P.S. You DO deserve a recipe on January 1–but since I don’t have a new one here’s something appropriate from this past year: black-eyed peas, a traditional (and hearty) new year’s dish! Enjoy……..
New Year’s Changes
Greetings, readers, and happy 2011!
As usual at this time of year I’ve been thinking about what lies behind me and ahead of me—in general and also on this blog.
I have adored our time together “In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens,” and I don’t want to end it.
I do intend to curtail it a bit. Here’s why.
My hope when I started writing here in September 2008 was that I would grow as a writer and a cook by having a regular outlet.
I also hoped to strengthen my “brand”—the recognition and readership of Tinky—so that when it was time to transform the blog into my second cookbook I would have a ready-made audience for that book (and thus a great argument to any publisher that I should be included in its lists).
I got halfway there. I think I’ve DEFINITELY improved as a writer and a cook. Nevertheless, my career hasn’t prospered as much as I hoped it would.
I have a small but loyal readership, for which I am grateful. But my blog’s statistics actually went down this year instead of growing. So clearly I’m doing something wrong.
Part of my problem, I’m sure, stems from timing. I first started writing about food more than 15 years ago because it was one of the few areas of journalism in which there seemed to be a growing demand for writers. Most newspapers had weekly food pages, and they didn’t seem to have the staff to fill those pages.
Since I loved cooking and knew that I could relate food to just about any topic, I was happy to move into this niche.
Things have changed, however. Today, the U.S. has more food writers than ever before. And it has a ton of food bloggers. So my blog and I simply don’t stand out.
I will keep posting here from time to time in the hope that I can figure out how to turn around my fate and that of “In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens.”
Much of my creative energy will be devoted to a new project, however. As regular readers know, I have been busy lately trying to keep up with my aging mother.
My new writing project will explore our journey together as her dementia progresses.
I plan to put vignettes from our life and from this new writing project on the internet on a blog called “Pulling Taffy” (Taffy is one of my names for my mother, thanks to her affection for swimming in salt water.)
So please do keep up with me here and there as we try to be true to ourselves and each other.
Meanwhile, happy New Year to all….