The Evolution Of A Food Blogger

As promised back when I announced my 2 Year Blogiversary Week Celebration, I mentioned that I wanted to reflect back on my time as a food blogger. I thought it would be interesting to see where I started, and where am I now, and the journey I took to get here. I know not everyone has read my blog since the beginning, so hopefully you’ll enjoy 🙂 And if you make it all the way to the end, you’ll get to find out who wins the $60 gift certificate for CSN Stores.

 

September 27, 2008

That was the day I decided to take the plunge and start my own blog. I had stumbled into the whole food blog world completely by accident. I think I was searching for a recipe (for what, I can’t remember), and ended up on someone’s food blog. Then I started clicking around the blog roll, and found more. I was enamoured – being a huge foodie, how could I not be? So I started reading a few faithfully, eventually coming to the conclusion that there was no reason I couldn’t do the same thing. I mean, come on, I like food, I like photography, and why shouldn’t I share?

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my start in food blogging also coincided with my retirement from skating. Coincidence? I think not. I was obviously looking for something to fill the void.

For kicks, go reread my very first post. It’s kinda funny. The photos are dreadful, even though I was using my DSLR that I’ve had for…years. I just hadn’t honed my food photography skills.

When I started out, I decided to do the whole “this is what I ate today” posts. I tried posting 3 times a day, like I saw many popular bloggers do. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to carve out my own niche, but I had to start with something, and I figured that was just the way it was done. I was new to the whole blogging thing, and had to figure out the “rules”. And hey, if it worked for them, why not me?

But as time went on, I realized that blogging 3 times a day just wasn’t working for me. I’m not the quickest post writer in the world, and it was a burden to try and post before work, after work, and before bed. So I ended up cutting it back to two times a day. And eventually, it became once a day. Sure, sometimes I’ll have two posts in a day if it seems right, and sometimes I’ll go for days in a row without posting, but I enjoy the once a day posting schedule. It’s a nice way to end my day, watching the late news, sipping a cup of tea, writing down my thoughts.

I’ve also gotten away from posting a journal of my eats every day. It worked for me for quite some time, because it always meant I had something to write about. But I felt my posts were getting dull, and it didn’t feel genuine. Why would I want to recount the mundane details of my day just to build some sort of story around my eats? It bored me to write that way, and I imagine that if I was bored, so were my readers (even if they were too nice to say anything).

I also feel like I’ve honed some mad food photography skills. I may not be the best photographer out there, but I think I do pretty damn good with my 10 year old DSLR and spiffy point and shoot. That being said, I would gladly accept a macro lens for a Canon camera, should anyone want to send one my way 😉 I’ve switched back and forth between the two cameras, having times when I enjoy using one over the other. The DSLR is great for at home, or somewhere I have a big bag. But if I’m going out or to school, it’s just too cumbersome to take with me. And it doesn’t fit in any of my purses. So as far as I’m concerned, the point & shoot is just as good.

As much as I always try to be myself, I’m also very aware my my “digital tattoo”, and keep that in mind with everything I write. Entering a professional career, I think you have to be cognizant of things like that. Once you put something out there, you can never take it back. Plus I value a certain level of privacy, which is why I try and keep my posts framed around the food and not around the rest of my day. I know many out there will give you almost total access to all aspects of their lives, but that’s not me. I have a feeling people like that level of voyeurism, and perhaps if I was more open, I would have a bigger reader base, but I’m not willing to go down that road.

What else? Food blogging has introduced me to new foods. It has made me long for many of the products we can’t get in Canada, and yet it has made me fiercely proud to share those things that are uniquely Canadian and local. I have formed some good friendships, reconnected with high school friends, and “met” so many other bloggers along the way. It has helped me build my communication skills, and given me a creative outlet to combine all of my passions.

 

Now, I thought it would be fun to look at some highlights from the past 2 years of blogging:

September 27, 2008 – I started my blog.

Novemeber 16, 2008 – I won my first Blogger Secret Ingredient Challenge.

February 10, 2009 – A tribute to my cat Ebony. Still makes me teary eyed.

March 23, 2009 – I won my second Blogger Secret Ingredient Challenge. 

April 8, 2009 – Hosted the Blogger Secret Ingredient for Coconut.

July 8, 2009 – First blogger meet up!

August 12, 2009 – I celebrate my 30th birthday.

August 17, 2009 – I move back home to go back to school.

February 2010 – The barrage of Winter Olympic recap posts begin. To search them all out, type in “My Olympics Part”.

May 4, 2010 – I won 2nd place in the Wellness Show Media Muffin Contest!

May 21, 2010 – I’m accepted to the UBC Dietetics Program!

August 12, 2010 – I celebrate my 31st birthday, and even bake my own cake.

September 26, 2010 – A food blogger date at Vij’s!

 

Obviously, I could go on – from celebrating family birthdays and holidays, reviewing restaurants, and Sienna pictures, there have been many other events documented along the way.

So the question now – where do I go from here?

Right now, I’m happy with my blogging voice. I like sharing recipes, meals, days, restaurants, books, products, and anything else food related that moves me. I want to keep writing about food, and doing so in a way that feels right for me and my life. I would love to see my blog and readership grow, but would be completely content even if that never happens. I want to continue to evolve naturally as my life changes. I’m hoping I might feel more comfortable bringing you more “health” related topics as I get further into my dietetics education. But don’t worry – I’ll still make fancy cakes that are simply about the chocolate 😉

Now that I’ve made you sit through all my personal reflection, how about we announce a giveaway winner?

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Lucky number 11! Buddy – you’ve won yourself a $60 gift certificate to CSN Stores. Please email me to claim your prize!

 

Thanks for reading these past 2 years. Here’s hoping for another 2 more!

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5 Comments on “The Evolution Of A Food Blogger”

  1. October 5, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    i loved this post! and i completely agree with you on so many things, like how blogging has introduced you to new foods and realizing that the blog doesn’t need to be a food journal or have to be updated constantly.

    your blog has evolved and grown so much. it’s become something fantastic and a reflection of you and getting better all the time. keep it up and here’s to two more years!

  2. Roz
    October 5, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Love this post, and your blog in general. I welled up with tears when I read the Ebony tribute. We lost our 16 year old tabby Raleigh last December, and all the emotions came flooding back. Ebony was gorgeous, and obviously lived a great life. Ebony and Raleigh are probably up to shenanigans together in heaven! 🙂

  3. October 5, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Wow–2 years of blogging! I just started in June and already feel like I’ve been doing it forever . . . I’ve also gotten into the rhythm of 1 post per day, and that feels just right for this time in my life. I’m about to click over and read your first post and some stuff from your archives. This makes me wonder how my blog will evolve over the years. Thanks for your thoughts!

  4. October 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    A lot can happen in 2 years, eh? I’m glad I’ve followed you through from day one! Maybe one day we’ll actually meet! 🙂

  5. October 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    You know I pondered the exact same thing this week – if I posted everything about my life would I have more readers? I decided yes.

    But based on our careers that’s not going to happen. Ever.

    Sure I’ll occasionally put a picture or two of the Fiance and I but those are rare. Most are just pictures of scenery or food.

    Anywho, I like your blogging voice. And I’m glad that you blog. It means that I was able to find a new Van city amiga! 🙂

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