Monday, July 5, 2010Y

The reason why this blog is so not happening

It's 1.30am in the morning and I'm really having trouble sleeping. Worse is when I know I have to get up by 6am later but I thought heck. Maybe a bit of light browsing wouldn't hurt. Until I saw this via email:

'Hi there

Your blog and your words are really nice and straightforward but don't you think you should get a better camera? Its quite a pity to see a good blog get drowned by lousy pictures.'

Not going to reveal the name or email but dude.... You think cameras only cost 5 bucks only don't you? Let me just reply your question with 5 straightforward answers:

1. I don't know what's up with the snobbishness of very heavily photoshopped pictures taken by bloodily expensive cameras. It happened quite recently and I'm telling you, I don't like it.

2. Reason #1 may sound like I'm just some pathetic poor hippie who can't afford a proper camera. Truth is, I really don't fancy those gadgets and given the chance, I would have gotten the camera. But what's the point of getting one when I got a phone with camera? To me its all the same and I don't care if those bitches with fanciful food blogs condemn me now.

3. I noticed a pattern in some of those very very nice food blogs. They started as pretty humble and simple blog, sharing nice family recipes and a total pleasure to read. Then they begin to 'show off' their new fanciful gadgets for don't know what reasons, and just have to focus shuttle zoom lighting whatever fuck their food and the next thing you know, some advertisements start appearing on the page, and they blog like thousands are flogging down to their blog etc etc. Then next thing you know, from home food like warming stews and simple cookies become blow torched blind bake whatever fuck. Their food doesn't even look like it's home made and so damn not convincing that it's good. More like something you will pay for $100 a plate in a stuck up restaurant. I totally understand how that appeals to those image and brand focus hordes like you but Hey... I want a simple food blog. Not a freaking online Gourmet food magazine alright?

4. If I were to start taking fanciful pictures, I think my focus would end up being on how the pictures turn out and no longer on the food. That totally defeats my purpose of starting this blog. That is just not cool at all.

5. This is a really simple and down to earth blog. I'm not going to persuade you that my food are awesome, I'm not going to convince you that I am so damn a good cook that my food looks like it's worth a 100 bucks but it's just me, at my home, in my plain clothes cooking something comforting and healing in the kitchen. I just don't understand the big deal about food pictures taken as though from the magazines but at the same time I do wanna show you how my food turn out. At least you won't think I'm bullshitting here right? And I hope it will help somehow if there's some sort of pictures if you were to try out the recipes. So a simple and clear photo to show you the whole thing is it.

Kindda pity those poor souls out there blinded by what their eyes can only perceived. What the heck happened to simple home cooking?


Katherine blogged@ 10:23 AM


Comments: Oh no! Some people are really tactless aren't they? And some are just plain mean and jealous! I totally agree with you...AND I think your blog is great ;-) Keep cooking!

posted by Blogger Emmalene : July 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM
  At the risk of becoming the focus of another rant-filled blog post, I don't think your (very good) blog is so much spoiled by low quality pictures as it is by your incessant swearing....

posted by Anonymous Lauren : July 6, 2010 at 5:35 AM
  Hi Lauren

Not very sure how long you have been with this blog, but guess what. This is actually my very first ranting post for the past 3 years. I'm not living life as though it's like Martha Steward Home and Living show and I hate to pretend everything in my kitchen is going so smoothly and sweet and all that crap. I am pretty much a straightforward person and if I am angry with how crappy my food turn out, I wouldn't hide it at all. Sorry that my direct way of blogging didn't appeal to you at all.

Appreciate your comment though. At least this 'apparently not very good' blog got you commenting.

posted by Blogger Katherine : July 7, 2010 at 2:24 AM
  way to go female gordon ramsay

posted by Anonymous Anonymous : July 7, 2010 at 4:24 AM
  Sorry Katherine, I obviously wasn't very clear:
I like your blog (read my post, I put "very good", not "not very good") and I like the things you make. I don't care that your pictures aren't high quality (I can't be doing with expensive cameras either so my pictures look "amatuer" as well) because they do what they are supposed to do - show the food. I'm also aware that this was the first ranting post, I just didn't want my comment to be the focus of another one. I also just find swearing a bit unnecessary in a food blog, that's all :)
I'm sorry if I made you cross. Have some Bailey's with me? xxx

posted by Anonymous Lauren : July 8, 2010 at 5:23 AM
  Oh my god. You are so dumb you can't even tell if people is siding you or not.

Yea you should seriously learn to grow up. Why not just admit you can't afford a proper camera it's easier on everyone.

posted by Anonymous Anonymous : July 8, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  Emma - Love ya blog ;)

Lauren - Hey hey I'm not crossed!! I swear I didn't but okay perhaps my words were sharper than a knife. I am a little aware of the swearing and we'll totally get some Bailey's.

Anon #1 - Not a Gordon Ramsay fan but still thank you.

Anon #2 - Yea I'm just simply too dumb and hippie that I totally don't see why I should get a camera for losers like you.

posted by Blogger Katherine : July 9, 2010 at 9:36 AM
  people were just leaving comments and suggestions on how things might be improved and you had to take it so negatively.

u're a sad bloke.

posted by Anonymous Anonymous : July 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM
  Anon #3, appreciate those with genuine suggestions and comments for my improvement but seriously, they weren't. They sound more like a 'WHY CAN'T YOU JUST BLOODY FOLLOW WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING'

So yea I will tend to take it negatively... just like your so called 'things for improvement' came to me too.

posted by Blogger Katherine : July 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM
  Agree with the recent trend of those snobbish food blogs. come on if you cook a huge pot of something fucking expensive and time consuming, you wouldn't be plating it and decorating it and all that shit.. you would be devouring the holy shit out of the whole pot.

talking about who being a sad bloke.

posted by Anonymous Greg : July 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM
  Hey kat! very nice blog and love your style. at least you are not all fake and snobbish. just be the way you are :>

posted by Anonymous Anna Yang : July 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM
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