Today’s post came from a spark of inspiration, and there is no recipe nor any food photos involved, so I’m sorry if I disappoint any of you, since I’m sure most of my readers come for the food, not for my ineloquent ramblings. But once this whole thing sorta came to me, I knew I needed to write this post, even if no one reads it. It’s sort of a means of figuring something out by just sitting down and writing about it until I come to a conclusion that I can stand behind.
Now that I just read back through that, I’m making this sound a whole lot more dramatic than it is. It isn’t a dramatic topic, but I am going to be serious and open up more than I usually do. So here goes.
So two nights ago I met up with Heather from Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers for a coffee date in Northern Virginia. We had never met before, but I have followed her and her boyfriend’s blog for a while now, so I let her know I was going to be in DC for a few days and we agreed to meet up! We met at her favorite coffee shop in Alexandria, Buzz, and sat down just to chat. Heather was so lovely! We had an incredibly candid conversation for two people who just met. She asked me what I was hoping to get out of doing my blog, and I didn’t really have an answer for her, which I was kind of embarrassed about. I started Primal Bites partially as a creative outlet, partially to show my friends and family the way that I have chosen to eat and why, and partially as an accountability measure. But I never really thought about what I was hoping to get out of all of this.
So as I drove back to my grandparents house that night, I thought about what I wanted to achieve through creating and continuing this blog. It has nothing to do with money (although making a little moola off of advertisements or affiliate programs would be nice…). It’s not a vanity thing; I’m not here to tout my achievements and how great my food is, because my recipes aren’t all perfect, and I have a lot to learn when it comes to cooking, recipe development, and blogging. I also don’t have a particularly inspiring story or transformation to share, so it’s not about that either. After quite the long think, I have come up with two main goals for what I would like to get out of blogging about my recipes and lifestyle:
1) Inspire & instigate I want to show people that eating Paleo, or modified Paleo, does not have to be difficult, and that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health. I want to share my recipes with both Paleo eaters and non-Paleo eaters alike, and I want to help generate more of a dialogue about health and wellness so that we can all band together to challenge and rewrite conventional dietary wisdom. I want to encourage people of all walks of life, and all shapes and sizes, to find what works best for them, their body, and their goals, and stick with that, even if it’s not Paleo.
2) Connect with people. I want to become closer to the people I already know, and I want to make new friends and build new relationships through this blog and whatever else comes of it in the future. In my short time as a blogger, I have learned how supportive a community of people with shared beliefs can be, even just over Instagram or the Internet. Having a blog becomes tenfold more rewarding when you know your recipes or your ideas are influencing other people positively, or when you know you have a community of followers supporting you in your endeavors. I not only want to connect with people whom I’ve never met before, but I also want my friends and family to gain a better understanding of me, my decisions, and my lifestyle. I can be a pretty closed off person, and this blog has allowed me to open up more in my blog posts than I often do in person, so I think it could help my personal relationships as well.
When I met Danielle Walker from Against All Grain about a week ago, I asked her what advice she would give to a new blogger, and she said “Just be yourself.” When you open up to people and make yourself more vulnerable, you’re more likely to get those sort of responses in return. People find ways in which they can connect to you, and that’s how you form stronger bonds. So I’m hoping that Primal Bites will be a way for me to grow as a person, while sharing my recipes, pictures and stories.
So that’s what I’m working towards, if anyone is curious. To anyone who has read this all the way through, you’re a trooper, and I appreciate it.
Happy Friday guys! And I promise I’ll have some recipes coming soon. But unfortunately, you’ll have to wait on the recipe for these bad boys until I get back to ATL because I accidentally left the hand written recipe at home. The wait will be worth it though!