Etsy - how hard could that be? - and progressed slowly from there: blogging (not one, but two sites), opening another virtual store on Zibbet, providing cards to a small boutique near Tulsa and signing on to do my first craft show. I took online courses to learn HTML, XHTML and Dreamweaver with the goal of creating my own website. Then added a class to learn ways to promote that website - a website as yet unrealized, I might add. I started spending a lot of time promoting my blogs, commenting everywhere I could, following like-minded bloggers and generally spending way too much time clicking away on a keyboard. Since I didn't do all of these things at once, I didn't appreciate the time that these all of these "little" projects would take - until I was juggling all of them. One of the reasons Kel and I moved from Washington, DC was to get away from our computer screens.
My time outside, my time in the garden dwindled; my enjoyment of being in the kitchen messing with the mixing bowls lessened because it always felt like I needed to do everything really fast and I stopped relishing the process. My once-daily yoga practice turned into once a week, if I was lucky.
So after a good talking-to with myself, I'm scaling back. Dough, Dirt & Dye will get the short-shrift while I focus most of my blogging energy on An Unrefined Vegan - where my heart and stomach really lie. Triple D will remain the home of my BESTeam features, and any pretentious literary-minded musings that crop up. Empty on the Inside will not be stowed away in mothballs, but I won't be devoting much time to it. Perhaps in the future I'll get back into it and give it the attention it requires/deserves. In the meantime, I hope you'll keep up with me at An Unrefined Vegan.