As legend has it, anyone who leaves their lei behind in Kauai is destined to return to that beautiful paradise. My fingers are crossed! I have serious “Kauai withdrawal” this week and was glad to be distracted by a blogging assignment already two weeks overdue. No more daydreaming about warm seas, the giant green turtles swimming with us, the intoxicating scent of the tropical flowers in our lanai or the perfect Mai Tais at Roy’s in Poipu.
It was fortuitous when Suzanne contacted me about a month ago, just before our trip to Kauai. I had hit a dead end in my blogging and was seriously questioning whether or not to continue writing.
I laughed out loud when she invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Of course, I wanted to join in and knew I had at least one more post in me before the official start of summer.
Suzanne and I go back several years when we met on the food52 site. She now has a charming blog, “A Pug In The Kitchen”, filled with mouth-watering, creative recipes, as well as musings about life in general and the travails of raising two senior pugs.
So, before I introduce you to three food bloggers I admire, I need to answer the same four questions posed to Suzanne.
WHAT AM I WORKING ON: An excellent question! I am in transition from writing mostly a “recipe blog” to a more generalized blog with a focus on food, cooking, entertaining and related family memories. I have become somewhat bored posting recipe after recipe, and imagine my readers might feel the same. Maybe I’ll be writing about “The Death of the Dinner Party”. In any case, I’m taking much of the summer off from blogging while I brainstorm about my blog’s future.
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS: I think my most unique posts that have triggered the most response from my readers were those reflecting aspects of my family or personal events such as my husband’s heart attack. My “voice” seems more clear in these posts.
WHY I WRITE AS I DO: My blog is a tribute to both my mother and her mother, my grandmother, two women who loved me unconditionally and fed and nurtured me in their respective kitchens. I feel their presence in my kitchen, where I cook and write my blog. I believe that how I write about food, holidays entertaining and/or recipes has been shaped by their influence in my past.
HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK: I do a lot of thinking about a post before I sit down and actually start typing. Often, the piece feels like I have memorized it and is written more quickly than I had anticipated. My best writing always comes from the passion that has inspired it. I edit but not obsessively.
Here are three bloggers I admire, all from our small, informal writing group, each with a special talent:
Lisa of Whisk & Cleaver, for her excellent writing skills. She makes each post feel as if she is having a conversation with her readers. Lisa writes clearly and simply, and when she isn’t motivated to post something she pauses until inspired to do so. I admire that and thank her for encouraging me to break out of my “recipe blog”.
Laura of Family Spice, an amazing photographer and generous coach, not to mention the mother of three active children. Her shots are stunning and inspire me to work harder when I pick up my camera. Drool over her work. Laura redesigned the layout of my blog and I am grateful to her.
Mimi of Mimi Avocado, a renaissance woman who runs a family avocado ranch and business, is a music teacher, choral director and an active food blogger. She describes herself as a “perpetual student”, always on the lookout to sharpen her skills. I so admire Mimi’s inquiring mind and find her enthusiasm contagious.
Let’s follow their blogs and learn who inspires them…