Every January I study on what I’d like to accomplish on the Blind Pig and The Acorn in the coming year. First and foremost I’d like to continue to celebrate and preserve my rich Appalachian culture and heritage. Come March I will have been blogging about Appalachia for 13 years, a length of time which is almost unheard of in the world of blogging.
Here’s the plans I had for 2020 and how things turned out.
- I’d like to get the girls and The Deer Hunter to contribute to the blog with their own posts like Paul does. I think I succeeded on this one and I didn’t even have to hog-tie anybody 🙂 The Deer Hunter wrote several posts as did Chitter, and Chatter at least wrote one!
- I enjoy talking about the language of Appalachia so I’m always wanting to figure out how to talk about it more. I achieved this one by starting a new YouTube Channel and have been able to reach even more people.
- I’d like to say 2020 will be the year I add a premium feature to the Blind Pig and The Acorn, but I’ve wanted that to happen for about three years now. I do aim to make progress on the goal this year. With the rising costs of managing a website figuring out how to make enough money to cover the costs has become a necessity. My Youtube Channel was a big step at achieving this long time goal. Now that I’ve reached their set threshold I can start monetizing my videos. I’ve really been torn about making money off my passion of celebrating Appalachia, but I have to make ends meet and as I said last year the cost of managing a website increases each year. I toyed around with starting a membership for the Blind Pig and The Acorn and was headed in that direction until I realized if I was able to monetize my videos as a source of income I could continue to offer the Blind Pig and The Acorn for FREE!
- I’m finally working on a cookbook. Or I should say the beginnings of what we hope will be a cookbook. Jim Casada is actually the workhorse behind the endeavor and he is generously pulling me along behind him for the ride. I’ll share more information about the project in the coming months. The project Jim and I were working on fell through with the publisher, but we’re still thinking about a cookbook. I did make my first eCookbook but I haven’t started selling it yet.
- I’m always hoping to meet more of you. I was fortunate to meet several Blind Pig readers in 2019. COVID made sure this one didn’t happen as often as I wished it had this year!
- I’ll be teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School in August of 2020 so be on the lookout for those details if you’d like to take the class. I promise we’ll have great fun and eat good food 🙂 The COVID related cancellation of classes at JCCFS ensured this plan went awry.
Plans for 2021
- I hope to publish more posts written by The Deer Hunter, Chatter, Chitter, and guest posters.
- Make more videos! I’ve really enjoyed the format of video. I especially enjoy creating the videos which share a glimpse of our daily life. I want to do more interviews and “how to” videos this year as well.
- Continued growth of my YouTube Channel as a source of income is high on my list of things to accomplish in 2021. Every little bit of money helps with the upkeep and hosting of Blind Pig and The Acorn. Hard to believe but lots of folks make their entire living from YouTube.
- Selling my eCookbook as well as a couple of other eBooks is on my list.
- I’m scheduled to teach Mountain Flavors at John C. Campbell Folk School June 27 – July 3. Here’s the details: Mountain Flavors— Traditional Appalachian Cooking • Tipper Pressley Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. A final day of bread making will produce delicious biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome. For more information call 828-837-2775.
I hope each of you will continue to visit Blind Pig and The Acorn during 2021. And if you know someone who might enjoy the blog or the videos, please send them my way.