Where to Next?

Greetings from the other side of Spring Break…and the end of the semester. After a variety of events- being afflicted with some very persistent sinus germs, a wonderful and much needed vacation in South Beach, the flu, writing a conference paper, going to a conference in Chicago, the end of the semester, and setting up a course that begins on Monday-my blog posts were regularly back-burnered.

I know that my readers have really valued my contributions thus far. Many of you have expressed how useful the tips were, how supportive my experiences and advice have been, and how enjoyable the recipes I post are. When I started the blog, I envisioned it as a place where I could share how I not only lost a lot of weight, but especially how I’ve been able to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

 

Wine tasting in Tuscany after a 3-hour country ramble

While I have enjoyed writing these posts, they take a lot of time and thought to produce (especially including photos). During my break from writing posts, I took some time to think about where I see the blog going. I do social network outreach, so I would need to expand it to reach more people, which would involve a lot more work—and it would be administrative-type work, which is less appealing. While I don’t have any ambitions to earn money from this project, for the amount of time I spend on it, I feel I need to reach a larger audience to make it worth my while.

I have also grappled with the content. As a social scientist, of course I dug into the data to see what topics appealed to the most people. A huge number of people read about me and my food education and changes, but beyond that, there is no consistency to the types of posts people chose to read. The Almond Joy Cookie Bars was, by far, the most popular recipe, with Detox Salad as a distant second.

I have considered just writing posts for other blogs, like Peaceful Dumpling, as a way to continue occasionally contributing, or maybe submitting the recipes I cooked up to some sites or magazines. But I’m not sure I’m ready to abandon Can’t Quit Food. Yet at the same time, I’m not sure how many more new tips and strategies I can contribute. Some of my favorite, but most time consuming posts to write (and those I have the most ideas for writing in the future), were the ones based on research, though hits on these were below average.

So as it stands, I haven’t actually abandoned writing my blog and wanted to let you know why you haven’t heard from me in a while. If you have any feedback or ideas about how to grow my blog, I’d love to hear them. Now that the semester has ended and my next course is all set to go, I’ll have more time to consider where I’m headed. In the meantime, I’m grateful for how supportive everyone has been of my project and hope you’ll continue to be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle.

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