State of the Blog

Five years ago, I started this blog with a terrible photo and a recipe for tortilla soup. I was relatively newly married, student teaching, doing the occasional triathlon, and still living in the town where I went to college.

Now, we’re almost to our sixth wedding anniversary, we’re parents, I’ve been a teacher for three years, I’m signed up for my first Ironman, and we live in the East Bay.  There have been lots of changes in my life, and lots of changes on this blog.

I used to spend hours planning meals, taking pictures of those meals, and posting them on the blog.  I voraciously read blogs and checked cookbooks out of the library, and my personal cookbook collection started to grow.  Somewhere around 2010, I started talking about my athletic endeavors on the blog as well.  I had ups and downs, but I was pretty consistent about posting and always looked forward to sharing pictures and stories of what I was up to.

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Blogging helped me make some amazing friends, helped me feel connected to people at home while we were traveling the world, and definitely expanded my culinary horizons.   These days, though, I just don’t feel any drive to post, and I’m starting to not really want to read blogs either.

I’m not going to take down any of the recipes or posts just yet, but now that Ellie is older and Mike and I are both training for big races, I’d rather spend my time with the people I love than glued to my computer. I may pop back on from time to time if I cook something REALLY good (and actually take a photo of it), but right now, Cate’s World Kitchen is going to go quiet.  Thanks so much for reading!

 

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17 comments to State of the Blog

  • The blogging world was a great place when the time was right — I’m so glad it brought us together! <3 See you out in the real world!

  • Renee

    I enjoy your posts and will miss them! Luckily, I get to see you IRL. :)

  • Cate, I’ve been reading for years and have loved your recipes. I have felt the same about blogging for a while now. I just don’t have the time to devote to reading or writing!

  • I will still be following you on all of the other social haunts — <3 you!

  • I’ve really enjoyed your blog posts and recipes, wishing you the best!

  • I have enjoyed watching your blog morph from a cooking to a cooking/exercise/family blog. I understand, though, the reasons for putting it on the back burner. I’ll just have to find other ways to keep in touch with your awesome accomplishments!

  • Renee

    Wow, I have been reading pretty much since the beginning (former WC Nestie here), including all through your travels, your conversion to vegetarianism, and everything since. I always enjoyed it, but always wondered how you managed to find time for everything you do. Enjoy the extra time, and please leave all your great recipes up!

  • Beth

    Thanks for all the great posts. I’ve enjoyed reading about your recipes and race experience for almost a year now. All the best – and enjoy your time off in the real world!

  • I completely understand where you are coming from (minus all the athletic stuff… because I am a slacker). My blog is sad & neglected these days. I find myself continuing to turn to it to make old favorites again & again, but I don’t have as much “OMG I CAN’T WAIT TO BLOG THIS!” feeling. Whenever I am photographing something my main thought is “Ok, let me hurry up and get this shot while Elliott naps so I can do the other 562 things I need to accomplish while he is asleep!”

    That being said I LOVED following your blog for recipes, then as you traveled, and more. I’ll miss your posts, but I understand. (In fact, I prefer blogs that don’t post frequently, as I don’t have time to read much these days!)

  • Alison

    Hi Cate,
    I have never actually commented on any blog before…but I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your blog ever since I found it a couple years ago. I too, am a vegetarian and avid runner, so I’ll continue to look back at your recipe archive when I need some inspiration :)

  • That’s such a shame, although I do understand! Thank you for all the running and cooking inspiration – your blog was influential in me becoming a vegetarian, so thank you especially for that!! Hope to see you at a race soon!

  • Annie

    You inspired me to start running again. I have IT band issues as well and had given up, but your persistence made me realize all was not lost. So thank you for that! :)

    All the best to you and your adorable family.

  • This means I better start planning meetup times with you when I’m in the Bay Area. Bay to Breakers 2014?

  • Cate, we will certainly miss hearing from you on a regular basis, but if the blog isn’t interesting and fun to you, then why do it? Good for you for choosing to spend your time the way you want to!

  • Sally

    Your wonderful blogging will be missed! But completely understand your decision. Thanks for all the great posts over the years :)

  • Totally understand. Good luck with your ironman!

  • Billie

    I miss your blog!

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