All I Really Need To Know, I Learned From A Food Blogger

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 15, 2009

If you live with or have a Blogger in the family, you have probably learned a lot about blogging. Probably a lot more than you ever wanted to know. My mom told me some of the things she has learned about blogging since I started Oh She Glows 1 year ago. I wrote this list up last night and boy did we have a barrel of laughs while doing so.

IMG_1946 1. A Speed Reading course is a good idea because you will be reading…a lot.

2. Your camera must be attached to your hip at all times. This may be extra difficult if you have a SLR camera, 2 lenses, a tripod, and an external flash. You must know it’s location at all times. Oh and you better have the batteries charged too!

3. Like your camera and all it’s parts, carry a notepad and pen at all times. You need to be able to jot down your ideas whenever they strike.

4. Be prepared to eat a lot of tepid or cold meals. Eating is no longer the main objective of the meal, but getting a good shot for the blog is.

5. If you are a guest at said meal, be prepared to try to act normal when the Food Blogger is clicking away. Try not to show your annoyance.

IMG_7872 6. If you should be near a Food Blogger, you always must be camera ready. You never know when your big moment is going to arrive. Food Bloggers like to surprise you at 6am in the morning in your robe. Before you know it, your picture is on the blog for the world to see.

7. If you are a picky eater, you probably shouldn’t be friends with a Food Blogger. You will be expected to try the good, bad, and the ugly and act like you enjoyed all of it.

8. Don’t pay attention to the glares and stares when eating out with a Food Blogger. Others probably don’t understand the appeal of photographing a dinner roll.

9. Beware of using a Food Blogger’s white plate or dish. They may ask for it at any time, and you better make it turn up clean and sparkling.

IMG_0571 10. Do you think preparing Thanksgiving dinner is stressful? Try preparing it, knowing that a Food Blogger is coming to your dinner table, and critiquing the food for thousands to see.

11. Don’t be surprised when you receive blank stares from your friends when you try to explain to them that your daughter is a Food Blogger….and a vegan. They often will look at you and say, ‘Who is Blog, a new boyfriend?’

12. You don’t want to be around a Food Blogger when a recipe fails and they are on a time crunch. Quickly leave the scene, mumbling about a dentist appointment. All will be well when you return.

13. Familiarize yourself with acronyms like LOL, DH, IMO, LMAO, TTYL, BTW…FML (still not sure what that one is), but try not use them when emailing your friends. They will email you back asking you if your computer sent them a virus.

14. You need to stay up to date in the Food Blogosphere. You must not only know the names of the relevant Food Blogs, but you must be able to match the Food Blogs with the respective Bloggers.

15. You catch yourself adopting the behaviours of a food blogger. You have a strange urge to photograph your own meals when you are away from the Food Blogger and think about how proud they would be of your masterpiece.


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Jolene December 15, 2009 at 11:30 pm

LOL I love these!! I also love how my friends and family (including my inlaws) don’t even flinch anymore when I grab my camera and start shooting dinner!


Julia December 16, 2009 at 1:32 am

Angela! I just received my order of Globars in the mail, and even though it is almost midnight here and I’m full from a dinner out, I HAD to try one! I tried the peanut butter & chocolate and I must say…you are a genius! It is chewy, soft, full of flavor…congrats on an amazing job! Your bars are so worth the money.


Trail December 16, 2009 at 1:52 am

This made me LOL as I searched the house high and low for our camera to snap off pics of my dinner tonight! Turned out that hubby had it at guy’s night out. I’m quickly turning into a food blogger!


Carissa December 16, 2009 at 2:40 am

LOL… so true! It IS all about the picture (cold food or not), and I share your enthusiasm for photographing dinner rolls. It’s the blogger in me! The friends and fam don’t understand, but they learn to accept that the camera does come out while shopping at the farmer’s market, in Whole Foods, or at restaurants. :)


Tania @ Moment Anew December 16, 2009 at 4:41 am

LOL!!! Great post!! My guests scurry like squirrels when I whip out the camera!


Shannon December 16, 2009 at 7:51 am

Taking time to get a good picture has actually saved my husband some burned tongue incidents! He always wants to dig right in and then he burns himself! But my picture-taking forces him to wait!


Annie D. December 16, 2009 at 11:07 am

ISN’T THIS THE TRUTH?! My family dreads my presence at meals… hehehe :o)


Laura [Real Meal Steal] December 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

Too funny! Thanks for posting this! My Dad had dinner at our place last night and sat with his hands neatly in his lap when I was snapping photos. I finally realized what he was doing and said, “Oh, YOU’RE not in the picture, Dad! It’s all about the food.”


Lindsey (EatReadRun) December 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Hysterical! I love it. My hubby has recently tried turning the food blogger thing on me and randomly grabs my camera while I’m baking holiday treats and starts going on and on about how great this will look on “his blog.” He soo wants a blog – I know it.


Pure2Raw - Twins December 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

This is great! Your mom is so cute! She is right on target!!!


liane December 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Thank you for the laughs! I can imagine the fun you two had putting the list together :)


Meagan December 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Hahahaha this is hilarious! I printed it out and had my mom dieing of laughter. :-D


Diana (Soap & Chocolate) December 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Angela, this is hysterical. I can see where you get your sense of humor!

And yeah, I’ve all but given up on eating my food while it’s still hot.


mmclaughlin December 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I didn’t read through all of the comments, but I’m sure I’m not the only one – I love your top in the first picture!! And this post definitely brought a smile to my face tonight :)


Michal December 17, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Haha I love this post its too funny :) and right too. I showed it to my mom and she said “mmmmhmm… yep. right on the nose.”


Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 18, 2009 at 1:43 am

That made me laugh so hard. I love everything about that list. It makes me proud to be a food blogger!!


jo @ December 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

just came across this old post….ha ha ha ha ha! so true, hilarious! :-)


Vegan Radhika Sarohia December 28, 2012 at 12:53 am

I’m so glad you vegan bloggers exist, I’ve learned everything from you guys! And this is def one of my favourite food blogs:)
I am way too lazy to blog, I toss up a couple funny pics on my FB page every few days and that’s all I can manage [haha]


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