I was going to start this post with an apology for the radio silence. But honestly? I do not need to apologize. I very consciously took a step back from blogging throughout the holidays up until today [my birthday!] so that I could re-evaluate what I wanted to share in this space.
You see, even as a newbie blogger, with less than 50 posts under my belt, I very quickly got sucked into the world of food blogging and the apparent status quo unintentionally [or intentionally?] established by the most popular bloggers in this niche. You know the ones. They post daily, include dozens of immaculately styled photos of one recipe and are unescapable in each and every one of your social media outlets. There is nothing wrong with that. But that is not what I was nor what I aspire to.
I love food, both the creating and consumption of, but cooking + baking to present multiple recipes a week is not practical for me. You see, my husband has a telecommuting job [read : no office mates] and I am currently looking for a full-time job [know anyone hoping to hire a smart + experienced grant manager, program director or volunteer coordinator? I know someone!]. All that to say when I bake a luscious cake recipe that serves 12 or cook an epic stew that yields more than 8 servings, my husband and I find ourselves swimming in food that just does not get eaten because we cannot pack up the extras and share them with our co-workers!
I also have many passions other than food that I would like to write about and photograph to share in this little space on the web. My husband and I travel as often as we can afford, I spend most of my free time [when I'm not networking over a morning latte at Barista Parlor or submitting my resume to local opportunities over tea at Ugly Mugs] at the Nashville Humane Association socializing and caring for rescued dogs and enjoy crafting, reading and movie-watching more than I would probably care to admit.
Shauna [most well-known as the Gluten-Free Girl] recently wrote about her struggle to stop being a “food blogger” and be who she wants, to write about what inspires her and when it inspires her [not on a schedule]. Read this post, in its entirety. I promise it is worth your time. And then starting thinking about how you will begin to “accept the warm rays of the sun.”
I am thankful I read Shauna’s thoughts before I got too deep into essentially conforming into a stereotype or box that is just not me.
So I hope you will continue to journey along with me. I already have plans and drafts to post about my husband + I’s recently trip to Asheville, some ‘about me’ posts thanks to some excellent [read : blackmail-worthy] photos from the 1980′s and 1990′s I scanned when I was home over the holidays and yes, some delicious and delectable recipes that I have recently made.
PS – I will, however, apologize for the apparently constantly in-flux template for this blog of mine. I am going to be working with Lindsay and Taylor of Purr Design [and Love & Olive Oil] to create and establish a new design and framework for my blog in the next few months. So in the meantime, I want to keep things fairly simple + nondescript and determine what I will truly need out of this space.