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  • Where Have I Been? And, Changes to Small Bites

    IM_BACKHello everyone,

    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.

    Thank you,

    -Andy-

    PS: The answer to the previous “numbers game” post is 49%.

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    1. Kathy R said on November 8th, 2010

      I hope everything works out for you!! I sent a request in Facebook to keep updated. I’ve been eagerly waiting for the question to be answered on your last post about Potassium. Will you take us out of suspense and answer that one??

    2. Pam said on November 8th, 2010

      Andy,

      Congrats on all your hard earned success! I have learnded so much life changing information from your blog and tweets. The best thing about your writing is the passion behind it, and you should do whatever it takes to preserve that passion! I look forward to reading what you have to share in the future, whenever the inspiration strikes!

      Best Wishes!

      Pam

    3. Quinn said on November 8th, 2010

      Transitions are hard, and change is hard. I think you have made a good choice and I wish you all the best. I’ll be looking for you out there!

    4. Rachelle said on November 8th, 2010

      Congratulations on your new ventures, Andy. I’ll sure miss your daily block, and I’m glad you are keeping the archives online as I come here regularly to look up information. I guess I’ll finally have to bite the bullet and join Twitter ;-) . All the best, Rachelle

    5. Christine said on November 8th, 2010

      This is good news, Andy! Congratulations.

    6. Jane said on November 8th, 2010

      Don’t feel bad or fearful about your decision — revel in it. You were led to this decision by your own personal integrity (i.e., you don’t want to write on a daily basis if there’s no driving passion), and luckily you also had the freedom to enact the change (i.e., you are your own boss).

      Good luck with everything!

    7. Terri said on November 8th, 2010

      Andy, I really enjoy your viewpoints. Thanks for all you do. Enjoy this new time in your life. I’ll keep an eye out for your future posts! :)

    8. Aviva Goldfarb said on November 8th, 2010

      Very clever of you to take time to reassess and then act on your new ideas, Andy. But I did wonder where you had been–glad everything is okay and your career is taking off!

    9. Terri Korolev said on November 8th, 2010

      Best of luck with all of the wonderful things going on in your life right now, Andy! And don’t feel bad about having to scale back – you are only one person and can’t possibly keep up with everything (a lesson I learned when I became a Mother, but I probably should have learned it earlier!). In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you on Facebook and during those times when you are able to post a blog entry!

    10. Mrs. Q said on November 9th, 2010

      Yeah you! Blogging daily is a kind of torture. And if you are getting paid gigs, well, that’s a great thing! Wish you the best in your transition!

    11. Mary said on November 9th, 2010

      Andy,

      What a gift you have given to so many people! Knowledge shared is a wonderful thing…and being able to communicate something as complex as nutrition is a gift! Good luck with your career and future. You have a great start! Wishing you many blessings. Thanks so much for your time and hard work Mary

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