It’s like the Wild, Wild West on the Internet these days. Someone said “There’s gold in them, there blogs” and everyone’s jumped onto blogging, trying to cash in. That’s cool…………….. I have dreams too.
I know I’ve made the mistake of reading too much information about how to blog (that’s a pastry chef habit; over thinking things). I’m trying to figure out how to create my recipe for a successful blog. There are topics that always go UN-addressed, always walked around, always avoided.
I’m not an avoid-er.
I have opinions (perhaps too strong of opinions). I’ve remained seated, hoping for someone else to take the floor, but they don’t. Everyone fears being disliked, I do too. But I want to talk about taboo subjects, express opinions and be myself!
Because the subject of my blog is baking, does it have to be coated in sugar?
YUCK that’s not me (go ahead and hate me now)! I don’t like overly sweet things; I dress in all black (most of the time), and I have opinions. Sometimes it doesn’t matter whose opinion is right or wrong, or there just isn’t a right answer. I just like to talk about thoughts, opinions, theories. When did it stop being o.k. to give our opinions on topics, even little Ole topics that aren’t terribly important?
I think if I could just blurt out all the crazy stuff I’ve read online that bother me……. I could get it all off my mind, and start a new. Maybe I could change my electric shade of pink into a lovely pale pink. Then you and I could find out we have something’s in common; a passion for baking and we could just talk about all the cool things about pastries.
Sometimes I think it stinks that the people who know the least, seem to speak the loudest or the most. I know that I should sit down, close my mouth and let them lead. (I fear every word I write, will just show you I’m the fool. I am the one talking the loudest (yuck).) If you were to know me, really know me, you would know that even in my loudest most obnoxious voice I’d never intentionally speak over or interrupt someone who knows their thing. Just recently I’ve come across some beautiful blogs. They tame my soul and feed my passion for baking. I’m so glad I found them.
(Sorry, I had to write this.) Here’s my list of the items that drive me crazy (after I come to my senses and realize what I jerk I am, I’ll probably delete this). After I post these thoughts my mind will be free:
1. People who post recipes with-out giving proper credit to the person who created it! So and so, has a blog where they state, “the whole blog is about wanting to learn how to bake”. They bake something, take a great photo of it and then list themselves as the author! Never anywhere in their recipe or paragraphs leading up to it, do they discuss how they created this amazing recipe (off the top of their head). If they did, now wouldn’t that be something awesome to write about? SCREAM!!!!!!. The whole world knows you didn’t create that recipe, don’t avoid giving it proper credit. Avoiding it, implies that YOU created it!
2. Circle Jerks of giving other blogs credit for a recipe. The blog they are crediting got the recipe from another blogger and so on. I once followed a chain of five bloggers trying to find out who the recipe author was. In the end, it turned out that someone’s aunt gave them the recipe……..and they didn’t know who to credit. You could say author unknown instead of doing the link thing….did they think no one would notice?
3. People who post tutorials on making something; when the filmed tutorial is; the first time they’ve ever made that item! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! NO. You should know what you’re teaching before you teach others! Also; because you’ve made something ONCE, that doesn’t make you an authority on that…….um, no.
4. Writers who write about topics they don’t know, making fun of other people writing skills. What’s the point of writing well, if you don’t know what you’re writing about? Personally, I’d rather read a poorly written piece by someone who knew their subject (oh wait, that’s me) than an article that was amazingly incorrect.
5. Secret Groups. When you get into one……..you discover that they are just a bunch of jerks.
6. People who are new, giving other newb’s answers that are guesses. Example; on Facebook new bakers and cake decorators teach people who are even newer than them, answers; as facts. Before you know it, the whole thread is insane with everyone throwing out answers. Then the right answer gets posted………and they get ignored.
7. Everyone makes mistakes; that’s o.k.. I’ve seen recipes given by very famous chefs and authors that I knew didn’t work. Don’t give a recipe until you’ve tried it, and you know it works. Otherwise please mention your recipe is a work in progress.
8. This is a lot like number 7. Don’t post photographs of your food from a sneaky angle to hide the fact that the food didn’t turn out. We know why you did the ‘above the table shot’ instead of the ‘close-up. If your baked good had turned out great, like you said, you’d have given us a glorious close-up photo.
9. (Suggested by Megan@Pastryschooldropout.com) Her pet peeve is when people aren’t authentic. I’d have to admit I stopped noticing that around me. I avoid those personality types like the plague! Hum………I have to have a moment of appreciation here; I don’t have any non-authentic people in my life.
10. There will be a number 10., 11. and possibly up to a number 22. This page is going to be my little ‘sanctuary’. If you want, you can add to my list. It’s all cool……I’ll share with you if you share with me. I will grade you for stupidity, but the curve is huge cause I’m the biggest idiot out there.
So anyway, I do know how a little about baking and I want to talk about it. I just had to get that shit off my chest.