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You know you’re a food blogger if…
1) a relaxing evening entails typing out page after page of recipe ideas deciphered from a pile of haphazardly-scribbled Post-it notes that have been piling up on your desk for weeks.
2) a discount grocery store is one of your favorite places to shop, and you come out armed with all kinds of unique purchases like canned squid and kelp noodles.
3) you’re used to eating cold food (after photographing it).
4) you’re always trying to get people to help you eat all the stuff you’re testing for the blog.
5) you cook in a very harried fashion that involves scrawling notes on a Post-it note every two minutes. You also try to juggle creating several new recipes at once (or is that just me?)…possibly taking 5 years off your life in the process.
6) most recipes you make are new ones you’re concocting, so on the rare occasion that you have the chance to make one of your old recipes, you marvel at how relaxing it is to cook when you’re just following a recipe. But then you miss that satisfaction when a new recipe turns out well on the first take.
7) your job involves eating pumpkin bars. Just takin’ one for the team, folks.
8) your job involves eating all the flops. That’s really taking one for the team.
9) you’re known for scrambling for pen and paper at the oddest times to write down recipe ideas. Inspiration strikes at strange moments.
10) it feels like everyone expects you to have covered every eventuality for one of your recipes, whether it involves product substitutions, exact calorie count, or what would happen if the recipe were cut in half, made without eggs, and baked in a volcano.
11) you rarely make other people’s recipes.
12) Facebook greets you with at least 30 notifications (if not 60) every morning.
13) you can rarely hobnob with a large group of people and not be recognized by someone. This can have its downsides.
14) people expect you to love cooking. All the time.
15) you get “fanmail” from people who love your recipes and are so thankful for the help. And that, my friends, is why we food bloggers keep going. It’s the readers that make this worthwhile. Thanks, y’all…<3
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