Bloggers Are a Bunch of Self Seeking Idiots

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Bloggers are self seeking idiots and people taking photos of art, rather than looking.
But first, let me clarify something – I love blogging.

I think it’s one of the most fulfilling, engaging and self-nurturing things that I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve found the process of creatively developing my own ideas, designs, words and photographs, without any client briefs, deadlines or meetings utterly liberating on a creative level. Having the freedom to write whatever the hell I want, whenever I want, has been beautifully empowering.

During two and a half years of blogging, I’ve written thoughts and feelings that I didn’t realise were inside me. I’ve transcended the world of keen amateur photography to become a professional food photographer. Through attending events and meeting people, I’ve gone back to university, to study a Masters degree in Food Policy. My personal and professional world has changed unreservedly, purely as a result of pursuing blogging.

Therefore, I believe that blogging as a personal indulgence... come and read more...

Katherine Frelon at Borough Market’s Demo Kitchen

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Katherine Frelon Borough Market Demo Kitchen chocolate bark and spice bombs
There’s always been a rule about Christmas in my family, that we don’t talk about ‘the day’ until my Birthday has passed on 11th November. This year I’ve made an exception to the rule for two reasons. Firstly because I decided to book a holiday for the festive period, meaning I’ll be doing yoga, eating exotic food and languishing on an Indian beach in 30ºC heat on Christmas Day this year and I couldn’t keep that quiet. Secondly, because I’ve just had an inspiring Christmas cooking session with Katherine Frelon at Borough Market’s Demo Kitchen, leaving me desperate to make some edible Christmas treats to leave for friends and family to enjoy on the 25th. Katherine’s philosophy about cooking the big meal has a mighty food-based hook, her position is that it’s completely possible to only spend 60 minutes in the kitchen on Christmas day. With the right preparation, a…

Find Your Future in Blogging – Two Years & a Career in Blogging VI

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Teaching Photography at Blogger Skills Academy
Welcome to the final part of my super special two year anniversary post, the end of the journey! This is all about following your heart and finding the things that matter to you. It’s all in there, you just need to look.
If you haven’t read Part 5 you can catch up with it here.
Give it Away. I’ve always felt an urge to help people. perhaps that’s why I started a blog, because there’s very few reasons to pour so much time and money into creating work for other people when there’s no immediate payoff. I’ve always had a desire to give things away, having often said that I’d love to be rich, just so that I could give money away. And Help Others. It came to me that photography is a big stumbling block for many bloggers. I was involved in photography twenty years ago, I’ve worked in…

Be Irrational and Give up Control – Two Years & A Career in Blogging V

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Fish eyes
Welcome back to Part 5 of my super special two year anniversary post, the penultimate piece of the puzzle! Being in control and rational about everything gets you nowhere. You need to be irrational and give up control, follow your intuition, then things can really change in life.
If you haven’t read Part 4 you can catch up with it here.
It’s in your heart, if you learn to listen. In the autumn of 2015 I attended a talk at Borough Market about the future of food. The panel were entirely unknown to me, the only association was simply the word ‘food’ in the title of the talk, I went on a whim. One of the speakers was a chap called Professor Tim Lang, a vastly knowledgeable figure in the world of food, who is a very engaging speaker and I feel exudes a sense of despair at the state…

Blogger Skills Academy – Simple Food Photography

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Blogger Skills Academy Photography Class
Last weekend I had an awesome new experience. I became a teacher. Standing in an East London photography studio, in front of a group of food and photography hungry bloggers, I spent 8 hours teaching them how to take great food photos and I had an utterly amazing time doing it. Blogger Skills Academy. This happened because I realised that bloggers are busy people with precious little time to learn photography or other blogging skills. Bloggers have loads of subjects to master, besides photography, so they need to learn in a very focussed way, in a way that relates back to the profession of blogging. They need to learn how to take great photographs, without having to trudge through the entire history of photography first. When I realised this, I sat down to see if I could write a basic photography course for bloggers. 8,500 words later I decided I…

Find Your True Nature – Two Years & A Career in Blogging IV

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Cannock Chase Sunrise
Welcome back for Part 4 of my super special two year anniversary post! This time I’m discussing how to find your true nature, how to see the things that really matter in life and realise which things don’t. Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for all the trees, but keep on walking and eventually you’ll get some perspective. The photo above was taken at Cannock Chase Forest during my 600 mile drive to Inverness, where I spent a week touring and camping in the Scottish Highlands, in the winter.
If you haven’t read Part 3 you can catch up with it here.
Fact 7. The most likes I’ve ever had on social media is 8,041 for a photo of a caramelised onion dip I made which Bon Appetit magazine re-Instagrammed. The Pain… Blogging has helped me find my true nature and changed the course of my life.…