Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Getting back on the blogging horse

I woke up this morning in bed with an odd thought and a twinge of excitement. And, no, it wasn't in my pants. It was about blogging. Yesterday, I had an IM discussion with Erica from Northwest Edible Life and one of the things that came up was about how many of the people she knew who had written a book had also stopped blogging shortly thereafter. She wanted to know why that was.

From my own experience, it was the pinnacle of writing burnout. My book, The Non-Toxic Avenger: What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You, was published almost two years ago. I followed up the book launch with a lengthy radio campaign and an aggressive blog book tour. That, coupled with the death of my Dad, hospitalizations for both my mom and husband and crap at school with my son and I just couldn't do it anymore.

I have occasionally tried to pump out a posting since then, but in all seriousness, I haven't consistently blogged since February of 2012. Also, since then, a lot has changed in my life. I was going to graduate school but some major changes here at the homestead have forced me to put that on hold. At least for now. So, now I find myself with some extra time on my hands and a renewed interest in blogging. I wasn't sure if that would ever happen again and I can't say that I'm making any promises, but don't be too surprised if you see more activity on this blog in the near future. The thing that makes me feel different about this time around is that I'm actually excited about blogging again. Which is something new.

Stay tuned.

16 comments:

Kari said...

I've missed seeng your posts, so this is good to hear. Take care.

Greenpa said...

Well; alrighty then! You're aware Sharon Astyk also took an unprecedented break? And is relaunching just now? Maybe we need an "Old Bloggers Mutual Support Society." Or something.

You can do it! : -)

Crunchy Chicken said...

Greenpappy - I am! She's got her hands full with a passle of chitlins. Maybe all us old timers just needed a breather.

DaFoz said...

Welcome back Crunchy! I look forward to your future posts, but only at any speed you feel you can manage! Hugs Roz

Gavin Webber said...

Welcome back Deanna. Looking forward to your posts once again.

Gav from Australia

Brad K. said...

I wonder if writing the book, a major project, kept reasonably confidential and discussed with your editor/publisher only, if that doesn't train you to think of writing as a large-project exercise? A book separates your personal life from a story you are trying to tell, is about the story and not about your life.

Put enough training, like 50 pages or more, into the exercise, and you would have a *lot* of practice avoiding putting yourself into your writing.

Which means that the blogging is something that book-writing discourages.

Or maybe it is the whole write, rewrite, and the reward being acceptance of the book by a single editor/publisher that has more immediate impact, where blogging is often an informal dialogue with chance-met visitors and unscheduled friends, hopefully.

Blessed be!

@Brad said...

Yeah! Welcome back!

Little Home In The Country said...

Welcome back! I've missed your posts, but I read your book again while you were on "break" Loved it just as much the second time :)

Aimee said...

I'd be really happy to see your blog show up in my feed again on a semi-regular basis! I am also trying to get back into it after a year long break while we were in Oaxaca. It's difficult to get back into the groove. I'll be here, reading!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Thanks, everybody! I suspect it will take some time before people will realize I'm posting again, but I'm hoping for some good discussions in the near future, either here or on my Facebook page.

Margo said...

Looking forward to reading whatever posts you have time to make. I've missed your blog

thecatwho said...

Like everyone else, so glad to hear your crunchy voice again. I wish you peace and ease in this transition and all of the transitions you mention in this post.

gloria of Veghead etc.

Robj98168 said...

well hell... about time. Itmwas getting lonley out here. No dumbass challenges or nothing fun to do.

dc said...

I guess I'll have to rebookmark your blog as I just (yesterday :) ) cleaned out my bookmarks and deleted you.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that! When I stumbled on your blog way back when I went all the way back to the beginning and read them all :)

Looking forward to your new content!

Mr. Homegrown said...

Glad you are back and best wishes for you, your family and this wonderful blog.

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