Friday, September 28, 2012
Well, I've been putting off this day for a long time. But today, I received an email from a publisher that made realize it's time to officially say goodbye. It's been so great to have run this successful blog for four years, I've met so many wonderful foodies and will remain friends forever!
I figured that this post can be a little different so that I don't cry writing it. So I formatted it into an interview instead! Hope you like it! :)
Why did you decide to stop posting to ORMG?
The simple answer is that my life has significantly changed since moving to Oregon. I find that I just don't have the time to keep up as well as losing the motivation that it really takes to have a food blog such as this and do it justice. I don't think it's fair to abandon a blog once it's started. I found myself so many times in a position of feeling guilty for not having written in awhile and I knew I had to make some decisions. It took a lot of praying, soul searching, and getting advice before I decided to close ORMG. After I made the decision, I actually felt relief and I knew then I was doing the right thing.
Will you miss posting?
Yes and no. Yes, because I always enjoyed writing and sharing recipes. No, because of the time it takes to research, oftentimes re-writing recipes, getting photos, and trying to keep content interesting. There is so much more to blogging and it can be a full-time job easily.
Will ORMG go offline?
I don't think so for now at least. There are some great recipes that someone can use should they stumble upon the blog. Maybe next year, I might revisit this question and decide then if I'll renew the domain.
Are you doing other food blogs?
Yes, just one and that's Beautiful Food. It's not at all like ORMG or Treats of Sweets. It is just celebrating great food photos.
Why continue Beautiful Food if blogging takes so much time?
Well, Beautiful Food is just posting a great photo of anything food-related and so it takes absolutely little time to search for something, post it, and credit the photographer. Plus, I adore good food pics!
Do you still cook a lot?
Not as much. We're still settling here in Oregon so I haven't had a whole lot of time to cook, but I still love to and I'm sure after we get over the initial adjustment period, I'll be back in the kitchen all the time again!
Do you have other blogs you write to?
Yes, Kim's LifeStyle Blog is where I spend the majority of my time. I decided that I really wanted to concentrate on writing about my moving cross country, share the things I love like fashion and hairstyle tips and just have a girly blog. It's fun and it's truly a hobby and not a job and that's why I spend so much time on it.
What are you hoping to get from blogging on Kim's LifeStyle Blog?
I really enjoy writing a journal and following my own life and how I grow and deal with situations and stuff. I also want to leave something of my life behind as a legacy. Maybe it will inspire someone or even encourage them. I hope many of my ORMG readers will migrate over to it even if to just go along on the ride with me through "My Personal Journey." Plus, they might love all the fashion stuff there too.
Where do you see yourself in about five years? Do you think you'll ever return to food or recipe writing?
You know, I don't know. That's a long time from now and right now I'm all about getting through day by day. I'm not sure what the future will hold and I'm not sure I'll go back to recipe writing. Right now, I just want to focus on each day trying to get as much out of it as I can. I hope to be able to encourage and brighten someone's day and we'll just see where God takes me.
What will you miss most about ORMG?
Probably all the designing and tweaking I did. I love being a designer and I was challenged a lot with ORMG. I learned a lot and indeed I have to credit ORMG a little with helping me to migrate over to becoming a WordPress Web Developer. I had to really learn Blogger, XML, CSS and it was so good to understand the coding once I began working with WordPress.
Well, thank you for this interview and we wish you much success in your future endeavors!
And thank you world for coming into my kitchen for the past four years! It's been an amazing ride and I hope you'll check out Kim's LifeStyle Blog to keep up with me and my life in the West Coast!!!
Beautiful Food - A Foodtography Blog
I LOVE food photography. I've dabbled with how to bring that love to life and I think I've done it with "Beautiful Food", my blog devoted to drool-worthy pics of food. You'll see finished meals, raw ingredients, maybe even place settings that should make your eyes water!