Look, I know I have neglected writing. Why? I really don’t know. 2015 was one of the biggest years of my life. I had an “awakening,” a trip to Switzerland/France, oldest son had major surgery, got married (!), had four new peoople move in, oldest son suffered a crack in his foot, oldest daughter on a special diet, and a wild finish (especially in the family health department) as we approach Christmas!
I always take time to reflect in mid to late December and the time I spend with myself reflecting, writing, and goal setting, is always a fun and worthwhile exercise. I look back at goals and find what I have accomplished and then what the heck I was thinking about a year ago at this time.
As I have been going through the past year, I realized a few things. One is simply that I am just not sure what my personal brand is. I have started and stopped so many things and iterations that I am not sure exactly who I am in the blogosphere. The truth is though I DO KNOW who I am and what interests me. You can tell by how I spend my time. I work, cook, and spend time with my family. It could be with my new spouse (!!) or with the kids and their activities. Outside of home and the football field this fall, you can probably find me in the kitchen. I spent more time working on DIY projects. I have been making my own vinegar, hard cider, beer, bitters, sausage, more cured meats, and so on. I drank a lot of wine (mostly French) and found a few new cocktails I have enjoyed this fall. One HUGE thing is that I rarely eat out any longer. Frankly the desire isn’t there because I am rarely impressed. I like it when other guys and gals are doing great things with ingredients and making cool, independent food and artisanal food products, but then my mind immediately goes to, I think I can do that too.
So I have spent even more time in the kitchen. I cook dinner virtually every night. When my wife tells people this, their mouths seem to drop. I guess people don’t do that much anymore or maybe it is because I am a male. I guess I don’t really know. It is a challenge to be sure but I love it.
The other thing I noticed is that I only wrote FOUR POSTS in 2015! Sure, I reposted some cool articles from one of my new favorite sites, The Art of Manliness, but only four originals! Crazy.
I love to write, and I really do feel compelled to but sometimes it is easier not to. I don’t really know if I have any fans or followers but I am going to spend some time building this new and improved brand and hopefully with clarity and a renewed commitment to write about what I am doing, I will get this going and maybe find an audience that resonates with it.