You may have noticed a lack of activity here on the ol’ blog recently (after a previously unannounced hiatus late in 2013).
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While I don’t expect that there are hordes of people anxiously refreshing the screen every day, hoping for a glimmer of action on ETW, I figured a few of you may wonder WTH was going on.
So, the long story semi-short:
I left the masters in nutrition program. I originally started ETW in conjunction with a return to grad school & a planned career change. But last year, I had come to several realizations about that path: being a student is expensive, & my 15-year career in market intelligence kept things afloat much more easily; too many nutrition careers are closely tied to IndustriAgriFood Business, which is not how I want to use my time; and I already had the academic background (an MPH) to jump into the area of nutrition that interests me most, public health nutrition. So when I jumped ship from school, I found myself with less fodder for ongoing ETW posts.
There are only 24 hours in the day. The return to work in my established career has meant more wonkery, less bloggery. And when I do get a spare hour, I’d rather watch House of Cards with Tim than spend another hour staring at Teh Internets.
I am seriously bored with home cooking. And when you blog about health & nutrition with a focus on home cooking methods, that’s kind of a problem. It’s like pulling teeth to get me to plan meals & write up a grocery list. I’ll avoid grocery shopping until I find myself calling peanut butter on crackers a “snack plate dinner.” And there are way more delivery pizzas & Chipotle pick-ups coming into Chez ETW than I would like to admit.
So I’m trying to decide where to go with ETW. I might change the focus, or not. Maybe give it up altogether in favor of other social media outlets (I mean, isn’t blogging kind of dead now, anyway?).
But in the meantime–to refresh my memory about what has worked & what hasn’t, while giving you all something to read–I’m going to post a 12-day series recapping the best ETW posts from each calendar month (e.g., all the Januaries since I started several years ago). Then I’ll see if that clears out the tumbleweeds well enough to chart a path forward.