When I started writing Family Bites, the boys were in grades three and five. They were nearly the same height, went to bed around the same time, and kept themselves busy with driveway hockey, Lego building, and other very boyish pursuits. Today, Ben is the tallest person in our house at just over 6’ tall, is excitedly looking forward to high school in the fall, and prefers that I don’t share too much about his eating habits in this public space. Jackson is in grade six, and well… he’s in grade six. If you’ve been there with your own child you likely know what I mean, and if you haven’t, well, let’s just say that the pre-puberty months are certainly interesting ones, and definitely keep us on our toes. He still loves to eat, can cook reasonably well, and would prefer to spend his time playing the guitar or making movies.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t miss those younger years all that much. I have a lot of little nieces and nephews, and they more than fill any void I might feel about not having small kids around the house anymore. Babies and preschoolers are totally amazing, but I really, really like these young people I’m parenting, even when it means monitoring social media usage, parenting from the mini van as we drive from one extra-curricular activity to another, and packing school lunches for a 175lb. teenage boy (FYI: there’s so much food in those lunches I use food storage containers instead of a lunch box to hold it all).
So, as you can see, our family has grown and changed over the past four years, and I think it’s time for the blog to do the same. I’ve paid very close attention to what did and didn’t resonate with readers in the last six to nine months, and I’m honestly pleased to say that the posts I've enjoyed writing the most were the ones that received the best feedback. And while this is most definitely still a food blog, I no longer feel compelled to share a new recipe every time I write, and feel fairly confident that we can still have good conversations about food and family with the new types of posts I plan on publishing.
My vision for 2014 is to continue to share our good meals and sweet treats, while including more celebration ideas, a bit about the books we’re reading, and other creative projects I tackle in the coming year. There will be a stronger focus on easy entertaining, and the gatherings – both big and small – that we’re part of, and I’ll be sharing plenty about the book I’m writing with Julie, which is slated for release later this year. My goal is to get to the point where I’m posting more frequently - some of which will be shorter snippets of writing instead of the usual lengthy recipe posts – but I know that won’t happen until after I hand in my manuscript, which is due on the very last day of this month!
I’m excited for the changes and hope you are too. I’d love to hear what you think. Do you have any opinions on what I should or shouldn’t keep in my editorial calendar? Is there anything specific you’d like to see more of? Are there particular blog posts you look forward to? Please don’t hesitate to chime in with your thoughts. I love hearing from you and truly value your comments.