Monday, December 6, 2021

Rant: Food & Drink Bloggers, I Challenge You!

I'm throwing down a gauntlet and challenging all food and drink bloggers, especially those who have been in existence for an extended period of time. 

My challenge is for you to Step Up Your Game. Will you accept my challenge? Will you dare to challenge yourself and work harder to make your blog better? 

On Wednesday, I shall reach a huge milestone, posting my 5000th article on The Passionate Foodie.  Through all of these years, I've challenged myself to improve my writing, and to expand the scope of my blog, to continue to make it fresh and relevant. I'm sure I've made mistakes and there's still room for improvement. As I've mentioned before, it's a never-ending objective, to continue to hone my writing, to improve my blog.  

I don't view other food and drink bloggers as competitors but rather as colleagues. As such, I freely share suggestions and advice with other bloggers, helping them and hoping others will reciprocate. Even if these other bloggers attend the same event as me, writing their own articles about that event, they each bring their own unique viewpoint to their story. So, my advice here is given with the objective of helping others. 

Step Up Your Blogging Game! I don't want to hear excuses. I don't want to hear the reasons why you think you can't do so. I want to see results, to see other blogs improve and shine.

As the pandemic has raged, it has been a difficult time for food and drink bloggers. Restaurants closed, wine tasting events were canceled, and there have been less food & drink opportunities for bloggers. Some bloggers simply wrote very little, failing to up their game, failing to create their own opportunities. It's said you can best judge a person when you see how they react to a crisis. How did you handle the issues of the pandemic on your blog?

For myself, I took the time to write more historical articles about food and drink, original pieces often looking into the origins of these items. For example, I wrote A History of the Sahara Syrian Restaurant, which ended up being one of the most popular articles on my blog in 2020. Although the restaurant had been closed for nearly 50 years, the building remained largely unused and its iconic sign on Shawmut Avenue was familiar to many. I delved into the mystery of its existence, providing history about the restaurant and building.  

During this past year, I've written historical articles about topics including The Origin of Chinese Duck Sauce, The First Vietnamese Restaurants in the U.S., Origins of the Hamburger, The Origin of Salisbury Steak, The Origin of Jimmies aka Chocolate Sprinkles, Pizza History in the U.S., Some Balut History: Duck Eggs to Quail Eggs, Origins of the Pu-Pu Platter, and more. Even with restaurants closed and tasting events canceled, I still found plenty to write about. I just had to be more inventive, and devote my energies in a slightly different vein. 

Are you ready to up your blogging game? I hope so. 

Of course you don't have to follow my advice. Maybe you don't have sufficient free time or maybe you don't care about upping your game. I'm trying to reach those people who do care, to wake them up and hopefully stir them to action. I would like to see the food & drink blogging community improve overall, and that requires many of us to work harder at our craft. It takes us looking more critically at our own writing, to see where we can improve.

Are you willing to do so? Will you accept my challenge?

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