Pardon My Dust

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what I’d like Sass & Veracity to become and true to my sometimes very stubborn nature, continue to experiment with its organization myself instead of hiring someone who actually knows what he or she is doing.

So please bear with me, and I thank you for your patience.  But in the meantime, if you’ve got requests about any of what goes here — whether it’s the type of recipes I share, or the way the information is organized — anything goes.

You’re welcome to either comment below or send me an email at sassandveracity [at] gmail [dot] com.  I’d appreciate it much!

22 thoughts on “Pardon My Dust

  1. Good luck with your renovation. Life intervenes with all of us from time to time. My mother recently passed and it has thrown me as well. Take care Kelly.

    1. Oh, Patty. I am so sorry to hear that news! I can’t even imagine what you’ve gone through. Best to you and your family as you heal.

  2. I think one of the hardest things, after you’ve been blogging for a while, is to figure out whether to keep blogging about food and, if the answer is yes, how to do it in a way that keeps *you* engaged and challenged and that keeps blogging fun for you and for your readers. One person I think has done that very well recently is Ilva of Lucullian. She is focusing on the parts of food blogging she loves (photography, storytelling) and less on specific recipes. And that approach might be something that works for you, a natural storyteller. And, not that you asked, but I love the stark white approach to design here. I’m moving more and more in that direction myself. It seems clean and fresh, and puts the emphasis on your content. Just my opinion!

    1. Lydia, thanks so very much for your response. I am definitely looking for something to keep me engaged because let’s face it — I will not be motivated to continue writing here — definitely not fun for my readers. I love what Ilva is doing and have been inspired by her posts. As far as the look goes, I’ve always been attracted to a more lean, white look as well. It’s relaxing I guess and since I spend a lot of time on my photos, I think it showcases them well. Appreciate your opinions!

  3. I hear you. I’ve been “dusting” for about a month now, and I’m still kind of lost on where I want my blog to go. It doesn’t help that I’m still working through some tweaks. (Got my header back! but still missing about 15% of my information).

    Hang in there, you’ll figure it out.

    And for the record, have always enjoyed your blog, excactly as it is.

    [K]

    1. Thanks, Kim. I think I’ve figured out where S&V fits in my own mind (a scary place at times!) but I’m also thinking about its general appearance and ease of use. For example, my search tool never works correctly. And when I’ve tried to use others, the particular theme I have installed prevents a new one from working as it should, and so the whole idea to make a simple task better dominoes into so many more things. It’s crazy. Yes, you are right — I am persistent and hope I will figure this out. Thanks much for your input. I’m so sorry about what is going on with your site, though. Do you know how to look through your content files? It should all be there unless your database was corrupted. Do you have a backup to work from? Ugh!

  4. I enjoy your blog!

    What has worked for me is to remind myself that “my blog” is mine: my photos, my writing, my recipes (or ones I have chosen to share). I post only when I am inspired to do so and with content I personally find of interest. This keeps me excited, engaged and creative. My blog is my creative place. It is ok to take a break, breathe and change direction! It is your blog!

    1. Deb, you are so right, and it has taken me quite a while to arrive at that conclusion. I’m on the short end of a three week break right now because I’ve been focused on my other site and working on reorganizing both. I actually enjoy that aspect of blogging but think sometimes it’s just a procrastinative ploy. I learn quite a bit when I delve into the “back office” of my blogs, though. Just wish I could move things along more quickly! Thanks much for taking the time to chime in. I appreciate it.

  5. I don’t have much to add, except to say that I have enjoyed your photos and recipes for several years, and I’m sure will continue. Hope you find your motivation to continue your blog! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Sharon, I always appreciate your input! Yes, I’m continuing on and that’s why I’m looking for ideas. I’ve spent the better part of this week working on the blog itself — how it works, how things are organized. I’ve also been cleaning up old posts and going through my categories to make those more manageable. It’s been enjoyable work — much like going through a closet with a bit of much needed spring cleaning. It doesn’t look like much right now, but I’ll get there. 😀

  6. Every time I realize it’s been a while since I’ve seen your blog, I go to it and find I’ve missed one or two posts, so after a bit of hunting around, signed up on feedburner for email. I always love hearing what’s on your mind, and your pictures and recipes. But I do wish they showed up on FB! I’m pretty sure I signed up for your blog there, but maybe there was a glitch.

    1. Ah, thanks much, Katrina. I do appreciate it and have been working on just that sort of thing. I manually post to FB and whatever I post there is automatically sent to Twitter. Sometimes I just worry about coming across as over promoting. It goes to my S&V page and not on my personal wall. I think that’s the main reason I created my page, so the people I know can have some peace from my food talk! Thanks for stopping by. I’m working hard to get things put back together. (Picture a gerbil in a wheel…with a squeak.)

    1. Haha! I am trying to find a new theme and there are glitches. It will still function even if it’s ugly. Thanks for hanging in there!

  7. My gut reaction – I miss the kelleymentology aspect…your writing/voice is important and lends a depth to the food blogging, a uniquness and entrance into understanding YOU that isn’t necessarily present in the writing about food…but who wants two blogs? nobody, right?

    1. You are so right. I know it’s much more rewarding for me to write there — and it never feels like I’ve checked something off a list once I’ve completed a post. Once I get this one looking the way I’d like and organized so it actually functions with ease, I have a plan to find my way back. You’d think I’d accomplish more than I do with all this time on my hands, wouldn’t you?

  8. Well from someone who seems to have been having more stops than starts right now take your time. It’s normal to have periods of transitions.

    1. Haha! Yes, I understand. You disappeared for quite a long time, then all of a sudden you were back. Sometimes I click through old comments to find out where people are and check in. You’ve gone through some transitions as well. Hang in there!

  9. You are doing what I long to invest the time into…someday… and that is to do a complete blog overhaul and move to a new site. You are plugging away at it slowly and it’s looking great Kelly. I would love to see a recipe index someday which is just another one of those things to plug away at. I am glad that you still enjoy blogging after all these years. I have been a devoted follower and will continue to do so no matter which path you decide to take.

    1. Val, thanks SO much for taking the time to stop by and let me know how things are working. Yes, you are so right on the Recipe Index. I’m reconstructing the navigation bar to be more practical (what’s up there right now is only an experiment as I work). It has taken me quite a long time to reconstruct my categories and tags. I’ve deleted so many that I rarely use and that were a clear sign I didn’t know what I was doing when I began blogging years ago. I think the most difficult part I’ve had to deal with is finding a responsive theme. I’ve paid money for several frameworks, but most still require so much work to get them functioning the way I’d like. I’m also working on my Search box which gets all kinds of wonky results. I’m sure that’s connected to my tags & categories as well. Thanks for hanging in there. I appreciate it!

  10. Love you any way you do it! Whatever feels right to you is something I am sure I will enjoy.
    I’ve been letting mine languish forever. Good on you for doing yours over.
    <3

    1. Thanks, Gabi. Sometimes, languishing is a very good thing. And I’ll let you know if the do over is a good thing. The simplest things (seemingly) end up not working. Ugh.

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