RoniNoone.com

A Clean Slate

I don’t know how it’s possible, but I think this is going to be the hardest yet easiest post I have ever written.

When I started blogging in 2004, I could have never predicted how it would change the course of my life forever.

And yes it literally did change my life. I’m not exaggerating.

Back then I was a 28-year-old Assistant Professor at a community college teaching web development and multimedia. Pregnant with my first child and living a few hours from all my family, I started blogging to share stories of the baby. I used my site as an example in classes. I built my own blogging platform. I took photos and experimented with different technologies.

It was just a fun little project to keep my web development skills sharp. That’s all.

After the baby came I started sharing my Weigh Watchers progress and after a month or so I decided to make a separate page for my weigh-ins.

Roni’s Weight Watchen (aka Roni’s Weigh) page was born.

That page grew into its very own blog where I shared my thoughts on weight loss. I wrote about things that inspired me, shared my progress and started posting recipes.

Recipe sharing and cooking, in general, became a passion, and I decided to start a spin-off blog just for my food adventures.

GreenLiteBites was born.

I was having so much fun and spending so much time on GreenLiteBites I used to joke it was my “second child.”

Blogging became a complete creative outlet for me, and it was helping me achieve weight loss and life goals I never thought possible. It worked so well I decided to host a community so others could use the medium to reach their own goals.

BlogToLose was born.

Traffic to my sites grew and grew over the years, and I realized I had a budding business on my hands. Blogging was really booming, so I decided to get a bunch of us “healthy living bloggers” together in a conference of sorts.

FitBloggin’ was born.

Around this time I left my faculty position. Having a full-time job, a toddler and my own business, I was drowning. It was a hard decision to make for sure, but it also felt right.

All I could do was trust my gut.

The next few years were an adventure, to say the least. Hosting FitBloggin’ became a full-time job. I was traveling more. Having fun with recipe development, posting about my running adventures and working with amazing companies like The Laughing Cow, POM Wonderful, and Quaker. One of my recipes landed me on a Good Morning America segment, and my story was covered on Inside Edition when some weight loss company stole my before and after photos. I was even featured in a Wired article about blogging and running apps!

Then it happened, a fellow blogger and I landed a book deal. We wrote What You Can When You Can and had a blast recording a weekly podcast.

Looking back, it all feels like a dream. A dream that happened a long time ago, a very, very long time ago.

In 2015, I was burning out from the stress of hosting the conference, finding sponsors, writing a book, and wearing every hat entrepreneurs need to wear to make a living — accountant, network administrator, designer, developer, moderator, account manager, writer, photographer, etc., etc., etc.

I sold the conference to a third party, decided to consolidate my sites down to just RoniNoone.com, and started to look for a traditional full-time position.

I felt blessed to be able to work for myself, but I was craving the stability of a job and missing the camaraderie of co-workers.

Going back to work was an adjustment! Actually, just figuring out how to build my resume and explain seven years of blogging as a business was hard enough. It took me over a year and about 50 applications to find a job, and I started it February of this year.

That particular job ended up not being a good match. I was miserable. Staying stagnant when unhappy is not my strong suit, so I started job hunting again.

Within a month I ended up with two interviews and two job offers to choose from — funny how having a job seemed to help find a job.

Anyway, my gut told me which one to take, and I listened to it again. I’ve been working at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as an Instructional Technologist for about two months now.

Returning to Academia felt like coming home. The atmosphere of a college campus, the faculty, the students, it’s all so refreshing. I look forward to coming to work every day. It’s a great match for my skill-set and personality.

Also, I’m working with a few clients on the weekends, maintaining their website and helping with social media. These are projects I started while looking for full-time work and I like that I still have a part-time business to call my own. It satisfies my independent inner entrepreneur.

So now I find myself with a full-time job, side work and, of course, as Mom to two growing boys, and wife to The Husband with whom I love spending time.

Life is awesomely busy. Just the way I like it.

And blogging has come full circle for me. I again look to blogging as a way to update people I care about, share things I love and explore new technologies.

There’s only one problem. I have 12 years of blogging content to maintain, social channels for all my sites that need managing, hosting fees that need paying and an email subscription list that is draining my business’s bank account.

See, when you once blogged to make a living but aren’t any longer, the online properties you supported with your work become a burden, not only a time burden but a financial one.

This past week I decided to unpublish the Facebook accounts I once used to promote the blogs. I posted one last goodbye message and then shut them down. I’m not going to lie; I felt a sense of relief, not sadness. Those who commented expressed their disappointment but understood my decision.

The next step in relieving myself of my blog burden is to shut down my archived sites. I can no longer justify the yearly hosting costs to maintain 12 years content. As much as I love visiting my old sites and linking to recipes and old posts, it’s just no longer financially feasible to keep them active.

Today I exported all the content I could to archive it. I signed up for affordable shared hosting, and I will be maintaining a new, simple blog there under the domain RoniNoone.com.

I’m giving myself a clean slate.

What will I blog about? Anything I want.

When will I blog? Whenever I’m inspired.

Blogging is in my blood for sure, but in this day of social media, I find blogging happens in other forms all the time. I will continue to share photos and stories on Instagram (@RoniNoone) and update my personal FaceBook account (RoniNoone). I’m having fun with @PunnyOfficeBored, and I want to blog creatively again, not feel like it’s something I need to manage or make money doing.

If you get my posts delivered to your inbox, this will be the last one you receive. I will be closing my MailChimp account after it gets delivered. I will leave the blogs up until my new space is live and this will be the first thing I post there as a sort of about/history page.

It’s a little sad that I’m moving on but at the same time I’m excited to start yet another chapter in my life.

Thank you for all the memories and helping me do things I never thought possible. With your help, I lost 70lbs, learned how to cook healthy food, started running, completed two marathons, eight half marathons, seven Tough Mudders, countless 5ks, tried and fell in love with CrossFit, blogged my way to a better body image, traveled more, and made amazing friends.

I’m not crying.

Nope.

Not me.

(You guys know me too well.)

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
–Lao Tzu

31 comments

  1. Krista - November 21, 2017 5:40 pm

    I completely understand, but I can’t help but feel sad, like I’ll be losing a friend.

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    • roni - November 21, 2017 6:01 pm

      I will still be here I promise! I’ll just be lighter, leaner and have more time to share than maintain years of content. It’s time for me to move on shed my old skin. I’m excited about but sad at the same time. It’s such an odd feeling.

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  2. Rebecca - November 21, 2017 7:25 pm

    (immediately ran to GreenLiteBites.com to copy/paste the content of all the recipes that have become staples over the years)

    Roni, you do what is right for you! We’re happy to receive anything you want to share with us, and will still be cheering for you!

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    • roni - November 21, 2017 8:42 pm

      Ha! It will be up for a little longer. Don’t worry. 🙂

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  3. Agnes - November 21, 2017 7:27 pm

    Thanks…I’ve read your blog since almost the very beginning…when your older son was just a couple years old. I feel like I grew with you…(I’m just a little older than you and my daughter is the same age as your older son). I have your WYCWYC book and still make the Apple Pancakes from GreenLiteBites at least once a month! Thank you for sharing all of your inspiring stories! I look forward to seeing more of your adventures on Instagram!

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  4. Candice - November 21, 2017 7:30 pm

    I somehow knew this was next. So glad to still be able to see you on the other social outlets. I often feel like we are twins separated at birth. I’m with Krista, a little sad, but can’t wait to see what you do with the next chapter!

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  5. Thea Rudland - November 21, 2017 7:48 pm

    Will there be a new site to add to my feeds or do I just keep following this one?

    And good job for doing what feels right.

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    • roni - November 21, 2017 8:42 pm

      Yup! New site will have a subscribe. It will just be the free wordpress one!

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  6. Christine - November 21, 2017 8:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing yourself and best of luck!

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  7. Wendy Del Monte - November 22, 2017 12:16 am

    I understand. Good luck/ Thanks for everything.

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  8. Jodi - November 22, 2017 1:12 am

    Thank you for everything, and good luck. Looking forward to the next chapter.😃

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  9. Ann - November 22, 2017 1:49 am

    I learned so much from you when I started Weight Watchers. I found you on the MSN home page and was soooo excited. I still eat some of your recipes and follow some of the tips you shared. Best of luck to you!

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  10. Martha - November 22, 2017 3:34 am

    Oh no! While I completely understand, I will really miss your blogs. Started reading them when I was getting started on losing weight and your story was and is such an inspiration. Guess I need to go into Greenlitebytes and save my favorite recipes?
    Good luck!

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  11. Jenn@slim-shoppin - November 22, 2017 3:53 am

    Very brave Roni! When reading the story of your blogging days – I realized I knew all of it – I was with you for all those things. I still have my food blog up – don’t post there very often any more – but it would be weird to have it all gone. Although with so much content on there I hardly ever look back. I’m super excited for you though – that’s a lot of pressure off and expense off your back. On to the next chapter!

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  12. Caron - November 22, 2017 4:05 am

    We’ll miss you. I’m amazed you did all you did for so long. I blogged for three years, only one blog, and I was totally burned out with it. Hope you continue to love your job and your life. 🙂

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  13. trippintracy - November 22, 2017 5:36 pm

    I have followed you from the start. I call you my back east friend that I never met. Good luck my friend and I will keep up with you on Facebook. Maybe one day we will bump into each other.

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  14. Laura - November 22, 2017 6:33 pm

    When I started WW back in 2010, your blog was the first I came across! Feels like everything has come full circle. Good Luck and I look forward to your new adventures!

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  15. Rebecca - November 22, 2017 11:24 pm

    I also found you during my WW journey was back when Ryan was a baby. I’ve made a lot of Roni recipes. The printed ones have Ryan as the toddler. It is bitter sweet but totally understand.

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    • roni - November 24, 2017 4:23 am

      Totally bitter sweet!

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  16. Susan - November 23, 2017 1:32 am

    Good for you in doing what is best for you and your family. I’ve loved reading about your journey and wish you will. Although I will miss this format, I look forward to the next evolution in your life.

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  17. Linnea Juarez - November 23, 2017 2:58 pm

    I will miss your blog – but will really miss GreenLiteBites as well – in an earlier reply to a comment you say that GreenLiteBites will be available for awhile, so I also went to the site to copy and paste some favorites – but alas, there were no recipes. So sad.

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    • roni - November 24, 2017 4:22 am

      Sorry Linnea, I made the switch over yesterday. I had to take advantage of some time off work to wrap up the sites. If there are any recipes you can remember that you need let me know and I’ll see what I can do. I downloaded all the text from the site for my archives.

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  18. Erika - November 25, 2017 10:45 pm

    I literally just found out about you this past Wednesday when I started listening to Half Size Me and she interviewed you back in 2012 (I have to start at the beginning when I start new podcasts, lol). While I’m sad I won’t be able to read your blog, I totally understand your decision. I’m following you on Instagram now so I can get to know you there. 🙂

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  19. Aleisha - November 26, 2017 8:50 pm

    Roni, I started following you on the WW message boards when I was pregnant with my daughter (who just turned 13 yesterday)! I feel like I know you and your whole family. You mean a lot to me, and I am so glad you are brave enough to make such a big change and do what’s best for you. I admire you and have found inspiration in your “just-do-it-even-if-you’re-scared” attitude. You have really mattered to me in my life! I follow you on Instagram, and you’re right… those posts are like little mini-blogs. THANK YOU for the time and energy you have put into these blogs over the years. All the best!

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  20. Joy lupo - November 26, 2017 9:04 pm

    I’m making your zucchini burgers today. Was going to re-read the recipe (although I pretty much know it by 💓). I always make the chicken Sante Fe recipe as well as a bunch of others. Thanks for sharing the recipes and your life stories. Best if luck to you!

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  21. Jess - November 27, 2017 12:47 am

    I wish you all the best and totally support doing what you have to do for yourself! I found this post while searching for your crockpot Santa Fe chicken recipe, I could really use a copy of it if you’ve still got it. 😉

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  22. Kate - November 28, 2017 9:38 pm

    Wishing you all the best! I found you back in my WW days, at least 10 years ago, and have been following you ever since.

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  23. Renee - December 1, 2017 8:21 am

    You’ve been a like a long distance friend for a long time. I’ve journeyed here many times when I needed inspiration and a kick in the seat. Through the baby, the toddler, the kid, the husband and his finger, sensational Sundays, your nips and tucks, the trips to the shore and all the amazing recipes … it’s been great. I wish you all the best!

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