Sunday, 1 March 2009

To think I did all that, and may I say, not in a shy way...


There's nothing worse, is there, than a dying blog? It's like watching a fly buzzing around on its back. It's not pretty, you feel bad for watching, yet you're incapable of administering the final blow, it seems a bit mean.

For a while now I think my blog has been dying. It goes still like the fly, then has a burst of buzzy action, then stops again. So let me just give it that final thwack...

I started this as a resource for others faced with the stress of coping with food allergies, and - in my wild dreams - because I hoped it might get picked up and turned into a lovely recipe book.

I know that some of you have found the recipes really helpful, so hurrah! the first part of my mission succeeded. Alas, to date, no-one would like to pick my blog up and turn it into a lovely recipe book. Perhaps one day that will happen and that would be great.

But the point is, my heart isn't in it any longer, and I hate to do that to my bright and colourful blog. So I'm going to quit whilst I'm ahead and leave it whilst it's still looking good.

I will just leave myself a little wriggle room...I've seen lots of people try to leave their blogs behind, and blogging must be really addictive because they always come back. Maybe I'll be one of those??!

And if any sweet editors would like to turn this into a lovely book, I've got lots more recipes that I haven't yet published ;-)

With kind regards, a little hint of a tear and a tremble of a pigly snout,

Pigx

51 comments:

Lee said...

Alas, all good things must come to an end.

We'll miss you!

mb said...

Do what you must - we'll be here if you change your mind!

The Finely Tuned Woman said...

I'll miss you. I liked your stories as much as your recipes, no, to be honest, even more so. Alas, you had not been posting much lately, so it isn't a surprise that you are pulling the plug. I hope to see you back here again some day. Maybe renewed and rejuvenated?

jill elise said...

aw man! Bummer! but if you come back, like mb said, we'll be here!

Michele said...

I just want to say I'll miss you! I've quietly followed your blog for years and will continue to quietly hope you'll get back to it =)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Oh! Will return with more fitting farewell. xx

Iota said...

Oh, Pig Pig Pig. I have been missing you, and now I'll have to miss you more.

I was one of those who tried to give up, and couldn't. Perhaps you'll be stronger. Perhaps your fly is already in the final throes, whereas mine was still buzzing furiously.

I was always in it for the stories, not the recipes - though they were fab too, and the pictures were great. I'm sure there must be a huge demand for allergy-related recipe books - why on earth haven't you been snapped up?

I loved the way you wrote about being a parent, the heart-stopping illnesses and disasters, and the embarrassment, and I will never forget the poo of shame.

Best of luck with everything.

Potty Mummy said...

Pig, what can I say? I will miss you and your wonderful stories and recipes. And some of the best comments that ever appeared on my blog were yours... (please don't go!)

Miriam said...

Oh Pig, I will miss you. When I saw a new post, having checked almost daily and been dissapointed, I was all excited and thinking of trying out your latest offering, even tho it's 11.40 at night! I feel sad, it's like losing a friend.
Now, what to say next. Your stories have been fab, and the recipes I tried were great. Even thinking that someone else in the world is cooking in this same, egg-free, dairy-free way,was good. My case is not allergies but a vegan(by choice)daughter, and I love to bake. Because of your blog, I've been able to include her in the goodies!
Have you thought of self-publishing at all? I would definitely buy your book,as much for the stories as the recipes.
Really do hope that you'll be back, in your own time and no pressure, of course! Till then, LOL, mimi

Iota said...

I'd just like to echo what Potty Mummy said, that if you ever feel the urge to write, please come and guest blog on mine.

If there's ever another poo of shame, for instance.

Vegetation said...

Oh no! I'll miss not just your recipes, but your stories terribly!

If I were a publisher I would happily pick up your recipes to print. Sadly however I am not.

Best wishes for whatever you may do in the future and if by some small chance you happen to come back to the blogging world, I will be here waiting to read your posts!

Kelleen said...

Thank you for all you have done...your stories always left me with a smile and your recipes delightful...hugs and best wishes.

Frog in the Field said...

Pig I shall miss you (sniff!)
Can we still be friends (pppbbbb! - blowing my nose)?
I shall be looking forward to a cookery book being published, come on publishers!!!

Anonymous said...

THats terrible!!!!!!!! will miss your blog very much.

please don't take your blog away, I love the recipes.

they are fools if they did not pick it up and turn it into a book :)

will miss you pig!!!!!!!!!!

Hew said...

Aha. PitK, you've jut discovered one of the intriguing things about blogging: although you may have (temporarily) lost the will/desire/rage to blog, somehow your audience lags behind you.

As soon as you announce that you're running out of inspiration, all the lurkers come out of the woodwork and remind you that you do indeed have an audience who are all willing you to produce more.

You discover that (as I do) there are lots of people with google alerts who get mailed whenever something relevant shows up. Note, for example, the speed with which you have garnered 14 (now 15) comments to this post.

So... I've got an idea: why not canvass your eager readers for their gripes? I'm sure that between us we have ample material for voluble blogification.

I'll start: How come almost all ready meals have milk in them? Why does a Beef Stew need skimmed milk powder?

Miss Thistle said...

Ahhh yes! The poo of shame...fond memories. I am still laughing at directing the traffic in Beijing (was it Beijing? and have I spelled it right?). I have directed several people to that particular blog...and they are still laughing! May the publishers see sense. Love Miss Tx

Grit said...

i shall miss popping over here for a story and some food ideas! but THANK YOU PIG! i hope in future you'll return!

Kitty said...

Oh :-( I shall miss you, and your lovely foody shots and your wonderful, witty way with words. (Coo, check out that alliteration!)

I shall keep your blog on my reader, and will be more pleased than a pleased thing if you come back here one day and tentatively dip a toe in the water of blogland again.

Take care. :-) xx

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Good luck to you. I have been amazed how much work went into your blog. Mere male that i am I will miss your work.

Akelamalu said...

Your recipes are great but your writing is fabulous! I hope you don't abandon your blog altogether Pig.

Have you thought about publishing your recipes yourself on LULU.com? It's really easy (must be I did it) and there is no cost to you unless you decide to buy the book that is.

glutenfree4goofs said...

Hey, I just love your recipes! I just have to say, don't give up yet! I know the YET part is only from my perspective but forget the fancy publisher, publish your own! I would buy 3 or 4 right now (as long as you wouldn't mind doing a little conversion for a feeble minded American). I have been looking into self publishing online and it seems that if you are willing to do the work it will often turn into something bigger because you will have had success and can use that on your "resume" so to speak! Give it a think! I'm going to email my sis right now and I'm sure she will be back to post a comment as well! Do it! If Jerry Seinfeld's wife can write a cook book about blended up veggies than you CERTAINLY must have a chance - and definately include the stories! Sorry if there are any typo's I was going like mad! Come on all of you get behind a gal with a talent lets help her sell the first 100!!

Bush Mummy said...

A great loss to the blogging community. I DROOLED over all your recipes and made a few of 'em and we don't have allergies. But they were very useful for when friends who did came around.

I'm sure we will be seeing your column in the Sunday papers some day soon, or on the telly..

It ain't over til the fat lady sings and I can't hear her..

BM x

Callie said...

Oh no...! You cant stop now, just because some editors didn’t pick up your blog and publish it doesnt mean you cant just make your own recipe book and take it to a publishing place. Your so creative and your style of writing is so much fun to read. You can even make small recipe books and sell them. There's more out there than the internet that can get you started, I say keep pushing forward, your totally worth it!

GoneBackSouth said...

Whoa! I didn't see that coming. You too, eh? As I was just this minute saying to Big G ('im indoors) I feel quite liberated now I have declared myself to be 'not writing' at present - I am now free to read everybody else's blogs which I am doing with renewed gusto. Your blog is unique and a delight to read. Good luck to you and yours!!!
GBS
x

Elsie Button said...

NOOOOOO!!!

Mopsa said...

OOhherr... and I haven't visited for far too long - slap my wrist. I still spend time blogging but less and less reading other peoples - not because I don't want to but time is increasingly short and the spare minutes are better spent AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD. Here's to the recipe book; we have faith!

obeerg said...

I want to repeat what Elsie said: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
Missing you already.

Suffolkmum said...

Oh PIG that's made me sad. I love this blog. Mind you, I'm a fine one to talk, I stopped for a while, I know that feeling of something having run it's course, but look, I came back, so you can too! I must say I always thought this was the blog that would get turned into a book. Do pop back from time to time, you're a great writer ...

Anonymous said...

hello, I've not long discovered your blog and have to say am very grateful as my littlest one is food intolerant to... well just about everything! But your recipes are great and I have managed to bake some lovely things for my girls. thank you very much :)

Lisa said...

Well, all I can say is I hope you get the urge to blog again. Your writing is entertaining and your recipes intriguing and tempting. Blogging does get to be a chore, so hopefully all you need is a break. You will be missed.

All the best,
Lisa

elizabethm said...

NO, don't go! I love your blog and though I have never cooked a single recipe I have liked the fact that I could have done if I wanted!
I shall keep you on my blog roll in case you change your mind and shall miss your wit and fine turn of phrase. Perhaps you just need a break and will be back and blogging like suffolkmum?
xxx

nixdminx said...

oh my gosh, I just found you today and you're off into the wild blue yonder...I will tell my coeliac friends to check you out. I always have to cater for a variety of diets and it's good to see yummy food instead of dry old crusty stuff. come back soon

Marianne said...

Dearest PITK, you have been one of the most colourful and memorable of a whole tribe of amusing and uplifting bloggers and you will be sorely missed.

As an occasional returner to blogging, I do hope you will drop in sometimes and let us know how life progresses. I shall be looking out for you. Missing you already!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Oh, sorry to hear that but I'm sure there are other more important things to do... :)
Enjoy your weekend, Margot

Anonymous said...

I've only just found you ... I can't believe you're going.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Thank-you so much for all your comments. They are really touching, and for a minute there I was going to capitulate...but I do think it's the right time to stop. If not forever, then at least for now!

Thank-you again, go forth and bake!
Pigx

symsher said...

Thank you so much for all your support through my quest for tasty food for my allergic kids. I will miss your stories so much...they made me laugh/cry/smile on days when I felt too numb. Good luck!

Heather Cresswell said...

I'm so sad to see you go. You've kept me entertained and the family fed! I love your recipes and stories. Am gutted its not been published. Shame on the book companies. They don't know what their missing. Good luck my sweet and keep in touch.

Kitschen Pink said...

Oh my goodness. I hope you're going to leave the recipes! I don't have food allergies to deal with but I recommend you to friends and heck, with recipes this good who needs and allergy for an excuse! Enjoy the break - however long or short! t.x

Stay at home dad said...

Hmmm... Pig... maybe do it monthly, or quarterly..? but do it!

ok, ok I'm not one to talk...

L&K
Sahd

Sam said...

Blogging is really addictive. It's not time for the pig to quit the kitchen. Such a shame, this blog is a kind of a perfection. The contrast between the pig who can eat everything and food allergies, which is always moody and dirty and the beautiful colors of the blog. All is there. Isn't there an editor with a brain ?
Courage Mellie, ├ža viendra.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Je t'aime Sam, merci!
Pigx

Iota said...

Pig, can I tempt you out of retirement? Just this once? Pretty please? You won't even have to do any writing. Just give a link to a previous post.

Go to this great new Mum blog:
http://morethanjustamother.blogspot.com

She is inviting tales of parental shame and humiliation. You know, I'm sure, what story of yours jumped into my mind... That story deserves another airing.

Amanda on Maui said...

Damn, I just found your blog.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Okay so I've finished sulking like a petulant child and just want to say... We'll miss you, indeed we ARE missing you. That said totally understand.

lowood6 said...

hi PITK, a very big Thank YOU for great recipes and great stories. Really appreciated everything, we'll miss you and hope that you will come back to blogging one day.

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Dearest Pig,

I miss your blog. I'm sure many do.

I'm curious what steps you went through to try to get a publisher for your stuff. Have you checked to see what agent Shauna Ahern (Gluten-Free Girl) used, or what agent The Whole Foods Cookbook writer (I forget her name) used? I would think agents like that would be happy to hear from you. :)

Rie said...

I couldn't say it better NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Good luck in all you do. Your blog is inspirational in so many ways. All the best in whatever you turn your hand to.

fordfocusmom said...

I have loved reading your stories and recipes. It's been a great blog - one of the best. Like all the others, I can't believe publishers are so short-sighted. My son has a serious nut-allergy and this sort of thing is so common now. The recipes look lovely anyway and the writing is, well, top notch! Just direct any doubting publishers to these comments - there really is a demand for an honest, amusing cook-book. Celebrity chefs are soooo last year!

Mimi said...

Hi PITK,I check your blog every so often to see if you're back.I miss your brilliant stories most of all.
Have you heard of those Aussie women who self-published !4 Ingredients" -they've made a fortune! Would you consider that route- I'll commit here and now to buying a few, one for me and 2 for my "present drawer".
Anyway, don't want to pressure you, just hope you're well, mimi

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