New Year’s Resolutions & Changes for Foxes Love Lemons

New Year's Resolutions

Happy 2014! I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. Things have been pretty slow around here recently – a sinus infection that was a 10/10 on the evil villain scale took me down hard right after Christmas. Fun way to “relax” during some planned time off, right? Wrong. Oh well – I’m feeling a bit better now and looking forward to more cooking and more blogging!

This new year will bring about a few necessary changes around here. When I first started this blog, I was developing, cooking, photographing and posting about 2 to 3 new recipes each week. Somehow, in the last eleven months, that has snowballed into about 5 recipes/week. Some weeks, I even do 6 recipes! Combined with the variety of freelance jobs I have, it’s too much – I’m working at a pace that I can’t sustain, and the last thing I want to do is burn myself out. Because then I would look like this:

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That being said, I’m going to scale back in a few ways. First of all, I’m going to start taking Fridays off (kind of). It’s the slowest day for traffic around here (I’m sure everybody is busy finishing things up before the weekend). So, it makes sense that that’s a day I can skip posting, and instead do some boring-but-important behind-the-scenes stuff like updating my archive pages, small business tax organizing and grocery shopping.

My new post schedule will be Monday – Thursday, with 2 or 3 #SundaySupper posts each month as well. Also, sorry for anyone who was a fan, but I’ve had to phase out the monthly Cook The Book, 3-Ring Binder and Pinterest Challenge posts. They may make an appearance here and there, just not every month. There’s just not enough days in each month for all of the posts I want to write. But, I can’t complain about a single thing. I’m living my dream. Which makes me look like this:

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That’s it for the ch-ch-changes around here. Nothing too major, right? I promise to keep working as hard as ever to bring you simple yet special and (mostly) healthy recipes that will make you look like a superstar in the kitchen. Now, on to the resolutions portion of this event:

2014 Resolutions

  • Keep working on my food photography. I definitely had a photography-themed Christmas, with my family gifting me a beautiful new tripod, camera remote, photography tabletop light, new homemade fake tabletop/background and several food photography books. I want to put all of those things to work for me and continue learning and improving. I particularly want to work on my photography at restaurants when I do my Oakland Press restaurant reviews. It can be a challenge, with dark settings and not wanting to look awkward/annoying to other diners, but I want to figure out how to get better, more appetizing shots of restaurant food.
  • Learn how to use Lightroom to it’s fullest potential. On a whim, I bought Lightroom (a photo editing program) a few months ago when it was on sale. It’s a GREAT program, but I know that I’m scratching the surface of what’s possible in it, sticking with just basic edits. I need to learn more about it, and this will probably involve taking a class.
  • Invest in a macro lens for my camera. These are pricey, so maybe I can take on some extra freelance work to fill up my piggy bank. I’d love a macro lens for detailed close-up shots.
  • Have more giveaways for my readers. That is, if you want them. I’ve recently been the lucky winner of some pretty great giveaway prizes from other blogs I read, and it’s so fun when that prize shows up in the mail. I want to spread the love.
  • Attend a food blogging conference. Let’s face it – blogging/working from home can be a bit lonely sometimes. I honestly don’t mind it much – maybe being an only child has made me appreciate and enjoy solitude. But, I’d love to get a chance to meet some of my peers in person, and learn from them and the speakers at a conference. The Food & Wine Conference, IFBC, and Camp Blogaway are all front runners. Chime in in the comments if you’ve attended one of these!
  • Get all of my old posts straightened out. I’ll be honest – since my Blogger-to-Wordpress transfer, all of my old posts have looked like a hot mess. All of the info is there, but the alignment is messed up and things are generally looking kind of terrible. I originally had a plan to go back through and correct 10 posts/day, thinking I would be done with this task in about a month. Unfortunately, it’s a tedious, thankless job, and most days, I can only bring myself to do 2-3 posts before I want to throw my laptop against the wall. I do not want to buy a new computer in 2014, so I guess slow and steady will have to win the race here. Bear with me on this, and if you go to an old post and something is missing or doesn’t make sense, just ask me about it.
  • Get to know YOU! My favorite part about this blogging adventure is getting to virtually meet and chat with people all over the world. If you ever have a question about a recipe, leave me a comment and ask about it. If you’re bored at work, say hello on my Facebook page (discreetly, don’t get fired or anything). If you made something awesome for dinner, tell me about it on Twitter. Follow me on Instagram so I can follow you and check out your photos, too.

 

Again, Happy New Year to you! What’s your biggest resolution, or thing you hope to accomplish in 2014? Tell me all about it in the comments.

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28 comments

  1. Sounds like a great plan to scale back somewhat in order to accomplish all you want and not burn out! A blogger conference sounds like it would be a good retreat sometime this winter? And you can set up that Lightroom class in your home town when you are ready.

  2. These are such great resolutions Lori! Please don’t burn out…we’ll love you just as much if you post less. 🙂 I also hope to attend another food blogging conference this year. I went to Mixed in November and it was a wonderful experience. It’s a smaller conference so it was much less overwhelming, but I hope to attend a bigger conference this year. Definitely share where you end up deciding to go–it would be so great to meet you in person!

  3. Maybe you could ask for that lens for your upcoming birthday, hmmmm. Also, I am more than supportive of you going to a blogger conference – Nancy talked so excitedly about the Seattle one.

  4. I just changed my blogging format too – good luck to you!

  5. Hi Lori! Your plan and resolutions make so much sense. (I can’t imagine how crazy busy you must be posting so many great recipes each week.) I have been so inspired by your success and wish you all the best in 2014! (And…hope to see you and the Food and Wine Conference this year–it’s practically in my backyard!)

    • Yeah, I’ve definitely been a bit TOO crazy busy this year, and haven’t been relaxing with my family as much as I should! I need to work on that this year, but of course, here I am at 11:30 at night, on my computer. haha ooops!

  6. I LOVE your New Year resolutions! Sounds like a great plan and a SANE one, too.

    I attended the Food & Wine Conference and LOVED it. I am in awe of what Isabel has accomplished and learned more in those 3 days than I had in 1-1/2 years of blogging! Besides, if you go, then we will actually get to meet in person! WOOHOO!

    Happy New Year Lori!

  7. Woo! Whatever glitch I was experiencing earlier is gone. So now, all great goals for this year. As for conferences, how about Eat, Write, Retreat in Philly? That’s a fantastic one and limited to only about 100 people so you really get a chance to speak to everyone (and the brands). IFBC is on my shortlist for this year, mostly because we can tag along a visit to the inlaws with it.

    • So glad the creepy scantily clad woman is gone 😉 Just did a bit of research on Eat Write Retreat, and it looks fantastic! There are so many good conferences, I wish I could go to a bunch of them, but will probably have to pick just one. Thanks for telling me about EWR!

  8. You are awesome Lori! I’ve been toying with the idea of scaling back lately too, and I only post 3 times a week! Usually I start to think about this when I realize that it has been a full 7 days since I have bathed either of my children. Oops. I’m excited to see what you make for us this year!

  9. Dang, Lori, you’ve been a blogging machine! Up to 6 posts in 1 week? I don’t think I ever hit 6 posts in 1 month! You definitely deserve to slow it down a bit and give yourself a breather. I love how many photography related gifts you got for Christmas! That’s awesome. I share some of your resolutions – I also need to improve my photography and learn lightroom. Slowly but steadily, right? Happy New Year, girl. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014! As for blog conferences – IFBC was amazing. If you go, let me know – I’ll try and make it again. It’d be awesome to hang out for a weekend stuffing our faces!

    • Well, to be fair – I don’t have that pesky thing that you do, called “a full time job.” Honestly, I don’t know if I’d be blogging at all if I did. My hat is off to you for even putting up posts in a YEAR with the day job that you have! I’ll let you know about IFBC!

  10. We have the same goals hehe. Especially the one that involves sorting out all the posts. Mine look terrible since I moved from blogger to wordpress oops.
    Happy New Year Lori! You girl go get some relax, you’ve earned it! xx

    • Ugh yeah, why couldn’t the posts just move over here to WordPress and look OK? I had a feeling that wouldn’t happen, so I wasn’t at all surprised. I AM surprised by how painful and boring and tedious and terrible going back through them is. I thought it would be a quick, mindless task, but it’s turned into pure torture for me. Oh well, not gonna stress about it. They’ll be fixed whenever they’re fixed!

  11. Those are some fantastic goals (I can’t say the r-word)! I definitely think it’s too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is blogging and start to burn yourself out…so it’s great that you recognize it and set limits. I vote yes to the Food and Wine Conference (selfishly…)! 🙂 Happy New Year, Lori.

    • I like “goals” more than resolutions too, Heather. The Food and Wine Conference is looking like the clear front runner if I can only make it to one conference this year. Was just scoping out flight prices last night 😉

  12. Hi Lori, some great goals you have. I just starting following you on IG too. I’ve wondered about Lightroom… I have PSE11 but I hear LR is easier? Let me know what you think. I would also love to attend a conference – I did the Bloggy Boot Camp by SITS in Minneapolis in 2013 but I think I would like one that is longer than a day and have more meat to it. Have a great weekend!!

    • Following you back on IG, Deb 🙂

      I honestly can’t speak to Lightroom vs. Photoshop, because I’ve never used Photoshop. It took me a few days to learn how to do some basic editing in Lightroom, but it wasn’t too bad. I was able to get up and running with it pretty quickly. That being said, there’s still a lot I need to learn!

      Hmmmm…Minneapolis isn’t too far from Detroit, especially since they’re both Delta hubs. I might research that one, too!

      Have a great weekend!

  13. Great resolutions, Lori! I’ve cut back on all the group participation as well, but still find myself posting way too much. I’ll be working on that one, too!

    • It’s so hard sometimes, Liz! I’m always creating new dishes and wanting to blog about them, but a blog post is SO much more than just cooking the dish (as you know). Sometimes, I just have to tell myself “Ok, I’m just going to make this and enjoy it, and not worry about taking pictures or blogging.” And sometimes, that’s the best feeling ever 🙂

  14. Blogging can definitely be overwhelming, so I’m glad you’re going to make it work more for you. It’s more fun when it’s not so much pressure. Happy New Year, Lori!

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