There’s a misconception out there about being the author of a blog. Like somehow, your days must consist of nothing but warm cups of tea, fuzzy slippers, and comfy pants. Not. So. Much.
Bloggers often wear several hats. Some work in traditional settings during the day and write at night, while others do just the inverse. Fortunate bloggers manage to turn their writing into a full time job, chock to the brim with editing, photography, more editing, sponsorship, publishing, commenting, inquiring, brainstorming, and readying themselves for writing their next post. Sure, there may be a fuzzy slipper or two thrown in for good measure, but most of the blogosphere is out there workin’ it.
We know just how much goes into maintaining a blog presence. And, even though we’ve only just begun ours, we’d like to give a nod to some seasoned blogs we love to read [and fawn over]. We know you’ll enjoy perusing them as much as we do, and trust you’ll find an abundance of inspiration on a daily basis.
Local Milkis the creation ofElizabeth Evelyn Kirby, stylist, photographer, writer, and recipe developer.
Her bio is so wonderfully composed. She writes: “A native Tennessean, I was born in the South. I didn’t care for being Southern, but I grew up. And when you grow up you get eyes in your head. And what I saw was myself in the South and the South in me.” You won’t be disappointed if you add Local Milk to your morning reading-routine. And, yes, we’ll look the other way if you drink warm tea, while wearing fuzzy slippers and comfy pants while you do.
Farmette, maintained byImen McDonnell, is a dream in digital typeface and imagery. Her styling and photography are breathtaking, and her culinary combinations are spot on.
She’s a transplant to Ireland and in her own words: “Farmette is a diary of my adventures in starting over from scratch, embarking on a second life where nearly everything that made up my former identity was replaced with a new set of circumstances, complete with a pair of wellies and a whole lot of muck to trek through.” Her blog is a trip, taking us from one career, city, and nation to another. Simply scrumptious!
Stephanie Le’s site,I am a Food Blog, looks like you’ve opened the cover of your favorite foodie mag. Her images are big, bold, and incredibly graphic, leaning toward the aesthetic of advertising campaigns. Don’t let the larger-than-your-mouth size of her images intimidate you. Her content is approachable and her flavor combinations are unconventional with a dash of tradition.
She launched her cookbook, “Easy Gourmet” last year and so far it’s met warm reviews. The recipes range from breezy to uber sophisticated. Oh, the places your palate can go.
David Changis a true culinary genius, and he teamed up with a whole host of other masterminds to publishLucky Peach, a quarterly of epic proportions. Its pages are rife with colorful, intoxicating, and imaginative imagery. Thankfully, even if you don’t subscribe to the quarterly, you can still dish up their awesomeness, viaLP’s online presence.
They post their humorous and inventive takes on culinary techniques, history, and trends, while publicizing what others are doing throughout the kitchen-world and in doing so, share little fanfare. Give their blog a go. You won’t be sorry.
Sarah Fennel, a burgeoning bakery, marketing, and photography guru operatesBroma Bakery. Her blog has recently garnered some acclaim, and it’s easy to see why.
Sarah’s photography is mouth-watering and her eye for subtle detail is well developed. She hasseveral tutorialsfor budding food photogs, and her skill behind the lens gives her advice much credence. The recipes she posts are fun and a wee bit eclectic. Sample some of her posts and let us know what you think.
Building a blog is akin to building a brand, unless you’re out there writing for your own personal expression, without a care for who may or may not read your content. Contrary to what some believe, it’s hard work. And, now you have the proof.
BTW: If you’re blogging out there while enjoying warm tea, in your fuzzy slippers and comfy pants, we salute you. It’s well deserved!