The decision to fold Family Food, my food blog, into CityMama was about a year in the making. Actually, maybe even a little longer than that. I've been seriously blogging since 2004, and somewhere along the way, I decided that the focus would be less on my kids and more about my life in general.
When you have one child, it's easy to focus are your blogging time and attention on that one child. They are the center of your world, the stars of the show. Their photos plaster your blog. They are so cute, how can you resist sharing that cuteness with the world? When you have two or more children, you suddenly think about devoting equal time to each, and being fair. At least I did. And I knew that I probably never be no matter how hard I tried. That realization combined with an effort by me to reclaim a shred or two of privacy in my life led me to the decision to focus less on my girls and more on our world.
I will miss seeing my sweetpeas in the banner at the top of my blog. Their photo made me smile and made my heart swell with pride every day. And I admit having a twinge of "buyers remorse" not seeing them there anymore. They are still here, though in the background, as I strive to present a fuller, more rounded (no pun intended) picture of our world.
Our world includes many things: the usual packing of lunches and school runs, the carting to and fro from gymnastics to soccer to birthday parties. But it is also informed by me: a 38-year-old woman who unabashedly loves pop culture, who is a serious media junkie, who can be easily distracted from almost anything by the words, "Want to go to Target?," who loves to cook. Mostly who loves to cook. More than anything.
I considered shuttering CityMama completely and only focusing on Family Food, and about a year ago I almost did, but then I started question why my food blogging and "CityMama blogging" (for lack of a better term) needed to be separate. Both blogs seemed to serve different purposes, but in the end I decided that they both defined me. So why couldn't they be combined? The answer to that question for me is here, in the new CityMama. These are the stories of our lives, captured forever for Bunny and Wallie, combined with what I cooked along the way.
Thanks to Trish for inspiring the tagline: Always Cooking Something Up. She's won the contest and will receive the prize consisting of "Random Crap PR People Send Me," although the package will be light since she lives in Australia!
Thanks also to Marlynn and Alain of Event Bliss for helping me to realize my vision. The biggest recommendation I can give them is that they worked with me—a fickle, indecisive, emotional, finicky, Libra—and managed to turn my eccentricities into a functional and beautiful site. (They also didn't bat an eyelash when I said, "Here's the deposit for your services, cash the check right away!") Yes, I know the script is hard to read for some, but I love it, and it's called "Jane Austen" so you have to love it, too!
So welcome to my new digs. I hope you'll stick around and keep the conversation going. There will always be a seat at the table—and a glass of your favorite libation and some nibbles—waiting for you here!
photo credit: CityMama