When I first started this site over six (!!) years ago, my focus was food, with a little bit of life thrown in. A place to document some of my favorite recipes, and some of my favorite memories. I shudder to look back on some of those earlier posts, and especially the photos. The phrase “We’ve come a long way, baby” has never been more appropriate. Right around the three year mark, I feel like I really found my footing. Or honed it in more. Still concentrating largely around food and family.
But then, over the last few years, particularly after my separation from The Ex, I felt a shift. And started to expand the topic wheel a bit more to include crafts, things to do with your kids (and without), some fashion, divorce, a bit of this and a bit of that. And I felt like my voice has gotten even more targeted, even though it’s a wider spectrum of topics. Does that make sense? I felt the words were more and more from my heart and soul, filled with emotion, as opposed to just words coming after the blinking cursor. It’s more me than ever.
Since the site was so focused on food in the beginning, broadening its scope is something I’ve struggled with over the past six months or so, from a readership viewpoint. Am I alienating people who come solely for the food? Certainly not my intention, but this is so much of who I am. I’m not just about food, although the presence of food in our lives is like a ribbon that ties it all together. I am so much more. We are so much more.
I am food.
And the kids. Oh those kids.
And field trips.
And new nail polish obsessions.
And a statistic of divorce.
And tons more.
Just like you.
And it seems only natural that this site is an extension of that.
When I was at the Starbucks event back in May, one of the Starbucks team members mentioned me as “the mommy blogger.” It kind of took me aback for a second. I am a mom. And a blogger. But I guess since I don’t fit neatly into that category, I don’t think the category fits neatly on me, you know?
Someone very kindly nominated my site to Babble’s Mom Food Bloggers. I don’t know who did, but THANK YOU. I was very chuffed to find out. And if you feel so inclined, you can click the little thumbs up once you find Sweetnicks on the below link.
Yes to all. And more.
Farnoosh Torabi, she of MSNBC fame, called me a lifestyle blogger.
That was pretty cool.
I’m not sure where exactly I fit. But I do hope you’ll continue along for the journey.
July 26, 2011 – Bonus Photo
This is actually from a few nights ago. You’ll have to forgive me. An hour past the kids’ bedtime, I heard scampering and giggling. I stopped working and made my way upstairs to remind them what “bedtime” meant. Only to find out that they made my bed, cleaned the bathroom and their bedrooms. How can I be mad at that?