Part I: Why I Removed Some Recipes From The Blog

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I’m publishing a four-part series on the blog to answer some frequently asked questions, increase transparency, and share a little “Behind The Scenes” of Desserts With Benefits and the blogger behind it…  moi!

Part I:  Why I Removed Some Recipes From The Blog
Part II:  A Deeply Personal Post…
Part III:  What People Don’t Know About Food Bloggers — A Tell-All!  Blogging as a Full-Time Career, Answering the “Big Question,” and Revealing My Blog’s Income & Expenses
Part IV: My Future Business Goals — Blogger To Bakery Owner?


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As you may have guessed from the title, I removed some recipes from the blog.  I gave a brief explanation of why I did this in a recent recipe post, but felt that this is an important enough topic that deserved its own post.

When I was writing The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook and The Naughty or Nice Cookbook, I decided to include a handful of popular blog recipes into each book.  I worked hard at retesting, updating, and improving the recipes specifically for the cookbooks  😊

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits Naughty or Nice Cookbook: The ULTIMATE Healthy Dessert Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Out of the 488 recipes on Desserts With Benefits, I transferred just 49 from blog ➡️ books.

On the select few recipe posts where the recipes have been removed, I started receiving a number of comments from annoyed readers.  I’ve been asked repeatedly in the comments section, “Where is the recipe?”  Some people ask nicely and respectfully, and some others, um, not so much  😳🙄

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To be perfectly candid…

1.  It isn’t fair to those who purchased my cookbook(s) for the recipes to remain available online for free
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2.  This is my blog…  I can delete ALL the recipes if I feel like it (but don’t freak out, I’d never do that to y’all!)
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3.  Not everything in life is free — for you and for me

I provide hundreds (that’s not an exaggeration, I have hundreds) of recipes here on Desserts With Benefits…  free of charge.  Well, free of charge for you, not free of charge for me.  Blogging is my full-time job.  If I did everything for free, Desserts With Benefits would cease to exist (check out Part III: What People Don’t Know About Food Bloggers — A Tell-All!  Blogging as a Full-Time Career, Answering the “Big Question,” and Revealing My Blog’s Income & Expenses)

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I understand that it may be frustrating when the recipe you want isn’t readily available, but it’s the fair thing to do.  I am firm on my decision to remove the recipes on the blog that were retested and improved for the cookbooks.  And the books aren’t all that expensive either…

The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook averages out to just 47¢ per recipe (or 25¢ if you get the Kindle version)
The Naughty or Nice Cookbook averages out to just 39¢ per recipe (or 21¢ if you get the Kindle version)

(Yes, that’s it!)

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Anyways, I’m hoping that this post clarified things a little.  To wrap it up, I just wanted to thank everyone for their input and understanding.  I’d also like to thank all of the DWB supporters out there who got their own copies of The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook and The Naughty or Nice Cookbook!  You rock!  🙌

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below  💕

With peace and love,

-Jess

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PS:  Stay tuned for the following installments of this four-part series:

Part II:  A Deeply Personal Post…
Part III:  What People Don’t Know About Food Bloggers — A Tell-All!  Blogging as a Full-Time Career, Answering the “Big Question,” and Revealing My Blog’s Income & Expenses
Part IV: My Future Business Goals — Blogger To Bakery Owner?

2 comments on “Part I: Why I Removed Some Recipes From The Blog

  1. You provide so much FREE content in this blog, others would charge for accessing certain pages!

    Stick to your guns!! Your book customers will thank you and look forward to any new releases, knowing that others are not receiving the same for free.

    You put a clear link to where the recipes can be purchased, I cannot wait to try some of your recipes from your blog (writing my shopping list as we speak!) and will be purchasing your books to explore even more! x

    • Thank you so much for your support Kelly! I know removing a few of my recipes from the blog has been quite controversial, but it’s what makes the most logical sense.
      Anyways, I hope you like all of the recipes of mine that you get to try!! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions 🙂 <3
      -Jess

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