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:
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:
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:
- 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.