I’m starting a whole new blogging chapter. Let me start by saying that I cook WAY more often, and make a lot more variety of foods than I’ve been posting on my blog. Yesterday for example, I baked a vegetable pie with whole-wheat crust, stuffed with grated onion, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, mozzarella, romano & italian herbs.
I had mixed up an extra crust to keep in the fridge to use later in the week. Then the crust when we tasted the vegetable pie was sooo delectable that listening to me talk about making a fruit pie out of it made Ken impossibly impatient to taste that fruity goodness right now. So I got right at it and baked a cute miniature cherry-blueberry-strawberry pie that was so delicious even poetry couldn’t describe that pie.
I’ve decided I’m not going to spend my life trying to write the perfect description of a slice of pie. There is another slice of pie in the refrigerator and I’d rather eat pie than blog about how it tasted. And there’s more flour in the cupboard and I’d rather bake chocolate chip cookies than take pictures of them. So what shall I blog about?
Must I blog? Probably I should. I am a writer and it’s 2012. Besides, I can’t stop writing. I write every day so why not blog? Except I tend to get too hung up with making my blog so perfectly right that it takes way too much of my time, so I guess I don’t yet really understand what a blog is supposed to be and do.
Let me be honest. I started blogging because my memoir is coming out soon and all the PR people in the whole world all say I must have a blog. But I refuse to write a blog that basically only begs people to buy my books.
(Maybe this promo will make the PR people happy: The memoir is called Toward Daylight: becoming a writer despite everything. I think you’ll like it.)
So enough of that. Now what shall I write? I’ve been blogging my recipes because I’m married to a chef and we’re both good cooks. I could give you my pie crust recipe because I’m really good at making pie crust but big deal.
I mean, really, the world does not need another pie crust recipe.
I just googled “cherry pie recipe” and there are over 3 million returns. Even if you narrow it down and search just the food network (which is my go-to source for recipes because they’re mostly reliable), there are, on the food network site alone, 89 returns for “cherry pie.” Seriously, nobody needs my recipe for fruit pie
(or as we say here in Tennessee, mah lil ole res-pea foh froo-it pah).
So is all my time spent blogging just another doozy-whoppin’ piece of pie-in-the-sky?
If I’m doing this to get rich and famous, then blogging is probably guaranteed to be nothing more than another way to fritter my life away. But I’m blogging because I’m seriously, really looking to connect with people who share my interests and values, people–near and far–who are writers, or passionate cooks, or creative people, or stuck in an uncooperative body afflicted by FMS, MS, RA or any other kind of dreary potentially disabling dumb thing, and all those who love their families and are grateful for friendships, who are positively happy to be alive despite everything.
If you’re interested in real conversation and companionship (and you aren’t just trying to get me to buy something) let’s get to know each other better. I do respect your entrepreneurial spirit and your need to make a living, but as soon as it seems obvious that all I am to you is a target market at which you’re aiming, with an overly-inflated egotistical hope that I will be the duck that makes you materially wealthier, then you’re not likely to sell me anything anyway, so you’ll be wasting your time.
But if you’re like me in thinking monetary gain isn’t the most important thing in the world, if you’re zanily-appreciative-of-all-the-little-but-truly-important-things such as friendship, then you’re one of the real honest-to-goodness people I’m looking to meet.
Talk to me, do you want my recipe and secret tips for great pie crust? Or don’t you need it because you won the blue ribbon for the best pie crust at the state fair? Or do you have other priorities that are more important than pie crust and so you get yours from the freezer section at the grocery store or maybe you buy your pie already made from Baker’s Square? Who are you? What’s your favorite pie?
And feel free to post a link to your blog or your favorite social networking site, please, and tell me and my friends why a nice person like you is blogging and what you hope to gain from social networking–as long as there’s a whole lot more to you than what you’re selling. Because if there isn’t, you might want to know that pie-in-the-sky is pretty hard to sell these days. I’m pretty sure I belong to the majority of buyers, the good old-fashioned people who want to meet the real deal, made from real down-to-earth virtuous fruit.