Howdy all! My new friend Fabi from Not Just Baked invited me and Meagan along on this neat post, and I was excited to accept. Blogging is definitely something that look VASTLY different between each blogger, so it’s very interesting to read about each person’s process.
Fabi and I met at the Blog Her Food convention this past May in Miami, and boy did we tear it up. We met at the Sabra party late one night, and laughed till we cried over some silly game on the iPad, that I can’t remember for the life of me what it was…. guess you had to be there. It was like a Catch Phrase of sorts where you had to speak in accents and quote movies, and.. and.. we laughed so hard at 1 am that someone may or may not have fallen over the back of a couch.
NO, it was not me.
The cool small world effect comes when Fabi and I realize we both are from Sacramento, but now live in different places, and went to neighboring high schools, know some of the same people -ish, graduated the same year. It was an awesome convo… guess you had to be there. Heh.
Ok, onto to the writing process tour. Here are the Ms. America-styled four required questions:
*water, please. Ahem.*
1) What am I working on?
That’s a big question. I’m working on posting more regularly. I’m not sure what’s holding me back, I still love food, cook all the time, still love taking pictures, still love telling stories about it…. but the whole plugging the camera into the computer and putting it all together thing has really got me stuck this past year… I went through some major life changes a year ago, but this year has been filled a great job, I love where I live, great friends and relationships, I have absolutely nothing to complain about, and have fallen into a rhythm and routine – so now I just need to add blogging back into that. Great things happen when you put the time and energy into it, so I need to get back into it!
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I would say my quirky, conversational tone in my writing style sets me apart from other bloggers. I like to think my niche includes some small town, quirky charm, filled with old stained, vintage recipes, but I’m not afraid to throw in some quinoa every now and again.
We all come from different backgrounds, and have different stories to tell. Cooking is definitely something that has been passed down from generation to generation in my family, and it’s part of what builds our relationships. I have many great memories watching my mother and grandmother cook, and my grandma letting me roll out crooked pie dough and calling it BEAUTIFUL!
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do because I love telling a story! Depending on who you ask, their answer may differ in how actually funny they think the story is, but I love, love, love reading an old recipe and wondering what story is that went along with it. Take for example, my Great Aunt Dororthy’s coconut cake. Every time she talks about that dang cake, she tells me about working in the fields, picking cotton and cucumbers, and how Momma made them that sweet cake, and they tied it up in a pillowcase and hung it from a tree branch, saving it for their after lunch snack. Well come to find out, many hot and sweaty hours later, the HORSE had gotten into that cake, had cake and coconut smeared all his furry face. And every single time she tells me that dang story, I crack up laughing, picturing my ol’ granny and her two crazy sisters going crazy over this horse that just ate their cake.
It’s those kinds of kitchen stories that keep me coming back for more, that keep me sharing recipes between friends and readers. Food is all about relationships. And love. And life.
4) How does your writing process work?
I don’t think I have a process, and that’s probably part of my problem. I would probably, no, most definitely be categorized as one of those creative types, that isn’t so good at managing the business side of their business. Every one has room for growth, right? That would explain why I always discover a recipe I want to cook for Valentine’s Day in JULY, and I’ll post it anyways. It’s quirky, sheesh. *winks*
Typically, though, I just cook or bake what I’m in the mood for, snap a picture of it if or when I get time, and post it, sometimes weeks later. Again, I realize this process could use some polishing. I do, though, have a notes page on my phone of dishes I want to make from past trips, or a great meal I want to recreate from going out…. WHICH, by the way, I’m going to Thailand here in a couple weeks, so stay tuned for THOSE pictures and meals. IMSOEXCITED I can hardly breathe.
I hope y’all enjoyed this insight into a blogger’s life, and keep your eyes peeled for other great bloggers on the tour!
~Peace, Love, and Writing Y’all!