Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 14 Years Old (and Kalyn Examines Her Bucket List!)
Another year has gone screaming by, and today my blog is turning 14 years old! I know, I can’t believe it either. Thanks to my faithful readers and followers for making this 14-year blogging journey so enjoyable. I’m grateful every day for the people who visit here and the many ways that blogging has enriched my life!
Every year when the anniversary date for Kalyn’s Kitchen comes around, I sit down at the computer and write a light-hearted little post about how I never dreamed of the many ways that starting this blog would end up changing my life. And of course that’s still true today when Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 14 Years Old! Definitely I’m grateful for accidentally discovering what ended up being the best retirement job ever!
But this year I’m going to take a more serious tone and talk to you about the many hours of work I put in daily on the blog, something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I never imagined that having a blog would be a 14 year journey of CHANGE, and how much work it would be to keep up with those changes. Of course, the biggest change for Kalyn’s Kitchen came in September 2017 when I switched Kalyn’s Kitchen to WordPress. After that happened I realized every post on the blog would need to be edited, something I talked about in Thirteen Ways Food Blogging Has Changed for last year’s birthday post.
Making that switch to WordPress was something I should have done ten years sooner, and I’ve paid the price for being stubborn because since then so much of my time has been consumed with the tedious work of editing every single post to switch to the Recipe Plug-In formatting that’s preferred by Google. (That’s what puts the nice box around the recipe and gives you a print button with the thumbnail photo on the printer page.) If I hadn’t been working on adding that formatting for over 18 months you wouldn’t find many of my recipes when you search in Google, so it has to be done. And there’s no doubt the WordPress site is great, and far more functional than my old site, so no regrets about the switch.
But maintaining a successful blog is time consuming, even without the added pressure of spending time every day to edit old content. I don’t mean to complain, because I love the work of creating new recipes and sharing them with you. And updating old favorites with new photos is also deeply satisfying. I’m always focused on doing everything I can to make Kalyn’s Kitchen as good as it can possibly be for the people who enjoy the recipes you find here, and working on this blog is rewarding for me in so many ways. But dear readers, there are only so many hours in a day!
Last year I had a very milestone birthday, and I’m well past the age when most people are retired. And even though I have no interest in retiring for many, many years to come (and don’t plan on shutting down the site ever) lately I’m realizing that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life sitting in front of the computer for hours and hours every day.
Thankfully I’m about 80% done with the needed edits for WordPress. But after that’s finished I want to add nutritional information to the recipes, something I’ve been promising I’d do after all the recipes have the Recipe Plug-In formatting in place. When the edits are finally done, I’ll tackle the process of switching to a newer Recipe Plug-In that will calculate nutritional information.
Meanwhile I want to say THANKS to everyone who has been understanding about the delay in providing nutritional information, and especially to the kind people who calculate it themselves and then share that information in a comment! I appreciate people who accept that I can’t just snap my fingers and have that done on 2,000+ recipes, no matter how much I would like to have it for you!
And this behind the scenes peek into my blogging workload is a long way of explaining that I’ve decided to celebrate my 14 year blogging anniversary by easing up a little on the (self-imposed) pressure on myself. I can’t keep up the pace of editing and keep up with all the other work of blogging and the posting schedule that’s become the norm for my blog. I need more time off to work on my bucket list!
I want to read more books, go to more movies, take more walks, and have more dinners with friends and family! But most of all I want to go on more trips, without having to spend days preparing posts ahead and time working on the blog every day while I’m traveling. So there are going to be some small but important changes around here. Freeing up more time for fun in my life means new recipes might show up here a bit less frequently. Some weeks there may not be quite as many posts as usual. And occasionally I might even go on a trip and take a whole week off from the blog (GASP!)
Of course my wise brother Rand reminds me regularly that no one notices the schedule and lots of other things on the blog the way I do, so hopefully my slightly more relaxed approach might not even be noticeable to the readers. I’ll certainly do my best to keep the site updated often enough that you won’t ever feel there’s a lack of recipes! And to everyone who’s read to the end in this post that doesn’t even have a recipe, let me say THANK YOU again for your support! I never would have stuck with it anywhere close to this long without the amazing support I’ve gotten from readers and that means the world to me!
Kalyn’s Kitchen Birthdays Through the Years:
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns One
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Two
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Three
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Four
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Five
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Six
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Seven
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Eight
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Nine
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Ten (!)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Eleven (!!)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Twelve (!!!)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Thirteen (!!!!)
74 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 14 Years Old (and Kalyn Examines Her Bucket List!)”
I appreciate and use a lot of your recipes and agree you deserve a break. I will not notice and probably discover new favorites in old recipes. Enjoy!
Thanks so much Rebecca!
Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! I take your Tarragon Mustard deviled eggs to church and they are always a hit! After being employed full-time for 33 years, I finally have time to do some cooking. I never thought to simply cook down a sauce that had gotten thin from cooking meat–wow- new technique to me that I use all of the time :-). It is good that you are taking more time to have fun–time is all that any of us have! I have you have grand adventures on your trips–and that you can find time to share those adventures with us! Many thanks again!
Thanks so much Sharon. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes. Enjoy your retirement years, we can both try to have a little more fun!
Happy🎉Birthday Kalyn AND Kaylyn’s Kitchen! Your recipes are here for us to enjoy whenever you feel ‘The Bucket List’ calling! Just don’t forget to come back and share your times with us! It will make me happy to read you are celebrating YOU! You surely always bring enjoyment to me!
Thank you so much Jean!
Congratulations, Kalyn! Your blog is amazing. It is my go-to site for recipes, especially low carb. BUT, you need to also take care of yourself. I don’t think people really understand just how much time and energy is involved in this creative process. You deserve the more relaxed approach to your blog, and, quite frankly, I don’t think it will affect its quality in the least. Thanks for all of the great recipes and information up until now; looking forward to the same in the future, even if it is on a different schedule.
Thank you so much! I am looking forward to a bit more recharging the batteries time for sure!
Congratulations, Kalyn! Taking care of yourself is the most important thing you could do!
Thank you! I will try to remember that!
Congratulations, Kalyn! You did an amazing job with your blog! Cheers to many, many more years!
Thanks Anna, so sweet of you!
Congratulations Kalyn!! Maintaining and keeping up with all the social media and ever changing technical aspects of blogging requires so much time and effort. I applaud you for doing this for so long without ever compromising quality. Your blog was one of the first I followed when i started my own blog. I am glad to hear you are taking some time to travel and do things on your bucket list. I look forward to hearing about your travels and continuing to follow your resourceful blog!
Thanks so much Jeanette! It has been a long time hasn’t it! I am looking forward to taking a more relaxed attitude about blogging. We’ll see if I can do it!
Dear Kalyn, Happy Birthday to your blog. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. Low carb was a struggle until I found your blog. I discovered great, easy and tasted awesome food. My family didn’t even notice the difference and my sweetie lost 15 pounds and has kept it off. Enjoy your family time, more reading and travel. Blessings and thank you ever so much!
Thanks Suze, so glad you have enjoyed the recipes!
So glad you and your blog have been around for so long!
Thank you, and I am so glad we met through blogging!
I’ve watched so proudly as you grew and grew and my fridge is full of calendars – all in a row! You are a great role model of Blogger entrepreneurship with heart. Many good wishes and congratulations!
Aw, thanks so much Cynthia. Glad you have enjoyed the calendars. It’s been fun watching your career too since all those years ago we first met!
I feel like I could have written this post too. While my friends are retired and going on trips I’m still working pretty hard on this blog. And for a lot of the same things you are, maintenance issues because of our true boss, Mister Google.
I think we feel an obligation most often to our readers that they don’t expect of us. So it’s really in our head and we have to say, ‘You know what, I’m not that important, I’ll be gone for a week and they’ll barely miss me.’ 🙂
Here’s to more trips and adventures!
Thanks Barb! I think you are 100% right about them not missing us that much! At least not enough that it’s worth missing out on a chance to travel.
I love your site and all you do. You caught me years ago with the Cafe Rio Salad dressing and I’ve been a fan ever since. Enjoy your time more and your readers will understand. Congratulations!
Thanks Carol! I hope people will understand, or even better not even notice at all!
Congratulations!! Keep doing what you’re doing – it’s the best! Here’s to 114 more!
Thanks MIchelle, I appreciate that nice feedback!
Happy blogiversary! I fully support your decision to give yourself the freedom to blog OFF schedule! 🙂
Thanks Denise, xo! I absolutely must do it!
Happy birthday Kalyn’s Kitchen! Your blog and recipes have transformed my cooking. I am far more willing to experiment myself because of your explanations of your process. I’ve never had a bad experience with your recipes. I use your blog almost every day, but rarely comment. Taking today to let you know how much I appreciate your hard work. I hope you share your travels.
Thank you so much, both for commenting and for letting me know you’ve enjoyed the recipes!
Kalyn, thank you for all of your hard work. I have used your recipes more than any other website and they are all fantastic. Your recipes have been instrumental in helping my husband control his blood sugar. they taste great and we never feel like we are missing out. I must say that I was shocked the first time I found out that you are of retirement age, you come across as so youthful in your posts!
Thanks Beth, so glad you have been enjoying the recipes. And I guess I’m glad that I seem youthful, lol! I try to keep up.
Congratulations and thank you so very much—I have enjoyed your recipes for years and consider many of them my favorites. I think your new schedule of time for yourself to enjoy life, see the world, and spend time with family and friends sounds like a perfect idea—and well deserved. There are so many recipes we can enjoy without the need for a new recipe or even a reminder to be posted. Thank you again for the wonderful site and all you do!
Thanks so much Sue. I think this change is long over-due! So glad you have enjoyed the recipes!
Congratulations on 14 fabulous years!
Thanks Barbara! So glad we met through our blogs and became friends!
As someone who can relate to still working past normal retirement age-I admire your diligence. You have plugged along with constant improvements and seemingly enjoy what you’re doing. Congrats to you and your blog and I’m proud to call you a friend now for over 50 years!
Thanks Merrilee! I can’t really imagine not working, can you? I am so glad we have managed to stay friends all these years, love ya!
Thanks Sally! I appreciate your support through the years. One reason I had to switch to WordPress was because my Google Search Traffic was down to practically nothing, so yes, I would say having the plug-in is essential. I don’t know if you can only use Plug-Ins on self-hosted sites. Wish I could help you with that!