Changes

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You might have noticed a few changes here recently. Or actually, throughout the year.

More posts on tea, home, and lifestyle. And less on only food. To the point where I feel titling this blog “A Passion for Food” doesn’t make as much sense anymore. Perhaps misleading for people who come expecting to find a straight-up food blog when food is just one of many things I’d love to share. I’ve decided to change this site to my name, plain and simple: Kathy YL Chan. The old address, www.apassionforfood.net will direct to www.kathyylchan.com. Both urls work, though do update to the new address when you get a chance. Thanks for sticking around guys – it means a lot to me :) Change feels good, and I’m excited to see what the future brings.

What does this mean for the blog? At the heart of it all, this is still the same blog, still the same me, but now posts on non-food subjects will feel more comfortable and at home. Hope you guys don’t mind. And in fact, I hope you even like it.

P.S. A huge ‘thank you’ to D for this new header.

26 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    sorry to say and to be perfectly honest, i am not feeling the new logo with your name. the random beauty posts arent all that interesting either. i love your blogs on food and i am sad to see a passion going away.

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    I love both tea & beauty… so I am OK with the change… but I understand how anonymous feels. Is your plan to make your blog more commercial and less personal? If so… careful how you go about it as any transition is a delicate balance. Also… is that really your signature? So easy to plagiarize… sure you want to keep it? Consider adding a tagline for branding purposes and also to make it clear what your blog is about. Your name tells new readers none of those things. I don't know. I love fashion & beauty blogs… but I'm really not feeling this one… Either way… all the best :)

  • K and S
    November 18, 2011

    I think change is good and look forward to reading whatever adventures you plan to tell.

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    Not sure about your logo design. Looks like juvenile calligraphy.The tea postings were getting old and slightly dull. In hindsight, that could be transition confusion, on my part as a reader.Good luck with the new chapter….it's your blog and you should do what makes you happy.

  • nance
    November 18, 2011

    Here's to a new chapter in your blogging. I'm a big fan of tea and I enjoy hearing about your life, travels and the things you enjoy, from food to products. Thanks for continuing to share. I hope the odd negative comment here or there doesn't dissuade you from blogging anymore. I've seen many a blogger decide to turn out the lights after commenters become judgemental or intrusive. Keep on bloggin' !

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    Hi Kathy!I disagree with the commenter above who said the logo looks like juvenile calligraphy. I think it looks cool.I have always enjoyed the "passion for food" theme, but it's understandable that you want to branch out since you write about food so many other places. I am personally less interested in beauty products, but I love fashion and anything NYC related (ex. I really enjoyed the Jazz at the Pierre post and want to check it out in the future).Good luck w/ the new look! I do agree w/ anon. in the sense that it's your blog, so you should write about whatever you like. I read somewhere that you should write the blog you want to read and I think it's great advice.

  • Tracy
    November 18, 2011

    I actually like the logo. It reminds me of grasshoppers strangely enough. And of a fashion label that I cannot recall at the moment.[More feedback]When I started following your blog, I actually lived in the US though not in New York, but I still could relate and put things down on a to-eat/buy list the next time I go on holiday in New York. Now I live halfway across the world and there was a phase when you blogged constantly of new tea lines/blends you found. Sometimes it felt like a surfeit: I can't buy this line of tea and because of the quantity of tea posts, they all start to look the same. I do really like all your recent posts especially the one on Pierre Hotel's chamomile tea. I look forward the most to your Sugar Rushed recaps, strangely enough, and I do click through. I like the frivolous posts and I'm waiting on the face cream one. :) I feel like I'm not a very representative sample.

  • Reid
    November 18, 2011

    Kathy,Progress, change, growing "up"…whatever you want to call it…is great. Pursue your passion(s). I'll still be here enjoying it all.

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    I feel the need to say something positive: love your new header, good job Diana. So what if you change.Life is a process.Keep changing, keep growing!

  • Spin
    November 18, 2011

    Hello,I've been reading your blog for years and years. I really like that you write about things apart from food. Don't ever stop. :)Srin

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while now and have enjoyed watching it – and you – evolve.I look forward to continuing to read it.

  • iarethefoodsnob
    November 18, 2011

    I totally welcome the chance! Its still the same wonderful you so no complaints on my end!

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    Yes, I noticed that your posts were more about tea than food. Of course, it's your blog and you have have the right to do what you want. But, I really enjoyed your old posts and the enthusiasm you had for food.

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    Very disappointed to hear this. Your blog has gotten increasingly high-end and out of touch with reality as it has progressed. I always hoped you'd return to talking about food the way you used to, as I found your original direction bursting with passion and enthusiasm. The blog seems really subdued since this change, and as a result, I think you're going to lose a lot of faithful readers. Still, yo are a beautiful writer and I wish you much success in the new direction!

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    I want to start by saying you are truly an excellent writer — your writing has always been among the best of the blogs I follow. But I'm also a bit sad about your new direction. I absolutely agree that it's your blog and you should do what you want — and it will likely attract new readers while some of us old ones fall away. For me, the main issue is that your blog has slowly morphed into something that feels written by a rich person for other rich people. Everything is oriented towards expensive, designer, precious tastes — and your deep love of food seems to have been somewhat supplanted by a deep love of packaging. This just isn't a life I relate to. Again, you're a wonderful writer and will no doubt have success whatever path you choose. So all the best with your future…

  • anonymous
    November 18, 2011

    Been reading your blog for a few years. I'm also from Hawaii and moved to NY about 5 years ago, and if it's one big thing I learned from moving here from Hawaii- its how to get used to change.Change is good- I mean it's the only way we learn and grow, so good for you for taking the step.I don't mind the beauty and tea posts, i've been trying to learn more about tea as well so I've been learning from your posts.Hope you don't mind putting my two cents in about the header image. But, maybe make it a little smaller? I like the font though- it reminds me of japanese calligraphy.. -l

  • anonymous
    November 19, 2011

    I have to say, I agree with the other folks who are disappointed by the direction your blog has been taking. You are an incredibly talented writer and photographer, and – like the others – I think I really miss the days when you were writing about less fancy-pants food with so much more passion. Of course, it's your blog and you should take it in whichever direction you would like – but I miss reading about spam musubi in Hawaii and Patisserie Claude in NYC. I think ultimately, I agree with the person who said your blog now feels like it's something written for rich people by a rich person, and I guess I just can't relate to the feeling of being pleasantly surprised by the price of a $14 cocktail. But I wish you all the best – you really are truly talented and have lovely taste, and I think you and your blog both have a very bright future.

  • anonymous
    November 19, 2011

    Hello again :) Just wanted to add that I personally love & appreciate your more expensive taste. I also have expensive taste, so I get it. Guess I was just surprised at the frequency in which you were able to enjoy more expensive meals. Add to that beauty products and what have you. Might Pierre have something to do with this year long transition? :) The French are notorious for their good… and expensive… taste. :) Let me ask… is the girl from Hawaii still in there somewhere? Come out & play!

  • anonymous
    November 19, 2011

    I too have enjoyed reading your blog for a few years now. I found it by googling the wonderful bakery Panisi. I enjoy high end products just like you, however I feel as though lately it always seems as though you are maybe trying to sell something. I still check your blog everyday but am finding it less compelling and inspiring than it used to be. Please don't misunderstand. I think your blog is very beautiful and, in some ways, enjoy it more now. Something just seems to be missing. I think we need more personal opinion.

  • Steph S.
    November 20, 2011

    With change, I don't think it's possible to satisfy everyone. You'll probably lose a few readers here and there who dislike the changes based on personal reasons, but at the same time, I'm sure you'll gain more readers as well. :) I feel that your posts have indeed become more centered on high-end retailers and restaurants, but I don't see that as a bad thing. I find your blog to be a great guide to learning more about that particular facet of NYC, and I'm positive I'll use your recommendations when I next visit the city.For feedback on your new header image, I like the look as it has a whimsical, delicate feel. It makes me think of your tea and rosewater posts! However, I think you could use a tagline to explain more about yourself and your name as a brand. :) It might be more effective if it was like, "insertcatchyname": Kathy YL Chan.Over the years, I've really enjoyed reading your blog, thewanderingeater (Tina's), and roboppy (Robyn). It's the perfect mix – Robyn covers a lot of affordable and fun eats, Tina's photographed some amazing places I'll probably only dream about, and yours are for those special, memorable days/nights out. Thank you for the great writing & photography and please keep it up!

  • anonymous
    November 20, 2011

    Kathy I am so excited for you, you have not only passion fir food but a passion for life and I'm happy you will be curating many more of you life experiences for us outside of just food. More travel, style and fun photography sounds like a recipe for great content which I am excited to read. For a woman who is so multifaceted, I'm inspired that you are always evolving and never knowing where the next road will take you. I'm excited to read about it!

  • anonymous
    November 20, 2011

    Kathy I am so excited for you, you have not only passion for food but a passion for life and I'm happy you will be curating many more of your life experiences for us outside of just food. More travel, style and fun photography sounds like a recipe for great content which I am excited to read. For a woman who is so multifaceted, I'm inspired that you are always evolving, never knowing where the next road will take you. I'm excited to read about it!

  • anonymous
    November 20, 2011

    This is 100% your blog and the direction you chose to take it ultimately up to you. Your writing and photography talent is admirable. I've enjoyed reading your blog over the years and appreciated it very much. In the past year, the focus and the voice of the blog has become, forgive me, less sincere and more about projecting an image of a high-end, quasi European lifestyle. The joy of your blog was the honest, sincere love of food and passion for life. I fear the sincerity and genuine personality that was A Passion For Food has been replaced with more commercial goals of creating a brand for yourself. Please excuse any offense I may have caused you, I am merely providing honest feedback from a longtime reader.

  • anonymous
    November 21, 2011

    This is your blog,no matter what change you make,I still enjoy it.

  • anonymous
    November 21, 2011

    I have been a fan of your blog from almost the very start, and I still really enjoy it, even if the focus and tone have changed a lot. What I loved your blog for was its original voice of an ordinary girl breaking into the fascinating and strange world of New York – we could identify with your search for identity in that massive place. Now it feels like you are a native New Yorker, which is fair enough I guess, since you've been there long enough!I still enjoy the blog, in its current form, because even if I cant afford all those products you talk about, I can still dream! Your blog, for me, is now less about adventure and more about wish fulfillment. Not a bad thing at all, just different. The turning point in your blog, for me, happened when you showed us a clost full of Chanel bags….I think that shocked me a little, and made it clear that you have a lot of disposable income. So now if I don't identify with you, I can envy you instead.Keep up the excellent writing – I will keep reading no matter what. xxx Claire

  • Tasty Trekker
    November 26, 2011

    Love the new blog look. You can never go wrong when you follow your heart:) I saw your name tag at the South African lunch at Macy's a few weeks back but never saw you! Oh well someday we will meet and enjoy some sweets! Best of luck on the new ventures. No matter what you write about you will always have a "passion for food".

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