"They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds." – Dinos Christianopoulos
I've been blogging for a long time. Sixteen years, to be exact.
And here I am starting a brand new blog.
My History with Blogging
I started my first blog in 2005 on LiveJournal. I was just writing posts for a small group of friends. That's when I fell in love with the platform.
In 2006, I decided I wanted to become a professional blogger, so I started a celebrity gossip blog called Trash Tonic.
Celebrity gossip was way too depressing and boring, so in 2007, the year my first child was born, I abandoned that road and started my next blog, Cheeseslave.com.
I was obsessed with feeding my new baby healthy food and with nutrition and I wanted to share what I was learning with the world.
You see, I healed myself of rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome when I was in my twenties. As a result, I know firsthand that food is medicine.
Doctors couldn't help me – except the chiropractor/nutritionist who assisted me in healing.
Of course, you're not supposed to say that, because the FDA and the FTC will come after you. Which they did, but I'll tell that story later.
My step-mom, who I loved very much, died in 2007. She had the same thing I had – rheumatoid arthritis.
But instead of seeking a way to heal naturally, she listened to her doctors. And they killed her.
Again, that's another story. Which I will tell later.
Censorship: The New Normal
Because I wrote about healthy food and natural health for over a decade and had grown a decent following (over 250,000 followers on Facebook alone), I got heavily censored.
In the summer of 2019, Google buried me in the search results. Yes, before COVID.
I was also banned, shadow-banned and censored by Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.
As a result, I lost over 90% of my traffic --and over 90% of my income.
Can't Stop, Won't Stop
I don't care what they do to me. I will never stop telling the truth.
And I can't stop blogging. I've always been a writer and blogging is my favorite way to write, because it lets me connect with my readers in a way you can't do with books. I love the back and forth in the comments. I'm always learning new things from my readers.
So now it's time for something new. Cheeseslave has a lot of baggage and painful memories attached to it. Also, it's so censored that you can't even share links from that blog on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.
So I decided to start something fresh.
And so here I am. Starting over.
What's Next for Me
I really feel like God is guiding me to write books.
I figured I'd write my books here on this blog. Because, like I said, I love the interaction with my readers. If you become a paid subscriber ($5/month or $50/year) you can read the books as I write them.
What will the books be about? Whatever God guides me to write.
And He's got some good stuff planned.
What Will I Be Writing About?
So far, God has given me a list of 4 books (He's telling me there will be many more) which I will be writing here on this blog.
The posts will then be edited and published as books: e-books, print books, and audiobooks.
For those of you who sign up as subscribers now, I will give you very good discounts on the books when they are published.
I also want to plan retreats for us. I am envisioning European trips. Food, wine, art, culture, and lots of cathedrals.
I'll share the list of the working titles and subject matter of the books in my next post.
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