Friday, July 31, 2009

holla.

machobonanza

So, I just pulled the ads off the sidebar. Aside from them not generating much revenue (which I expected), I was feeling a lot of pressure to keep this thing updated as much as possible and the sad fact is I just don't have that much to say, haha! Anyone who is paying attention (and that isn't very many people, considering how many emails I get asking for baking advice) might have noticed that my former blog partner, Summer, is pursuing her own blog full time, with ads and fancy stuff like that. It's her job, I guess- but the thing is, this blog is NOT my job, and it probably never will be. I have a "real" job, working weekends at a small cafe, I'm a full-time mother, and I do a shitload of freelance work, which means I'm basically working all day, every day. (Oh yeah, I babysit, too.) So, if a week goes by and I realize I haven't updated this thing, I don't want to feel weird about it, like I should just throw something up to keep my hits level so I keep generating ad revenue- that's wack. Plus, it's an ad network so occasionally I get these emails asking me to contribute to some weird Betty Crocker website with like, "Your favorite Bisquick recipes!" and I'm all, "BISQUICK? Bitch, plz." I don't cook like that, sorry. My focus here has always been on making shit from scratch, because it's more fun, more interesting to read about, and better for you. The more focused I am on my health, the less interested I am in eating stuff from a box. So, as pumped as I was to be invited into a fancy ad network, I'm wussing out.

Anyway. I'm making sushi later. You'll probably hear all about it.

60 comments:

{lauryl} said...

Honestly? I prefer to read blogs that are free of ads. I understand that people start doing the ad thing to generate extra income, and we could all use some extra income in this economy-- BUT, it's just more fun to read a blog that was written without any pressure. And ads seriously clutter up the look of a blog, too.

PS> I don't think I've ever commented before, but I love your blog. Your "voice" seems both hysterical and real. And your food and foodie pix are great, too!

Cindy said...

you crack me up. no matter how often you post, you always manage to make me smile. so, no pressure...but thanks!

Kelsey Parker said...

Just because some of us don't comment doesn't mean we aren't avidly paying attention to you! Your posts are always an inspiration for my pots and pans.

barbara said...

Good plan,
sushi is awesome heatwave food.
I was thinking of going the way of rice paper wraps for dinner so I don't have to turn on the stove.
Also trying not to get grumpy in the heat by remembering how it makes my garden so happy :)
I'm being bombarded by fresh cucumber so I'll be trying that snacky /salad thing you posted earlier, thanks for the yummy idea :)

beastmomma said...

Good for you for taking a step to make your life less stressful and for saying no to processed crap.

life according to celia... said...

i didn't even know bisquick still existed...

Blue is Bleu said...

Ooh now I want sushi! Glad to know you insist on making things from scratch cos that's the best and only way to cook in my opinion :)

heather carr said...

wow, i just learned a little about the blogging world... didn't realize you had to post your heart out for the sake of the ads, but I guess that's common sense.

I love reading your blog, and trying out your recipes, so far the ones I have tried have been very yummy.

wghook said...

I read your blog whether you're writing about food or not. Ads? What ads? I click back a couple times a week to see if you've written anything new. Sad, but you're one of my forms of entertainment. I do like your food posts because the aren't always baking and they are real, every day food--you know, stuff I make in my kitchen.

Sayward Rebhal said...

I'm hooked on a new homemade sushi - super simple but it rocks so hard.

It works best handroll-style, don't ask me why but you know some sushi tastes better cut, some tastes better handrolled, it's just the magic of the universe.

Anyway, nori, rice, an entire half an avocado (cut in half and laid in a row), sprinkled with sesame seeds and drizzled with sesame oil.

WHY IS IT SO GOOD?

Seriously, you should try it.

Amanda said...

woo you aren't selling out. punk rock baking more like it.

i love your realistic and casual nature. this is the kind of baking i like to do.

stick it to the man. the ad man.
and definitely make that sushi post.

Widge said...

I think your blog is great and the way you write cracks me up too. I hate blogs with ads.

karen said...

good for you! though i do kind of like bisquick (if not weird bisquick recipes).

Soon, Then said...

good for you. I always like when you do update, but as a non-job blogger, I totally get the notion that life sometimes gets in the way of regular posting. Luckily I don't have any readers to lose anyway though. ;)

Jen ~ Localette said...

I looked into trying to make revenue when I started blogging a year ago...what a joke. It's only worth doing a blog it if it's fun for you, not to make money, and yes sometimes these can lead to work somewhere else or draw attention to other work you do (LOVE your artwork!!)
Don't put pressure on yourself, only post when the urge strikes...I love your writing and ideas! Non-sell-out bloggers of the world unite!

Sarah said...

I like your blog a lot. You are relatable and real. I appreciate that. FU to Martha Stewart and the like. High five and nanoo nanoo.

ps - How does one get ads if one desires them?

GarlicBOSS said...

I like this

joey armstrong said...

way to wuss out :)
i really hate it when i'm looking for a recipe online and one pops up with "1 cake mix" or "1 box bisquick" as one of the ingredients. i would like to use real food in my baking, please. i love that you love to do things from scratch.

cuedit said...

Good move. We love your posts exactly like they are. Talking of sidebars, Zera just added your blog to our sidebar on "Cour de Sel" :) Keep it up, - you're great!

Best, the Bundlebit Family

Cucinista said...

Hey -- just love your blog, no matter how frequently you update it. I have a few ads on my blog and made 17 cents last month. Life is too short!

Vilmantė Apytiksliai said...

many people read blogs in RSS readers, and that is not so good for ads :)
Ads do not bother me, if they are not in my face all the time.
And your writing is very entertaining, and your life seems very interesting.
I am very thankfull for your sharing :)

Kaleena said...

keep posting!!! Whether its once a week or once a month it doesnt matter! I check your blog everyday out of habit. Once I made the mushroom quinoa stew for my huband and he loved i was sold! Your blog is awesome and your real.......your not some stuck up foodie it seems and thats what is great about your blog.....Im trying the hippie chow and pizza dough this week! Thanks for all the great recipes....oh and I love how you put up recipes without exact measurements sometimes its great!

JoAnne said...

I've only been reading you a month now, maybe, but I did want to tell you that I really enjoy your blog - you sound so real and what you make seems very approachable - things a person with a job and kids and a less than ideal kitchen could actually MAKE and still be pleased with the results. Plus I love that you guys plan out the week - you are quite a bit younger than me and so there's an aspect of 'oh, those adorable kids, look at them' - but I mean it with as much affection as is possible for someone I don't actually know!

Maggie Rose said...

I've never commented before, but I've been reading and loving your blog for a while now. You go girl!

kickpleat said...

Man, I hate hate hate blogs with ads. It's a total distraction. Do I want to see "lose belly fat" while I'm looking at cupcake recipes? Nope. Plus, ads just look ugly & are way too in your face. Just relax, I'm happy when you post.

Aim said...

I hate blogs with all the ads on them. Who wants to see that crap everywhere? It's so bad that you can't get away from commercials even while at the grocery store, they've installed the stupid TVs above the aisles playing ads all day long. I applaud your choice!

Moxie Grumby said...

I'm piling on with yet another "I've never commented but I really enjoy your posts" comment. Sincerely I do - you're on my reader, and I'm picky about who's on my reader.

I love your pictures and I love the window you give us into your life.

Mary Beth said...

I prefer ad-free blogs too, I've decided. And yes, I realize you are not the one who bakes! By the way, your burrito post a few weeks back provided major inspiration for me.

Karen said...

i say, good for you! when ads come onto the radio in the car, i turn the volume wayyyy down. i'm afraid they will get in through my subconscious when i'm not watching the door ... and i just don't like that. i think advertising is responsible for many, many problems in america.

ecp said...

hi! I've been reading this blog for over a year, and I have to say that baking or no baking, ads or no ads, your writing is entertaining and helpful. and I just dove into your archives this weekend, and made your kidney bean salad for a cook-out. thanks a million.

MeganMcCnnll said...

I also have never commented. But love your food, photography, and writing style. No stress. No Bisquick. Thank-you!

Ariel said...

mmm yes, i read this blog quietly too without commenting, a mistake really. i love this blog although, sometimes i use bisquick i must confess.

Jennifer said...

I love your writing, the stuff you cook for your fam from scratch, and your photographs. I'll keep checking in no matter how infrequently you post! Mwah!

Heather said...

Yeah - no more ugly ads!

Yeah - sushi, I haven't made it in years but just got a new package of seaweed. Have you made it using brown rice instead of white? How about sweet brown rice (I bought it and don't know what to do with it - aaack!) ~H

PS: Your roasted vege hippie dish is a hit with every member of my family and I now know my fave way to cook beets! Many thanks!

ivonne said...

I don't usually comment on blogs, but I think yours is awesome. I love eating good tasting, healthy food, made from scratch. I don't have any children, but I consider me and my boyfriend our own little family, so I can definitely relate to a lot of the things you write about. Thanks!

milisa said...

just wanted to say i love reading your web journal.i laugh, get hungry, and cook good things from your yummy recipes. i like that you make things from scratch, AND that you don't post every day-who has time for that?! so thank you for taking time to share with us-it is appreciated!

Jabba said...

I totally prefer blogs with no ad content as well. I haven't been blogging long, but one thing I realized fast was not to let it stress me out - no worries if you're not posting! But when you do I'll be sure to check in.

kate so said...

Seriously...I can't imagine how crazy your days are. I think it's awesome how you decided to take care of yourself in this way.

My open roads said...

I love your site! So, just please continue writing and posting like you do :)

Marge said...

Alicia,
I want to learn to make bread. I don't understand adding bread flour to whole wheat flour to make bread. I want to learn how to grind wheat and make bread. What does one need to do to make bread flour? Is it necessary?

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

Marge: WHAT?!

Kenners said...

I love reading your posts whenever they appear, and I reckon most people are just grateful for what you do post... so yeah, don't feel any pressure from us :)

dlberggie said...

love the food, pics and life stories..

Melanie said...

Can't wait to hear about the sushi. Take your time. :)

sheenamad said...

I really enjoy your blog - and from all the comments i'm not alone! And it looks pretty without the ads... thanks for sharing your food and family and opinions.

Karencilla said...

damn! i am the 45th comment, i am always late i guess.

personally i hate ads in blogs. and i bet you work a lot every day, all day long. just having a kid is a lot of work and running a house.

keep the good work sista.

foodnerd said...

I love Bread and Honey!! All the way from Gatineau, Québec, Canada! Yup you have fans here! I check your blog every couple of days (okay it used to be everyday but that's because I work a lot from my laptop) If nothing is new I get disappointed but not for long since I enjoy the old posts too. If I don't get inspired food wise (rare) I get entertained so it's a win win situation! I also enjoy your photos. They feel real, I like that. Feel free to show more pics of your son and husband too! ; )) They're cute! I'm also a food nerd, full time mom and freelance illustrator (feels like part time because of the full time mom position). My husband who also works from home (same job) often gets to hear me giggle and ask "What?" So I get started... He knows all about your blog, the writing, the similar food worshipping, the cute husband ; ) the meltdowns if time runs out during a busy day. Just keep doing it, inspire us! Feel the pressure!?

Oh! Also our fridge is screaming for groceries but I happen to have ALL of the ingredients for that asian salad!!! You saved the day for tomorrow!

Thanks from Québec! I'm off to bed.

carina ziegler said...

Amen sister. I just found your blog and I think it's great.

Lina said...

yea, i feel the blogging pressure with ads and stuff sometimes too... haha. your blog looks great! holla~

Jenn Sutherland said...

Way to go in freeing yourself from the pressure of posting! When blogging isn't your job, you've got to do whatever it takes to keep it fun, and not obsessively time consuming. And I'm happy to read your posts whenever they appear!

...And now I need to go make sushi, as it sounds perfect for a sweltering summer day.

a.a.g @ moonlight said...

love, love, love your blog! thanks for sharing what's in your heart :)

little+tiny+doors said...

i completely agree with {lauryl}! I too have never commented on any of your posts but i do come to your blog very often! i love the recipes, your sense of humor in your writing and especially your photos - they are beautiful!

just do what you can do and leave the rest up to the people who really enjoy your stuff!

Nicole said...

I love your blog and so does my husbands belly!

Teaspoon said...

I love your blog :) it's so atheistically pleasing. And less ads definitely makes a blog look neater and pretty.

Also, it's "hola," not "holla." You're actually saying "hoya." Unless it's not Spanish.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

it's not spanish.

Anam said...

Your posts are very entertaining lol..always making me smile :) plus they inspire me alot! and for that ive given you three awards!plz accept em!

Kristilyn (The Domestic Goddess) said...

That is too funny that you removed ads! I was just looking into maybe adding some (even though I have a total of one comment on my blog), but I don't think I will now. :-)

It's nice to take a break once in a while!

K

13mimosa said...

I love your posts - great photos, fun reading, real. Don't worry if you don't write every day, who can honestly do that. I can't even take a decent photo and my blog shows how routine my life is! I'll keep reading, ads or no ads, weekly or monthly posts. Thanks for sharing.

Auspicious said...

I enjoy your posts. ABP blocks all the ads so no diff there.

Going to make biscuits from scratch in honor of your Bisquick comment. *grin*

Farmgirl Susan said...

I love this photo!