Hi guys, happy New Year! And welcome to Veganuary! I know many of you are taking part this year, and I’m sure some more of you have goals like eat less meat or cut down on dairy. That’s all fantastic. If I’m completely honest, I didn’t know what to post today. I have lots of things planned for Veganuary, I’ve been sent some amazing things to share with you or create recipes with and all things considered, January is looking like quite an exciting month.
I’d be a terrible vegan food blogger if I didn’t do something to mark the start of Veganuary**. So, instead of stressing about how to mark it, I’m literally going to introduce it. This post is going to be a very basic introduction to Veganuary, what kind of content you can expect from me this month and thoughts I’ve been having about the direction of Glow Steady.
**I mean, I released a Veganuary ebook, that’s something to mark it. You can purchase that here if you’re interested.
As I said, I’ve been sent some delicious food products to create some recipes with and share with you guys. One brand you’ll be seeing a lot of this month is Indigo Herbs. They make organic nut and seed butters (amongst other things) and they’re a Veganuary partner. About a month ago they sent me a case of nine nut and seed butters to make some recipes with, so you’ll be seeing their products crop up a few times this month.
I’m sure you’re all aware by now that all of my recipes are vegan anyway so there won’t be any major changes to my content there, there’ll just be a little extra emphasis on the fact it’s vegan for the month of January.
I currently post Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other than the months I daily blog, that’s a schedule I’ve had for quite some time now. In January, I think that’s going to go out of the window. As I’m writing this, it’s just after Christmas and I’ve been writing up my post schedule for January. After putting in my planned posts and leaving a few gaps for recipes yet to be made, it’s already full and I still have a list longer than my arm of potential post ideas that aren’t included. I’m not saying this will be a daily blogging month. Honestly, after releasing the ebook I don’t have the energy for that. But you can expect more frequent posts this month. (Then for those of you who know me, someone force me to take some sort of break in February, please.)
You may have seen the post last month where I introduced my new food series, Strictly Seasonal. The first post in that series will be my next one, coming Thursday and I’m very excited to start the year with that.
Okay, so this one was a conscious decision. If you read any of my beauty reviews, you’ll probably know that my diet is vegan, but my life isn’t. I’m not fully cruelty free. For the month of January, all beauty content will also be vegan. I’m finally going to be sharing my review of the Colourpop No Filter foundation, which I promised you when I did my first impressions post back in November. I also have some vegan skincare to share with you as well.
The decision to make my blog fully vegan for Veganuary got me thinking about my direction long term. In the past my blog was mainly beauty with the occasional recipe, then we were about 50/50. Now, we’re very much a foodie community with the odd beauty post thrown in now and again.
Glow Steady Goes Vegan?
When I was mainly beauty, it wasn’t realistic for me to make my blog fully vegan. As I’ve spoken about 3 million times before, I have major issues with skin sensitivity. Unfortunately, my reactions are usually worse with natural products and there are a lot of cruelty free brands that cause my skin to react very badly. If I was limiting myself to only vegan beauty, you wouldn’t see that many posts. However, you don’t get that many beauty posts now anyway. And if I’m posting them less, it’s now way more realistic for me to only talk about the vegan products I’m using.
I don’t know whether that’s just limiting my content, whether it’s more ‘on brand’ to make this a fully vegan blog. Or whether it’s just hypocritical to post about a vegan life when I’m not fully living one. It feels a little fake? I’d love to know your thoughts on this as the people who would actually be reading it. It’s not a decision I want to make lightly and I’m really struggling with it.
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year! I’m really excited to get going with Veganuary content. I wasn’t really a food blogger yet last January so this will be my first one where I’m feeling fully involved. Are you taking part this year? Or is reducing consumption a goal you’re working towards? I’d love to know your plans this month!
Until next time,
For those of you wanting to sign up for Veganuary, it’s not too late! You can do that here.
And you can buy my Veganuary inspired ebook here!