(Dear Donna in Delaware, it’s me, Maria!)
Perhaps you’ve been wondering where I’ve been.
Perhaps you haven’t.
I stopped blogging in late 2016 for a few reasons…
- Free content online takes work and time and I was running out of it.
- The business model for blogging doesn’t work. Period.
- I realized publishing wasn’t going to get any better and decided, along with my family, that it was time to sell the third generation publishing company we owned together.
- Selling a company takes time and energy.
- I needed a break.
Almost three years later I am waking up on the other side of it all.
- We sold our company to Hearst and they sold our books to Penguin Random House.
- I kept my blog.
- The clean up of three generations of history, storage, random shit is complete.
- I’ve had a nice break (and actually am still taking it).
- I’m incredibly grateful that we got out when we did. Because publishing has only gotten worse.
Now I find myself in a bit of a dilemma. In order to keep my trademark for Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen, I have to post a blog. I’m not sure I want to keep blogging. I’m not even sure I want to keep the trademark. But my kids want me to keep it. I no longer have a “staff” to manage all my stuff. There are no copy editors, no Corporate Communications people to make sure I’m not saying anything dangerous or that could be misconstrued by employees or “the media.” I don’t have a tech or analytics team.
It’s just me (and my daughter who knows how to post blogs).
Just me sitting here in my yoga clothes wondering what to do next.
Here is what I do know:
I need to write.
I love the idea of writing without a filter, without overthinking things.
I love to cook.
I still test and keep track of new recipes.
I am not interested in building a brand or a business.
I am interested in sharing ideas.
So, dear readers, by posting this blog I get to maintain my trademark. But I also get to check in with you, if there are any of you left out there, and see if you have any opinions or thoughts you want me to know about.
What do you think?
I’m genuinely curious.
If you are here reading this, thank you. I appreciate you.