This is easily the least favorite part of my job. Not the sitting down at my keyboard and typing. That’s the fun part. No, this is the part where I glumly apologize for the lack of content over the past few months(!) and fill you, the readers, head with false hopes and empty promises. Save for a couple of fantastic podcasts, there’s been very little content in 2012, and as Publisher and Editor of this critically acclaimed blog, I have only myself to blame.
I’ve been deliberately vague about the personal and medical drama I’ve been dealing with for the last year. Anyone who reads our regular articles or listens to the podcast might be somewhat familiar with the life-changing bullshit I’ve had to endure. They may also not be. It’s only important because I don’t have a crack staff of assistant-editors and food bloggers to pick up the slack for me when everything goes to hell for me.
I’d like to some day, but for the moment it’s just General BBQ, myself and the reanimated corpse of Jawn Fulla running this thing, and it’s safe to say they’ve got their hands full with plenty of things beyond mocking Minnesotans and sarcastic taco recipes.
It’s not like I haven’t been cooking (just not eating). I’ve been cooking up a storm for myself and friends all throughout the last year, always taking multiple pictures of the process and final results with the intent of posting them into articles. Up until a little over a month ago; I was splitting my work schedule between (at least) two jobs and spending what little remaining energy I had on cooking at home. That left me with zero energy to take care of the (admittedly not difficult) task of hammering out a few snarky paragraphs and uploading those pics onto WordPress.
And, you know, depression and stuff.
Happily; I’ve steered my life into some semblance of order. At least enough that I can manage to crank out a couple of articles every week without going completely nuts.
It’s good for me to write for this blog. It keeps me sharp. It doesn’t hurt that some people think I’m a pretty good writer (mostly my mom). If I ever want to make this a thing I do full time; it’s going to require that I do it consistently and for free for a long time before anyone ever decides to pay me for it.
So consider this a soft re-opening for The Reducer Network. Tuesdays will once again have a regular post unless we tweet otherwise. Other semi-regular articles will follow and possibly even another regular column on Thursdays or early Fridays.
We’ll continue putting out our acclaimed podcast (NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES!), most likely once a month, but we’ll also have minicasts and video segments posted more and more regularly as we get into the rhythm of it.
Again, this is a small operation, and in order to expand our audience, we’re going to have to push the content to the point where we’re posting multiple times a day, five days a week. While we all have day jobs, this is pretty much impossible. But when I founded this site I always had the intention that we would recruit anyone who wanted to submit any content pertaining to food and drink; especially if it was different then what Brian and I were putting on the page. This is a Network, after all, and was never meant to be a 24-hour Texas and dick joke slurpfest.
I’d like to think that there’s somebody out there reading this that posts pictures of their breakfast on Instagram and writes about meals they ate on Facebook. You’re already food blogging. Perhaps you’d like a platform to disseminate your various culinary passions without dealing with the considerable daily upkeep that even running a simple blog requires. Especially once you start pulling in readers.
Consider that an open invitation to anyone looking to dabble in food blogging without having to do much more than take pictures and/or write.
In the meantime follow us on Twitter and Facebook, keep coming back every Tuesday for actual food-related columns, and (re)enjoy these classic recipes and articles that should give you johnny-come-lately’s a taste of what we’re all about.
And, of course, The Greatest Episode of the Podcast we ever did.