I have put off writing this entry for many days, essentially because it isn’t one I am particularly excited to post. While this blog is not ending or closing down, there are changes coming down the pike.
I am currently completing my Dietetic Internship, and simultaneously increasing my client base (which I am very happy about), and taking on a variety of (paid!) nutrition-related projects. Over the past two weeks, I experienced excitement about new projects along with tremendous concern as I saw my time — and desire — for daily blogging greatly diminish. It was particularly troubling because, from my perspective, my identity was that of a “nutrition blogger”. And, yet, the very thing that “put me on the map”, so to speak, turned into an obligation that, when “not fulfilled”, left me with all sorts of negative emotions.
Small Bites is me. There is no Small Bites team. Every idea posted here starts in my brain, and every post is typed by my fingers. After three and a half years of daily updates (including weekends and holidays), with my project and client base expanding, it became increasingly clear to me that a lot of the mental energy devoted to this blog shifted to other areas.
I have never experienced this before. At first I thought it was simply a matter of taking a few days off, but then I realized that this change is part of my professional journey. I decided to not post anything for two weeks to fully experience this shift, rather than attempt to silence it with posts written out of obligation, rather than passion.
These two weeks away from social media were very fruitful in many ways. I gained clarity of how to best balance everything in my life. Tomorrow I will resume my standard daily activity on Twitter and Facebook, as I have been for years. As far as Small Bites is concerned, this blog will of course stay online as an archive I am absolutely proud of and that, I feel, reflects my knowledge, passion, and unique point of view regarding nutrition. There are well over 1,000 posts at your disposal, discussing everything from agricultural policy to vegan recipes to the difference between omega-3 fats. I consider Small Bites one of the most thorough and informative nutrition blogs on the Internet.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, though, Small Bites is not “shutting down”. When I feel drawn to blog about something, I will. It may happen twice a month, or twice in one week. I can’t predict inspiration. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you will be informed when a new post goes up.
There was a part of me that felt great fear over these past two weeks. Fear that those who read this blog daily will be disappointed. Fear that I will lose support. Fear that “this is it.” I can’t say I’ve completely shattered those thoughts, but I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my Twitter and Facebook posts and, of course, continue to accompany me as my professional life unfolds.
PS: The answer to the previous “numbers game” post is 49%.