hello, i'm laura and i am brand new to the world of sourdough! i just started my starter right after christmas. pictured is my 3rd attempt. it's decent but i decided my starter wasn't quite ready yet and after being confused with all the info i was reading found this site and i've started feeding my starter based on the directions here and after just 3 days my starter finally smells and looks right. i just fed it and instead of composting the throw away part, i'm making sourdough pancakes. they're amazingly light and fluffy. and no waste, win win!! looking forward to learning more.