September 18, 2011

Death Rattle

I think that when I wrote this I was merely postponing the inevitable. At the time, I really did believe I could manage one blog post per month. And had I really tried, I would have succeeded. Instead, I’ve only posted twice since then, and one of those really doesn’t count, as it simply announced the winner of a giveaway.

The facts are these: I started blogging six years ago in China as a way to share my experiences with the folks back home.

I continued blogging because I liked to write. So it was that Soap & Chocolate was born, even though I didn’t set out to write about food.

But I ended up writing about food because I discovered other people’s food blogs. Those were art to me, and my life started imitating that art. It was cool. I liked it. A lot.

Soon enough food was all I could think about, for better or for worse. Recipe creation and food shopping occupied my thoughts. It was poor man’s therapy: a creative outlet I wanted and needed, but also basic sustenance. Win-win.

But to make a long story short, a funny thing happened once I became a group fitness teacher: I never felt like blogging. I forced myself every once in a while, just to avoid completely dead air here. I felt really guilty for abandoning something that gave me a lot of satisfaction at one time.

But that time was a different time, and the reality is that it’s ok if something else is scratching that creative itch. Even as I write this, I’m impatient for it to be over. I’d rather be working on choreography for the four (!) different class modalities I teach. Add to that the occasional dance workshops I’ll soon be leading, and I’ve got my hands full.

I barely cook anymore, anyway! Lately, a plate full of crudites with hummus and pita at 10pm constitutes many a dinner. And that’s fine with me. I’m content to be a blog reader rather than writer now. Basically, I can stop making all these excuses if I remove the reason: I won’t feel guilty for not blogging if I am no longer a blogger. I won’t delete it or anything—I want the archive here for my own purposes—but I don’t plan on posting anymore.

These days, I prefer to micro-blog on my Facebook page, LafFIToff with Diana. Sometimes it’s a great song, sometimes an inspirational quote/blog post, and yes, sometimes it’s food! I still eat. A lot. The Facebook platform just fits me better than a full-on blog right now. Click “Like” on that page to follow my updates. Or not!

But that’s all I have to say about that. Thank you for reading.



Olga said...

I'll miss Soap & Chocolate but I know what you mean...I also barely blog now! I am so excited for you and your new gig, it's great to see someone do something they love so much. Let's still keep the BK Dining Club alive!

Katie said...

Thanks for being so honest (as always)... I completely understand. You've got so much going on right now!
BUT I do hope we'll continue to see each other around the city... we never did get our solo date on :-)

elise said...

i have to laugh because you actually referenced the death rattle. you are hilarious. anyway, ill miss your witty style, but i know that youre making the best chpice for you so that makes me happy. keep up the fun in nyc :)

Candy said...

Life can be hectic, enjoy.

Dominique said...

I'm going to miss your blog (it's the first one I ever started reading) but I know how real life can get in the way--or become the priority. I haven't posted on my own blog since June!

I've liked you on Facebook so I'm looking forward to seeing you there. Zumba scares me (I'm not well coordinated) but if I'm ever in New York, I'll see if I can pop in for a class.

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