Thank you very much for your help! I've closed the comments as I'm pretty much done with my essay...and it's only around 1:30 AM. GREAT. YEAH, I suck worse than that crappy parfait I had at Whole Foods.
The procrastinator in me needs to die.
Quick, easy questions about blogging that would best be answered by tomorrow because they would help me with my essay (although the other comments on my other entry helped a lot too). You're all pretty quick with commenting, which is lovely.
...Oh god, we're all addicted to blogs. Maybe it's not so lovely:
- FOOD BLOGGERS: Why do you blog? Why did you start a blog? Be a concise or elaborate as you wish/your boredom permits. I could suggest answers but I don't want to put ideas in your head. Obviously though, we all like food, so perhaps something that goes beyond that.
- FOOD BLOG READERS (which includes bloggers): Why do you read food blogs? Again, elaborate, concise, doesn't matter, although it probably goes beyond a love for food because I know a lot of people who love food and don't read a million blogs...but as I said, we're addicted. I don't want to know why you read my blog in particular, but the food blogosphere as a whole.
I guess I should answer these questions? If anyone's curious...
I write a blog because I must be partially obsessed with documentation. A difference between my blogging habits and other people's blogging habits (although I could be wrong) is that I have a gazillion blogs and website. Okay, not a gazillion, but I was just thinking the other day how so many food blogs were affected by the brief typepad suicide. I was wondering why so many people use typepad and it's because they have...a single blog, for the most part. I hoard so much crap online and only last year did I decide to organize the hoarding (hoarganizing), splitting my main blog into this food blog, a music blog, and the too-oft-updated livejournal of brainfarts. When I die, you'll still find a gazillion pages with "roboppy" on them. Hot damn, I'll be immortalized on the web! Wait, that's creepy.
I don't know if that answered the question. Er. Well, I like meeting new people, obviously. I don't take part in the community blogging events though, which kind of goes in line with my lack of community involvement in real life. I like having a small group of friends, although in reality I have very few friends...in close proximity. That also explains my tendency to blog and build relationships that way. If my life were busier, I wouldn't be able to blog this much.
Another thing is that I want to publicize food that I really like, or those that I don't. This is more important if I come across some great hole-in-the-wall or a really delicious cake that "no one" knows about. There are lots of places in NYC that probably deserve more attention and I want to help...erm, bring more attention to them. This goes in line with the obsession to document everything.
I like complaining. If I ate an army's worth of food and live (half consciously) to tell the tale, you will hear it.
I like hearing from other people that I'm not alone in my habits of eating enough food to feel small countries or enough sugar to kill most bacteria/humans, among other things. I really love getting comments.
And I suppose I'm a lot more egotistical than I think I am. It's not that I think my thoughts are so read-worthy, but it would be sad if I didn't think anyone else wanted to read them.
As for why I read blogs, it's a way for me to find new places to eat, to read great food writing for free, and to take part in culinary tourism from my butt-numbing chair. I'd say more but I think I have to go to work now. I was supposed to start at 1PM but the DOOR WAS LOCKED and I have yet to learn how to pick locks or walk through walls.