Really, really interesting title, no? You don’t think so? Project Food Blog is a new contest by my sponsor, Foodbuzz, to, get this:
Find the next food blog star
And now I’m supposed to post telling you how I’ve got what it takes. The chops. The cojones.
I’ll tell you what. I got yer chops. I got yer cojones. But more than that…much, much more than that…
I got kittens.
Whenever there is trouble, a kitten can save the day. Remember, it’s dangerous to go alone.
wow, soul searchy
This first challenge tries to make you be all soul-searchy. “What defines you as a food blogger?” “Why should you be the next food blog star?” Well, let me ask you this: How many food bloggers slap up a couple of pics like those in the most important post of their career? That’s right — not very bloody many!
And I realized I kind of already knew what it was all about.
it’s about the pix
I like taking pretty pictures of food. Food sits still, it doesn’t complain, and it doesn’t mind a little rearranging.
it’s about wholesome, yummy food
I have this whole slogan-type thing. Not only is Shiny Cooking named after Joss Whedon space cowboys, it’s also about recipes that make meals from unprocessed ingredients. Recipes that use up summer’s bounty. Recipes that bring people together.
I want people to be happy when they think of making something with tomatoes from the farmer’s market. Or when, in the middle of January, they pop open a jar of peaches they canned themselves. I want them to be excited about planting seeds, whether they’re doing it themselves or just reading about how it went here.
it’s about the garden
The garden is huge — I look lost in that pic! It’s fun. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the time, space or inclination to grow food, and I love sharing my incredibly imperfect garden with its choking morass of weeds, overgrown chard, and 6-foot tall tomato plants with you all. The desire is to convey that gardening is not too difficult and that it doesn’t have to be perfect, and to show people what goes into growing and harvesting a vegetable garden.
Local food isn’t the solution to everything — the world can’t be sustained on entirely local food economies — but supporting local food growers and eating locally-produced foods when we can is something worth doing when feasible.
it’s about fun and games
Games are an indoor competitive sport. I like featuring game nights on the blog when I can get out of the games long enough to take pictures. Besides, game get-togethers have so many food blogging opportunities thanks to all the darn snacks.
The fine print: our latest passion is Dominion. If you wanna come play in person, give me a holler. If you want to play on BSW, same.
oh, and it’s about kittens. adorable, adorable kittens
Voting begins on September 20th, and don’t you worry, I’ll remind you. Remember, you’re doing it for the kittens.