I know I'm not alone when I say, "I've got too much going on right now." For those of you waiting for the Earth to spin off its axis and fly into outer space, this is all expected. But for some of us, we just don't have time for an apocalypse right now.
But just in case it is coming, I made this dessert today:
The cake is an almond cake which I'm making for a wedding this weekend...more on that later. I topped it with some hibiscus sorbet because I think its pretty. And decorated the plate with out beautiful apple blossoms that are blossoming like...some other metaphor!
But really this picture is about FoodGawker and TasteSpotting. These two sites have become critical launching pads for food blogger success. And as their success has grown, their selectiveness has increased. For those of you not familiar with the two sites, bloggers (like yours truly) post pics from their blogs. Then we wait for a day or two to see if we are worthy of inclusion (content be damned). And finally if we are accepted, the picture is posted and hundreds of people read your blog. Wow.
I've had more pictures denied than approved and that has led to the changes in my pictures. I DO care about the quality of my pics, but I'm more concerned with the content and recipes. And truth be told, I'm not sure when I stopped blogging for me, and transitioned to blogging for Jumanggy and Tri2Cook, and ultimately to the world. I've had posts that get as few as 50 reads which I've assumed are random blogger hits; and I've had posts that have received over 2000 hits. Sure I like it when I get 2000 hits but it doesn't change how or why I post.
But I digress.
My concern over FoodGawker and TasteSpotting is that they are homogenizing food blog photos. I used to hit those sites almost daily, but now all of the photos look the same. Can any pic that is well framed, well focuses and well lit, be accepted...apparently not. I am confident that the pic above won't be accepted. I think it fits exactly what they are looking for, but it has none of me in it. I snapped shot after shot, moving my lights, adjusting my angles, and really didn't give a crap. All I know is that I wanted to eat my dessert.
Is this my proclamation of independence? No. I'll keep wasting my time trying to get pics published at sites that I think are harming the blogging world. The upside is that most desserts are better after they've sat out a while...like the half hour it takes to snap all of the pics.
Swiss Alps Bakery – Albuquerque, New Mexico
5 days ago