I am a person who loves to experiment. I love trying out new recipes. I love writing drafts, then going back to polish them and tweak them just for my audience. I love working with WordPress, this blog’s tech platform, and keeping up with all its changes and evolutions.
But the thing is, I do this all on my own time. I use what I have on hand. My camera’s not the greatest; not even my phone camera is that great. I don’t always have time to take step-by-step photos. I’d sooner find out how the food turned out than spend time styling it for a photo.
In contrast, in my day job as a marketing person, even small companies with minimal resources usually have a decent department camera on hand. What’s more, I have a TEAM of talent: designers, photographers, videographers, programmers.. and if there’s a pattern in our work, for example, if we’re taking head shots of new staff each Monday, then we can justify setting aside a designated spot with a good background, lighting, props and so on.
It’s different when you just want to nurture a personal interest. I learn so much from blogging here. I learn about food, what people are looking for, how to use the software, and how to read the data behind who is visiting my site, when and why. It’s become a creative outlet for me — but I’m not here to become famous.
The truth is that I never expected anyone else to find this blog. I created it as a way to connect with a couple of relatives who live half a country away from me. They were asking for help with eating healthy, grocery shopping, and with keeping it all easy and practical.
I knew they’d forgive me if my site wasn’t perfect. What I didn’t expect was that so many others would stumble upon my blog — and keep coming back! Or at least, provide me with a steady stream of viewers.
All good skill is born of practice, and practice often looks or sounds messy and unkempt. Think of a musician warming up, playing scales. Think of the unfinished black and white sketches from Disney “behind the scenes” sequences. All artists need to get their ideas down. They need to experiment and get messy. That’s why football teams practice, and why theaters have rehearsals. This is my rehearsal space, not my performance space.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like the recipes and tips I have to offer. I encourage you to take them and make them your own. If you take better photos than I, and upload them to your own sites, we’re all the better for it in my mind.