Since this blog was hacked recently, I have thought long and hard about what I want to do with my content.
Over the years, I have freely given away several cookbooks worth of recipes; which was great, because I love creating flavorful plant-based food and sharing it with people.
Most of my content is backed up, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple to access. Some recipes are on disk, many have been salvaged from several computers that crashed and now live on The Boyfriend’s external server.
I was notoriously not very organized with my files, so recipes and pictures are all over the place. I recently had to reinstall my OS (after the situation with my blog) and have created a strict system for myself so I can organize my files in a more logical sense.
Every single day, I get numerous requests for recipes. I have spent a lot of time digging for recipes and copying them for people, but I realized that it is taking too much of my time to respond to every request.
I have decided I will start offering customized E-Books. I am going to spend the next several weeks creating a recipe directory so people can pick and choose:
· 5 recipes for $10
· 10 recipes for $15
· 20 recipes for $30.
I will also offer customized recipes. The price for this service will be determined by the recipe.
I know I have played around with E-book ideas for a while, and I have actually written the content, but I just can’t justify selling them for the small amount of money that people are charging for E-books.
I value my time and creativity too much to do that.
I think that we are doing each other a disservice by giving away content for free or nearly free because everyone else is and it has become expected.
I want to enjoy blogging again, because I do love creating amazing food. I love talking about it, writing about it and photographing it!
I haven’t felt enjoyment for a long time, and I will touch more on that in future writings as I reclaim this blog for myself.
There seems to have been a slow descent into insanity online, and every post, no matter what I content I put forward was subject to judgment, scrutiny and more importantly, I have noticed a very disturbing trend towards Orthorexia within the online food blogging community.
This concerns me greatly and I do not want to be associated with any of that.
So, from this day forward, this blog is going to be my home. I have never really felt comfortable expressing my opinions and writing authentically because of the backlash, but that stops today.
I may write about the meal I lovingly prepared for my boyfriend which contains meat. I do it as an act of service because I love him dearly and it makes me so happy to take care of him. (I don’t eat meat and never will.)
I will probably talk more about the methods I use to create food and the food itself instead of writing recipes. I don’t cook that way. I just create, so stopping to write recipes constantly takes the joy out of it for me. It makes it feel like a job, and if I’m going to “work”, then I’m going to get paid.
This doesn’t mean I won’t ever post recipes, but I certainly am not going to post recipes for everything I want to talk about!
I am also going to write quite a bit about my opinions on food and health related matters, because they have been a very important factor in my life and I have had to come to terms with a lot of brainwashing regarding food and health.
I realize this will alienate many of you, but I’m OK with that. There are thousands of blogs out there to choose from.
This is MY home now.
You are welcome in my home, but DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE!
If I sound like I have a chip on my shoulder, I do!
When my blog was hacked recently, I completely broke down. YEARS of my work were gone.
HOURS. UPON HOURS. UPON HOURS.
Do you have idea how much time, money and creative passion went into Melomeals? Probably not, especially if you are just stopping by for a recipe you pinned.
To have it just taken away like that made me feel like the last 8 YEARS of my creative and frankly, my PROFESSIONAL life (It was really the best online resume to showcase my cooking style!) was stolen from me.
It almost broke me.
It didn’t help that it was just after my second foot surgery in a year. The last 2 years of my life has been extremely difficult, and everything I loved doing both socially and professionally has been compromised and diminished due to health problems.
I am now, finally, on the road to recovery. The last foot surgery I had, has fixed my foot, but I still have months of recovery to go before I can hopefully work on my feet again full time.
I now see things in a new light. This is a turning point for me and it has made me very clear on my feelings. For those of you still with me: