So Long, And Thanks For All The Recipes

So Long, And Thanks For All The Recipes

This New Year’s Eve, I’m taking a deep breath as I ready myself for one hell of a 2013 ahead. There are good things in store: I’m marrying a man I never thought I’d be lucky enough to find, and I’m moving into a house in a few weeks—my first time without shared walls since the late 1990s. And, there is the bittersweet: as of today, I’m bidding farewell to serving as BlogHer’s Food Section Editor.

Ready to wash

I’ve chosen to step back from the Section Editor role because I want to be out there with all of you, writing blog posts, writing stories, and writing a book that has spent way too long in incubation.

Many of you know that I have a totally separate fulltime job—the BlogHer gig was one I worked on at nights, on weekends, and in early mornings. As much as I’ve loved the role, it meant jettisoning my personal writing projects. Earlier this year, a very wise woman and I had a conversation where she told me it sounded to her as if, when considering my fulltime work, my writing, and my BlogHer gig, I only had time for two of the three. I sat on that conversation for months before finally choosing the first two.

I read often how many of you develop recipes in those cracks of time that open around raising children, managing families, and holding down fulltime jobs. I have talked to so many bloggers at BlogHer conferences who went to tremendous effort to get to those events—it was all they could do to juggle those days of learning and networking and socializing into their busy, busy normal lives. I know we all struggle with those hard choices about where to expend our energy, how to schedule our time, and what doors to open...and to close.

This was a hard door to close.

When people asked me what I loved best about this job, I always told them this: There is no other work I’ve ever done where I have had the privilege to create so much happiness. Every day I held this position, I got excited emails from bloggers like you, bloggers who were thrilled to be featured, read, promoted. Whether I was reading those emails at 5 am or 1 am (bleary-eyed, often, no matter which end of the wee hours I had decided to work), they made me smile, and they reminded me why I chose to take this on.

To all of you, whether you pitched me a post, let me feature your post, or even just wrote something that I read and enjoyed (and there are too many of you to count), thank you. Thank you for sharing your recipes, your inspiration, and your stories. Thank you for granting me permission to use your photos. Thank you for responding to Tweets and Facebook posts, and writing comments and being part of this great BlogHer Food community.

Thank you, also, to Julie Ross Godar, who is not only a machine, but one of the best editors I’ve ever had the privilege with which to work. Thank you to Lisa Stone and Elisa Camahort and Jory Des Jardins, who continue to implement and strengthen a vision that has provided so much opportunity for so many. Thank you to the whole staff at BlogHer, who work tirelessly to keep the site running smoothly and the operations underway. Thank you to my fellow Section Editors for keeping me informed and amused, and thank you to Denise Tanton and the Network Headline Editors for always making sure I knew about the very best food posts out there.

You’ll be hearing from my replacement, Jane Tunks Demel, starting tomorrow. My friends and I call her Jane Superstar, and believe me, she has earned the hell out of that nickname—I hope you’ll love her as much as I do. I’ll still write for BlogHer Food as a Contributing Editor and, possibly, working on a special project from time to time, and I encourage you to find me on Twitter or at The Inadvertent Gardener or 100 Proof Stories. I hope we can stay connected.

In the meantime, may all your recipes be successful, may your photos be gorgeous, and may your posts be compelling. Best wishes to all of you in 2013, and thank you for making this job so very, very delicious.

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