When I was eighteen, I started a food blog. It was nothing spectacular and, really, back then, blogs and social media were not what they are today. It was extremely rare that a blog lead to anything and even more rare that it gave a person a second income or became their full-time job. Even so, I was smitten with the online world and I haven’t stopped blogging, creating, and diving deeper and deeper into social media.
It was 8 years in the making.
When we met in high school, the world was different – we were different. Naive, young, and filled with ambition. We were unlike any of the others. We both knew what we wanted, how we wanted it, and how we would get it. In many ways, it seemed like a perfect match. Despite the obvious differences we shared, I always felt we were far more similar than we were dissimilar.
As a blogger, there’s no greater asset than quality photography. Sure, we’d all love to own the latest Canon camera, outfitted with the most expensive equipment and fill our blogs and Instagram accounts with gorgeous photos, but let’s be real – that isn’t an option for all of us. So, in lieu of those advantages, there are websites we can turn to that provide bloggers like you and I with free, professional photography that we can use almost entirely how we want.
I may take photos of absolutely everything I eat, but please don’t let the illusion of Instagram or my desire to keep my aesthetic strong because I am not a fan of cooking. Of course, I love to eat and, yes, there are moments when I’m in the kitchen thinking I’m the next Mario Batalli, sautéing and what have you. Most of the time, however, what goes on behind-the-scenes is a frustrated, hangry me, desperate to eat, too tired to cook, and eyeing that jar of peanut butter like I’m a thirsty camel and it’s my desert oasis.
One of my resolutions for the new year – rather, a plan, since labelling anything as a resolution typically has a negative end – is to simplify my living space through excessive decluttering and through rearranging furniture and other pieces to bring about a more cohesive and relaxing environment.