A year later.

hat.jpgAs of this week, this blog is one year old — only I don’t really feel much like celebrating.

Recently, my husband and I were on the Upper West Side and he saw an ad for some upcoming food festival. He asked me if I knew what it was. “Ugh, I don’t know,” I said.

And then, before I knew it, it came out:

I’m so sick of food.”

And really, I am.

I’ve stopped reading other people’s food blogs. Let me preface what I’m about to say by adding I do still like some of you, but goddamn, I am sick to death of my fellow food bloggers. Good god, what a bunch of pompous jackasses some of them are. Shut the fuck up already and just eat; I’m begging you.

But more than that, I’m tired of having a food blog.

I’m tired of doing the rounds of other stupid food blogs, thinking up funny, witty, thoughtful comments to post as a way to shunt some traffic to my own site.

I’m tired of trying to get decent photos of what I cook, of thinking maybe I should cook this recipe earlier in the day while there’s still good light in the kitchen.

And more importantly, I’m just tired of writing about food. Trying to come up with new, non-clichéd ways to describe the tastes, textures, smells of food is exhausting. Lately, I can’t even even write a grocery list without feeling a little irritated.

And so, I find myself at a crossroads.

Keep writing about food — what you’ve all come to expect — or, if not, what then?

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16 thoughts on “A year later.

  1. Your blog and Kate’s at Accidental Hedonist are the only two blogs, food or otherwise, that I faithfully read.

    I like that you’re not all serious and pretentious about food, and that you seem as willing to share the bad with the good (one particular instance is in the photos…I absolutely *love* the one that’s captioned “about this time I started saying ‘fuck’ a lot”). You’re an “everyman’s” foodie. I’m a transplanted resident of a small town in rural Georgia, yet I don’t feel intimidated when I read your blog.

    I’ve also enjoyed the new focus on a “greener” way of life, as we are in the process of becoming more conscious of such things.

    For what it’s worth, I agree with Beth’s comment above.

    Happy anniversary!

  2. Happy Anniversary! I’m sorry to hear that blog ennui has got you down. So many bloggers go through that. I hope you don’t shutter this place and hibernate. And, to be honest, I don’t really read because it’s a food blog.

    I’d be happy to hear about kid-raising, knitting WIPs, the weather, mental health, music, television, wry observations about the world through your very stylish glasses/eyes. Just about anything.

    It was a drag clicking over here just about every day (RSS, blog feeds in general, are just too much pressure for me) to see that you hadn’t posted.

    Keep it up if you want. Say goodbye if you don’t.

  3. Hey there is more to “gezellig” than food! Let us know how you’re making your life more gezellig in other ways. I miss your writing when you don’t do it, and it’s a nice community here, no snarky stuff like on lots of other blogs.

  4. Write about whatever you feel like and see where the writing takes you?

    I discovered you because you were a food blog but I come here to read what you write, not necessarily to read what you write about food. Reading the other comments, it appears that a lot of your readers feel the same way.

  5. god, thanks for this post! ever since i came back from vacation (35+ days no blogging), it’s been hard to get back into the spirit of things. i hate the marketing aspects that seem to have taken over the food blog world and i’m starting to get bummed out a bit. “shut up and just eat”…indeed. i enjoy reading your blog, so i’m sure whatever you do, will be great.

  6. i hate the marketing aspects that seem to have taken over the food blog world and i’m starting to get bummed out a bit.

    I gotta come in and say, amen to THAT. I’m really tired of the one-upmanship, the sense that everyone thinks they’re the next M.F.K. Fisher, just waiting for a book deal.

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