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...

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…

The Scourge of Open Plan Kitchens

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Why I Dislike Open Plan Kitchens
I’m struggling with a bitter fate that our country is facing, a murky descent of moral decline which has been created through contentious decisions, which have the power to divide our country and remove any retained Greatness from Great Britain. And I’m not talking about Brexit, I’m talking about a far more virulent, silent disease which is sweeping through the hearts of our nation’s cities and rotting them from the inside out. What I’m talking about is open plan kitchens. I am simply unable to get my head around the proliferation of these ridiculous excuses for kitchens that have swept the property market over the last 10 years. They’re like a plague upon our country, reducing our property stock to ever more tiny little fractious blocks, equipped with mere ‘tea and coffee making facilities’ style kitchens which have barely enough workspace to prepare a few olives. The Decline of Western…

Should There be a Bloggers Code of Ethics?

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Should There Be a Bloggers Code of Ethics?
Elizabeth at Rosalilium.com, in her YouTube video on the subject posed the question, should there be a bloggers code of ethics? After spending some time thinking about it, I’ve put together my response to what I feel is a very important subject within the world of blogging. Should There be a Bloggers Code of Ethics? My initial reaction is that yes, there should be, because there’s often questions over the behaviour of bloggers, which is a sad position to be in. However my rebellious, contrarian self also feels that the essence of being a blogger is that we don’t have rules, because we’re independent voices and so don’t have to conform to any charters or regulations, that’s the whole point of being a blogger. Somewhere along the boundary of these two positions is the slightly more delicate subject of ethics. A lot of the points raised by Elizabeth are those…