Welcome to Veganuary!

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.  

Veganuary Content  

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.  

Schedule Change 

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.) 

Strictly Seasonal 

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.  

Veganuary Beauty 

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.  

Going Forward? 

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,  

Sophie  

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!

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30 Comments

  1. 1st January 2019 / 6:26 pm

    I’m looking forward to your veganuary content! I love how organised you are, I wish I could be a bit better with organising my blog posts – I always have struggled with working full time and blogging and getting that balance, always so tired in the week after work. I’m looking forward to seeing your beauty reviews too, I get how you’re feeling though, about not having a fully vegan life and not wanting to make your blog fully vegan all the time because of it, I’d probably say to just continue blogging about what you love and if one day you choose to live a fully vegan life then go all out and make your blog a vegan blog although I wouldn’t think you were being a hypocrite if you decided to do that now 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

  2. 1st January 2019 / 8:11 pm

    I can’t wait to see your review of the Colourpop foundation and for your strictly seasonal posts to start! Please don’t over work yourself throughout the month, if you have a tonne of ideas you could always use some of them for posts in the coming months, don’t try to cram them altogether just because it’s Veganuary, like you’ve said your blog is mainly vegan food posts anyway so you could do them anytime! On the topic of going completely Vegan on the blog, you have to do what is best for you but I do love your beauty posts and I’d miss them!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  3. 1st January 2019 / 8:24 pm

    Sounds like exciting times are coming! I’m not doing Veganuary but I’m always on the lookout for healthy recipes. I’m also trying to cut my food budget so I’m going to eat less meat to help me do that.

    I don’t think its hypocritical at all, you have to do what is best for you and if vegan products make your reactions worse there’s nothing you can do about it. Also its pretty much impossible to live completely cruelty free, animal products are hidden in everything from cleaning products to shampoo and toothpaste. Never feel like a hypocrite <3

    Also I'm really looking forward to your Strictly Seasonal series, I'll be back on Thursday =)
    Take care,
    Hayley x
    educatinghayley.com

  4. 1st January 2019 / 8:28 pm

    I think I’m too much of a novice to do a full Veganuary, but I’m definitely going to try and work in at least two vegan days a week throughout the year! I’m also really excited about your Strictly Seasonal series. I try really hard to cook seasonally but sometimes it’s so hard to come up with some tasty food!

    Natalie xx

    nataliehelenablogs.com

  5. 1st January 2019 / 8:30 pm

    Happy New Year Sophie!!
    I’m really looking forward to all the veganuary content you will be posting and I’ll definitely be trying out a lot of the recipes this month. Can’t wait to see all the good posts you’ll be posting.
    If you do post anything about beauty, I’ll be interested to read them as I’ve been looking for some cruelty free beauty products to try too.

  6. 1st January 2019 / 8:52 pm

    Wow okay so this made me So excited for your veganuary content and all of your content going forward! Been excited for your strictly seasonal content since you mentioned it last month, and more frequent posting makes me happy (Although PLEASE take a break in Feb!)

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  7. 1st January 2019 / 9:02 pm

    I like reading your posts about veganism even if you’re not fully vegan. I don’t think anyone can lead a fully vegan life, e.g. car seats are made of leather and unless you have the money to get them replaced with faux/vegan leather, you kind just have to live with it.

    I’m a vegetarian (well pescatarian because I still eat dairy and fish) even though our diets aren’t the same, I can eat vegan food and have cruelty free meals were possible.

    I look forward to reading your new content!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

  8. 1st January 2019 / 9:46 pm

    Something I haven’t heard of. Will look forward to future posts

  9. 1st January 2019 / 9:57 pm

    I transitioned to vegetarian this year and am taking the Veganuary plunge now too. My first day has been a success so I’m feeling good about it so far!
    Glad to have just discovered your blog via Twitter and am looking forward to inspiring recipes 🙂

  10. 1st January 2019 / 10:52 pm

    Sounds amazing. I don’t think I could do veganuary tho. The closest thing I have been doing is meatless Mondays where I usually cook a bunch of tofu dishes cause I love tofu
    Happy new year!

  11. 1st January 2019 / 11:12 pm

    Personally, I enjoy reading your blog no matter what path you choose. I like your topics and your writing, Just go with your gut regarding your blog and you will have good results.

  12. 1st January 2019 / 11:28 pm

    I’m waiting for your review:)

  13. Javier sarmiento
    2nd January 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Looking forward to great content from you and trying the recipes myself.

  14. Michelle Blackadar
    2nd January 2019 / 8:10 pm

    i’m really looking forward to all your content this month! I don’t plan on going vegan or even vegetarian but I would like to incorporate some healthier options into my daily eating habits. I think it’ll be cool to take some of your recipes and use them as a guideline for what works for my food palette and what i have on hand. as for vegan beauty, i would love to see more content like that on your page when you see fit. i’m not strict on using cruelty free products but i love adding them into my collection when I can and I trust your beauty recommendations.

    mich / simplymich.com

  15. 2nd January 2019 / 8:34 pm

    Firstly I have to say that I haven’t seen your blog in a very long time and I love your new design! I can’t wait to see more vegan content on your blog! I want to try more vegetarian and vegan foods but I never know where to start and that sort of terrifies me though I know I never be able to go full vegan as I too experience skin issues and always have to be selective on which products I can use on my skin and unfortunately most of the time they are animal based products like manuka honey etc. But I’m hoping to make the changes where and when I can! Keep up the good work!

  16. 2nd January 2019 / 8:51 pm

    This sounds really exciting! I really enjoy reading all of your recipes and getting ideas for things that I should be eating. Love the idea of using cruelty free makeup in January, I’ve been trying hard as well to start using more natural and cruelty free products. Looking forward to reading all of your posts xx

  17. 2nd January 2019 / 9:36 pm

    Happy new year! It’s been just on a year since I gave up eating meat. I’m pescestarian at the moment but definitely not opposed to vegan food, so I’ll be sure to check out your upcoming recipes. Also really interested to see your posts on cruelty free beauty products. Keep up the good work, your blog is great

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

  18. 2nd January 2019 / 9:56 pm

    Really interesting to read that you are a vegan eater before cruelty free cosmetic products, as a lot of people are usually the other way around. It’s great that you’re making the change and doing it in your own way!

  19. 3rd January 2019 / 3:03 pm

    While I’m not taking part in Veganuary, I am alays attempting to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet. I can’t wait to see all the recipes you share. I love that you’re including some beauty posts as well! I’m really interested in using more natural products in my makeup routine. Hope you have an incredible month and I look forward to all your new content

  20. Melanie
    3rd January 2019 / 5:04 pm

    With my health, I’ve been advised againt going vegan or veggie as a full lifestyle change but I do try and actively swap items that I’d normally eat for more sustainable or health alternatives. I also try and do meat free days each week and eat foods with no palm oil in. I am definitely looking forward to your content to learn more ways that I can make my own small changes x

    Melanie || http://www.melaniewithanie.com

  21. 3rd January 2019 / 7:55 pm

    While I’m not Vegan for some reason I really love Vegan content lol! I try to eat as much veggies as I can and there’s always some new way when browsing Vegan content! Definitely looking forward to your posts!

  22. 4th January 2019 / 1:08 pm

    I think focusing on food content during Veganuary is an excellent choice. So many people take part but need that little bit of extra help and guidance that you could definitely offer them! 🙂

  23. 6th January 2019 / 11:52 am

    Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to reading your Veganuary content and interested to see how you’ll be taking your blog forward. Personally I love reading yiur vegan recipes.

  24. 6th January 2019 / 5:14 pm

    I’m really looking forward to this content. I’m hoping to eat more veggies and use more cruelty-free products in 2019.

  25. Daisy
    12th January 2019 / 7:35 pm

    I can’t wait to read any vegan recipes! I honestly need more motivation to stray from my favourite staples and I think you’re the blogger I’ve been looking for! xD

    Daisy
    http://www.thedeewholived.com

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