Those of you are who faithful followers of 1 cup Awesome have probably noticed that our posting has been kind of non-existent lately. Today we wanted to share with you all why we haven’t been posting lately, along with our plans for the future.
So first off, why haven’t we been posting very many recipes during the last two months?
1. We have been super busy
Blogging is hard and it takes a lot of time. Those of you who keep a blog already know this. It takes a significant amount of time to take pictures, edit and upload pictures, and write out a post. The last two months have been packed with family gatherings, work, and events with our church. All of those things have priority over our blog, so that is where we have been investing our time.
2. We had “blogger burnout”
After a long days work and taking care of three kids, all we wanted to do was get dinner on the table, eat together, and then relax. The thought of taking pictures as we cooked seemed so overwhelming. This was partially due to the fact that we had been trying to do too much. We simply cannot write 5 new recipes per week, make them and post them – but that’s what we were trying to do since we first started 1 cup Awesome last March.
3. We felt like we had nothing to share
The popularity of Pinterest has made us realize there are tons of amazing food bloggers out there who are putting out some amazing stuff. Why would anyone want to read what we had to say? We aren’t great at photography, we aren’t fantastic writers, and we have only been serious about cooking good food for the last two years or so. Also, we honestly had no recipes to post over the last month. Our schedule has been so crazy that we have hardly even had time to make a home cooked meal and sit down together to eat it.
So with all that going on, we seriously considered “shutting down” 1 cup Awesome. If we could be honest with you all, this website just seemed so unimportant compared to the other great things we have going on in our lives. But then we heard from so many people over the holidays who told us they loved reading our recipes. We also referenced our own website numerous times when we needed to find a recipe for a family gathering. We realized that we do have something to share, and for whatever reason a few of you out there want to hear it. So, we are not quitting.
Going into 2012, we have a few new goals for our food blog.
Like we said before, we can’t post 5 new recipes every week. Our goal will be to post at least two recipes per week, along with one or two other “simple posts”. We have a few ideas for these new, simple posts and are excited to see where it goes.
We both feel disgusting after all the crap we have put into our bodies the last two months. We are ready to start eating fresh, healthy food again. If you are looking for some new healthy recipes that actually taste good, stick with us over the next few months and we’ll be sure to share them with ya’ll, as they say in the South.
That’s a word, right? Remember that old saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? Well, it really is true. If we do not plan out our meals in advance, we have no idea what we will be blogging about from day-to-day. That is a recipe for failure…no pun intended. Our goal is to plan out all of our meals for the week in advance, and to also plan out our blog posts in advance. Our friend and fellow blogger, Eric Williams, shared an article on Twitter a couple of weeks ago about a “blogging assembly line.” It had some great advice on putting out good content consistently and we are going to try to adopt some of the principles laid out in the article.
We are really excited to see what happens with 1 cup Awesome in 2012. We cannot thank you all enough for taking the time to read what we have to say and for all your encouragement and kind words. Happy New Year!
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