When I was one of the many bloggers that Shirley of Gluten Free Easily bestowed the Beautiful Blogger Award on, I felt deeply honoured to receive it (thank you, Shirley!) and to return the favour with my own response post. I meant to post this months ago, in August, but it was lost for a while in all the backlog of posts that I had and figuring out what last two things I could tell about myself. Here goes:
1) Although I recently marked one year of food blogging, I’m certainly not new to blogging: before I turned my attention to food, I started blogging back in 2006 with a literary blog where I wrote book reviews, with some movies thrown in. It stopped, though, when I got a nasty comment about my writing and, being younger at the time, I was crushed.
2) On a somewhat related note, I love to write. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, probably almost as long as I’ve been reading. When I was around nine or ten, I started writing poetry, most of which was inspired by the literature I was reading at the time, including J.R.R. Tolkien. Imagine lots of fantasy. I dropped poetry for a while and went back to writing stories, but two years ago I picked up poetry again, writing prolifically and developing my craft, and continue writing it on the side.
3) I often call myself a foodie, as does my family. (But really I should be calling myself a food nerd, though it just doesn’t carry the same ring to it, personally. According to this article “a food nerd wants to investigate all aspects of food, where it comes from, how it’s made, what it means in a broader social context and how it relates to your own tiny place in the world”, whereas a foodie “is no longer someone who appreciates and enjoys food.” On my part, I do enjoy and appreciate my food and take an interest in all aspects of it. I’m not a food snob.) There was this book called Nosh (I forget the author’s name right now) and it was basically a casual encyclopedia of all kinds of food trivia, with a side of the author’s own idiosyncrasies about food. It was from that book that, among other things, I learned about and became fascinated with the history of bubble gum. I remember I drove my sister crazy with that – I even engaged a discussion about bubble gum and its history during her birthday dinner.