Saturday, October 4, 2014

Redefining this blog

I haven't posted anything since last May, and I almost can't believe it's been that long! But then I think about what's happened in the last several months: my oldest graduated High School and we got her situated at Utah State University; I dramatically changed how and what I cook because of my husband's diabetes; I organized our annual neighborhood rodeo (which was rained out twice!); I started homeschooling my two younger girls (11 and 7-years old); my 11-year old started participating in horse shows with her pony; we went to The Grand Canyon for a super-fun vacation; I started a pony-ride business out of our property.

OK, I can see how it's been that long :)

Even though I haven't been posting I've been giving a lot of thought to this blog. Should I try to keep writing? Should I stop all together? Would anyone notice or care if I just stopped?

So first, why the blog? When I first started this blog it was to promote a cookbook I was putting together of the recipes I submitted to the Pillsbury Bake-Off contests. I never really made much progress on the book, and over the years came to the slow conclusion that it's very hard to be successful in the cookbook market, only one reason being the availability of free recipes on blogs. I finally admitted that the cookbook just wasn't going to happen.

If there wasn't going to be a cookbook I had to redefine the purpose of the blog, which was actually both easy and liberating.

The new blog: I've removed from the blog all extra stuff, ads, affiliate links, things trying to make money and drive traffic, and most all references to my book. From now on I will simply post recipes because they are tasty and I think other people will also like them. No stress and no pressure and no worrying about how many Pins or shares or number of Followers or number of FB Likes I have.

I'm happier already :)

Now on to the tasty stuff!

Coming next: Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

12 comments:

  1. I love you. And I am so proud of you. (:

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  2. I am so happy to see you back. I love reading your posts and trying out your recipes. You seem to have the same tastes and likes like my family when it comes to meal options, so I am always coming and reading your blog to find new family favorites. You were hinting at hot chocolate mix through your facebook feed and have been waiting for the big reveal--very excited. Hot chocolate (to me) is a very important staple in the hot beverage world because I don't drink coffee or tea, so I am looking VERY forward to your recipe. Move over Swiss Miss!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! If you try the hot chocolate mix I'd love to hear what you think :)

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  3. So glad you are back to something you love! :)

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  4. I enjoy your blog and writing style and of course the recipes! I hope you keep going with it. I am excited for some of the new and different recipes because of your husband's health. We can all eat better!!!! I will keep checking back as I am sure your regulars will be doing! Thank you for doing this!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! My husband's diabetes has hung around for several years, but we finally had to get serious about his diet about 9 months ago. It's been a challenge for me to alter meals and come up with replacement meals (no more chicken pot pie *sniff*!). Since I post what we eat I'll definitely share some of the recipes I'm making now. :)

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  5. Yay! Yay! Yay! I'm so happy you made this decision. Proud of you, my friend! :oD

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    1. Thanks! You've always been such a support!

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  6. It's great to see a post from you; welcome back!

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