I started a blog, Eating Vegan in Vegas, on June 30, 2011. The challenge was to write one blog post per day based on a different vegan restaurant meal and to photograph it. I wanted to build a bridge to those who had like me made the commitment to eat a plant-based diet and to show how plentiful the pickings were in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas has become in the few years I have lived here one of the top ten places to eat vegan in the US. The numbers of meals I have enjoyed on an almost daily basis in the restaurants in what used to be called “Sin City” are now numbered in the several hundreds. Yes, there are places I return to as often as I can to enjoy these dishes, but in my efforts to create that bridge, my daily posts on my blog sent me all over town and helped me create a new world of connections and relationships between me and the larger vegan world. And it grows daily.
As I got more involved in the writing of my blog, another writing opportunity presented itself. I started a new column in the online news site, Las Vegas Informer. This column, Being Vegan, has become one of the most popular columns that the site has. Writing weekly on the various aspects of my life as a vegan has been richly rewarding and allowed for even more bridges to be built.
All my life, I’ve taken on many new challenges, but to be a writer had not necessarily been one I had considered pursuing. But here I was writing a daily blog and a weekly column so the next step in that progression seemed to be to find a way to create an e-book out of this experience.
When Sullivan Street Press’ publisher, Deborah Emin, asked me to turn the blog into an e-book, I was eager to see what we could do with that format. It meant, literally, turning my blogging life into a story. What drove me to make this commitment and how did this commitment turn from making conscious, conscientious choices, into just my life?
The birthing of this project, the work involved, the daily writing on my blog, the column and other aspects of my life, became incorporated into the process of writing the e-book. This process of finding my story helped me see the passion I have to write. My experiences in coming to this vegan lifestyle is a good story, and I hadn’t seen that before. The writing allowed me to learn that about myself.
I feel the challenge now to continue this work. This two-year anniversary isn’t quite as exciting as the launch of the e-book was, but it is worth acknowledging. Over the past two years I have been able to create a successful blog, column and now e-book. I look forward to seeing where this will all lead and what new bridges will come from this work.