Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hear Me Out

I have an issue with some bloggers. (None of you of course). Specifically, people who portray themselves as perfect, people who don’t let any of their personal flaws onto their blogs. Seriously, come on people – nobody’s perfect! Isn’t the whole allure of blogging to connect with people and what better way to connect than through our inadequacies?

I notice these people tend to have theme blogs; for example: cooking or designing. There are a couple cooking blogs that I read and enjoy, but for the most part after reading a typical cooking blog I just leave feeling fat and like a failure simply because I don’t always use organic ingredients or because I didn’t get up an hour early to make myself an extra healthy and filling breakfast. Of course, I don’t read these blogs because I’m not masochistic, but the point I’m trying to make here is there’s room out there for more down to earth cooking blogs.

Soooo, what I’m trying to get at here is I should start a cooking blog. It would be in the format of a cooking show and it would be a half hour of me running around the kitchen digging through drawers cursing because I can’t find the right pan, drinking wine straight out of the bottle, and yelling at nobody in particular because I forgot to turn the oven on after I put the potatoes in. Go ahead. Try and tell me this isn’t the best idea you’ve ever heard. YOU CAN’T!

People would watch and think to themselves, “Man, if this girl can get dinner on the table I could probably cook a five course gourmet feast!” And they would be right. It would boost everybody’s self esteem.

Designing blogs also tend to grind my gears because they act like it all came together so easily and I haven’t seen that many that offer solutions for small rooms and or any that have good ideas for people who aren’t rolling in the dough. Of course, there are some good ones out there, but as I said before there’s room for more practical ones. I mean, really, shouldn’t the practical blogs outnumber the “Look how great I am and you will never be as cool as me” blogs?

So. I should also start a designing blog. I think the format would be pictures of different rooms with mismatched furniture and clutter everywhere and I would write rambling discussions about how I can’t decide what to do with the room resulting in absolutely nothing getting done. People would just shake their heads and say, “well, at least I am not as much as a mess as that girl.” Once again, raising people’s self esteem. The blog’s tagline could be, “Feeling bad about yourself? Grab yourself a drink and kick back because you’ve come to the right place.” It’s a bit long for a tagline, but you get the idea.


Anonymous said...

I'm sooo with you. Those design blogs leave me feeling like my house lacks something. I would also like to know how those cooking blogs have time to go grocery shopping AND cook with fresh ingredients night after night? I don't know how they do it.

Chris said...

I'd like to see a blog about cooking while drunk. Of course if you were to try something like this I would encourage you to have a voice activated recording device, a camcorder, and a fire extinguisher handy at all times.

PunkyBean said...

I'm so with you on drinking wine out of the bottle! I love doing that! My Dad does it too - reminds me of being a kid. Aren't my childhood memories heart warming?

Anyway, if the idea is to connect with others - we have totally connected! You cook like me and drink wine out of the bottle!

I'd read your cooking blog!

Jay said...

I was just talking about this with someone the other day. People who blog/brag (blag?) about how their kids are learning German and only watch 30 minutes of TV (and educational TV at that) a day make me want to choke a bitch.

As for your decision, I can tell you that there are a lot more food/cooking blogs in the Seattle area than there are interior design ones -- however that may influence your decision.

rs27 said...

Reality cooking is where its at. Make sure you have the part where you throw an egg at your boyfriend.

Thats the best.

Anonymous said...

I don't get themed blogs... I mean seriously don't you get bored of talking about the same thing DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY...

S. said...

Feel good blogs- genius. I love it!

I'd totally watch your cooking show AND I'd drink wine straight out of the bottle while eating take out in my hodge-podge mix-matched living room. FAB! It's a date then!

Pam said...

I love the ideas! That cooking show sounds amazing. That's exactly how I am in the kitchen...all flustered, running around like crazy and making a huge mess. Cooking is a huge process for me, not something I can just whip up on the fly.

Some of those themed blogs really do make me feel inadequate—especially the fashion blogs. I always feel really uncool as my first reaction is usually "wait, people seriously wear that?"

Matt said...

Sounds like you're going to be busy.

Good luck with all that.

Anonymous said...

During your cooking show, could you also show us how to decorate the kitchen?! maybe even some tips that will make the meal taste better. that'd be greeeat.

;) I would watch. Seriously.

Andy said...

Well, if you DO get on that, please lets us know.

Oh, and if *I* had a cooking blog, what you'd see is 1. cereal ; 2. toasts ; 3. me drinking the rum that is meant to be in a cake, etc.

You get the idea.

Bayjb said...

I can see what you're saying, I see your point too with "theme" blogs. Everyone is happy all the time? How does that work?

Heather said...

Totally love your ideas!! Why can't people who are 'normal' blog. Seriously I can't afford organic, and I enjoy Hamburger helper every once in a while.

I would totally watch your cooking show blog!!!

I'm a design freak and the design blogs I do read lose my attention more then they attract it.

Perfection is so overrated.


Elizabeth said...

I am going to subscribe and ride on your coattails because I am pretty sure this is going to turn into a pretty major TV gig one day!

I feel the same way about fashion blogs--if I tried any of that (and I wouldn't) I would look ridiculous, but somehow it looks okay on them. So, I am basically a frump, and my apartment is plain as can be!