So just a heads up, tomorrow I’ll be attending a very special blogger meet-up (yes, the festival made us bloggie friends rather addicted to each others’ company). So be on the lookout for a very awesome recap.
By now, the “recaps” of the Foodbuzz festival have winded down more or less. I can’t believe it was last week! A part of me wishes I can go back in time. There were many bloggers that I read and never got a chance to meet. I think I should have been more ballsy and talked to the people who I’ve never heard of and more likely never heard of me.
I got a sudden wave of pressure to churn out really stellar posts right after foodbuzz. I had a feeling I would get some new readers so it felt sort of like your parents coming to visit your apartment so you better tidy up and make a good impression.
But this got me thinking about how I choose which blogs to read.
I will say this, my blog-readership preferances have evolved quite a bit.
I first began blogging my freshman year of college. I started Nutritious Junk.com which was mainly a tongue and cheek food review site. It was quirky, but kinda lame. I read other “review blogs” and that was about it. I dont read much of the blogs I read in college. I started reading other sorts of blogs after treatment and culinary school.
I think one of the first of this new blog reading kick was Janetha’s and Heather’s. I still read them nearly daily. I read a bunch of other blogs I dont really visit anymore and obviously I won’t name them. Its not that they stink, but I lost interest. And mind you, for a long ass while, I never commented because nutritious junk was defunct and was nervous about posting as just a reader for some reason.
I finally decided to start a brand new one. With that, I started reading a new batch of blogs. Abby was a big inspiration for starting my blog because she proved to me you can be a total foodie and still “have issues”. And boy do I have issues!
With that, I started reading blogs from my favorite blog’s blogrolls. I had a hard time getting myself to comment on blogs with LOTS of comments, but I still read them. I started reading the blogs that were loyal to leaving comments with me and I started clicking on other commenters on other people’s posts to discover new blogs.
Now I think I actually have a big filter as far as blog reading.
Am I biased to reading the blogs of the people I’ve actually met?
Absolutely. I won’t deny it. When you actually realize you mesh well with a blogger in person, you look at their blog a little differently. This may sound harsh, but you start to truly give a shit about what they say. Not that I dont care about the troubles and lives of people I haven’t met, I most certainly do! But it takes on a new meaning when you click with them in person.
But with that said, I’ve let go of many blogs. For one, I dont have time to blog surf all day. It would be fun, but its unrealistic. Second, I dont have internet on my phone (I know, I live in the stone age) so I dont have access to these blogs 24/7. Lastly, I have evolved and some things that other bloggers talk about just dont interest me. I dont like whiny bloggers, ultra negative/self depreciating ones, I dont care what people ate at every single meal, and I dont like bloggers that are cold in real life. Yes, if you are an a-hole to me and I like your blog, I will stop reading you blog.
But I do want to stay positive, so what kind of blogs attract me?
I like authenticity more than anything. I like it when I can see a personality shine through. This is why I’m not surprised my favorite bloggers are awesome in person. Sure I like food, but I dont look at blogs for food porn. But I have no problem if lovely shots do entice you to read certain blogs. I have a lot of respect for good photography and I know how time consuming it can be. I like bloggers that having thought provoking ideas and insights. I like getting practical tips; anything from house cleaning to fixing things. Humor is a big plus. And yes, inventive recipes are appealing too. I dont even browse cookbooks anymore! I just turn to my fellow bloggers!
Boy did I ramble! I’m done now!
So how do you “filter” which blogs you read? What grabs your attention when checking new blogs, what gets you coming back to that blog?
So I tried to make granny smith apple chips this afternoon, but my oven was on way too high so I ended up burning them. So instead, I made a flax crepe and used the apple chips as a garnish. This isn’t that innovative but it is yummy.
-1/2 liquid egg whites or 2 whole eggs
-3 tbs flaxseed meal
-1/2tsp baking powder
-2 tbls almond or any other milk
– stevia or sweetener of choice (I actually didn’t use any, so this could be a savory crepe as well)
Mix all the ingredient in a blender or with a mixer. In a well-greased and heated skillet, pour about half the batter (to make a large one). Cook for about a minuet on each side. Serve with failed apple chips.