Yesterday’s post and the incredible comments that followed — you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already — helped me realize three important things:
- Passionate posts can only be written by passionate people. Otherwise, content seems forced.
- We read blogs because of the writer(s) behind them more so than the subject matter. Although the subject matter may be what attracts us in the first place, the writing style and personal stories are what keep us coming back.
- People are going to choose whether to read my blog or not read my blog no matter how hard I try to please them. I’m much better off writing about what makes me happy than trying to make others happy because ultimately it will be more authentic and more expressive of who I am.
I feel like I had a refresher course on why I blog, and it was needed! Looking forward, I am incredibly excited about the direction Eating Bender is headed. In the coming weeks, you can still expect to see plenty of posts about food, recipes, restaurant reviews and everything else you’ve grown accustomed to, but with a little bit of the below sprinkled in between:
- Writing. Kate. A. brought up a great suggestion on writing. My plan is to focus more on the personal aspects – my novel writing journey thus far, how I’ve generated story ideas, writer’s block (I could write a novel on this alone), etc. – more so than the technical, generic topics.
- Book Reviews. I read so many books! Most of them, however, are not food related, which is why I’ve been hesitant to do reviews on here. But now I don’t see why that should stop me. After all, many of you are a part of the Food Blogger Book Club, so I know you’re readers, too!
- Workout Reports. I’ve done a few of these already on my Workouts page, but I’d love to start discussing more of what I do for exercise and try new things out for the blog. Especially now that my favorite outdoor exercise season is approaching!
- Miscellaneous. Sometimes, posts won’t fall into any of these categories. Maybe I’ll be writing about ideas for
Karen’sBobby’s birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. Or perhaps the recent news and adventures in the world of my two businesses, which always keep me on my toes. Now that I no longer have the fear of appearing too random and unfocused if I’m not mentioning food, there are no limitations.
I can’t wait to jump in! Yesterday afternoon I officially changed the tagline of my blog. Yes – it’s the little things. 😉 For the past three and a half years, Eating Bender has embodied “a lifelong healthy eating spree.” I think the new tagline is much more appropriate for the direction I’ve taken.
“A Voracious Appetite For Food, Writing & Life”
I also thought it was about time to update my “About” page. I believe the last time it was updated was the summer of 2009, when I was a fresh graduate and ready to tackle the corporate world. Below is what will now appear when you visit the page. A reintroduction, if you will.
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~Anaïs Nin
Since I was a little girl, my family nickname has been Bender. I do not know why or how this nickname came to be, but I do know it originated from my mom, who has always loved calling her children by the wackiest and most nonsensical names imaginable. I also know that it has managed to endure for more than twenty years. It’s safe to say it’s here to stay!
When I created Eating Bender back in March of 2008, I realized that the word bender also signifies a spree, and so the idea of creating a blog dedicated to “a lifelong healthy living spree” was born. Bonus points for being able to use it as a pun! (The longer you stick around, the more you’ll realize that my love of puns extends far beyond the word bender.)
More than three years later, Bender has become an even bigger part of who I am. It has also been expanded to include my entire family. Papa Bender is infamous in the kitchen. Mama Bender is an up and coming culinary sensation.
And Baby Bender is the world’s best brother. Although perhaps “baby” doesn’t really apply anymore…
No matter how tall he gets, he will always be my baby brother. The video in this post shows why.
The most recent addition to my family is my husband, Bobby. We’ve been dating since our junior year of high school back in 2003, and were married on October 16, 2010. You can find more about all things wedding here.
Now that you’ve been introduced to the “Bender” clan, here’s a bit more about my personal journey!
I graduated from Northwestern University in June 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in business institutions. The first eight months of my professional career were spent at a large public relations agency in Chicago, where I learned the ins and outs of the communications business and grew to realize that agency life was not the best fit for me personally. I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world, especially because it introduced me to my future business partner, Jill. In February 2010, we quit our stable, corporate jobs to start our first business, POP! Social Media.
Crazy? Yes. But was it worth it? I’d do it again a million times over. If you’re interested in learning more about our entrepreneurial adventures, you can check out my other blog, Pursuing Our Passion.
I’ve been very fortunate that my work has allowed me to combine three of my biggest passions – food, health and writing – into a career. Our clients to date have all had a health and wellness focus, and we are thrilled to work with them.
Over the past year, we have also been hard at work on launching a second business aimed at helping people find happiness (and, subsequently, healthiness) in their jobs. That company is called DreamChamps, and we would love for you to join the revolution.
My philosophy about eating and exercise is simple: both are needed to live a satisfying and gratifying life. I am constantly working to listen to my body and eat intuitively, and I work hard to develop new fitness goals so that working out never gets boring!
This blog was created out of a passion for food, nutrition and wellness. It is meant to serve as a place where I can share pieces of my life with you, ranging from food and restaurant reviews to meals, recipes and – when I’m not hungry – fitness and general life ponderings. When I’m not running two businesses, I am working on my first novel. Needless to say, I like to keep myself busy, and I look forward to sharing more on all of these topics with you!
My goal is to create a gathering of people who can look to each other for answers and advice on anything and everything, whether it be the best way to prepare risotto or the newest bestseller on bookshelves. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for reading!
I will continue updating this page in the coming weeks as the blog evolves. Again, I can’t thank you enough for your feedback this week. It means a lot that you took the time to comment and, even if you’re just a silent reader, that you take the time to read my blog.
Hope that you have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!