The Last Chapter


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on Simply Southern Baking.  Where have I been?  Here’s the scoop:

Last fall, I decided to take a few months off from the world of food blogging.  I had been posting less often and was at the point where I needed an extended break from the blog.  At first, I was going to write a post telling you I was taking a break; however, the right words just wouldn’t come out (a serious case of writer’s block).  Well, the months have passed by quickly and I’m finally getting around to sharing what’s been on my mind for quite some time.

After much thought and a few heartfelt talks with my two closest blogging friends, I’ve decided to bring Simply Southern Baking to an end and jump off the food blogging merry-go-round.

Why?  The answer is quite simple:  Life happens, priorities change and interests shift.

Please know that this wasn’t an all-of-a-sudden type of decision. I’ve pondered over and struggled with this for a long time.  My heart has just not been in it like it was the first few years and I’m now totally okay with saying so long to this little corner of the web.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you who have tagged along on this journey with me, whether it’s been a short time or from the beginning in 2011.  Also, a special thank you to all my blogging friends who have inspired me, offered words of encouragement and support, helped me with techie questions and become a part of my life over the years.  I treasure the friendships I’ve made in the food blogging community.

Want to know how much work is involved in a food blog when you’re the one doing EVERYTHING?  Click here for an article I wrote about the process involved in just one recipe post.  ANY food blogger will tell you it’s not as easy as you may think.  It’s been a hobby for me, but for some bloggers it’s a full time job in which they spend countless hours working on multiple blog posts each week to make a living.  My hat goes off to them.  Bravo my food blogging friends….you rock!

Simply Southern Baking will stay online until at least the middle of next year.  I may tweak the look a little, but this is my last post.  I hope you enjoy the recipes, stories and posts I’ve shared over the years.

Should you wish to reach me in the future, please use the contact form on this site.  You can still find me on my social media channels (not so much on Twitter though).

What will I be up to?

  • You’ll still find me in the kitchen baking from time to time and creating new recipes, but I’m leaving the busyness of food blogging behind.  No more recording of steps, food styling, taking tons of photos, editing, and so on and so on.
  • As always, searching for new country restaurants to try.  You know, places that serve down home comfort food that makes you feel like you’re eating at grandma’s house.
  • Continuing our favorite pastime – visiting thrift and antique stores hunting for our next treasure.
  • And….I’ve been thinking and praying about starting a website completely unrelated to food.  If this takes place, I’ll be sure to notify those who are on my mailing list and share on social media.

Blessings and hugs friends.  Remember….you are ALWAYS enough!





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16 Responses to The Last Chapter of Simply Southern Baking

  1. Janet says:

    Bravo! I agree 100%… I was blogging all the time and making decent money. But it’s exactly what you said… A merry-go-round. There is no end to the round and round of chasing bigger and better deals and never really achieving what I wanted. And let’s not even talk about the competition and back-biting. I woke up and realized that my life outside my blog missed me and I missed it. I didn’t even say good-bye, I just stopped blogging for the audience and started blogging just for myself, which just happened to be never! I do update now and then it’s truly just a place to park photos so that I can pull them up on my phone whenever I want. It’s now my personal photo album. As the offers from brands and blogger conferences dried up, I realized brands didn’t need bloggers the way they once did so why compete for something that was dying anyway?

    I say, Good for you… Good for me… On we go! xoxo

    • Robin says:

      You said it my friend. I was so burned out and hadn’t posted since last October (and that was a giveaway). Will see you in the online world though! :)

  2. Katie says:

    Hey Robin,

    You’ve got to do what’s right for you. Best of luck to you and I wish you happiness in whatever you pursue next!


  3. Renee says:

    For many bloggers, the merry-go-round starts as a fun ride then starts spinning out of control. Knowing it is best for you to step off instead of hanging on is key to happiness. Best wishes to all your future endeavors and getting your life back.

  4. Liz says:

    This will be my path someday—I was feeling burned out this weekend and wondered if blogging was really worth the time and effort. Good luck–I’d love to go antiquing with you :)

    • Robin says:

      I’ll be in your corner whenever you make that decision. So glad we met and will stay in touch on Facebook. Come on down, I’ll show you our favorite antique stops. We sometimes make a whole day out of it. There’s a 64,000 sq. ft. store that’s two hours away that we drive to occasionally.

  5. allie says:

    Dear Robin, Congratulations on all you have accomplished and where you are headed. I applaud you for following your dreams where they are taking you and greatly look forward to hearing about the next chapter. You’ve been a great encouragement to me along the way and I appreciate our friendship. Wishing you continued joy on the journey. XO

    • Robin says:

      Sweet Allie, you know how I’ve been thinking about this for awhile. I thought about rebranding at first, but that’s not really where I’ve felt led. I’ll surely let you know if I start another site. You’ve been an encouragement to me as well and I’m happy to call you my friend. Blessings always, Robin xo

  6. Robin – I applaud you for following your heart and while I’ll miss your posts, please keep me posted if you start a new site. You have been a blessing to so many bloggers, myself included, with encouragement, inspiration and delicious recipes. I’m so glad we met years ago at a conference and I wish you all the best as you follow your heart on a new journey!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you for your kind words Aly…they really touch my heart. I’ll definitely let you know if I start another site. We’ll still connect on Facebook. Time sure has flown by since that conference! :)

  7. Barbara Miller says:

    So does this mean that the posts that I have linked on Pinterset will no longer link to anything?

  8. This is the end of a chapter, but a new one is just opening up for you and I can’t wait to see what it holds, my sweet friend! Even in your last post you are an inspiration…it’s so important to stay true to yourself and follow your heart, and you’re doing just that. I am so honored that we’ve had the chance to meet through blogging! I wouldn’t trade our friendship for anything. xoxo

    • Robin says:

      Thank you for all your support and encouragement. It really means the world to me. I don’t know what the future holds, BUT I know who holds the future! So blessed and thankful for our friendship. xo

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