning myself out!
With that in mind, over the last few months, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can make these two huge passions coexist alongside each other. And I have some news…
I have a new job!
Yes, from September I will be working in a new school – and a very lovely school, I must say – and I will be working PART TIME!
In a most uncharacteristic move for me, I will be taking that blind leap of faith and finding out if this whole cake-blogging and YouTubing gig is something that can be sustainable while still keeping that link to teaching.
This hopefully means that I will have all the time I need to create amazing content – both through the written word and on video – as well as still maintaining a wonderful career in education.
There are still some practical issues to consider – including how I will make up the income shortfall – and as such, Mr Baker’s Blog is now officially open for business (let me know if you think I should have a proper launch party, by the way)! To that end, I am starting to consider some of the requests that I have had to write for other websites and publications, to teach cake-decorating classes and so on – hopefully there are a few irons in the fire there.
My new studio kitchen is also FINALLY starting to come together – the electricians were in this week installing the new lighting (and the new fuse board which was a delightfully unexpected additional expense!) and up next is the plasterer so hopefully there isn’t much longer to wait before I can start shooting ‘proper’ videos, rather than just ‘out and about’ vlogs.
One way that you can help is to make sure that you have subscribed to my online channels – both here on the blog and over on YouTube. The more tangible subscribers I have, the closer I can get to monetising those platforms – boring yes, but hopefully a small-but-handy source of regular income to fund future cake adventures and projects.
To subscribe here, you can find the sign up box over in the toolbar on the right if on desktop or at the bottom of the page if on mobile. You simply need to pop in your email address and then hit confirm in the confirmation email that will be sent to you. To subscribe to my YouTube channel, click on the graphic below and then hit the big red subscribe button. 🙂
Oh, and while you’re here, I also pledged that May would hopefully be the month when I relaunched my weekly round up of the latest news in cake.
*looks at calendar guiltily*
Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to slightly miss the deadline on that one, but the plan is still very much to bring it back – but, I also need your help there. As it stands, one issue of Something Sweet can take anywhere up to 15-18 hours to compile, with all of the content sourcing, research, writing, editing and so on. With that in mind, when I relaunch, I am going to need to be a lot stricter with only featuring submitted news – I simply won’t have the time to always go hunting for it. So if you haven’t already joined my dedicated Facebook group, Cake Chums – with Mr Baker’s Blog – head over there and request to join, then make sure you are sharing your latest news, cake projects, collaborations and so on… let’s make it the community resource I really want it to become!
So yeah, that is what is going on with me at the moment – scary times, but also very exciting too!
I must say a huge thank you for your ongoing support – it is thanks to all of you that I finally feel ready to make this leap into the unknown and I look forward to bringing you guys with me on this next exciting stage of my cake adventures.
But until next time, happy caking! x
PS. If you are a brand or organisation and would like to work with me, you can reach me through my Facebook page, the dedicated Cake Chums – with Mr Baker’s Blog Facebook group, by emailing me directly or why not drop me a line at:
Mr Baker’s Blog
PO Box 752