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Living in a glass house
This summer I was walking through Walnut Creek Cheese in Holmes County, OH, with a huge waffle cone in my hand, avoiding eye contact because I was afraid someone would recognize me and report me to the Healthy Bloggy Police. ((confessional)) I cheat. Not usually when I’m at home, but on some church occasions and at some family get-togethers. And this summer was not stellar. I tell you, Holmes County has some of the best ice cream ever.
Replying to people who would rather ask me a question than take 2 seconds to Google it for themselves
For example – asking me to do conversions for you, like cup to pint conversions
“How is blogging a job?”
Well, I work. I research. I experiment. I write. I edit. I get paid.
Some people seem to think that I know all eventualities about each one of my recipes, including all possible substitutions that can be made and how said substitutions will affect the end product.
I’m sorry, but I can only vouch for what I’ve tried. I’ll try to give you some suggestions, but I’m afraid that I don’t have time to test every recipe using every low carb flour in the world. That’s why I formulated a baking mix.
Like when comments accidentally get disabled on a post, or a bummy ad shows up in my sidebar, or when the page won’t load…
I’m not a very tech-savvy person, and the nuts-and-bolts side of the blog is probably my least favorite part of my job.
Almost every single time I hit “publish” there’s a niggling voice in my head that says, “I sure hope people like this recipe. I mean, I like it, but I hope everyone else does too. I sure wouldn’t want them to waste time and money making something they don’t like. I hope anyone with problems will come to me directly and ask for help instead of airing her grievances all over social media. I hope it’s good….” Contrary to what some people seem to think, we food bloggers really want our recipes to turn out for people! We feel really bad when people don’t like the stuff they make from our recipes because we feel responsible for the error. There’s a lot of vulnerability involved in posting a recipe.
No, blogging isn’t a bed of roses, but the good parts outweigh the bad. Be sure to check out this post about 5 things I LOVE about blogging!
Wanna know how you can help a food blogger?
-Cut us some slack. We’re real people too, and we have faulty memories and typos sometimes.
-If you see a typo or have a suggestion for a correction, by all means, let us know in a kind and professional manner!
-If your question can be easily answered by Google, please use Google. Not Briana.
-Don’t assume that blogging is easy, or that we know everything, or that we have control over everything on our websites.
-Please, please, pretty please…EXPERIMENT! And feel free to tweak our recipes according to your own personal tastes, because that’s what the recipes are there for: to help you toward creating something that will fit your needs. Taste buds are sooo subjective. I understand that so much better now that I’m a food blogger.