There have been a lot of big changes in my life this past year, and there’s one that I haven’t spoken about until now: I sold Oh My Veggies. It’s something that I had thought about for a long time—once the site started growing, I felt that it had the potential to be even bigger, but I knew that I couldn’t get it there by myself without having any formal experience in online publishing. When I found out I was pregnant, I decided that the time was right; I spent most of the fall and early winter working with an investment banker to get the site ready to sell and interviewing potential buyers, then there were a few months of contract negotiations (fun times!), and in late February, we closed on the sale.
I’m still working part-time as the editor of OMV right now and once I have the baby and get back to work after my maternity leave, I’ll have a full-time job waiting for me with the digital media company that now owns the site when I’m ready for it. Which was another motive for selling—I wanted a job with regular hours, a steady paycheck, and benefits. It was awesome being my own boss, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to have more stability, especially with a baby on the way. What I love about food blogging is the process of creating a resource, not sharing my life or taking pictures or going on trips, and I wanted to find a job that would allow me to continue to do that in other ways. With my degree in library and information studies and my experience building OMV, this is a natural fit for me, and it’s been fantastic working as part of a team—and it’s especially fantastic having someone else deal with technical issues when they crop up.
then there’s the ebook…
My initial plan after the sale was to continue to work on my portfolio site and update the How to Monetize Your Food Blog ebook. But since I’m no longer running the business side of things on Oh My Veggies, and because the business side of blogging is constantly changing, I didn’t feel like I had the grasp on it that I used to. And it’s a little bit disingenuous of me to be telling you how to monetize your food blog when I’m not monetizing anything anymore.
I felt that I had two options: I could stop selling the ebook or I could find someone else to pass the blog monetization guru torch to. Because Bjork and Lindsay from Pinch of Yum are already the go-to people for food blogging advice, I decided to see if they were interested and they agreed to take things over. This is good news for me, because it means getting this off my plate, and it’s good news for the ebook, because I know they’re going to add so much value to it.
…and this blog
I might pop in here once in a while, but right now, I’m not sure I have anything to add to this space. I had a list of topics I wanted to write about here, but it felt like looking at a list of chores and I didn’t have the motivation to do it. So instead of kicking myself for not having the motivation and not maintaining my blog here, I’m going to step back and not put those expectations on myself. Because I kind of have a lot going on right now. Things like…
House renovation, moving, and baby!
We closed on our house in December and this week we finally wrapped up the remodeling we started in January. (Well, almost. We haven’t started on the basement yet, but that’s on tap for the summer!) When we bought the house, we thought we’d put in a pantry and redo the bathroom, but we ended up doing a gut renovation—which was a really good thing because there were a lot of electrical, plumbing, and heating issues that we wouldn’t have found out about otherwise. Obviously, I’m most excited about the kitchen—we took a small, closed kitchen and merged it with an awkwardly shaped family room in the back of the house, giving us much more space and natural light. I sketched the floorplan on my iPad the day before our general contractor started demolition, so it’s awesome to see it in reality. I’m totally like one of those people on HGTV, right? Someone give me a TV show.
And then there’s the biggest life change of all: the baby! Even with the rough first half of my pregnancy, I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by and that our daughter is due in a week and a half. We’re moving into our house this weekend and the first order of business is getting her nursery set up because I pretty much feel like the worst mother ever when people ask me if her nursery is done and I’m all, “Um, we haven’t started it yet.” (I should really just start lying and saying “Yes! Yes it is!”) We can’t wait to meet her after all these months of her kicking in my belly—the thing that I least expected about being pregnant is how well you get to know the baby before she’s even born. She loves listening to Beck, hates when Robert Irvine yells at people on “Restaurant Impossible,” and is elated whenever I eat something involving frosting.
Because Oh My Veggies isn’t about me and because I don’t really want this site to be a personal blog either, I don’t plan on sharing pictures of the baby in either space. I mean, I made the decision that I didn’t feel comfortable sharing about myself on OMV, so I don’t feel right making the decision to put my daughter out there into the world like that—who knows how she might feel about that when she gets older!
I can’t end this post without thanking all of you for your support throughout the years—with Oh My Veggies, the ebook, and this blog. So THANK YOU!