I think I have blog envy.
I write a food blog. I love writing about food, especially from my perspective as a locavore. I’m passionate about my subject matter, so why, when I read other blogs, do I feel envious and dissatisfied?
To clarify, I don’t feel envious when I read another food or recipe blog (well, maybe jealous that I’m not eating the food depicted in the beautiful photos on say, Darla Cooks). I only feel this gnawing sense of envy in the innermost part of my stomach when I read HUMOR blogs.
Humor blogs are like the variety shows of the blog world. You never know what you’re going to get: jokes, embarrassing stories, polls, contests, giveaways, slide shows, and photoshopped images are commonplace. Each post is a tiny well-crafted comedy memoir (or at least a glimpse inside the brain of a really funny person).
I not only envy humor bloggers, but I also admire them. Mainly because they laugh in the face of reality:
So I just split my pants in front of the entire conference room whilst bending over to pick up a dry erase marker? It’s okay, because I have a blog.
So I just “let a few fly” (in quick succession) during Downward Facing Dog at my 6:30 yoga class? Great! Fodder for the blog!
So I just spilled an entire caramel macchiatto with extra caramel all over my dangerously attractive co-worker while trying to press an elevator button AND lick the extra caramel off the side of my cup? No problem! I’ll put it on the blog!
So I just went on the worst date in history, which included being trapped in a dark room and consequently being forced to develop film for the university newspaper? All is well, because of the blog!
The dark room story actually happened to me, but unless I can somehow relate it to food or a local restaurant, you will never hear the tale.
Do you see my dilemma?
While I don’t foresee myself abandoning my food blog any time soon, sometimes I dream of joining the mirthful ranks of my favorite funny bloggers at Go Jules Go, Childhood Relived,The Good Greatsby and The Byronic Man. These bloggers make me LOL with each post they publish. I nod and chuckle when Angie from Childhood Relived mentions Cabbage Patch Kids or New Kids On The Block. I find myself laughing like a fool and wishing I could take a PowerPoint class from Jules over at Go Jules Go. Each time Paul at The Good Greatsby
is mean to mentions his kids I have a fit. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought to myself, “Oh Byronic Man, you dapper devil, you are so very clever” while giggling uproariously at his observations. But not only are these bloggers funny, they can also WRITE with wit and creativity. (I know that some, if not all of them, are in the Freshly Pressed club. It’s kind of a big deal, for those of you not familiar with the WordPress world.) I have blog envy on so many levels!
So what’s an aspiring humor blogger writing about local food to do? Can I inform and inspire as well as entertain? Should I attempt to write a funny food blog or a foodie humor blog? Can a blog even be two things at once? Does my blog have an identity crisis? Or do I have an identity crisis?