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Now I Understand

Basically I told myself that I would come back to blogging when I felt the need to.

Before this long “break,” I never really understood why anyone would quit blogging in the first place (or at the very least, stop blogging for a prolonged period of time).

Now I understand.

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Over the summer I wasn’t able to blog for lack of internet access. Then school started back up again and I still didn’t log into my account. I think part of me was a little scared, and part of me knew that it just wasn’t the right time yet.

Since you can all read the title of my blog and know what it’s about, you understand that I am aiming to find a balance with food. It mostly stems from my allergies and all of the pain that food has caused me in the past (both mentally and physically).

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I began my first blog as an outlet. I was surrounded by people who didn’t quite comprehend my desire to be healthy. In a world of processed food, that’s quite understandable I suppose. Then I created Eating for Balance when I discovered my food allergies.

I had many different goals with this blog, among them helping others with food allergies, as well as helping myself cope with the struggles I faced from my own.

My much needed break is now over. I feel calmer about this whole “allergy thing” that bogs me down.

At the same time though, I’m wanting to change. I need the accountability that comes with blogging. I need the interaction that comes with blogging.

I NEED to blog again.

Maybe it’s for selfish reasons. I’m still wanting to inspire and helps others with my posts/recipes, but this time around I’m mainly blogging for my own personal reasons.

The first change I want to make is in what blogs I read.

“We are what we eat.”

Or maybe… We are what we read?

A lot of the blogs I read before were good on the surface. Healthy. Happy. Inspiring. Thought-provoking.

But underneath that surface, there were some things not quite as positive.

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For starters, negativity. I’m not just talking about rants or complaints about life, but negativity towards others in the blogging community and to other people in the world in general.

For those who say that no one way is the correct way, many of us don’t practice what we preach. I saw countless examples of people expressing their “opinions” with very hurtful statements and actions.

In real life I am a shy person. I avoid all potentially awkward/embarrassing/stress-inducing situations. I avoid conflict whenever possible. That’s who I am. I like everyone to get along.

I never want to make someone feel inferior. No one is wrong. Everyone is different and right in their own way.

I’ll still express my opinions on things, because that’s what blogging is about – sharing new perspectives. It’s one of the things I love about this community.

But I will do my best not to negate any other walks of life in the process.

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There are several other things that I am wanting to change too, however, I think it will just be better for you to see from my future posts yourself rather than trying to explain it here.

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It will be a slow process easing back into blogging.

Honestly I don’t even want to look at my Bloglovin account right now. I’m sure my inbox of unread posts has skyrocketed into the thousands.

The most practical thing would be to just start over clean. I won’t do that entirely of course, because there are some people that I really want to check up on. But I will be deleting the aforementioned bloggers who I don’t want to be influenced by anymore.

This is a happy space. An open space. I’m going to be open-minded and try to be more of an open book in what’s going on in my life. I will also encourage everyone else to be open-minded in the comments section and feel free to be who they really are.

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I don’t want to pressure myself into feeling the need to blog, so there is always the possibility for more breaks in the future.

My approach is going to be more relaxed this time around, which I think will be better for everyone involved. No one likes to read from a stressed-out blogger, am I right?

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Now, what better way to start off my first post of 2015 than with some questions?!

Answer: There is no better way.

Questions:

How have you changed in blogging over the years?

What is your mindset towards blogging?

Why did you begin blogging in the first place? Are you still blogging for the same reason?

What I Made in 2013

I know this is a couple days late, but I’m never one to turn down the opportunity to do a recipe round-up. In fact, if I could get by with making my whole blog a recipe round-up I would be one happy gal. The only problem is that I like making the recipes themselves way too much so you get both!

Here are 15 recipes that I posted on my blog in 2013. They aren’t necessarily the top 15 viewed, just my favorites of the top ones.

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What I made in 2013 (aka… a year-long version of WIAW):

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Breakfast

My favorite meal of the day, so I have a lot of breakfast recipes on here.

1. Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

2. Pan Perfect Pancakes

3. Paleo French Toast Sticks

Bread

Making grain-free breads taste good is quite a challenge, so when I come up with a good one, I make sure to share.

4. Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

5. Banana Bread Bake

6. Grain-Free Cinnamon Roll Bread

Cinnamon Rolls

Can you tell that I like quick and easy recipes? Especially cute, hold-able ones like cinnamon rolls.

7. Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

8. Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls

9. Microwave Cinnamon Rolls

Dessert

My desserts actually resemble all of my other recipes with the same clean ingredients.

10. Apple/Pear Crisp

11. Paleo Tagalongs

12. Pumpkin Pie Bars

Savory

I have a disproportionate amount of sweet to savory recipes on this blog. I don’t believe that is a bad thing. 

13. Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

14. Chili, Chips and Cheeze

15. Paleo Moussaka

Along with my top recipes, here is also my annual 2013 report for Eating 4 Balance. It gives all of the statistical details like page views, top commenters, referring sites, etc.

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Looking over all that I did on this blog in 2013, I can’t help but be proud. Still, I know there is a lot of room for improvement. A couple of my goals for Eating 4 Balance in 2014 include:

  • Creating a posting schedule/plan.
  • Improving my photography/photo editing.
  • Commenting on more blogs.
  • Responding to more comments.
  • Going self-hosted.
  • Organizing my recipes.
  • Writing more personal/non-food posts.

Thank you for reading Eating 4 Balance and I hope you enjoy what is to come in the next year!

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Questions for you:

  • What is your favorite recipe/post on your blog in 2013?
  • Do you have more savory or sweet recipes on your blog?
  • What blog goals do you have for 2014?
  • Is there anything that you would like to see on Eating 4 Balance?