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Welcome to the Blog Tour! What’s that? You don’t know what a Blog Tour is? Well allow me to explain. A few weeks ago this wonderful blogger by the name of Tracey Hagan told me she was embarking on a blog tour, and asked if I’d like to “come along for the ride”. My first thought was, “I can’t leave and go out on some tour…”, but then she went on to explain that I’d only need to write a post answering 4 questions about my writing process, and also introduce a few bloggers that I find inspiring. So here I am in the midst of the tour!
By the way, Tracey’s blog Salty Sweet Life is pretty fabulous. I’m not sure if she knows, but when I first got started blogging she was one of my first supporters who wasn’t already a friend or family member. I was smiling ear to ear when she left a comment on my blog. Since then, I’ve become a regular reader of her blog, and her passion for food shows in every aspect of her blog. And her photography ya’ll…it is stunning. I remember looking at her Raspberry Lemon Martini post and thinking, “Man, I really wish I had a backyard”. When images can evoke strong emotions like that, I’d say that’s some pretty awesome photography. Also, many of her ingredients come right from her own garden; how great is that?
1. What Am I Working On?
Anything that doesn’t require turning on the oven…at least not for very long. If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I complain about the heat a lot…sorry about that. But now that summer is officially here, I don’t feel so bad; and our little NYC kitchen loves to hold on to heat. So in the coming months, you’ll probably see lots of salads, sandwiches and fruity things. Who wants to eat all that heavy food when it’s so darn hot anyway?
2. How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?
I believe that most people who blog and decide to stick with it have one thing in common…passion. In that sense, I’m every bit the same as other food bloggers. But every recipe or article that makes it far enough to see that little blue “publish” button comes from a place of sincere passion, and what I think my readers will enjoy. If I come across a topic or recipe that I think my readers might enjoy, but I’m not really crazy about it, well…it’s just not gonna make the cut. I can’t have just one piece of the puzzle, and I just can’t bring myself to write about things that I’m not excited about. Chances are, that lack of interest will show in my writing, and it’s just not worth it in the end. And of course I also try to make sure every photograph and post is injected with my own personality and style.
3. Why Do I Write What I Do?
I write about health and healthy food because many members of my family have been plagued by a number of illnesses that were probably preventable, especially with a healthier diet. As for my husband and I…I’m determined to never be the cause of any health issues that could come into our lives. I can’t imagine anything worse than getting sick and knowing I did it to myself. That would really suck…Plus I’ve really come to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and I want to share all of the great food we get to devour. Who knows…maybe someone will come across one of my posts, try a recipe, and realize how delicious healthy eating can be. It doesn’t always have to be lettuce and tofu.
4. How Does My Writing Process Work?
My writing process consists of me sitting down and wishing really hard that something will pop into my head. Just kidding…but sometimes it feels that way; especially when I know exactly what I want to write about, but find it difficult to translate those thoughts into something that’s the least bit comprehensible.
But normally, I start with a story in mind. Whether it is a story related to the actual process of preparing the recipe, or a story that comes to mind because of the recipe. Then, instead of writing the post straight away, I jot down every thought that comes to mind so I don’t forget to include anything…not that I’ll actually include every thought. I then organize those thoughts into a coherent story. When it comes to the writing the recipe instructions, that’s a bit easier. I actually take a notebook in the kitchen with me every time I cook. I document my methodology and every measurement, pinch and pour. That way I’m able to write the instructions exactly as I have prepared the recipe.
Blogs that Inspire Me
Now comes the real fun! I’d like to introduce you to a couple of fabulous women and their blogs. I admire these bloggers for very different reasons. Although I’m a food blogger, my inspiration doesn’t only come from pretty pictures of food, although that’s definitely a part of it. But there’s much more to blogging than that.
So first up is Megan Brewer of Yumology. What a great name for a blog right? How could you not be drawn to that? In her own words, she blogs about “everything food” including recipes, products, and (not food related) being a new mommy. My first interactions with Megan were on Google+. Whether she realizes or not, she’s very inspirational, always offering words of encouragement to the blogging community, and looking for ways that we can all become better as bloggers. And when I read her posts, most of the time I’m drawn in by her witty use of words and storytelling.
Next is Maggie Zhu of Omnivore’s Cookbook. Her blog features mostly Chinese food, but also cooks other cuisines as well. I actually stumbled across Maggie’s blog while searching for good Chinese food recipes. Living in NYC, we have no shortage of Chinese food, but the fact remains that you have no idea what’s going into your food unless you’re preparing it yourself. Maggie’s work is really beautiful; I can just get lost in her site, browsing post after post, wishing the food in the images could somehow magically appear on my table. But the really great thing about her recipes is that they’re not intimidating, fussy or complicated. She’s really become a great resource for learning how to cook Chinese food and putting to bed my preconceived notions of ethnic cooking as “too complicated”.
So there you have it! My writing process, and an introduction to 3 fabulous women. I’m sure you’ll find them just as fascinating as I do.