Blog Fog of 2011….Clear Skies in 2012!

Happy New Year! And happy two year blogoversary! Can you believe that two years have passed? Well, that pretty much blows my mind. I’m really excited about 2012 — it’s going to be a good one. I have some exciting stuff to share with you over the next couple months…

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this space. I love blogging, but I think I was in a fog last year. Coming off of that crazy year of school lunch eating, I continued to blog daily even when my content was so-so. Instead of giving myself a few nights to work on a concept, I would often force myself to blog about something right away without letting it percolate. Bad idea — I resented having to push myself and then what I wrote lacked oomph.

I found myself writing up a sub-par blog posts when I should have been replying to your comments and answering emails (blog maintenance, anyone?). After I revealed myself, I started sharing more personal stuff while veering off of the main topic of this blog (ahem, school lunch?). Weirdly, I lost my focus when I came out. And over the past two years to keep up with daily blogging, I often went without optimal sleep.

Now that it’s 2012 there will be some changes:

1) Fed Up with Lunch will be focused on school lunch. I will continue to write pieces about school food, discuss food politics and educational issues, open the floor to you in open thread posts, talk about the book and book appearances, share fantastic perspectives from guest bloggers, and support non-profit organizations working with food and kids.

2) I’m moving any posts that I can use the word “my” to describe to another site (to be announced). My packed lunches, my CSA (community supported agriculture) posts, my recipes, and my attempts at gardening will be housed separately. Don’t worry — I will blog a link to those posts here, giving you the option to click over or not. While many people appreciate a more personal perspective about my life, there are plenty of people who aren’t interested. Plus, even though those posts are food related they have nothing to do with school lunch, which is what started this whole thing in the first place!

3) Fed Up with Lunch will be a professional blog, and not a hodge-podge of weird stuff that strikes me at any given moment. I want to feel proud of this space and sometimes I just feel like it’s just odd. That means that there will be fewer blog posts, but better content. I’m going to do more planning the content and reflecting before hitting publish.

4) I will be a regular contributor to another site! It’s an exciting project that aligns with much of what I’ve blogged about. More to come about that in the future…

5) Prioritizing my health will come first. I’m not proud to say that I put blogging ahead of myself and any household responsibilities. This year I will turn off the computer when I need sleep — it’s as simple as that.

Eating school lunch for a year and everything that happened afterwards has transformed my views on life. I truly believe that anything is possible. How in the world did that one little idea turn into this blog and a book? Let’s all listen to ourselves, live with intention every day, and vow to not get wrapped up in fear and doubt. Let’s do this in 2012!

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8 thoughts on “Blog Fog of 2011….Clear Skies in 2012!

  1. I’ll miss the packed lunches and little glimpses into your personal life. They are my two favorite things about the blog.

    I hope 2012 brings you joy and everything you are looking for in your blog. Here’s to clear skies!

  2. I will also miss the glimpses into your daily life. I think that the packed lunches and personal stories allow us to connect back to the days when you were posting about your daily lunches. I will miss your personal posts, but I will be heading over to your new blog to follow your life there! 😀

    1. You can still keep up with glimpses into my life, I’m just going house them on another site. I want to keep things organized. I’ll be sure to advise you when I post something somewhere else! 🙂

  3. In other words, we’ll soon have 3 blogs to follow! the school lunch one, the personal one AND the one you’ll be contributing to on a regular basis…sounds good to me!! happy new year, Mrs. Q 🙂

    1. I know, it’s a lot. But hopefully I can put little summaries here so that it’s not too overwhelming! Thanks for being such a religious follower!! 🙂

  4. Happy new year!

    I’m glad to hear you’re reorganizing and taking the steps you need to regain control. Speaking from experience, it’s extremely challenging to balance all of these issues–so don’t beat yourself up!

    I do take one issue with something you said, though:

    “My packed lunches, my CSA (community supported agriculture) posts, my recipes, and my attempts at gardening will be housed separately . . . even though those posts are food related they have nothing to do with school lunch”

    I think they DO have a lot to do with school lunch. It’s all connected, and what you’ve been demonstrating through your own learning and experiences is hugely important to the school lunch conversation. I learned from you that t’s not just about what food is handed to kids in the lunch line, it’s about the entire culture of food that we’re are (or are not) teaching them.

    Looking forward to everything that you do in 2012, here and on your other projects! Onward!

  5. Hi, I’m a high school senior in New Jersey.
    I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning. I’ve been meaning for a long time to write an email to you or write a comment but for some reason I never really did.
    I love reading all the blog posts. I felt the quality become a little too….. casual. But I still enjoyed every post immensely. I also love the posts with your kid in it because I think he’s so cute!! He reminds me of my cousin when I look at him.
    I just want to let you know how much your blog has become part of my daily life. i check it everyday almost. Now that I know you’ll be updating it less, I can stop maniacally checking. Omg i loved November because you posted everyday hahha.
    I”ll definitely be keeping up with everythng you do in your seperate blog!

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