I’ve spent the last two weeks hinting at a big change to Creative Life Explored, and I’m finally ready for the big reveal…
I’m going to be focusing exclusively on bowl meals!
If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to back up and tell you a little bit about this change – how and why it came to be, and what that means for you, the readers.
To give you a little background I started my first food blog a couple of years ago as a way to share recipes with friends and family. I was taking food pictures and posting them to my Facebook page, and consistently getting asked “can you send me the recipe?”
My food blogging days started as my way to share those recipes without sending 10 private messages or emails – that’s a lot of copying and pasting!
As I continued to cook and experiment with food my desire to grow Creative Life Explored continued to grow as well. I was still taking photographs on my iPhone (and with terrible lighting and angles!), but damn it they were getting better! I still had no plans to really put the elbow grease required in to grow this blog into something more at that time, but something at the back of my mind was always saying “well actually, could you….?”
At the core of it all I knew I loved cooking and sharing my recipes, and that was really important to me. It was an outlet I didn’t know I needed at the time to express myself creatively, and I just knew that I continued to want to be better simply because I wanted to be better for the few readers I had – even if they were just handful of my friends and my Mom.
I began to read other food blogs and the business side intrigued me, and after over a year of pushing the idea that I could actually work really hard and see where this path takes me to the back of my mind, I decided that it was important to me to put more effort into my blog. That meant there were two big things I needed to tackle first – consistency and photography. I was (and am) still working a full-time job so it was important for me to goal set and try not to get overwhelmed.
I focused on those two aspects to start and pretty soon I was consistently posting 3-4 recipes per week. I signed up for a photography class and bought my first DSLR camera, and I even hired a friend of mine, who just so happens to be an amazing graphic designer, to design an official logo for me. While I’m light years better than I was to begin with my fancy camera, I will admit that I probably still only understand 50% of the functions, so it’s still a process.
After getting comfortable with my camera and into a consistent blogging routine I next focused on the aesthetics of my blog. I updated my theme, attempted to optimize my site and learn SEO, and after taking 3-4 hours to set up my own email for my domain (plus a few tears and A LOT of Google searches) I decided it was time to surrender and I hired someone to help make sure all the coding/optimization/important stuff was in tip top shape.
Through all of this progress one thing was always on my mind and continually frustrated me – I didn’t feel like I’d found my voice. I didn’t have a niche. I didn’t have a deep passion-filled love for baking, or an incredible weight loss story to share (though I do hope to someday!). I didn’t have something that that made me, me. I just knew I loved food and I wanted to share it with the world, and I didn’t want to force anything.
Then, approximately 2-3 months ago I started reading. I should actually say I started reading more blogging related material – I was already a big fiction reader – but I thought to myself that if the only way to get better at my photography was to practice, then the same was true of growing my blog and finding who I was in this world. I needed to read. To study. To learn.
I set goals, I took advice, and I devoured information. I never compared myself, I just absorbed the lessons that those who have came before me shared. Their journey was their’s, and I knew my journey, wherever it was going, would be mine.
And through the reading, studying, learning, experimenting, cooking, self-reflection and goal setting I somehow found my niche. I found what I’m passionate about. What I want to contribute and share with the food blogging community. And I’m excited and inspired. I wake up every day and think about recipes and cooking, and while I still continue to work 8-5, there’s not a moment of the early mornings, late nights and weekends that I regret.
I’m excited to make this transition in my blog and focus on bowl meals. I’ve been eating them for so long, plus there is a bowl in my logo! The answer was right there the whole time, and I didn’t even realize it.
So ‘why bowl meals’, I’m sure you’re thinking. For starters, doesn’t everything seem to taste better out of a bowl? I think so!
Your possibilities are endless! From Asian to Greek, Mexican to Breakfast, Desserts to Vegetarian meals – you’re going to get it all! I’m so inspired and can’t stop thinking about all of the fun recipes that I can turn into fun, healthy, bowl meals to share with you all!
If you haven’t checked out my latest bowl meals to get you started, you can find the links below to each of those recipes. I will not be deleting any former recipes off of my blog either – they’re good recipes and I’m proud of them and the transition I’ve made 🙂
And finally, if you’ve gotten this far, thank you for letting me share my story with you. Your support means the world to me and I can’t wait to take this journey with you. If there are any bowl meals you’d like to see, please let me know!
Bowl Meals so far…
- Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls
- Chili Lime Roasted Chickpea & Brussel Sprouts Bowls
- Grilled Hawaiian Bowls