Greetings recipe lovers!
This is Julie who owns My Great Recipes Collection. I haven’t been posting or responding to many comments and I want to talk about that.
I started this website because a post about My Great Recipes did well on a previous blog. This little blog has had lovely interactions with people rediscovering their love for My Great Recipes and old cookbooks. At first it was fun and I had big dreams.
I was excited to share my cookbooks and interact with everyone. I worked hard to type recipes (heck, even full cookbooks) and to snap pictures of all of it. I’m not so enthused now, and I’m sure you’ve noticed. And I’m not sure what to do about it and I’ve definitely ignored it too long.
It’s not only a lack of enthusiasm that has put a damper on this website, it’s time.
It takes time to type each recipe, then get a decent picture, upload to my computer, then to this site, and then make sure it looks good before I hit publish. The emails you get about new posts are automated through Mail Chimp. Facebook posts are also automated (or were…it’s been awhile since I looked at that.)
It also takes time away from other pursuits.
If anything this last year has taught me, it’s that food is a hobby, not a passion. It’s something I love, but not something I want to spend a lot of time in front of a computer pursuing. Running a blog takes a LOT of time in front of a computer; I already spend 40 hours a week at a job in front of a computer…
I also published a poetry collection recently, and want to stretch my writing muscles. That’s where my true passion lies, and I can’t walk away from it anymore. There’s fiction that’s screaming to be written. And I also trained as a life coach and haven’t used that much at all. Then there’s the stash of clothes I’ve been meaning to list on Poshmark…
I’m trying to find a way to keep this site online, and to be able to move on to other things that really make my heart sing.
Here Are Some Options
There are several options I’ve thought about:
- Sell it
- Get help
- Go for the big dream
- Close it
Let’s look at each of those.
This means exactly what it says: sell the website to whoever’s interested. The financial cost to purchase would be small as this site doesn’t make any money. Everything here has come out of my pocket and my time. It does get a little traffic and, for the right person, has potential to be something more than it is now.
Me figuring out how to a) sell and b) transfer the files to someone would be a pain, but it definitely could be done.
By get help, I mean have you -the readers- take a more active part in loading pictures and recipes. Taking a more active part in the whole running of this site, including the site maintenance (not that hard if you’re comfortable with computers.)
I don’t know what this would look like or how I’d find the time to coordinate it – or even if I would be the one coordinating it. Would someone be interested in investing time into running a volunteer effort for a recipe website focused on mid-century cookbooks?
Go For The Big Dream
When I started this site, I thought about how it could become a community with people contributing and perhaps even a community cookbook of our own. I figured it could be a small non-profit that specialized in spiral cookbooks and other intriguing mid-century cooking-related things (like My Great Recipes.)
There definitely is a small community here. But is there enough of a community to make this kind of dream real? I don’t know.
This is always an option, and definitely the last resort. I don’t want to close this website. Too much of my time has gone into it, and there are too many people who I know would be very disappointed if it would go away.
What’s For Dinner Now?
So where does this website go now? I don’t know, and I’d love to hear what you think.