In recent months I have had a few unhappy readers vocalize their being upset with how my blog has changed in the past 1 and half years. What they don’t like is when I talk about my children. The plain and simple truth is guys (and by guys, I mean men – it has only been men), my kids are part of me. Having babies doesn’t mean giving up hiking but it does cause a shift in what we can do. A long time ago I was a single mom with a tiny 3 year old who toddled behind me – long before the concept of blogging was even in my eyes. I remember being excited the first time Ford was able to hike 3 miles and then 4 and then that summer he hiked his first 10 miler at 4½ years of age. Back then I often talked about Ford and the adventures we took –
But as many parents do, once the kid get older you let them have their own lives and don’t talk about them as much. Ford will be 14 this fall so I respect that he should have privacy. I am with my youngest daily, I am a SAHM (stay at home mom) who just happens to have a side gig doing what I love. When I go walking, hiking, strolling , whatever – Walker is always with me – so it is very natural that I talk about him. Yeah, I know – hearing (reading) me wax on about my Stroller 5000 may not be exciting but that stroller is the reason I get outside, so to me IT is a big deal. I get excited when my baby walks in the woods with me, when he stops and starts getting all excited over a stick, a squirrel, over the blue sky. I’ll someday be back to doing death marches on the PCT – sooner than later – and I’ll talk about those things when they happen. But for now this is who I am.
But more than that, there is a vast group of women and men with children/grandchildren/etc who also want to know how to get their kids out – so yes, I will continue to talk about my hiking with them. (If you are someone who hikes with kidlings please check out Outdoor Baby Network, you will love it!)
This shift in my style of blogging doesn’t mean I have changed who I am though, nor what I do trail cooking wise. Recipes still get posted on Trail Cooking, food and gear finds still posted on this blog. I culled out most of my personal life (with as much kid stuff) and started heavily posting on my personal blog, Gazing In, where I often blog 2 to 4 times a day.
But most of all what I have noticed in the past year is how much more popular our Facebook Fan Pages are. If you are like me and you love Facebook for its ease in sharing, well, hanging out on the Freezer Bag Cooking page is natural. It is so much more interactive than the blog or the website. I love it when readers post photos, comments, etc – I often post quick things such as links that don’t make sense for a blog entry. As I mentioned, we maintain two Facebook Pages, the above mentioned FBC one and also one for TrailCooking. (I also have one for Gazing In as well) If you are on FB and haven’t checked us out, please do! I am often posting new things – it is simply so easy with my often busy life to maintain the FB pages but not always to get full blog entries done here. And if you have cool links or a blog you write, you are welcome to post them!
But most of all – it was a La Nina year guys, cut me a break, OK? The mountains are buried under snow (in some areas it is 100″ above normal still) and I didn’t feel like risking my life this past winter/spring to the horrid avalanches out there. Summer will come, the snow will (hopefully) melt and I will be back out there. But the kids will be talked about – after all, one of the best reasons to have kids is to hear them grumbling about how “this death march sucks” behind you.