Finding the Heart of my Blog

Gavin WrenBlogging

Ganesha God of New Beginnings
Why do I blog?
I'm surely not the first to ponder this and I doubt I'll ever be the last. It seems a rite of passage for bloggers to go through an existential crisis around their future, at some point in their blogging career.

Today, I blog for the same reason that I began blogging, to give me an independent outlet for my creative urges, free of clients and briefs. A place where I can explore my ideas, unleashed from the shackles of outcomes and expectation.

Unwittingly, I may have created shackles of my own.
The Blogging Treadmill
The dreaded treadmill, when blogging shifts from a joyous, carefree path of self-expression into a burden of routine and schedules. The weekly post deadlines, the content planning, the social media scheduling (although I keep this to a bare minimum of three tweets a week, only advertising my...come and read more...

Bullied Bloggers

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Bullied Bloggers
The State of the Blogosphere.
Bloggers are a funny bunch. There are nepotistic posses, crews and gangs who give each other props, RTs and likes. There are mavericks, out there to speak their truth and to hell with what anyone else thinks. There's love & hate, lies & truth. We represent an unregulated, free to enter world, where anyone with access to the internet can add their junk to the pile, or put the icing on the cake.

The low barrier to entry of blogging makes it seem like the Wild West at times. There's no regulation or official body and many of the blogger groups, collectives or award organisers are heavily sponsored by industry, or highly partisan towards a certain niche, meaning their message is ethically dubious and should be heeded with caution. I'm struggling to think of organisations in the blogosphere that are genuinely impartial. However, there is... come and read more...

Dairy Free Banana Milkshake with Peanut Butter, Shame and Sharing Life Experiences

Gavin WrenDairy free baking, Drinks, Vegan

Ice cold and ready for summer, this dairy free banana milkshake with peanut butter is also vegan, perfect for a hot day and anyone's diet, it's a summer drink that will keep you cool and your tastebuds tantalised. Made with any non-dairy milk, frozen banana, a smattering of peanut butter and topped with crushed pecans, it's even more delicious than it looks.
What's more important in life? Honest, open connection to other people or a dairy free banana milkshake recipe mixed with peanut butter and topped with pecans? The answer lies in their similarities, as you'll see...

I'm lost. Really, I don't know what I'm doing. I hit two hundred blog posts just over a month ago, I'm about to hit three years of blogging and I'm reaching a creative hiatus. I promised myself at the beginning that blogging will be what I want it to be. I swore never to cling to a certain subject or style, simply because that's what I did last week; it's the creative freedom which brought me to blogging, so creative freedom is what I must defend if I'm to continue to thrive in my blogging.

To be frank, I enjoy writing about life the most. Food may feature, because there is something utterly compelling about... come and read more...

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...

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…