I’ve mentioned on this site, more times than I’m sure was necessary, that I have issues with censorship. Namely me censoring me. I think this is something that many bloggers struggle with at some point. How much is appropriate to share? While there are things in my life that are very clearly off limits, there are many others that I feel an urge to tap out here in this space. This isn’t strictly a “personal” blog, though. Many of you that read this site are not stopping by to see how the wedding planning is coming along, what my latest hobby is, or what Nilla is up to.
Though you probably should be, see cutest face in the entire world below. She loves you too.
I’m willing to bet that many of you are simply looking for recipes and kitchen tips, restaurant reviews, or the latest decent-tasting g-free goodie that I keep on hand to occasionally make my life a little easier. And that’s great. Perfect really. That’s exactly what I intended this space to be.
I feel like I have to expand beyond my initial intentions with this site. At the end of the day, this is my space and while I want all of you to feel warm and cozy here, I need to feel that too. Instead, I’ve been feeling constrained and that’s completely and totally my fault. Though I realize it’s an option, I don’t really want to start a whole second blog so that I can put down my personal tidbits. It would almost be more difficult to try to extract them from this space as they have a tendency to overlap with my “intended” content. For example, a post about a vacation that Chris and I took could very well also contain a restaurant review and maybe even a recipe on top of all that.
So how to make sense of it all?
I’ve been exploring a lot of options, but what I’ve decided to try out (and please let me know if this is working for you guys) is the navigation bar at the top of the page. When you arrive at the main site (or Home page), you will be able to see all of the content that I have posted–regardless of what it relates to–in its usual chronological order. The content displayed on the main “Home” page is not shown any differently from the way the it has always been. By clicking on the “In the Kichen” button, though, you will see only posts containing recipes, cooking techniques and tips. The “In the Pantry” section will display any posts in which I talk about the gluten-free products that I like and use, and the “Out to Eat” link will take you to restaurant reviews and recommendations.
The “In My Life” button, though–well, that one’s mostly for me. All other posts (musings about life, love, canning, or food issues) will be displayed if you click there. Yes, they’ll continue to be in the main content stream, but now you have the option of filtering them out when you visit. Unless you’re interested in that stuff, in which case mi casa, su casa. Or can we go ahead and use the tu form now? I’m feeling pretty comfortable with this relationship, so mi casa, tu casa.
In the future I’m going to be working on setting things up so that these different sections can be filtered even further by sub-topics, but this seems as though it will suit my purpose for the time being. I have a place to babble on about all the miscellany in my life, and hopefully it will now be easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Should be a win-win.
I’m sure these modifications are related at least in part to my Spring Cleaning frenzy thing this year. And you know how sometimes, when someone else cleans something out and reorganizes everything, you wind up not being able to find something important? Like your pants? Well, I don’t want any of you to be stuck in your skivvies, so, as always, feedback is appreciated.