Hi there. I know I’ve been MIA on this little corner of the internet, but my heart just hasn’t been in to sharing as much as I used to here. I’ve also been giving some thought to the ways I still enjoy connecting with fellow bloggers and readers.
The “Blog Scene” (more tolerable than “blog world”)
- I still subscribe (via Feedly) to plenty of blogs that are now “daily life diary”-type blogs that don’t interest me in the least. Some people do that really well (Janae, Katie, etc. and I still check them out regularly), but others just make me want to snooze. That’s not what I want this to become.
- Feedly also stinks and I lost some of my subscriptions from Google Reader (RIP).
- Some bloggers who I really felt connected with have either stopped blogging or disappeared indefinitely.
- I don’t want to read the same product review 20 times, sorry.
- Not everything needs to be dairy/gluten/fun free.
- The really really great food and photography featured on some blogs makes me so aware that I’m never going to reach that level/skill/commitment.
- Such a love and hate relationship with the ‘book right now. If I see one more #selfie (or hear the song on the radio) of a grown adult I could vomit. I love being able to catch up with friends/family members and stay up to date on the important events in the lives of those I care about – for example, I just re-connected with an old coworker who opened her own restaurant and married the guy we used to call “Cute Dave” when he’d come and sit at the counter in my dad’s diner.
- Being “friends” with people I’ve never met and/or probably wouldn’t recognize if I ran into them in the grocery store (if I didn’t walk the other way on purpose).
- I still find myself compulsively checking the site and usually leaving it feeling annoyed at a random person’s rant or obnoxious post by someone who should probably be working (yes, also guilty here). Thank heavens for the “unfollow” option or I may have left the ‘book all together by now.
- SO MANY ADS. And people trying to get you to buy into their pyramid scheme workout groups. Obnoxious.
- I find Twitter to be both overwhelming and boring at the same time. I don’t check it often enough to really know what’s going on, but I’ve followed so many people and companies that it would be impossible to really gain any important information here.
- I’ve participated in a few Twitter “chats” with my employer and found them hectic and full of misinformation from self proclaimed experts. Just not my thing.
- Still love this. Although my Workout and Desserts boards are both overly crowded. Great place to get ideas, save things to come back to later on, etc. I just don’t use this to “connect” with people – it’s more for my own use.
- This might be my current favorite form of social media. The whole “picture is worth a thousand words” thing and the fact that you can scroll right past those annoying hashtags. Especially when it comes to photos of cute babies and dogs, IG checking almost always puts a smile on my face.
- Yes, my frozen yogurt cup always looks the same and really isn’t interesting but yes, I will always IG it. Or an obnoxious photo of my poor dog in an Easter Bunny outfit that my husband insisted on buying for her.
Sadly the only photo I took on Easter. It was the most beautiful day and we had an incredibly blessed day with our families and ate delicious food – but I didn’t once think about photographing any of it. Which brings me to…
- This blog doesn’t fall into a certain “category” – it may have started as a “healthy living blog” but I’d rather share details on my delicious desserts that the salad I ate for dinner.
- I want to the voice of a realistic dietitian who loves food, but doesn’t preach about health – but at the same time, there is so much BAD information out there that’s it hard to not address it.
- Everyone and their mother claims to be an “expert” whether they’ve listened to a podcast or downloaded a certificate online that they’re a “doctor of holistic clean eating expertise”, and these pseudo-experts take credibility away from those who have actually achieved academic recognition for knowledge in a particular field.
- I love, love, love sharing recipes. But I’m not great at creating them. I’m excellent at adapting/re-creating recipes that I’ve found, but I will leave the creativity and recipe writing to those who really rock that those things. I’m also not calling a pile of veggies or a combination of weird ingredients thrown into my smoothie a “recipe” anymore – if I don’t write it down for myself, why share it?
- I’m not quite sure how much / what to share here anymore. My blog used to almost be my “secret” hobby, but now everyone at work and everyone in my family knows about it, which makes me censor what I publish in one way or another.
So overall, thanks for not hating me for being so candid (if you made it this far). One thing hasn’t changed – the title of this blog still holds true – I LOVE to eat. I am passionate about food, creating it, sharing it, learning about it, and consuming it. So if you choose to stick around, hopefully there will be some of that happening soon.
In the mean time – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Tell me what you think about social media these days – what you love/hate/disagree with me about. OR tell me a food blog you LOVE that I should add to my subscription list.