I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions, but after the crap decade of the zero's, I think I need to restart, refocus and rethink almost every aspect of my life. 2010 sounds like a great time to start anew.
I want to look over everything; career, health, hobbies, education, employment, domicile, manner of dress, attitude; everything from top to bottom.
And that includes this blog. I've been writing this here WhiteTrash BBQ blog for five and a half years and I wonder if I've brought it as far as it's going to go in its present incarnation. What do I have left to say to you that would keep readers coming back?
Haven't I done it all before? Do you really want to read another post on the different types of wood used for cooking when I wrote one back in 2004? Do you want a new post on cooking using The Minion Method? If it's not fresh, new and interesting to me, how do I make it interesting to you?
I can talk about barbecue till the cows come home - but how many posts do you want to read about ribs, chicken, brisket or whatever? Is it becoming stale? Don't get me wrong, I still love barbecue and the flames, but have I said all I need and can say here? Is it time to close this book and start a new one?
The blog was created to "document my feelings, thoughts and creation process in creating the future World Championship BBQ team. White Trash BBQ. I will be creating the best BBQ in the world which will be available exclusively at my restaurant."
While I still want to have a world championship team, I wonder if starting a restaurant is a realistic goal at my "advanced" age. And if these two things are really my goal, why haven't I made more progress towards accomplishing them in the 5 1/2 year WTBBQ has been around? Am I being honest with myself? It's all coming full circle.
As I said at the beginning of this post, it's time to restart, refocus and rethink.
EDIT: After getting a few emails, I need to clarify this post a little bit. I have not yet decided to pull the plug on WhiteTrash BBQ. I am rethinking it, I may retool it or I may decide to kill it. I'm just trying to figure out what's best for me and my future goals. Thanks for the comments and the insights. They're greatly appreciated and will help me determine the future of WhiteTrash.