It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything and I’ve been thinking about why that is. After a bit of processing and review of my goals here, what I’ve come up with means a bit of a change of how I use this blog and my style of posting.
When I started WheatlessRochelle, I wanted to make it a casual, fun thing for me to document recipes as I try them and write about my experiences being vegetarian and gluten free. I quickly fell headlong into the world of professional blogging, joined some blogging groups, and started to feel a lot of pressure (fueled by the other bloggers I was interacting with) to create posts that were professional, magazine-quality. Anything less than that started to feel like failure. Since I couldn’t live up to the standards I was setting for myself (which were greatly influenced by these blogging groups, other bloggers, and their opinions of what I “should” be posting), I was beginning to lose the motivation to post and then felt guilty because I wasn’t posting. That’s not what I want.
I want this blog to be the fun, lighthearted, recipe and food documenting project for myself that I started it to be. It’s for me. If others find interest, that’s great, but I’m not doing this for others. I’m doing it for myself. I don’t need to be the world’s top blogger, the best food photographer, or have web analytics that rival professional bloggers. I don’t have the time for that and I don’t want to continue putting that kind of pressure on myself. I didn’t set out for this to be a professional endeavor and I don’t want to make myself feel pressured to turn it into that.
I’m certainly not giving this up. I love having this blog and I have a lot of fun with it. But what I will be doing is probably including more posts with cell phone photos, perhaps integrating Instagram, having more random/short posts, and probably making this blog have a more Tumblr-like “document as I go” type of feel. There are also some issues here that need to be fixed (for example, commenting appears to currently be broken) and so addressing those problems will also be included in the reboot.
I’m not doing this for anyone else but me. Because of that, I want to always have it feel like a fun project that I want to continue with, not something that is so overwhelming because every post must be the most professional tip-top thing I’ve ever created or else I’ve failed. Hopefully changing my viewpoint will leave me less stressed about this blog and help me to post more frequently. Thanks for sticking with me and I’ll be back soon with new content!