When I started this blog over the summer, I had high aspirations and big goals about where this platform might take me. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to invest in those big ideas, and i began to feel stagnant. I spent much of December and January making a point to write (daily, if possible) without pressure to post anything here. I came up with at least 5 new ideas for this blog along the way…
Blogs help us show up, and that’s priceless.” – Molly Wizenberg
Yesterday, I read this passage from Molly Wizenberg’s recent speech at Food Blog South, and I realized the great gift that blogging has given to me– it has helped me to rediscover myself as a writer, and for this I am forever grateful.
Along with thoughts on how food bloggers are playing a role in the food movement, one of the core ideas behind this blog came from my observation that many food bloggers seem to use their blog as a way to not only nurture their self (through creativity, healthy food, and community), but also to connect to something bigger. These bloggers often move beyond their role of “food blogger” into something more like social justice work. For example, check out:
- Lindsay and Bjork, from Pinch of Yum, and their year spent working at an orphanage in the Philippines
- Jenna, from Eat, Live, Run, and her work with Noonday
- Alex and Sonja, from A Couple Cooks and their work in Cambodia with the Green Mango Cafe
- Katie, from Honey Stuck, and her new app, Plate Share
- Joy, AKA Joy the Baker, and her recent trip to Uganda with Compassion
- Nicole, from Eat this Poem, and her other project, The Giving Table
As The Giving Table helps us to see, Food Philanthropy is a potentially huge area where bloggers and other can make a big impact. It is a critical part of the food movement.
As I continue to think about what I want this space to be, I am more and more drawn to the idea of Food Philanthropy, whether it means participating in a food blogger campaign, volunteering with a local community garden, supporting a small farm through CSA membership, or helping out at the PB&J Fund when I can.
So stay tuned for the next phase of this journey. I’ll be back on Monday to tell you more about The Lunchbox Fund and how you can help make a difference, too.
Proud to be donating my post to @thegivingtable on 2/10! Food bloggers are joining with @thelunchboxfund to #feedsouthafrica! More Information >