Food Blogging doesn’t make you Fat
What makes you fat is what you eat and how much of it you eat, whether you exercise, your genetic inheritance, your lifestyle, whether you smoke, whether you drink, your age, your biochemistry, your mental state, your state of health and your sedentary nature. Sitting in front of a computer or a screen is no exercise. Now you are all clever, smart people, and you are literate or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.
There is a paradox at the heart of this food blogging lark and it hinges on the uneasy relationship that many people have in the developed wealthy countries of this world with food. It is mixed up with how they see their lives, issues to do with control, with social history, how their country has developed, how food production has altered beyond belief, the way food has been reified, commodifed and now is both a joy and a torment for many people.
I am always concerned when people comment about their fears and worries which appear to surface just by reading a post about cake or a mention of butter or the like. That may surprise you, after all, you are just expressing your opinion. As Celia says, you can’t pick your audience, well no I can’t, but I think I can ask that you read what I write and respond to that, rather than offload your worries on to me.
I get confused. Am I supposed to stop writing about cakes and bread?
Would you rather I wrote only about thin vegetable soups and running and protein shakes? This isn’t a diet blog, nor a nutrition blog, it’s just a very ordinary sort of rambling, slightly disorganized set of posts, it reflects my pretty disorganized floppy life.
If you read the About Page you would know why I started doing it. I don’t lie, I don’t present myself to you as anything other than what I am.
So in case you haven’t figured this out yet:-
I am a slightly bossy, well meaning ex-lecturer whose chief reward in blogging is to think that you are either amused, maybe find an answer or another way of doing something that interests you and occasionally maybe are empowered to make your own bread or something like that. That’s it.
I am not trying to make a name for myself in the food world, as some people seem to think this is my motivation. I am not going to write a book as far as I know. I am not interested in fame and I teeter constantly on the edge of giving this up. Any and all of you who blog know how long this takes to do. Not just the writing of the posts but the careful answering of comments, the off scene emails to help people who ask for help with something they think I can help with. It takes a lot of time.
I am big on being polite and I am big on not pushing myself on other people. But here on this blog I can say and do as I want, because it is mine. So in short, if you read this and just reading it makes you feel fat, then do yourself a favour and just don’t read it anymore. I don’t read blogs if the blogger’s views bother me. Why would I ? You will feel better if you do something else with your time.