Changes are happening at Jen’s Food

I’ve been absent from my blog again but I’m not apologising this time, honestly it’s been nice to have a break from it all and reassess what I want to get from blogging. Since I started blogging over 4 years ago a lot has changed and I think the majority of these changes have been positive. Many food bloggers who I am now friends with are able to make a full time living from blogging which is fantastic. I toyed with the idea last year of trying to earn money through my blog but ultimately decided that it wasn’t for me. I’m much happier with blogging purely as a hobby. This means that I can post what I want, when I want and I don’t feel pressured to try and keep up with what everyone else is doing, especially when it comes to promoting my content. Trying to keep up with social media across all platforms is hard work and I have taken a big step back from it as it was taking up far too much of my time last year and I wasn’t enjoying it.

This leads me nicely into the changes that are happening around here. First of all I’m going to be incorporating a lot more posts about photography. I bought my first DSLR about 15 months ago and since I learned how to get off auto settings around a year ago I’ve been having a lot fun learning how to use the camera properly and exploring different styles of photography. Quite a lot of what I shoot is food but there will also be some nature, landscape and abstract photography posts coming up too. You’ll be able to find all these posts in the photography section. Here’s a selection of some of my favourite photos from this year.

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Secondly I want to post articles on food and food related issues that particularly interest me. I’m probably going to sound like a massive nerd (I don’t care) but I’ve always enjoyed writing essays to a certain extent. In fact I think the most enjoyable part of writing my thesis (not that writing a thesis is top of anyone’s list of fun activities) was writing the literature review. Gathering a bunch of information from a range of sources and teasing out the common themes then working them into a discussion came more naturally to me than writing about the results from my experiments. These posts will all be in the food for thought section.

Finally I will still be posting recipes, after all I can’t keep calling myself a food blogger if I don’t post any food content can I? These will all be filed neatly away in the recipes section.

Hopefully if you’re a long time regular reader you’ll still be interested in what I’m posting and if you’re a new reader then I hope you like what you see here and might come back again another day.

  • Camilla @FabFood4All
    July 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Sounds fabulous Jen, loving your photographs, you’ve come such a long way since your early days. Good luck with you new format blog:-)

    • Jen
      July 4, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you Camilla, it’s been a great journey so far 🙂

  • Janine
    July 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I am so with you on doing what works for you with your blog, rather than moving with the tide. Keep doing what makes you happy. I’m looking forward to reading about which food issues interest you!

    • Jen
      July 5, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Thank you Janine. I’m glad I made the decision to change my blog in this way, feeling more positive about continuing with it already.

  • Lisa
    July 4, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I have enjoyed seeing all your photography on instagram and on Facebook! You have moved to a very beautiful place, which I will visit one day!! I look forward to reading more about your photography and food!! I liked writing essays when I was in school too, so I would never call it nerdy!! Welcome back to blogging!!

    • Jen
      July 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Thank you Lisa! I have tonnes more photos to share once I work my way through them, I have taken far too many over the past few months.

  • Jacqueline Bellefontaine
    July 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Looking forward to see how your blog developed from here

    • Jen
      July 5, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Jacqueline 🙂

  • Emma @ Supper in the suburbs
    July 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Glad to have you back Jen 🙂 look forward to seeing what’s yet to come! Especially the photography, I’m in awe! !!

    • Jen
      July 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Emma, I’m feeling all motivated again now so there will be plenty to see soon!

  • Babs
    July 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I shall look forward to your new direction, I think I first followed around the time of your ‘triple chocolate cupcakes’, chocolate is always a hook for me and I’ve made them many times, and your flatbread recipe. I’ve always had a passion for photography since I was very, very small and shown how to use my dad’s camera. In recent years I started using Photoshop to edit the pictures but time and commitments have caused a hiatus with this for now. I shall continue to look out for your recipes and now also your photos. Good luck with your new direction

    • Jen
      July 5, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thanks for sticking around for so long Babs, I can’t remember the last time I made those chocolate cupcakes, they are delicious so I must bake some again! I hope you find the time to get back into photography again soon.