Asking for Help in Practice

[Editor's note: By this point, I hope you've watched Amanda Palmer's TED talk about The Art of Asking. If not, go do that, then zip back over here to see how I put it into practice roughly 8 months before her talk, and how it worked for me]

I'm the baker and blogger behind Cupcake Friday Project, and back in July I was hand-whisking a vanilla pastry cream so fiercely that my whisk sort of ... exploded. I had to finish the pastry cream using a beater from my hand mixer, and needless to say, it wasn't fun.

I wrote about the whisk breaking on CFP, because who doesn't want to share a crazy story like that? And then I finished off the post with the following:

Now I am without a whisk, a kitchen tool that I really should have 2 or 3. I think I’d like to pick up some long handled whisks … the ones you see in professional kitchens. Or maybe a kind reader would like to send one to me? Because that would be the bees knees.

It felt a little weird at first to ask, but I figured, why not? What's the worst that could happen? Someone could troll me and leave a comment about how I should just buy one myself? Well, that's not too terrible.

I post regularly, share my original recipes, and trouble shoot baking dilemmas for my readers ... because I enjoy it. I put a lot out there, so why not ask for help when I need it?

Below is a video I shot a day or two after my initial post about being whiskless, just going to show what good things can happen when you simply Ask. For. Help.