Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:19

What does blog mean

Since I’ve quite recently discovered my passion for blogging about  food I’ve heard this question a lot. To be honest, I didn’t quite use to know myself  until I started writing a weekly ‘Dinner Club Story’ about Mary’s Dinner Club for a successful island-wide news site two years ago.

And yes, I’ve always liked writing, often winning essay competitions at school and some ‘small’ but very motivating and greatly appreciated awards in adult life.

So, what DOES blog mean

Firstly, it is actually a contraction of the words web and log. And secondly, well... it can really be whatever you want it to be. For many it’s an online journal where you express yourself to the world - share your thoughts, passions, ideas… in some cases these journals have grown into multi-million businesses (the Huffington Post being the most cited example).

Just like all things technology, the blog as such has been changing greatly over the years from individual blogs to multi-author blogs and, more recently, to micro blogs with twitter. This probably already answers you next question about format - with the growing popularity of blog writing there really no longer seems to be a standard format or ideal number of words for that matter. A blog may contain photos, videos, links to other websites… things that make it interesting, informative and worth reading. The writer gets to decide. So there really is no clear-cut answer to the question ‘what does blog mean’.

As for the technical side of a blog, I must admit I am better with food than I am with computer technicalities and forever thankful that a friend helped me and my blog came all set up, ready to go!  In general the most popular platforms are blogger and wordpress - you can read more about the top five platforms here.

The reasons for people to blog are just as varied… so what does blog mean to me?

To me a blog is really a 24-hour inspiration: When I am cooking I think about the words I’ll use to describe the dish/procedure. When I’m not cooking I think about what to cook next so I can blog about it. When I’m out and about, when I’m browsing the internet, when I’m talking to friends… little snippets of ‘blog worthy things’ keep making their way into my ears and brain.

Blogging has also inspired me to constantly look up and learn new things and helped me discover some amazing chefs and food bloggers – a totally new world has been added to my existing one! So what does blog mean to me? Everything!

What does blog mean to foodies?

I think a food blog or even writing about food in any social media is really a joy for all the senses.  My facebook presence with Mary’s Dinner Clubs is in a way a mini blog and I like to think that the posting of bread as it comes out of the oven or some colorful ingredients as they are simmering brings some ‘eye candy’ and ‘soul food’  into my followers homes and offices.

I am obviously biased, but I think to foodies a blog is this wonderful virtual kitchen where you have no washing up to do, a dining room where there’s no plates to be carried, a classroom where it’s allowed to look over people’s shoulder. A food blog is a magical world of endless culinary discoveries and enjoyment of mouthwatering pictures. I am eagerly awaiting the invention of the ‘smell file’.

I like to think that the foodies who read my blogs get to feel my enthusiasm for newly discovered flavors and recipes. And while I am by no means a ‘proper chef’, I am certainly not afraid to try out new things and always happy to show off  the pictures of my results.

There are obviously many books on blogging on the market, answering much more than the question what does blog mean, but Blogging for Creatives by Robin Houghton is certainly a comprehensive, readable choice.

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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