what I want this blog to be when it grows up

I’m writing this post for the party:

at the blog the Cottage Market.  Considering that this is a mewling newborn of a blog, it’s probably not a bad idea.  Every blog grows and evolves over time, and I don’t think I can accurately predict where this one will go, but I think it’s a really good idea to have some kind of plan – which, I’ll be honest, I didn’t have when I started it just a few weeks ago.  So here are five directions I want to take this blog, eventually.

1.  I want to be particular about the recipes I post.  Most of my posts are probably going to be recipes – because I love to cook so much and I enjoy other cooking blogs so much – but that’s not the whole story and that’s why I will post about other things as well.   It’s important to me that the recipes I post are accessible to those living on extraordinarly limited resources.   They should be healthy, based on natural ingredients, and of course delicious.  I don’t want it to be a ‘cooking experiment’ blog where I post everything I make, even if it didn’t turn out quite right.  I want you to love the recipes if you try them.  And I want to become a better cook and baker as a result of this blog.

2.  I want to share with the English-speaking world the experience of living in a foreign country with a foreign husband in a foreign language, which is not an obvious thing.  Sometimes, when trying to describe life here, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “let me explain to you what it’s like here, for most people” because that’s a sort of foundation or starting point for you to understand where I’m coming from – but I’d like to go a step beyond that, to “let me share with you what it’s like for me to be here.”  So far, I haven’t done this – I’ve held myself somewhat out of the picture in order to show Greece as it is.  So I want to address my own experiences more.

3.  I want to provide a non-stereotyping, non-generalizing, non-overblowing, non-sensationalizing picture of the Greek economic crisis from the inside.  I want to limit my “bias” to my own experience, my own feelings.  I have no political agenda, and no monetary investment.  I want to speak only for myself and my husband, whom I feel closer to me than I am to myself.  That’s why you’ll often read me saying “I have personally experienced x” – because I feel very strongly that that’s all I can talk about.  I don’t have the right to speak for anyone else.  It’s important to me to retain this.

4.  I want to be hopeful and to keep things light.  Admittedly, things are terrible here in many ways.  “Dire” is not too strong a word.  But I love this country, I have a deep respect and love for the Greek people who have always faced hardships with dignity and strength, and I have never been happier than in the two years I’ve lived here.  We have a lot of reasons to feel hope.  No matter how bad things get, we will help each other make it through.  So I do not want this blog to turn into a place for me to whine and complain about how bad things are.

5.  I want to improve my home and my surroundings through blogging about it.  My decorating budget is zero, so that means creativity and repurposing.  I can’t “compete” with blogs that show their $40,000 kitchen makeover.  I’m not going to try.  I do however want to show you how I’m improving the functionality and beauty of our home without spending money to do so.

Most blogs have a very specific focus:  “baking recipes,” or “the Greece debt crisis,” or “frugal crafting.”  I considered for a long time before starting this blog if I wanted to do that.  I even considered starting three separate blogs, but I quickly realized that wasn’t going to work for me.  I know that that may mean some of my readers are bored by some or many of my posts – the economists will be bored by the recipes, the cooks will be bored by the financial stuff.  But the fact is that these things are intertwined.  I’m cooking frugally because we can’t afford to eat out or to buy meat.  I’m doing crafts because I can’t go to the store to buy something for the house.  So how can I separate these things out?

I am conscious that I may be boring my readers with these ‘off-topic’ posts – but I hope that you will bear with me.   I’m not trying to drive anyone away – in fact, I’d love it if you’d share my blog with your friends – but I understand that there are plenty of cooks out there who just simply aren’t interested in reading about the Greek economic crisis, and that’s totally understandable.  On the other hand, maybe the economists and philhellenes will be inspired to cook, and the cooks will learn about what is happening in another corner of the world.

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28 thoughts on “what I want this blog to be when it grows up

  1. I love your approach to this, and don’t find your blog at all “boring.” My blog is similar, in that it is about all things homemaking, as I experience and see them. I started it because I want to share what I know and what I learn. In fact, I find your blog amazingly fun and interesting! *Loud Applause!!!!*

  2. Wow. I see that you live in Greece and I’m thinking “how cool is that …”

    Not thinking about the realities of the economic crisis in Greece …

    So, yes, share your experiences about living in Greece. What’s it’s really like. Not the tourist-in-me pretty pictures and scenery … but real everyday life!

    And thanks so much for sharing a bit of your soul … and then linking it up at our party!
    :)

    Linda

    • Linda, thanks so much for hosting the party! Living in Greece is super awesome and beautiful and the scenery is actually prettier than in the photos but everyday life is where I’m finding inspiration right now – but I will definitely be posting ‘pretty’ posts from time to time :D

  3. I’m so glad I just found your blog via The Space in Between.

    I’m always looking for Greek blogs! Seriously. And, with what is going on in Greece right now, I can understand why there’s “too much month left at the end of the paycheck.”

    I’m looking forward to how you decorate / change things up on a budget, I look forward to recipes, and yes, I’m looking forward to your perspective of how life is right now. Where you sit. In your home, your town, your country. Through your eyes.

    I’m going following you now :)
    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D

  4. Keep up the great work. I love reading about your life in Greece and your recipes make my mouth water. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
    Angie

  5. I want to follow along because even here in the Bay Area, CA the economic crisis for us, is just as dire. Really. So, I want to follow others who are using what they have creatively. Can’t wait.

  6. My first thought was – wow, I’d love to live in Greece! Then I read about the economic crisis and you opened my eyes to the reality.

    You’ve got to blog about what’s important to you and if you lose a few readers in the process, so be it! We can’t please everyone (and I’ve lost readers too).

    So keep true to yourself and you will shine!
    So glad you linked up to our party! New Linky follower.
    Kelly

  7. Hi, it’s my first time here. I found your honesty refreshing and was intrigued the minute I understood where you are coming from. I’ll have to go back and catch up on some posts! I think having more than one single focus can be a good thing. Adding depth. If all I thought about was decorating on a minimal budget, I would go crazy. Sometimes we need something different. :)

  8. Great blog you have something unique to offer–how many of us can imagine living in Greece? how cool is that? I look forward to reading your posts

  9. You are doing good so far with your blog. I find it has a little big of everything I am interested in: photography, travel, cooking, experiences being with the your foreign loved one in their own country (something I have in common with you), and to know more about the crisis while living in Greece.

  10. I LOVE these goals. You have such a unique platform to share your international experiences. I now live in the Caribbean and find that so many just love to hear about what life is like for us here.
    Thank you so much for linking up!
    Karah

  11. Hey Heidi! I love that you are embracing your unique situation on your blog! It’s YOUR space after all — post whatever your heart desires and the readers will love you for who you are. :)
    Post on!!
    Heidi @ Decor & More

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