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Erik Marcus is saying good-bye to his daily blog <a href="http://vegan.com/blog/2011/11/07/signing-off/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+vegandotcomrss+%28Vegan.com+Blog%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo" target="_blank">Vegan.com</a>. Shoot! I'll miss his daily posts - he often pointed me to articles I would not have otherwise seen or recipes that were on blogs I don't follow. Now I'm going to have to rely on Werewolf Girl to find the weird and unusual stuff out there in Vegan World!
 

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I hadn't heard of him but I can certainly understand this point he made:<br><br><i>One reason is that writing this blog means immersing myself, every day, in distressing material. Theres an emotional cost associated with writing about animal cruelty, because good writing never happens without giving your subject careful consideration. And when your subject pertains to suffering, and youre carefully considering it all the ******* time, your day-to-day happiness can take a big hit. To put it as succinctly as I can: writing this blog makes me sad.</i>
 

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I read his blog regularly. Being a blogger is challenging, particularly if you hold yourself up to unreasonably high standards as it appears he may have been doing. Bloggers work really hard and get virturally nothing. I think the money I've earned from my blog doesn't even add up to $100. And my blog is popular. Granted, I could work a lot harder at monetizing it, and maybe I will, but the truth is that blogging - paritcularly niche blogging - is not very lucrative. So the motivation must come from elsewhere. And well, if you don't have another income source then you're screwed. He's absolutely right when he says "daily blogging carries an enormous opportunity cost".<br><br>
In his <a href="http://vegan.com/blog/2011/11/07/signing-off/" target="_blank">last post</a> he said:<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">"I’d gotten off to a successful start with my book Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating back in 1997. Enough so that I put two years into researching, writing, and publishing its follow-up: Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money. The fact that Meat Market didn’t take the world by storm was enormously disappointing to me. But more than that, it forced me to face up to the fact that I’d given a career at book writing my best shot, and I’d failed to make a go of it."</div>
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He's joking, but not entirely. I'm surprised he had such high expectations for Meat Market. He's clearly a good writer and could earn a living as a book author if he wanted to. He'd just have to appeal to a larger audience. And he'd have to keep writing books.<br><br>
Anyway, his blog will be missed.
 

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I had the privilege of hearing Erik Marcus speak when he came to Nashville in the late '90s. I really like him.<br><br>
I was looking at some of the recipes on his site.<br><br>
Unfortunately, the link to the best recipe on his Vegan recipe of the year page does not work.<br><br><a href="http://vegan.com/recipes/vegan-recipe-of-the-year/best-of-2011/" target="_blank">http://vegan.com/recipes/vegan-recip.../best-of-2011/</a><br><br>
So I'll supply the correct link here:<br><br><b>Mediterranean Pistachio Crusted Tofu with Saffron Quinoa Pilaf</b><br><br><br><a href="http://vegan.com/recipes/vegan-recipe-of-the-year/best-of-2011/mediterranean-pistachio-crusted-tofu-with-saffron-quinoa-pilaf/" target="_blank">http://vegan.com/recipes/vegan-recip...-quinoa-pilaf/</a>
 

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Ah, Pilaf. A dish after my own heart.<br><br>
I'd wish Erik Godspeed or Good Luck but I don't believe in God and luck is for losers. So..um....hope he does well and stuff. I'm a fan. He was one of the few popular voices of reason and damned common sense in the vegan blogging community. I hope this void isn't filled by more rabid vegan police clones, to be honest.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Poppy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3032394"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Erik Marcus is saying good-bye to his daily blog <a href="http://vegan.com/blog/2011/11/07/signing-off/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+vegandotcomrss+%28Vegan.com+Blog%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo" target="_blank">Vegan.com</a>. Shoot! I'll miss his daily posts - he often pointed me to articles I would not have otherwise seen or recipes that were on blogs I don't follow. Now I'm going to have to rely on Werewolf Girl to find the weird and unusual stuff out there in Vegan World!</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I'll do my best!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ElaineV</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3032405"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I read his blog regularly. Being a blogger is challenging, particularly if you hold yourself up to unreasonably high standards as it appears he may have been doing. Bloggers work really hard and get virturally nothing. I think the money I've earned from my blog doesn't even add up to $100. And my blog is popular. Granted, I could work a lot harder at monetizing it, and maybe I will, but the truth is that blogging - paritcularly niche blogging - is not very lucrative. So the motivation must come from elsewhere. And well, if you don't have another income source then you're screwed. He's absolutely right when he says &quot;daily blogging carries an enormous opportunity cost&quot;.<br><br>
In his <a href="http://vegan.com/blog/2011/11/07/signing-off/" target="_blank">last post</a> he said:<br>
He's joking, but not entirely. I'm surprised he had such high expectations for Meat Market. He's clearly a good writer and could earn a living as a book author if he wanted to. He'd just have to appeal to a larger audience. And he'd have to keep writing books.<br><br>
Anyway, his blog will be missed.</div>
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I thought the same thing, I'm also surprised he gave up on writing books. Maybe he'll get back to it now that he has more free time? Anyway, his blog will be missed. I was a regular reader and got a lot of good info from him. Oh well, keep on keeping on I guess. The important thing is he only stopped writing the blog, he's still vegan and passionate about getting his voice out there, and hopefully working on more projects in the future <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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