Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Saying Goodbye to My Blog

Dear Reader,

It's been just over 4 years since I wrote my first post here. Since then, I've shared a lot with you. Maybe a little more than some of you wanted to know. Remember the poop post? Or the one about garlic? Don't remember them? You probably blocked them out.

Seriously though, we've been through a lot of changes in these last 4 years, haven't we? You've watched me move from NYC to Seattle to a teeny town in Missouri where I now reside. I've gotten to know many of you better. We've shared e-mails, Facebook conversations, and dreams. I know one of you opened a bakery, one of you wrote a book, one of you became a mother for the first time, and one of you became a grandmother. I know one of you has struggled with similar health problems and one of you understood only too well when I wrote about binge eating. One of you supported me when I was missing my old home in Brooklyn, and one of you even randomly ended up on a date with my ex-boyfriend through an online dating site. Yes, strange things do happen! Some of you have become my clients and I even traveled to Utah to do a workshop with one of you. I met many of you at gluten free expos, and I have photos of some of us in my Facebook albums.  

You, dear reader, you are my people. And that may perhaps be the strangest sentence I've yet written. Strange because I'm realizing that it's true. 

The Daily Dietribe has become as much a part of my identity as anything else in my life. When people ask me who I am, the first thing that comes to mind is, "I'm a blogger." Not a sister, not a girlfriend, not just me. I'm a blogger.

What does that mean to me?

I began The Daily Dietribe as a creative outlet for myself, and it morphed into a way to share my experiences with others. When I began to hear from you that it helped for me to be so honest, I realized I could actually make a difference through blogging. I wasn't changing the world, but sometimes I was making you feel a little more normal, a little less alone.

When I co-wrote The Essential Gluten Free Baking Guides, I had the same desire. To share my knowledge so that your gluten free journey could be just a little bit easier. So you could feel you had some control over what you were doing in your own gluten free kitchen. Again, I wasn't saving the world, but maybe the baking guides have made a few lives easier. At least that was my hope.

Now, here I am, and I've been coming to a new realization for a long time. The Daily Dietribe has been my baby. I've nurtured it, watched it grow, worried over the stumbling teenage years, and now here it is and for quite a while, it's been like me. Stuck in limbo. No longer a child. Not yet an adult.

Well, I think it's time for The Daily Dietribe to grow up. That means I'm taking off my training wheels and stepping back as a parent. I've thought long and hard what the purpose of this blog is. It has always been a place for me to talk about my health journey, a place to learn and share about following a gluten free diet. A place for me to talk about my life in all its messy details. And in doing so, a place to learn to be okay with wherever I am in life.

Now, The Daily Dietribe is going to become that place for six other women. Starting June 1st, The Daily Dietribe will host its first Gluten Free Health Challenge. I'm going to introduce you to six women who are on their own gluten free journeys, and then I'm going to let them take over. The Daily Dietribe will no longer be just about me. It will be about every woman who is working to be healthier, to feel stronger, to love herself. It will be about YOU because I'm sure you'll be able to see yourself in each of these women. I know I do.

So this, dear reader, is not a goodbye letter. It's a letter to tell you just how much I have appreciated you, and just how much this blog has meant to me. I was twenty-six when I started blogging. I'll be thirty-one soon. And I've spent about a year now struggling with the desire to let go of this blog and the need to hold on.

I'm ready to move on. Yet I want The Daily Dietribe to remain a safe space for others to grow. I am absolutely stoked and jazzed and inspired and levitating with excitement about the work I've been doing. But I've tried not to let it take over because I didn't want to disrupt the gluten free flow of The Daily Dietribe. So now I don't have to worry about that. The Daily Dietribe will flow gluten free goodness. And my new site will flow with the love I'm putting into it.

Do you want to flow with me? Here's how you can. Continue to subscribe to The Daily Dietribe as it becomes The Daily Dietribe Gluten Free Health Challenge. Tune in tomorrow to read the rules of the challenge and learn how you can be a part of it. If you haven't already, follow The Daily Dietribe on Facebook and Twitter. My awesome new intern, Aly Vanderwalde, will be manning the controls on those fronts starting in June, so she will be keeping you in the know and doing a much better job of it than I ever did.

I'll still stop by and say hello from time to time. I'll share a post or a recipe here and there. And though you may not always see me, I'll be taking care of things behind the scenes. But if you want to keep in touch for real, please don't be a stranger. You are still my people. And the best way you can find me these days is by liking my new Facebook page. This will be my page, separate from The Daily Dietribe, which means I'll share more on what really matters to me, not just the gluten free stuff (although I'll share that too because it also matters). i.e.  If you want to hear more about Blue Eyes, this is the place to go because I'm sure I'll talk about him too.

If that's not enough and you think you'll miss my posts, don't forget that Saturday is the last day to sign up for my 30 Day Challenge. Then you'll get to e-mail with me every day AND talk with me on the phone once a week. We'll be best friends by the time the 30 days is over!

Okay, deep breaths (me, not you). Now I've told you and now it's real.

Really Still Yours,

p.s. If you know what show I was referencing in that photo above, then you're definitely my people. Blue Eyes hates the show, but I adore it.  


Natalie said...

Iris, I love this. I love all your posts and while I am a little sad to not be able to read them as often, I am super thrilled to be working with you for the 30 day challenge. You are amazing and it is fun to see you gracefully grow and change.

Sunflower said...

Hi Iris! I just wanted to let you know, the only reason I didn't post earlier because a) This is the week of my finals, AP tests, AND piano competition 2) I briefly scanned the post and saw that you weren't completely cancelling the blog and breathed a sigh of relief

I love this blog, and if you had decided to close it completely I would have been here in a heartbeat begging you not to leave!

Thanks for everything you do!

Iris said...

Thanks Sunflower. :) It was kind of lame of me to ask for comments in that way, but I was mostly joking. Thank you for commenting though and for making me feel special!

Sunflower said...

Iris, I don't think it is lame at all! You deserve all the praise in the world :)

Barb Kehl said...

I admire your bravery to make big changes.Barb

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I know I should have commented long ago, but what's that saying, "It's not really goodbye ... it's 'til we meet again." ;-) In your case (our case?), we'll be meeting mostly elsewhere, that's all. :-)

Until then ... xo,


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