|Bloggers are like eggs in a carton just trying to stand out. All different but in many ways all the same...
I started Uncovering Food after deciding to shut-down my Myspace account, where I had been blogging all of the fun food concoctions I had been making. This blog was my place just to take notes and store my recipes. In the first week I transferred over the sixteen best including Pumpkin and Black Bean Burritos, Turkey and Cranberry Salad, Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls, and an Apple-Beet Sauce that had a little heat!
There were no photographs in those days. It was just a quick teaser with serving suggestions and maybe a flavor profile, some ingredients, instructions, and if you were lucky, the nutritional information.
Then people started reading my blog. It amazed me that there were other people out there who wanted to take time to read what I was creating in a kitchen no bigger than a broom closet!
It took almost a year before Uncovering Food had it's first photograph, and a product review to boot! I was raving about this fermented Korean tea I had just tried and a friend said I should talk about it in my blog. It is only fitting that I picked up three more jars of the Puripan Tea in a Jar yesterday to enjoy while writing today's blog post.
My first recipe with a photograph was an attempt in food styling that, upon reflection, was not as awesome as I thought it was. But the recipe for Baked Buffalo Bites is still delicious which I guess brings me to my perspective on blogging:
Blogging to me is not a definition of who I am. It isn't the black marker that draws the outline of my being and it isn't the canvas on which that outline is drawn. Blogging will show up in that illustration as a part of the mosaic that is my life. It is a chance for a woman who spends more time in hotel rooms than in my own kitchen to celebrate food. It is an opportunity for a high school teacher who spends more time with my students then my own family to share food finds and kitchen creations, however sporadically they may come, with the friends I make around the country.
|Students all grabbing for a chocolate pumpkin cheesecake bite!
Attending a blogger conference this summer, I learned that everyone blogs for different reasons. Some bloggers have created brands and can sum up what's in their blog in two sentences or less while some have no idea what their blog is about. Some bloggers are looking to be published while others are looking for an outlet. Some are looking to be the most popular blog on the Web and have nicknames for their followers and some strive to be like other blogs while some of us are just trying to avoid the popularity traps.
I struggled entering this "Project Food Blog" contest for Foodbuzz because I know my blog isn't the most popular. I don't strive for SEO but I love knowing people read my blog, so I have a monthly contest that celebrates those readers. I am not the most active poster, because spending almost every weekend at debate tournaments around the country means sometimes I have to choose between sleep and blogging (and after a day of debates, at 1am, sleep wins). If someone looked inside of my closet of unfinished blog ideas, they would be buried, but if I pushed myself to publish them all, blogging would be a job, no longer my escape but instead a part of what I have to be.
If this is a popularity contest, then count me out now. I work with high school students, I am not striving to become one again. However, if this contest is truly about having a passion for food and sharing it with others, then I think I stand a chance. Is there another blogger out there who has students sign up for tournaments so they can experience the best cupcakes in the region they are traveling to? Who spends hours researching the best local cuisine so that high school kids can experience local flavor at it's finest instead of hitting up the easy national chains? Who loves to peruse Farmers Markets just to talk to farmers for hours? Who turns the shoebox of a kitchen into a place that produces healthy eats that her family and high school students enjoy?
|Cupcakes at a Baseball Game?
I think that I could be the next food blog star because I have tenacity and a love to share food. Whether it is finding a food product that ends up becoming a big blogland hit or searching for healthy eats in baseball parks. Uncovering Food is not my whole life, but it is a part of me and an outlet for me to share myself and my love of food with you.