Four Years Ago & Now

Megan & Levi

Well hello there.

Today I’m taking a tiny break from recipe posts to share a bit of a milestone with you guys. There won’t be a recipe today. There will be one tomorrow for sure though, I promise.

Almost four years ago to the day I started yet another WordPress site where I would write down things that I expected nobody would ever want to read. As a habitual writer I have always enjoyed blogging and it made sense to start a blog about this new thing we were embarking on – doing both gluten-free and vegan.

You can read my first post. I find it really funny.

Of course, I didn’t really do much with my blog the first year. I started it right before moving to the Dominican Republic, where internet was hit-and-miss and life was too busy and different to create new recipes. I also had shorter and blonder hair. Wow those were crazy times.

Then for a while I called it the Gluten-Free Semi-Vegan blog because, well, I wasn’t a full vegan for a few months and felt guilty saying I was even though I was pretty sure nobody was actually out there reading. Despite a horrible hack job of a haircut upon returning to Canada, my hair did finally grow out.

When I made the switch back to a full-on vegan diet on July 2, 2011 (on the day I turned 30) I was in a different place in my life. My hair was long and dark and I had bangs! I was settled. I was in familiar territory. I could create new recipes with more confidence. Once I started sharing those new recipes more frequently here, more of you started coming to find them, make them, share them. That motivated me to continue, to keep creating, to keep pushing myself.

I never expected that four years after writing that very first post I’d be doing this so seriously. I never anticipated that I would get so much joy and satisfaction out of working on this blog. I certainly didn’t think I would have opportunities like I have because of my blog. I’m also glad I decided to grow out those bangs.

(Side note, I had photos of all my hair stages to share but then realized that was a tad ridiculous. As if you care about my hair as much as I do! So I spared you from that. And saved myself the embarrassment of sharing that really awful hack job of a haircut from 2010.)

Seriously though, for all of those things I am truly grateful. I look forward to continuing to grow my blog and my business for another four more years and beyond. It is my sincerest wish that all of you who stop by my site – whether it’s your first time, or you’re a regular subscriber – find some value and continue to benefit from the tasty morsels that get posted here.

I have had some big plans in the works for this blog since last winter but haven’t been able to put them into play until more recently. (Life gets busy, right?) Some of them are big because they involve a lot of work but I know it will be rewarding and that makes it worth it. Some of them are big because they are new and exciting and fun.

Starting later this month I’ll be remaking some of the old classics on this blog with new photographs and improving the formatting that was messed up when I switched my blog over to a different theme nearly two years ago. This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages now. There are a lot of posts that have no pictures at all. (A travesty in this day and age of Pinterest!) There are posts that have photos but they are so embarrassing. I expect this will take me quite some time, but I know that in the end it will be worth it.

Soon (hopefully) I’ll be sharing with you a new video series that I’m working on with my friend and web developer Chris Enns of Lemon Productions. We shot a test video quite a number of months ago and used that as a way to flesh out exactly what we want to do with videos. I think you’ll like them.

Later this summer I hope to be launching a new (and super fun) blogging project with a couple fellow food bloggers. Stay tuned for that one because I promise there will be something for everyone out of that project.

Additionally, I have been pleased to contribute to a local lifestyles magazine called Fine Lifestyles. It’s a quarterly publication that is really beautifully produced and I feel so fortunate to have been asked to share some tips and recipes that promote a healthful gluten-free and vegan lifestyle. I will be sharing a link to the articles when they are published quarterly.

I am trying to commit to posting more regularly and so I want to share my schedule with you – mostly for accountability. If something comes up and I can’t post what I promised, I’ll still share something … even if it’s just something on Facebook or Twitter.

Mondays you can expect a brand-spankin’ new recipe. To whet your appetite here are a few in the queue over the next couple months: hearty main courses, perfect side dishes, tasty summer beverages, some fresh soups, and even baked goods – both sweet and savory!

Wednesdays will be for Recipe Retakes. You will start to see some of the older recipes on the blog get remade and reposted with better information, photos and formatting. I’ve started with some of my own personal faves as well as the ones you guys seem to love a lot too.

Fridays are reserved for {fast fridays} where I’ll share quick recipes for inspiration over the weekend. Most of the recipes will be my own original creations. So, you’re actually going to see two completely new recipes from me per week. Lucky you. If I’m swamped or just don’t have anything quick of my own to post on a Friday, I’ll share some of the goodies I come across on the internet from all the other amazing gluten-free and vegan food bloggers.

Hopefully I’ll get this new schedule going before the end of July. I hope you all will stay tuned for all the great things to come for TheGlutenFreeVegan.com.

And please accept my genuine thanks for being a reader. If it weren’t for you, I’m not sure I’d have the ambition or motivation to keep creating. So, thank you!

Thank You

 

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10 Responses to “Four Years Ago & Now”

  1. July 11, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Megs!

    I discovered your blog a few months ago and love it. Thanks for these personal posts. They’re so sweet, and you do have great hair!

    Personally, I am seriously celiac (blood and biopsy) and mostly vegetarian. I eat vege and dairy-free at home. When I’m out, I eat whatever is GF and safe, which (sadly) sometimes means meat. I feel better when I don’t, so I abstain as much as possible.

    Love your blog! I have you on RSS so I see when you post. Looking forward to more yumminess!

    TK Kenyon

    • July 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      Well TK … thank you, first of all, for the hair compliment. My hair always ends up being some sort of a running joke for some reason and what can I say, I like talking about it. LOL. As for sharing personal posts, I always struggle with whether or not to post things other than recipes – being that it is primarily a recipe blog, after all – but I do enjoy sharing a bit of real life from time to time, so it’s nice to hear that they’re being enjoyed by someone. :)

      Cheers!

  2. July 11, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Fabulous! Congratulations on your four-year blogiversary, Megan. Can’t wait to read (and make, and taste) what’s ahead. :-)

    • July 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Thank you Ellen! And thank you for always sharing my recipes around. I hope there’ll be lots of great things that you’ll love. :)

  3. Grae
    July 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Megan-

    Congrats on 4 years! How lucky I am to have found your blog- I guess it’s been about a year ago now. You are absolutely lovely inside and out, and have a gift for creating wonderful food.
    THANK YOU for your time, your effort, and for sharing yourself, and your creativity with all of us. I know I can honestly say you are appreciated by MANY, including me :) !

    I was just going through my pinterest yesterday and saw the picture of the creamy artichoke and sun dried tomato pasta that you provided the recipe for awhile back. Can I just say that my immediate thought was YUM, I so need to make that SOON!

    Anyway, thanks again, and a virtual hug sent your way! Looking forward to the upcoming postings!

    • July 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

      Hi Grae! I always love seeing your comments pop up in my email. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. Truly. It really does mean a lot to me to hear that I am appreciated and that maybe I’m helping people by making healthful eating more accessible. Sending a virtual hug right back at ya. :)

  4. Sheryll
    July 15, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    I truly LOVE your blog. Call me a dork but I actually get excited to open your blog each week to see what tasty new recipes you’ve posted! Can you please get a show on The Food Network:) I think you’d be fabulous and would attract a huge following. I understand there’s a slot available…umm, from some chef that thinks butter makes it better. LOL.

    • July 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      Sheryll your comment totally made my day! I literally laughed out loud. I have this running joke with friends about how I’m totally going to be famous and have my own TV show one day … it’s fun to joke/dream. I’m glad you love my blog and recipes so much. Knowing there are people who actually enjoy what I am posting makes it so much more worth it.

      Have an excellent week! Cheers. :)

  5. Mat
    August 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Hello! I want to start by saying that you have a great blog! Full of information, and great recipes.

    I have been a vegan for a little under a year (I was a vegetarian for about 8 years before), and was just recently diagnosed with Celiac. For some reason the sudden addition of dietary restrictions has really stressed me out. I think this is due in part to the fact that I choose to be vegan, and am being forced gluten-free. Trips to the grocery the past few days has just really got me down, as most of my go to vegan foods contain gluten! I am wondering if you have any tips for starting down this path?

    Thanks again for such a wonderful blog.

    -Mat

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      Hi Mat,

      I can totally relate to where you’re coming from. It can be a bit stressful to have to change your diet, adding more restrictions. One piece of advice that I give all the time is to plan ahead. Leaving your meal choices to the last minute tends to lead to frustration when quick go-to convenience foods will usually no longer work. Even more important than planning ahead is learning to embrace whole foods and cooking them yourself. I tend to avoid any processed or packaged vegan or gluten-free convenience food items because generally the vegan ones aren’t gluten-free and the gluten-free ones aren’t vegan (though this is improving as the popularity of vegan/gf diets is on the rise). So my biggest tip is to embrace real whole foods – brown rice, quinoa, all fruits and veggies that you can have, beans & legumes, tempeh, tofu occasionally, etc. Enjoying eating and cooking these foods will go a long way to helping you along in your new journey!

      I hope that helps a bit. Please feel free to ask questions any time.

      Cheers!

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