Friday, May 16, 2008

Meat, Poultry and Blogging...Oh My..

I've been contemplating a couple things lately - I'm still doing some research but need opinions from everyone.

1. I'm thinking of giving up meat. First, let me state it's not because I'm a member of PETA or because of religious reasons. I've done this a couple times before in my life where I just lose the taste for meat and the thought of eating it just seems gross. I've never been a huge meat eater anyway and can barely finish eating half a chicken breast or steak. Also, I came across an article recently detailing the incredibly unsanitary conditions in which cows, chickens, and turkeys get slaughtered, including how (without becoming graphic) enormous amounts of bacteria are transferred to the meat/poultry products in our grocery stores. I'm a tad nauseous just thinking about it.

Anyway, my point is that I'm considering doing this again. Any advice, articles, vegi web-sites I can visit for food ideas? I'm not going to force this on my family but they are aware of my thoughts (and probably think I'm neurotic as usual). Dairy & seafood will probably still be in the picture..Yes, I know meat/chicken is protein but there are tons of other ways to get your daily recommended protein intake. I've finally gotten to the point where I know I need to take care of my body and am tired of stuffing it full of crap (which I know realistically I will continue to do on occasion) so I'm trying to make a life change rather than just diet. Seriously, I'm getting sick to my stomach thinking about meat right now so next subject...

2. How realistic is it to make money blogging? I'm talking type blogging. Heather makes tons of money each month but at what price? She bares a lot and is a great writer which I'm sure is the draw for her readers. I've opened up a lot since I started this blog (which I'm still surprised at myself for) but I'm not sure how much more I'd let loose on..Hmm, well maybe I'll take that back. There are still some times where I want to blog about the dip sh*# who cut me off on the freeway or the dad at swim who when I got up for 2 seconds to grab Pip from her teacher to dry her off slid into my chair with his kid. Um, maybe I should give it a shot.

Pros -
*Start making some minor income to contribute to the household (or keep it all for me and buy more Coach purses plus tons more shoes)
*Continue to document my day to day activities which sometimes can be such a sitcom, throw out my opinions, observations, etc..for the world to see
*Throw my hubby under the bus everytime he irritates me
*Design a cool hip website that will constantly be evolving

*I am a sell-out
*Bare too much and have my dad call and give me an intelligent, eloquent lecture that makes perfect sense which will make me 2nd guess myself because he's so smart..then have my mom call and ask me 100 times why I wrote that she asks the same questions 100 times.
*Selling out but making no money at it
*Possible therapy to handle all the mean and nasty comments I'll get.
1. My brother told me it'd be worth it if I'd make a lot of dough.
2. I've never really cared what people think of me and usually just laugh at them (now I could blog about them).
*Possibly be too time-consuming....?
*Someone figuring out where I live and tee-peeing my house..or worse..egging it.
*Throw my hubby under the bus everytime he irritates me then feel guilty about it (until the next time he irritates me).

I am being realistic. I know this won't be the blog-where-i-can-bring-home-my-husband-from-work-because-I'm-making-so-much-money-he-doesn't-have-to-work-anymore-blog. Or the blog where we can finally buy a boat (even though we're landlocked), travel more, and put all of our kids through Harvard.

Thoughts? And please tell me what I want to hear or I'll delete your comments. LOL, just kidding. I really do need some feedback.


The Head, The Tail, The Whole Damn Thing said...

Weird, we must be on the same wavelength today, because this morning I was thinking about a book I started to read once. But I stopped soon into it because I was afraid it would make me stop eating meat. The book is called "When Elephants Weep" and it's about the emotional lives of animals and that all animals have emotions. Well, I started to read a little bit of it and it I realized if I kept reading it I wouldn't be able to eat meat again, so I stopped because I like me some steak every now and then and I love menudo and Mom's soup with short ribs. So, this morning I was thinking about that book again and wondering to myself if I could stop eating meat. Read the book "Fast Food Nation." That book will make sure stop eating meat.

The Head, The Tail, The Whole Damn Thing said...

Blog your butt! There are so many blogs out there and a lot of them make money. Go for it!

The Head, The Tail, The Whole Damn Thing said...

Eat your boogers. Become a boogertarian and blog about that.

dani said...

i don't know what to tell you about the meat thing... i don't eat much myself; but, not for any particular reason.
robin, about the blog thing... if you want to make it a profession, i say, "go for it". however, if it is an outlet and something you really enjoy doing, i'd really have to think about it... making a hobby a job can really diminish the joy you had for the hobby.
d xx
HA!!! i just read what i typed. i didn't help you at all did i???

Jill - GlossyVeneer said...

I don't eat a lot of meat myself, usually only at dinner and if I'm completely on my own I usually don't eat meat at all. I usually just cook it for my hubby!

But, I'm sure that's not what you wanted my advice on! :-)

The money thing... I don't make enough to support my family from blogging. Nor do I make enough to buy Coach bags on a regular basis. I wish I did.

I think the people that make the big money are kind of "lucky". Right place at the right time thing... Those that want to leap into the game now and expect to earn some real cash need to have a specific topic that they are targeting in their writing, they need to really spend time actively promoting their blog on different message boards, forums, other blogs, etc. Also, you need to find a real ad source. I didn't make ANY money when I used Google Ads. I had them on my site for a while, eventually just removing them because they were visual clutter and didn't bring in anything.

Maybe I should have just e-mailed about all this! I'd be willing to continue this via e-mail, I don't want to write a whole novel on your blog!

I'm married. I have 3 kids. I have a big nose. Now go on and catch up.

Keep it nice or I'll post your email and make fun of you.

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