As much as I love my guest posts (and yes, I love them more than ANY of my posts), I think its about time we hear from a non-blogger. I’m starting a new series. It may be once a month or more if I fancy. Bloggers are awesome, dont get me wrong, some of my best friends are bloggers. But I love readers. They have no agenda (as in, not just commenting cause they have a blog to promote) and getting a comment from them feels empowering. So why not hear what they have to say? So without further ado, I give you Missy! She has read my old blog from five years ago (bless her heart for that!) and is truly worth hearing from.
I am so honored that the most gracious and wonderful Eden asked me to do a guest post as a “nonblogger”.
Even though I have no blog, I have been a blog reader (umm, addict) for quite some time. I love reading and I love recipes, so gravitating to blog reading was just a natural course! I usually call myself the “lurker extraordanaire” because for so long, I read blogs but never commented. But I have recently begun to make comments on various blogs. So without being too long winded, I am going to give a list of things that I have learned as a reader/lurker. These are not unique to just readers as they can apply to bloggers as well.
1) RSS, Google reader, trackbacks, wordpress, tumblr, etc.– OK, I admit, as a reader, I had zero clue as to what these were. But Google is my friend and I quickly learned what these were and how important they can be to bloggers. However, I don’t actually use these. Quite honestly, I have a few blogs that have the blogrolls and I just click on them when I see they are updated (some 3 times a day). I am not tech savvy – I don’t use tweetdeck or any of that other stuff. I deactivated my Facebook and certainly never knew how to post comments that showed up on Twitter and Facebook!
2) The “M” word is taboo (as in “Moist”)-. I mean really, who knew? I never had a problem with the word as I had always seen it used in relationship to food, especially cakes and brownies. But once again, my steady friend Google shows me that it is THE most hated word in the English language. There is even a hate Facebook page! To be quite honest, the word “nooch” sort of gnarls me out. I had never heard of nutritional yeast, let alone it’s nickname until I entered the blogworld (see below). But that name, for some reason, just creeped me out. (but not enough to keep me from ordering some!
3) If you don’t live near a Trader Joes or Whole Foods, you’re screwed – Umm, I will have to say that reading blogs has opened me up to so many things I would have never tried – Hummus, chick pea flour, coconut flour, almond milk, chia seeds (well Dr. Oz too) peanut flour, and “nooch” (eww) plus smoothies made 100’s of ways. Gadgets that I “had” to have include a mini food processor, immersion blender and a spiralizer (the last 2 I have yet to use!). As far as the “meccas” of all grocery stores, I am out of luck seeing as how the nearest Whole Foods is 150 miles and a Trader Joes is about 6 hours away. However, Amazon, Iherb, and Ebay are always open and at my fingertips. But all the 4000 oatmeal recipes have led me to realize, I just like my oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, and light butter.
4) The difference in vegan and vegetarian – Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, vitameatavegamen, etc.. – I didn’t know what these were and I used to think vegetarians and vegans were basically the same but I have since learned the difference plus all the ways to “veganize” a recipe with flax or chia as an egg replacement.
5) You never really leave high school – Just as a reader, over time, I have definitely noticed that there seem to be “cliques” in the blog world. Even at the Food festivals there was talk of the more “popular” bloggers snubbing the “nobodies”. It reminds me of Grease with the Pink Ladies vs the cheerleaders, and brainiacs. I personally like the “real” blogs (which is why I love Eden’s) and the ones who give healthy recipes (I really like it when they show nutritional info and give ingredients in grams!) It’s like a sorority and I am convinced that there are cliques in nursing homes. Just sayin…
6) Bloggers like comments and get paid. As a new reader, I had no clue that bloggers were actually paid. I thought the blogs were big giant public journals/diaries for bloggers to maybe hold themselves accountable, use as a form of therapy to relieve stress by writing/venting, or just really were people who had a lot of time. Since then, I have learned many are paid, they have advertisements, get book deals, and fitness adventures. I realize not all of them do, but I was clueless and surprised to find out that the blogs are some of these people’s real job! No wonder they have time to post so much!. As far as comments, I read for years without commenting but I finally mustered up the courage to make a few and even entered some giveaways (a few I have won!). I did not realize the importance of comments and how it could make or break some bloggers day. Not the “Pink Ladies” bloggers, but the real life regular ones that don’t get 200 comments. They are overloaded with them! Please note, I am not putting these blogs down, I am just saying they have so many readers who are fellow bloggers and to me, they could not care less if a regular joe reader comments or not. Of course that is MY favorite part of a blog. I love to read the comments. Most blogs that I read are those I have clicked on in the comment sections! But I love to read what others have to say.
OK, well there you have it.
While not unique to readers, these are things that I have observed. I don’t think I could ever manage having a blog – writing this post was tedious enough! I applaud those who post 3 times a day. My life is just too boring I suppose. I mean who wants to read about how I ate my oatmeal PLAIN? No bells and whistles there. So I will just continue my job as usual but I always have my Iphone handy to check out my favorite blogs – with Edens being the first one I check!
Thanks so much again to Eden for showcasing a “non blogger” in the blogworld!
And true to Eden’s Eat’s format, here’s a recipe to compliment the banter:
This is my recipe for “mock” dressing (or stuffing as Yankees call it! I’m southern and we call it dressing!)
I submitted this 2 years ago to the Body By Eats forum that I am a member of. Everyone seemed to like it.
Of course I love cauliflower in any way!
Missy’s Mock Dressing
2 16-oz bags frozen cauliflower, or you can use fresh
2 second spray non-stick cooking spray
8 oz chicken breast, boneless, skinless
1-1/3 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup low fat/sodium chicken broth
1 egg, beaten
1 egg white, beaten
1-1/3 tbsp poultry seasoning
1-1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend
1/2 tsp sage
1 tsp salt
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large pot, fill half way with water and boil. Add cauliflower and cook for 10-12 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside when done.
3. While cauliflower is cooking, spray a small skillet with non-stick cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Cook chicken breast until no longer pink (about 5 minutes on both sides). Once the chicken is done let cool for 5 minutes then cut into small pieces.
4. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth to the same pan the chicken was cooked in and add celery and onion; cook on medium-high heat until tender (about 15 minutes).
5. Mash cauliflower in a large bowl. Stir in celery/onion mixture, remaining chicken broth, egg, egg white, and seasonings.
6. Pour into 13X9 dish. Add cooked chicken pieces to mixture and mix in lightly
7. Bake until moisture is absorbed and the dressing is golden brown, about 40 minutes.
Yields 8 – 1/8 serving is 80.5 calories, meaning that the entire dish is 644 calories)
*You can easily make this vegetarian by subbing out the chicken broth with vegetable broth and you can either take out the chicken or use tofu.
EDEN’S NOTE: Thanks so much Missy for having balls to post and dedicating the time for this!