I am not a real food blogger! There, I’ve said it, what an admission. Some may say I shouldn’t be posting this but it’s my blog so I shall do as I please and damn the proverbial torpedoes! I’ll admit I did used to try to be a Food Blogger, sweating away over recipes every bloody day and posting at least three times a week a couple of years ago. I tweaked and twisted my old chat blog, took courses and spent a fortune in an attempt to become one of those rarefied folks who blog for a living. I struggled and stressed and failed, I gave that up a good while ago in favour of a life, My Life! I realised that the enjoyment I got from blogging was in sharing chat and recipes (but back when it was real fun it was mostly just chat) with friends online. Some of those lovely people have stuck with me for 8 years now and we enjoy sharing emails, comments, facebook chats and messages online. It is a community, it is friendship.
I have cut back on blogging in the past year due to health issues. I now share recipes etc when I feel like it, maybe once a week, maybe missing a week or two. I have lost the silly pressure I inflicted on myself to do this like some sort of unpaid job for an unknown boss out there in the ethernet.
The recipes I share are what I make here at home in my messy kitchen with an old table covered in ingredients, camera, notebook, pens, very often a cat and nearly always with a mug of tea to keep me going. When I then hit the computer to upload photos and then write a blog post and type up the recipes I sometimes make mistakes, typos and horror of horrors get the measurements wrong.
People are free to make comments on my blog and I appreciate it when they write nice things or open up a conversation, that’s how I have made some wonderful friends through all this internet thingy. When some write to point out that I’ve made a mistake in my measurements I am grateful for their help if they have been polite and respectful in their writing. Hell, I’m human and we all know that anyone can make a mistake, don’t we? I try to reply to comments as soon as I can, and usually just through my phone or when I happen to be at the p.c. which isn’t every day incidentally. I can appreciate the readers annoyance and frustration if they are making a recipe and the measurements are wrong, I’ve been in the same position myself with other folks recipes but never felt the need to be rude or sarcastic to the blog owner in any way.
Just recently someone very politely pointed out that I’d only put in half the amount of sugar in a jam recipe. I replied thanking her and giving the correct measurement in the comments area, all was well. Alas I was nowhere near the p.c. and not in a position to go into the workings of the blog and change the recipe itself, and guess what, real life took over – my daughter, work, home, animals, cleaning, cooking, living, friends etc, you get the picture here. I forgot about the recipe. A heinous crime I know, and if I were a real Food Blogger who made their living as a blogger or was heavily devoted to constant blogging I should have been in there like a shot correcting my mistake like my life depended on it.
Next thing I know I receive two more comments on this post. These are from a different person who saw fit to comment twice and using what I would say was a bit of a sarky tone. She pointed out that ‘she was sure this was a perfectly good recipe, but what a pity she’d wasted an afternoon and half a kilo of sugar’ within five minutes there is another comment from her from a different email address saying ‘wasn’t it a pity I hadn’t bothered to change the recipe after Suzy (change of name there) had pointed out my mistake!’ All important exclamation mark at the end.
I’m sorry this person has wasted their time and sugar but quite frankly when they write in that sarky fashion I don’t give a damn. To me this sort of thing sucks all the pleasure out of blogging and sharing recipes online. Hell, this is all free stuff, in the good old days of paper and books one had to go out and buy cookbooks and magazines, or make the effort to join the local library and borrow books to get at recipes. Now you get them free all over the internet at the mere click of a mouse. Bloggers give their precious time, effort and in many cases money posting recipes for nothing for other people’s pleasure. Yes there are those out there who do this as a job but I’m not one of them and neither are many others. We are human beings just like you, the reader. If we make a mistake so what, that’s life.
There, I’ve had my rant. If you don’t like my tone then please feel free to click-off and read someone else’s blog. I will continue to post recipes and chat and photos etc when I feel the urge, hell I’ll still probably make spelling mistakes (what me!) and even get my measurements wrong now and then. I’ll reply to commenters who are polite when I have the time but to those who are sarky or rude I have no time at all. This blog is done in my time fitted into my life, I have a life maybe some of these people should get one too.