I sprained my ankle over the weekend, which was a total bummer. Being pregnant with a sprained ankle kind of sucks, but! It turns out that being glued to the couch actually makes me pretty darn productive, and I’m super excited about the years-long goal that I finally attacked on Saturday: reader-submitted recipes at Eat Drink Better!
If you guys want to submit any recipes, I would love it so much! You can include your site’s url with your name, and I will link to it, so you get some exposure, too. The recipes don’t have to be original for Eat Drink Better – if you have an awesome, healthy recipe on your blog that you want to share, you can totally submit that through our form, too!
I took over as site director at Eat Drink Better (EDB) back in 2010. EDB is a group site (full disclosure, it’s not totally vegan – we have some omnivore writers, too), and it’s been a labor of love for the past three years. The site is all about sustainable, healthy food, and we have an amazing team of writers from all over the country who are super devoted to growing the community there. I feel so lucky to work with them every day, and I’m always trying to think of ways to grow the site and the food community around it.
Reader recipes are something I’ve been wanting to do since day one, but technical snags have always stopped me from launching them. I could never find a plugin that was quite right, and I’ve been trying to use fewer plugins anyway, since too many can slow your site down.
As I was sitting on the couch Saturday having a pity party about this ankle situation, it dawned on me that I’d been really defeating myself with this goal. I forget where I read this, but a friend shared a quote that went something like:
You shouldn’t let your visions of perfection stop you from getting things done.
YES! I had big dreams for exactly how this recipe feature would work, and a very specific vision, and on Saturday I let that go and instead decided to take a look at the tools that I had available and make those work. A few hours of hacking, testing, breaking things, and experimentation later, our Submit a Recipe page was live!
Ta-da! I guess boredom + frustration = getting things done?
This new feature is just getting off the ground, so I’m trying to spread the word about it a little bit. I’d be thrilled if you wanted to share a recipe or share the feature with your food-loving friends and family. After mulling it over for so long, now that it’s live I’m all nervous about it and just hoping it’s successful!