All these ideas whirling around, but as is often the case with good ideas--they all started raising my expectations and leaving me feeling more and more anxious about my return to the new and improved D&O.
I imagined all my eager readers, holding their collective breaths until I unveiled my grand return. And then those same eager readers (all 10 of them!) feeling disappointed when that return didn't turn out to be so grand after all.
So, I psyched myself out. And stopped posting altogether. But that's no way to be, is it?
Now I want to lower those expectations, remove the pressure to post each and every weekday, and just write and reflect when the spirit moves me. Perhaps as I begin to get into this new groove, one of those earlier clever structures will reveal itself as appropriate, and I'll settle into another rhythm. But perhaps not. You'll all bear with me one way or another, I hope?
To make sure I don't feel off the wagon entirely, my goal will be to share at least one post per week, with Friday as a deadline for the end of each week. But hopefully this will happen automatically, without my forcing anything.
Some things I have on deck for all of you:
- A guest post I'm planning to write for the wonderful blog A Liberated Life, in which I'll share some thoughts on living authentically as it relates to food.
- A guest post on my place within public humanities for the University of Wisconsin's Center for Humanities blog, Humanities NOW.
- Recaps of the local food tour I'll be leading for the American Society for Environmental History conference at the end of March.
- Stories and photos from this semester's GreenHouse Global Food for Thought Meals
- Food memoirs I write along with my class in Eating and Memory