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Whenever I’ve seen other bloggers write about their participation in blogathons, I’ve broken into a cold sweat. The thought of blogging daily — for a month — has always sounded about as appealing to me as going back to daily newspaper journalism. (In other words: Hell. No.) I’m a little, well, anal, when it comes to research and backing up statements, and I can percolate an idea forever before writing about it. So it’s always been hard for me to pound out blog posts at a quick rate.

But for a long time now, I’ve been trying to get a handle on exactly what I want this blog to be, how it fits in with my paid writing work, and how it can be monetized so it is my paying work, or at least part of it. Along with that, I’m looking for more ways to engage you, my fantastic and far-flung readers, to learn from you, and to share your stories with others who are out there challenging and changing the culture around kids and food.

So, for the month of June, I’m going for it. I’m going for it twice, actually, signing up with two different blogathons: The 2014 Freelance Success/WordCount Blogathon (organized by a freelance writers’ group I’ve belonged to for years), and also BlogHer’s June 2014 NaBloPoMo.

I figure if I’m forced to blog every day (or at least most days), then maybe this will all start to sort itself out. Seems like a good idea now, anyway. Ask me again in 30 days.

I’m not exactly sure how this will play out. I’ve got some posts planned, but a lot of this I’ll do on the fly. One thing I can promise for sure is that I won’t be sending fluff or gimmicky crap your way. So if you get my posts by e-mail or RSS feed, please don’t run away! I’ll do my best to keep it real around here.

 

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