Starting this blog is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
It can however, be a full-time job and sometimes a person needs to take a break from their work and that’s just what I’ve done.
Maintaining a blog is a lot more work than I had anticipated. There’s the cooking, photographing, writing, researching, editing, publishing, promoting, social networking, as well as the need to stay ahead of special events. Canada Day and Fourth of July…missed blogging about them
There’s quite a bit of behind the scenes work too. Take advertising. There is research, set up and maintenance. Whether or not to even have advertisements on here, is something I constantly struggle with. I have found the payoff is minuscule. For example, I have an affiliate account with Amazon.com. I always have one or two of their banner ads running on my side panel and often have individual product links in my blog posts as well as in my published recipes. However, in the first six months of this year I earned $3.47 from Amazon.com. That’s not a typo my friends. Is the advertising worth it? I would say not really, but what can you do?
In addition to all the man hours necessary to keep this site up, it also costs money to keep it running. I do as much as I can myself, including making decisions and implementing changes to the design and layout, so we’re not talking buckets of money but it seems like there are always bills due here and there. Domain Name, Web Hosting, Security Monitoring, Site Backup, etc. I guess I’ve invested what one would expect to pay to support a hobby but there are times when this feels like more than just a hobby. I think about making a career of it but wonder if I have what it takes? And then I wonder what would it really take to turn this into a career?
Bottom line, I do love blogging. I love sharing and connecting with you my readers and I enjoy being a part of the gluten free blogging community. I love that recently at a picnic, someone asked about getting the recipe for my Chickpea and Grape Tomato Salad and someone else spoke up to say it could be found on my website. How cool is that?
Last month, I stepped away from blogging because we needed to paint our house. The exterior that is. A stucco finish with wood trim that took sixteen gallons of paint and every spare moment of our time in August. A couple more quarts of paint and a few more days of touch ups before it is completely done. It turned out better than expected. Our 22-year-old house looks brand new!
With the house painting behind us, I’m eager to get back to blogging. There will however, be a change in the kind of recipes, ingredients and types of posts. I am trying to curb some recent weight gain. About 15 lbs in the two years after I went gluten free. I have found that cutting back on the sweets and calorie laden baked goods has helped but oh what do I publish? Some of what I’m eating lately is pretty boring. Healthier maybe but nonetheless boring.
Then there’s Michael Pollen’s latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. I’m reading and really enjoying his book. No surprise there…I’ve always enjoyed his writing. This book, just like his others, is really thought-provoking. It does make one wonder about what is “real food” these days? What is cooking from scratch? Is home cooking becoming a lost art? Something our kids kids will only ever know about through TV and not in their own kitchens? Something to think about, isn’t it?
I guess what I’m getting at is you can expect to see some more wholesome made from scratch (or almost from scratch) recipes and less of the white sugar and condensed milk kind.
Before I let you go, I have a bit of an announcement…
I plan to do a series on Gluten Free Cruising. Yes, the Hubs and I are going on a Cruise! I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are for this holiday adventure!
The picture above, is of me in 2009 while on an Alaskan Cruise. That was before being diagnosed with gluten intolerance. This time I am going to have to pay a lot more attention to my diet. I expect the hardest part will be in giving up control of food preparation during the Cruise.
In doing research before booking the trip, I found very little written about Cruising With Food Allergies. I want to share my experience. Everything from the preparation, to the trip itself. I’m hoping I will be able to give you an almost live day by day report on how I manage to live with gluten intolerance while vacationing on a Cruise Ship. All of that is providing blogging doesn’t get in the way of my being able to lay back and enjoy the Cruise.
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