I want to share something special with you today. There is no recipe here, or any mouthwatering pictures of food, but I hope you will take the time to read it anyway.
There has been a lot of talk recently in the food blogosphere about payment and sponsorship. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty here, because although I have my own very decided opinions on the matter, they aren’t really relevant to what I am about to share. Suffice it to say that I do accept payment for product reviews and sponsored posts as long as they fit with the overall theme of my blog. My rule of thumb is that if it’s something I would actually use in my own house or feed my own family, I may accept a paid post on it. You won’t see me peddling canned frosting (yes, that was one I was offered…and obviously turned down!), but I do like getting paid for my work and I am not ashamed to admit it.
But that’s not what this post is about. No, this post is about why I REALLY do what I do, and I can guarantee you that it has nothing to do with money. The little bit of money I make does help me justify the time and expense that I put into this blog, but it’s just the icing on the cake (and not the canned variety!). I write this blog for a lot of reasons, but a huge part of it is that knowing that I am putting something out there that helps others. Does that sound like a whole lot of hubris and vanity for what really amounts to a collection of recipes? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. Because my food, my recipes, and my personal story do help other people, and I find it immensely touching and gratifying when someone takes the time to write and tell me that. So today I am going to share an email from a reader, with the subject line A Mom of Three in Texas Says Thanks:
I found your blog a few months ago after doing a google search related to prediabetes. I’m 38 and prediabetic, diagnosed last year when my 3rd child was about a year old. I’ve been active my whole life, I’ve always been thin, and I’ve been a moderately healthy eater for years, so I was caught very off guard and felt like a total anomaly when they told me I’m PREDIABETIC! Then I read your “about me” and it felt like I was looking in the mirror (minus your blonde hair:)! Some days I’m a totally positive, grateful, motivated prediabetic and I take it all in stride. Other days it can be a little lonely having to eat this new way. So knowing you’re out there dealing with the same thing is somehow comforting.
I haven’t made anything from your blog yet (true confession) because I’m a little nervous about the erythritol for some reason. But I finally bought some at a recent trip to Whole Foods and am ready to dive in. Do you have a favorite (gluten free) dessert recipe to try first?
I have no idea how many emails you get, and understand if you aren’t able to get back to me. Just wanted to say THANKS for your blog and for sharing about yourself! I’m grateful for all your hard work!
This is just the most recent example of the kind of email I get every so often. Sometimes it’s from women who have a story so similar to mine, it’s astonishing. Sometimes it’s from someone who is struggling with diabetes and has found the restrictive diet depressing, until they’ve come across a few of my recipes. Sometimes it’s from someone who has struggled with their weight all their life and has finally turned to low carb. I have even once been credited with bringing someone out of depression, because they found that they could enjoy sweets and desserts again. And one person very sweetly told me that when I replied to her email, she felt like she was getting correspondence from a celebrity (which made me giggle hysterically!).
But, my readers and my friends…that is why I do what I do. That’s the motivation that keeps me going. Beyond the money, beyond the fact that I love to bake and cook and eat, beyond the fact that I love to write and have learned to take halfway decent photos. When I receive an email like that, it touches my heart and makes me know it’s all worth it.
So thank you to all who have taken the time to let me know how much my blog means to you. It means the world to me.