I know a lot of people have been wondering where exactly “SoFloFooodie” has been. Aside from going through hurricane Irma and all of her disappointments, yes we have been quite busy.
For those of you who don’t know…Steph and I (shay) are both in school full time. Steph is finishing her Master’s within the next year and I’m finishing my Bachelor’s in the same timeframe. We both currently work full time as well in a school dedicated for children with Autism. Yes, 200+ students with autism in one location. I also have a 7 year old little boy, Jerreth. You can say we pretty much have our hands full at the moment. With that being said, that leaves only weekends available to dedicate to our “leisure activities” and even then, many weekends are jam packed with family/friend parties, homework, and other miscellaneous events.
So where does “SoFloFooodie” fit into all off this? It does, but minimally. You may not see us out at restaurants as often, or at foodie events but “SoFloFooodie” will always fit into our lives somewhere. We are still working with certain brands, and businesses. We are still attending some media dines. It just may not be as often as it used to but what we want people to understand is that while being an influencer, blogging, etc may be the DREAM for some, it’s not for us. We have much bigger goals for ourselves than worrying about the next food picture we are going to post, and how many likes and followers we have. There are children, children with autism especially, that hold a special place in our hearts & that’s where our focus is right now.
Not even going to lie, the food scene has become less appealing to us anyways between all of the disgusting competition and hostility between co-bloggers, co-influencers, etc. We have met some pretty awesome people along the way & this in no way is directed towards them. Actually, it’s not directed toward anybody in particular. However, you know who you are and what you’re doing. If you’re going around to business owners talking down about other bloggers to get your foot in the door, well then the shoes fits. If you’re going from lets say, 15K to over 100K in a few months, then the shoe continues to fit. I’ve written before about organic vs. non-organic and the truth of the matter is, those non-organic pages ruin it for everybody. While there’s amazing talent out there working so hard for what they want, you have others that aren’t putting in that same work. It is what it is though.
So, this is NOT goodbye nor I’ll see you later, we are here somewhere! We love all of our foodie friends, zipkick squad stand up (lol), and of course all of our dedicated fans/followers. Thank you for continuing to support us and follow along our journey. SEE YOU AROUND 😉