I can't believe how excited I am about this bubbly goo on my counter. I'm in awe that I made this, or at least created the right environment for it to grow. I feel like some sort of mad scientist. Somehow it's just the most exciting thing to be nurturing a colony of little friendly yeasts and bacteria. I love how each time it's ready for its feeding (just like a real pet!) it's doubled in size and is riddled with bubbles.
I tried making my own starter once before and I'm not sure what went wrong, but it just never took off and then I got discouraged and tossed it. Somehow I thought it was this long, laborious process. But this is seriously the easiest thing. I even feel a little sheepish for my prior hesitancy. You just do the same thing twice a day (take out half the starter and then feed it water and flour) for a few weeks until it gets nice and strong.
Being able to watch someone go through the process and explain it in detail was just the perfect thing for me though. The previous time I read the instructions in a book. And there's just nothing like learning from someone as they do something. Granted, the perfect situation would be if they were right there in your kitchen, but watching a short video really is the next best thing. I wasn't sure I would like learning in that format, but I think it really suits me. Now I can hardly wait for it to mature enough that I can try it out on some pancakes!