About 8 months ago, I clicked on a new update on WordPress update and BOOM! My entire site crashed, I lost all my content – years of recipes that I never wrote down, blog post and pictures. Everything was gone. I stared at the screen, feeling on the verge of a full-blown panic attack. I’m not sure why I never thought to back anything up. I naively assumed that something like that would never happen to me, which was my first mistake. After hysterically crying and generally losing my shit much to my cat’s confusion, I searched the internet for help. In my mad dash to fix the problem, I irrationally plopped down $300 on service that turned out to be a scam. They got a few of my recipes back but then swapped in stock photos. It was a freaking nightmare, to say the least.
Young, Broke and Hungry was the home that I had built brick by brick over six years. Maybe I wasn’t a huge blogger with millions of followers but everyone and anyone that stopped by my blog, I considered a friend. The fact that I let them down, and no longer had the recipes they loved was heart-wrenching to me.
During this time period, I was going to school for Nutritional Therapy. I toyed the idea with a re-branding for quite a while and figured why not? Young, Broke and Hungry was reborn into Mindfully You Nutrition.
The title of this article is Why Losing My Blog Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me and crazy enough, it’s true. I still feel horrible that my old readers can’t get their tried and true recipes. However, this experience taught me two viable lessons.
- Don’t be an idiot and think the internet is a bubble where everything is protected. Back that shit up.
- Your blog does not determine your self-worth. I got caught up in the numbers game and when my traffic hit a steady plateau, I took it as a personal front that I wasn’t talented enough and that my recipes sucked. In reality, none of those things are true. I’m just one in a million blogs out there. You have to blog because you love it. I know you probably have heard that same old sentiment before but I’m going to speak some straight truth, it’s very rare to make “it” as a blogger.
With all that said, losing Young, Broke and Hungry allowed to me to create a tribe of people who are excited to up their wellness game. Who wants to join me on this crazy journey toward a healthier, happier life and I couldn’t be honored to walk alongside them. Now, this where I need YOUR advice. What do you want to see on Mindfully You? Do you want more wellness articles and if so, what topics do you want me to speak about? Healthy recipes? Healthy yet Sinful desserts? Let me know in the comments below!