I'm just one year into being 4P (Paleo/Primal/Panu/Pastoral) and my "safety period" is now past.
When I started down this path, I was trying it for a month, then a quarter, then I was in-for-life. 8^)
I promised myself that I would not start a blog till I was one year in, and knew my arse from my elbow, and that time has come around. However, I do find myself wondering... Does the Paleosphere really need another blogger?
I'd bring an odd mix of biochemistry, metabolism, kitchen-play, and adult-onset athleticism to the table, but would I be helping or just clogging up the Net?
Some of you have been reading my writing here on Paleohacks for a while now, any suggestions?
If I ever started my own blog, my primary reason would be for me to direct people to it personally if I am trying to explain to them what I eat and why.
There are a couple reasons for this:
1) People are always asking me questions. I reckon it's not going to stop anytime soon, like... ever. I think it would be cool for me to be able to say... "Well here, check out my website". This would allow me to get my 'best' info to them to give them a complete picture.
2) It's less intimidating. Reluctance would be lowered because it's not on a personal level. Not that I'm against a personal level, but most people need to see something more 'official' than just a conversation. If I already have a blog with all kinds of topics laid out, then whoever I talk to will not feel "pressured" to convert. They will know it's just what I do. You know... like the questions people ask on Paleohacks all the time like... "How do I get my parents involved without pressuring/offending them?" "How can I convince my brother to go Paleo without getting into an argument?" I think having a blog of topics already written takes the edge off.
Funny too... because I've had tremendous success so far with family/friends, even without a blog like I'm talking about. It's like people are drawn to this when I tell them. Almost my whole family is switching over. I didn't expect that but I'm very happy about it.
Adam - I say go for it. As you said, there's a lot of info out there already, but just like starting a journal, it always seems 'too late', but it's never too late.
Put your own spin on it and claim your space on the net.
Your recipes are great. You come across fascinating studies few other folks are linking to or talking about. You ask provoking questions. You are clear about "this is an n=1 thing I do because it makes me happy" and "this is a thing which seems to have some scientific support here and here and I'm totally curious to see more research" and "okay, this thing is pretty exhaustively supported, let's do this".
I have some bias, because I've been reading your assorted online things for so long... And Stuff. ;)
I'd RSS that.
As a newcomer of a couple of months, my opinion is the more voices there are, the merrier.
Conventional wisdom's echo chamber -- the lipid hypothesis, "a calorie is a calorie," and so forth -- is a substantial obstacle.
One thing I love about the paleo diet that there is no paleo diet. The friendly (and sometimes not friendly) debate within the paleo community is, I think, an asset rather than a liability. It suggests that honest scientific methods are the foundation of our discussion. I say go for it.
I've been blogging for 3 years, and it started out as a "personal" blog then sort of morphed into a "food" blog and is now a "paleo/primal/lowcarb/real food" blog. And I'm enjoying it now more than I have in quite some time - it's sort of like a new lease on blogging life.
By all means, begin a blog. The paleo blogging community will welcome you - there's always room for one more voice.
Everyone has a unique offering because of perspective and experience. You bring thoughtful discussion and questions to PH and are obviously very personally invested/committed, so why not try blogging? You could even be in it, "...for a month...a quarter...a year..." and suddenly it's a part of your extended paleo community and lifestyle and as much a part of your routine as a fine grass-fed steak. :-) Add your blog link to your PH profile once you're up and running, too!
I've thought the same thing because I've had a true health transformation in a very short period of time. The only downside in my view is the time commitment: many people won't read a blog, no matter how good, unless it's updated frequently. I rarely click to Taubes' blog any more because he rarely updates it. I personally prefer Dr. Davis' blog because he updates it regularly but doesn't feel the need to write a tome.
You are clever and write well. I say go for it. Figure out an angle you'd like to focus on, and run with it!
(As an aside, I'm thinking of moving my blog in a more wellness-oriented direction myself.)