|All this thinking is making me hungry...|
The appeal of food blogging is universal. As humans, we eat several times a day. We make constant decisions about this very act, not only for ourselves, but often for the people we love. Food defines us beyond mere survival more than we care to realize. We are surrounded by food and food issues in most aspects of daily living. Like a mirror, our cultural traditions are reflected back at us at the potlucks we attend. We grapple with the politics of food by making hard choices in the grocery aisle, or reading about food recalls in the headlines. We revel in food science as we discover new antioxidants and find risks in industrial food systems. We trace our history through recipes and ingredients that have traveled the same migratory and immigration patterns as our ancestors, leaving us an edible legacy. And, we find pleasure in food, relishing sweet moments of time that nourish the mind, body and soul. With such depth and richness to connect me to a wide audience, I felt the stomach was the natural place to write from the heart.
So, the blogging began. To my epicurean delight, the journey became the destination. In the process of figuring out what I was doing in the blogosphere, I found more than an outlet for words; I found so much to learn. Could anything be better for a nerd? Though I am a learning consultant by day, blogging has become a virtual classroom where I can discover, be inspired, and share. My learning philosophy is fairly simple; we are all experts, and by sharing, we build greater knowledge. Being a nerd in the kitchen is all about learning and sharing: a great recipe, a technique, a cool gadget, a food philosophy, a controversy, a story...A nerd's scope is endless.
Writing a great blog is not about being an expert. It's a place to connect with your readers in a way that makes them want to drop by for another visit. What keeps me returning to my favourite bloggers is a personality that emanates beyond the text, pictures and recipes. I feel like I'm dropping in on a friend, having a warm cup of coffee and some great conversation. Why would a kitchen nerd be a great food blogger? Well, nerds are humble, awkward, and perhaps a bit clumsy, but always intrigued by the questions the kitchen poses. This intrigue comes with the duty to experiment and document the answers.
As a writer, I am also obsessed with taking these grand, random and sometimes disjointed thoughts and processing them into something perfectly digestible. This is the art of blogging - conveying complex ideas in a simple way, so that you can have a great conversation with your readers.
As your Kitchen Nerd, I eat - therefore, I write and share.