Monday, July 20, 2009

Lifecycle of a blog - a reflection

I don't post here much anymore, and even when I do, I rarely document my cooking. At one point, I was posting here daily about my kitchen activities. Especially in the summer. The farmer's market is bursting with fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. How tasty and inspirational!

Yet here I sit, in silence.

The funny thing is that I still do cook good stuff, but mostly just on the weekends. Take last night for example. We had a lovely roasted pork tenderloin served on top of risotto with sweet corn and cherry tomatoes. It was delicious. I didn't even think to drag out my camera or write down one bit of what I was doing.

I have to ask myself, has the excitement of my blog worn off?

I believe it has. I still have a love affair with food. Maybe I just have less of an interest in sharing it online? Or perhaps it's that I want to spend what little of my free time I have, with my family or trying to catch up on sleep or relaxing?

Life has changed. With change comes adaptation.

When my daughter was born in March, I quickly realized I wouldn't be able to keep up with this blog in the manner I had. I promised myself I would try to post about my weekend cooking adventures. I failed miserably. I don't know why I felt this pressure to blog. I know it was all in my own head. This was supposed to be a creative outlet for me to share my love of cooking. I think I've finally come to the realization that now is not the time for that. I blog avidly for my daughter on her own little private blog and perhaps that's all I need as a creative outlet right now.

I think I'll continue to post here about life, but probably a lot less about food. I have no idea who would be interested in reading such drivel, but I just can't bring myself to kill this blog. I like having a journal I can look back on and a nice collection of my recipes. So for now, this blog will live on. Not in the fashion that it had, but in the way that it fits in with my life. Adapted.

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Stephen said...

Hey, you're worth a read, no matter what you're writing about. Writing a blog used to be an exercise in personal reflection, and at some point it became about generating hits and fresh content and such. I say bring the journal back to where it used to be, and you're a happier person for it. Keep your chin up -- your readers will respect you for it. :)

Jeni said...

Ah old friend, always the wise one who can put it better into words then I ever can. Thank you for your support :)

Melanie Busbee said...

Very well put, Jeni.

girlnblack77 said...

I found that, pre-kids, I was much more outgoing... had no problem putting myself out there, so to speak. After my first was born, all those energies were redirected and I wasn't introverted *or* extroverted... I was completely absorbed in everything baby. When my youngest finished kindergarten, I noticed a shift again in my personality. I was able to devote a bit of time to personal interests again - and wanted to - and didn't feel guilty about it! :)
If it matters, I didn't read your food-themed posts so much for the recipes as for your wonderful voice. I'm sure I'll enjoy whatever you blog, as often or as seldom as they come! :)

Jeni said...

Thank you all for your support and thoughtful comments.

And thank you for telling me about returning to "you". Sometimes I find myself straining to even remember what I was like pre-baby.

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