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...

It’s About Me, Not You – Two Years & A Career in Blogging III

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

it's about me not you a career in blogging
Welcome back for Part 3 of my super special two year anniversary post! Today I’ll explain why it’s all about me, not you, the reader. You see that image up there, that was my office a few weeks ago, one of the benefits of freelance life, spending the day working in Richmond Park with my little pooch!
If you haven’t read Part 2 you can catch up with it here.
It’s Not About You. In the early days of writing my blog, I read some enormously misguided information. In particular, I read an article about how to create blog posts, which extolled the virtue of writing for the audience. Writing for you, the reader. It was saying how it’s all about the reader and that’s what I needed to focus on. It was a lie. Fact 6. You can never, ever expect to know what someone else is thinking. It’s…

Growing a Blog – Two Years & A Career in Blogging II

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Growing a blog 2 years and a career in blogging
Welcome back for Part 2 of my super special two year anniversary post! Today is about growing a blog and growing the inner me.
If you haven’t read Part 1 you can catch up with it here.
Psssst, Wanna Hear a Secret? I’m going to talk about growing a blog and how I found my style, but first, can you keep a secret? Do you want to see my traffic for this blog over the last two years? Do you? Well here it is: When I look at that graph, I feel quite proud. If I ever need an example of solid, consistent traffic growth then I’ll refer back to that graph, because it’s constantly creeping up and up and there’s no shame in never having ‘gone viral’. Only very few if us will ever go ‘full viral’, and retaining those viral visitors can be quite tricky, leaving you with…

Monetise – Two Years & A Career in Blogging I

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

A Bloggers Desk
I’m incredibly proud to announce that it’s my blog’s second anniverasry! Woo-hoo! How exciting! Where’s the confetti cannon emoji when you need it! Today I’m going to talk about how to monetise a blog. Or how not to. It’s My Party… To celebrate this truly momentous occasion, I’ve poured my heart into the internet and written a very special, personal, self-indulgent six-part blog post about my experience from that first intrepid post through to my blog’s second Birthday. I’m indulging myself and writing about what’s happened to me in these two years and how I’ve created a completely new career, simply through my blog. Happy Birthday, Dear Oeufs. This blog was two years old on Sunday, meaning those two little eggs at the top of the page have come of age. I started blogging on 31st July 2014 with a very nervous post saying “Errr, hello world?”. It was a…

Recipe Modification, Diversification and Bastardisation

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Recipe modification, diversification and bastardisation
Respect the Recipe. There have been many occasions, both on this blog and in my real, physical existence, where I’ve managed to work myself into a contorted fit of rage over inappropriate recipe modification of certain traditional dishes. I have enormous respect for time honoured, traditional recipes, the amazing dishes and techniques which have been handed down through time for each generation to enjoy. Often based in simplicity, or invoking a fundamental technique of a certain culture’s cooking practice, these recipes are social icons, they have ubiquitous names and often represent entire avenues of cuisine. It took a while before I fully vocalised this point of view. At first I was merrily jumping on the food blogger bandwagon, happily latching on to any name that I thought were fit for purpose with the recipe I had just published. Little did I realise that I was simultaneously contributing to the decline…

Welcome to my blog!

Gavin WrenFood Blogging

Hello, and welcome to my blog. This is my first post, so you will have to bear with me whilst I build up some posts. I hope to fill this blog with a wide range of posts around a central theme of food; such as recipes, techniques, courses, shops, experiences plus other information about blogging and my experiences as I learn. You can find more information about me on the ‘about’ page, you should find the link just up there ^ in the green bar. So, that’s all for today, more coming very soon – and I hope you like the potatoes. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Would you like a friendly e-mail once a…