One of the last things I needed is a new hobby. Yet, I started one a couple of months ago: bento-making.
And yes, truth be told, it has become my latest biggest obsession. I guess partly because it marries so many different important loves in my life: creativity/art + food + my family. And, in bento lunch box stories' case, even creative writing/storytelling.
And, I know that whenever I get a huge obsession like this, I often have to resist the temptation to create more projects based on my latest new interest.
That's why I've been telling myself NO to the idea of starting a separate bento blog.
I've been having that idea over the last month or so, but I knew it wasn't what I needed right now. I have too many things on my plate as it is.
But, being the ideaholic that I am, the idea just wouldn't quit.
That's why I mentioned in this blog post that it was something that had been niggling at me.
So, I decided to give it my 60-days treatment.
I know I've just confessed that I'm not really big on niche blogging right now. Yet, here I am, creating what is probably the most niche blog I've ever decided to create. I don't even know if there would be enough people interested in reading all about bento lunch boxes. But, at the moment, it doesn't matter. I'm happy with it.
It, being my latest web project: Bento Lunch Box Stories. My new niche blog: a bento blog. It's probably a sub-niche of food blogging, with a hint of family blogging.
There's still a lot to do on the blog. So, it's not even "launch ready" yet. I'm not even sure if the theme I'm currently using will be its permanent theme or not. I just didn't want to overthink it and spend too much time on it.
Usually, when an idea like this takes a hold of me, I just want to run with the persistent idea for a while.
I know I've started and killed off many web projects over the years. Others haven't been killed off but are lying dormant all over the inter webs. But, it's all good. For me, I just like to give persistent ideas a chance to take root and to grow. If it doesn't do its thing, then I'll leave it and decide whether to keep rolling with it or to let it go.
At the moment, I know I'm going to continue sharing the bento lunch box stories that I've started here on this blog. But, I would probably post the full explanations on the bento blog. And, I'll probably be doing more of my extended bento blogging on that site (e.g., tools, tutorials, tips, etc). Maybe just share links here every now and then.
So yeah, if you want to follow my bento adventures a lot more closely, do check out Bento Lunch Box Stories and subscribe. But, if you only want bento talk in small dosages, then no worries. You'll still get some bento posts right here.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.