I have poured years worth of blood, sweet and tears (literally) into this space.
But, sometimes good things DO have to come to an end, especially for the sake of sanity and good health.
My life and YUM eating have come to the crossroads of letting things go lane and making changes boulevard.
When I started my YUM journey, I had been blogging for at least 18 years. In the early days of the blogging world, it was just an online journal. It was fun. I wasn’t popular and I didn’t have a lot of readers, but I made life-long friends. The height of MySpace, I hit some notoriety and my life changed. Some good, some bad. I kept blogging. I landed on Blogger and started (and quit) quite a few blogs over the years. Even sold a few; which was nice. One of those was a weight loss blog for me, a friend and Mr. YUM. After a while , they stopped contributing and it turned into more food than anything.
I had been struggling to find a niche. I had the writing blog but I was growing out of that. All these years I had been told you had to have a niche. I thought food would be good for me given that was the most popular attraction on the weight loss blog.
So, I re-branded that old blog. Came up with YUM and moved those posts here and continued to grow. I felt like I had finally found my home, my voice, and my true place in this blogging world.
As you guys know I hit a wall a few months ago and really started to struggle.
I took a step back.
And, while my real estate will always be here, I don’t want it to become the latest haunted attraction.
Realizing that one doesn’t have to have a niche (hello lifestyle bloggers) I started Nevermore Lane. I love that space. It isn’t where I want it to be, but it’s a space I can do whatever I want. It’s my lifestyle. I even started an Etsy store, named my Amazon store after it and even upped the game on eBay again.
But, there are other things which are changing.
Mr. YUM and I are divorcing. I know a lot of you never saw it coming, but its something that we’ve been dealing with a very long time. My posts became less and less, not only because I was struggling to find my way, but because I was struggling in life completely.
This week will mark the final chapter in the McConnell household. I’ll be packing up and moving and by the end of the week I’ll be hanging out with my mom. I do not know what life has in store for me now.
I’ll never leave food. I just can’t focus on it 24/7 and have my life revolve around it. I have so much more to share.
I’m not sure where this will leave YUM. I’ve been thinking about posting when I can. When I want. On my terms. I’ve been thinking about merging the two sites and rebranding/forwarding. Given everything that is going on, merging the two seems like the best option for me. A lifestyle blog where I can focus on all things good and wonderful.
I’m just not sure.
But just know, my tasty treats will never go away forever.
YUM eating will live on. Some way, some how.
I just wanted to keep you guys in the loop. I’ll be here for as long as I need to be. I still have plenty of recipes to share; just the stories around them will change a bit.
Sometimes in life we have to make changes, whether we want to or not.
Is there something in life you were forced to change recently? How did it work out for you?