I’ve been blogging about food for about 4 months now and still have not really gotten the hang of it. I hope I have entertained a few of you foodies and offended much fewer. I’m sorry for my blurry iPhone/Blackberry pictures and my shaky hand syndrome. I hear there is a vaccine in the works, but it’s still in clinical trials. I’m sorry for forgetting to take food pictures, because all I want to do when the food arrives, is to eat while it’s hot. I know pictures of half consumed dishes is not very appealing, but would you rather have no picture at all? I’m sorry that my posts are often a week late, but some of us have considerably full schedules and blogging from an iPhone with “sausage fingers” can be painstakingly slow. I’m sorry for the lack of graphically rich content and slick, stylized professional formatting that good blogs have. I’m sorry for all the quotation-ed sayings and inside jokes, but “that stuff is funny to me.” I’m sorry for making excuses about my blog, when in fact, I’m actually enjoying it, I find it therapeutic and I’m genuinely proud of the work I’ve done on Chef’s Night Out. Boy, I sound like Catherine O’Hara at the 2010 Olympic’s Closing Ceremony.
The truth is, I should probably check out some successful food blogger’s websites, see what they do well and since imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, I should copy it and put my own spin on it. Unfortunately, who’s got time? Between the time I spend at Tapenade, the work I do at home and the time I spend with my family, my days are getting relatively short and “Monk” constantly reminds me about watching my health and how I ignore our well equipped gym in the basement. I barely have time for my favorite reality TV shows and forget about me slipping into my “LuluLemons” and spending an hour doing yoga every morning. When it comes to my actual blogging, I try to write quickly, stay pure and true to myself and though I’m influenced by many things, I try to write from the heart/stomach. I tell it like I see it and consider myself a pillar of gastronomic fairness.
My question is, how do food bloggers manage to get out to 7 + new and different restaurants a week, “wax poetically” about food and wine and still remain a respectable member of society? Is there not a level of dine out, burn out? I know I experience dining fatigue rather quickly and find myself craving simple home cooking and comfort food after just a few meals out. How about the cost? Sure, I know that some bloggers do this professionally and are writers/social media gurus by trade and I also realize that successful blogs can generate reasonable income through driving traffic and ad-serving. Heck, when “Monk” and I were a couple of DINKS, (Dual Income No KidS) I guess we had our fair share of disposable income, but dining out was purely reserved for days off. We both have time-consuming careers and we were too busy saving our “hard-earned ducats”, so that one day, in the not too distant future, I can retire and I can become a full-blown eater and “Jazzy’s” full-time “court gesture.” Don’t worry. I know it’s supposed to be spelled jester. Nowadays, with a couple of mortgages, a couple of cars, big dreams and the responsibilities of a middle aged breeder, I have a hard time justifying a mortgage payment for an extravagant dinner at my local bastion of fine dining. Don’t get me wrong; we’re getting out there, “livin’ life and lovin’ it” and we deny ourselves very little. Maybe I’m just jealous of the decadent, seemingly care-free life of a successful food blogger. They say that the grass is always greener on the other side and though I find continual eating, writing, mingling and travelling quite appealing, I can’t complain too much, life is good and I would never trade away what I got. Just don’t tell “Sales Mix,” I’ve got to keep him on his toes and it’s not necessary to ruin my curmudgeon reputation.
Thanks again, for your continued support of Chef’s Night Out. Spread the word, inform me about my multitude of spelling/grammatical errors, let me know if you have any suggestions and feel free to suggest restaurants for me to check out in the near future. Feel free to leave comments on the site or email me directly. “On that note”, what’s for lunch?