Is it THE END of the La Diva Cucina Blog or is it just FOOD PORN?

Darlings!  I'm not sure you realize this or not but it's taken me about three months to post several blogs that took place in the middle of February!  Lately, I've not only been finding it harder and harder to find the time to READ the blogs of my fave peeps but also, to WRITE them.

As you know, La Diva ain't like no other food blogger.    Other food bloggers might post a recipe from another chef.  Or their blog could be all about food porn quality photos.  Or it could be their own recipes....but me, La Diva, I write.  I also pretty much exclusively post my own, original recipes.  AND I write about my life in Miami as well as my travels.  I photograph my dishes, usually step by step as I am cooking them.  This all takes time.  Writing this out takes time.  Writing a recipe that I know in my head but graciously write it out for YOU, DEAR READER, takes time.  It can take me a half a day to write and organize one blog post.

And for years, I've truly enjoyed it.  But lately, not so much.  I've been feeling "pressure" to produce and "keep up" and that's not good.  I still love writing but it's important for me to get back to a writing style that is more descriptive, professional, much less succinct and "bloggy."  It's time to hone my skills....and because of that, I've decided to focus my attention solely on a side project I've been encouraged to begin.  I know I've said this to you before, but running your own business/marketing department/pr firm/recipe testing center, etc., as an Army of One, can really take it's toll upon one's time.  And because I REALLY want to focus my writing efforts on this new project and have such limited time, something has to give.  What's been happening to me lately is that I sit down at my computer, excited to start working on the project, only to realize, "Wow, it's been two weeks since I posted on my blog, shit!"  The guilt and resentment creeps in and I accomplish nothing.  And that's no way for me to treat this wonderful blog!  No way at all.  OR the new project, for that matter.

I thought about just letting the blog go.  I thought about going on a hiatus.  But I don't want to do that. I still am reaching YOU, I still have an audience that wants to see "what's up?" with La Diva.  And I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU.

So, what I've decided to do is to condense my Blog/Tweets/Pinterest/Facebook into one.

Say what?

What I mean is, whatever I'm posting on Facebook that is La Diva Cucina worthy will get posted on my blog too.  Frequently I post on Facebook the photos of what I'm making/made for dinner along with my catering meals.  The photos will be enticing and posts more frequent.  But they will no longer include written out recipes or stories.  I will also post photos and info about upcoming cooking classes or classes I've just given with limited copy.

And hey, I might even do a REAL post again, an old school La Diva post!  (ya never know!)  But don't hold your breath...

The fact is, without me having to write out so much copy and recipes means you'll actually get MORE posts on Blogger as I'll be able to post more quickly and more frequently.  La Diva isn't going away, just working smarter!

A while back, I read an article where Some Gen Y Girl wrote in an article about how "I don't want to see the same thing you posted on Twitter as on Facebook!  I want to see fresh content on all sites if I'm following you!"

Obviously, this was before Pinterest.....yet another way to waste, er, spend my time.  Okay, I GET her point.  But tough titties, baby doll, cuz I got's a life and if I cooked and photographed a different meal/plate/dish for Facebook, my blog, Pinterest AND Twitter...well, I'd lose respect even for myself cuz I'd have no time to actually run/market/promote the MORTAR AND BRICKS La Diva Cucina business.  One REALLY has to support the other.

And while I DO often find myself on Facebook sporadically throughout the day, let me make this clear:  Social media and blogging is a PART of my life, it's NOT my life.  And therein lies the confusion, sadly, for some lonely people out there with too much time in front of a computer instead of living life in the present.

La Diva is in a really good space right now.  I've been working out (hard) for a year, doing yoga, have lost weight, gardening at our community garden, riding my bike all over town, my business is growing and I've just moved into a new house that keeps me continuously busy with home improvement projects.  I've also joined a few industry organizations that I'd like to get more involved in which includes volunteering.  I have a lot on my plate.

So, darlings, PLEASE keep coming on by but if you want MORE La Diva, you can always follow me on

Facebook:  (La Diva fan page, business only, class dates,  foodie news, etc.)

And if you'd like to get my La Diva Cucina newsletters, please click HERE to sign up.

So, here is my first post in my new blogging format.

Blackened flank steak salad with sauteed grape tomatoes and garlic, steamed french green beans and feta over mixed greens!  Healthy.  Satisfying.  Low-carb.  DELICIOUS!

Ciao for now, darlings, see you in cyber on Facebook...or Pinterest...where ever...but DO stay in touch and I'll see you back HERE sooner than you think! xoxo


Marian said...

I completely relate to your distress and dilemma about writing for the blog vs FB etc. Before joined FB, I laughed at my friends who got sucked up by it, swore it would never happen to me. But it did. So now I have to face my addiction and limit my time there, because it creates the illusion that I'm doing something worthwhile when all I'm actually doing is clicking Like buttons and making brief comments. Blog writing has to become a priority again.

LaDivaCucina said...

????? Either you didn't read the post entirely or you misread it, Marian. There is no dilemma of Facebook vs. the blog. I'm working on another project.

Roses said...

I'm glad we're not losing you in any format!

You know me...I'll stalk your fabulous self all over the internet.

PS. On the basis of a recommendation you gave for a cookbook (Ottolenghi - I think that's how it's spelt), I bought it for Lawrence's birthday next month.'s a secret!

Anonymous said...

La Diva,

You are a busy woman and you need to do what is best for you! I love reading your posts about Miami and your fabulous dishes and to combine everything sounds like a good plan.

I just "liked" you on Facebook. Can't get too much Diva!

Stay in that wonderful place. As Billy Crystal would say..."You look... mahvelous!".


Thombeau said...

Sounds like a reasonable plan. Since I'm one of the few people not on FB I'll be happy to see your LaDiva posts here. And I'm glad to hear that you're busy and things are going well. Can't wait to see you next month!!!

Buzz Kill said...

I can't believe you're not going to provide us with free entertainment and can't meet simple deadlines. Bwahahahaha

For me, blogging is a way of venting and sharing things that happen to me. When I feel like it. That's what it should be for everybody. If it causes stress or pressure, what fun is that?

Blogger let's me know when you post, so I'll always be looking for you. The few people I follow I do so because their writing is interesting to me (especially you, Chicky, Boxer and Moi). We'll see you when we see you.

LaDivaCucina said...

Thank you, Rosemarie, I love ya sistah! PLEASE TELL ME what Lawrence thinks of the Ottolenghi cookbook, it's really a fave of mine! (and every recipe has turned out perfectly!)

Thanks, Patti, I just added you to my email list! I LOVE to write but when it gets to be in that space of being forced...not good. Stay tuned, more good things to come! (I appreciate your comments!)

Thombabe, you know how much I love that you got me started doing this....and it certainly is not over! And I love you for being such a thoughtful and supportive friend! See you soon, honey! xo

Thanks, Buzz, I really appreciate your snark, comments and support. It's so funny in our little community, we've all come a long way and have "known" each other for a few years now....and I enjoy reading about everyone too.

You guys are the best!

chickory said...

I am so with you - as an army of one myself, I am overwhelmed with **** to do. And since i am freelance in a little town I have to do many things to make a living. some of them (video) majorly time consuming. Im lucky cause I will get to partay with the real deal real soon. But I understand!! I love Pinterest - i like curatorial time wasting. Youre right, writing well takes much more effort. Like buzz said (and thanks for the SO, buddy) I will do it when I do it and not feel the need to fill time with fresh postings. Go you!

Floridacracker said...

Good luck LaDiva.
I will keep stopping by for a snack.

Love that you are in a good place, go get em!

LaDivaCucina said...

Thanks, FC, your visits are ALWAYS WELCOME!