When I started this blog in October of last year, I didn’t know much about the food blogging scene. I knew that there were hundreds of people out there, just like me, who enjoyed cooking, enjoyed writing, and wanted to document them in one place. I still have lots to learn, especially when it comes to photography, but I wonder how the explosion of all the social media will change food blogging.
I’m sure many of you have seen Julie & Julia, as have I, and I was thinking that at the time that her blog began, most people didn’t have a clue what a blog was (well, maybe I’m being naive) and I’m sure there weren’t dozens of food blog networking sites devoted to promote, share and see what other people are eating and cooking. Its pretty amazing how far things have come. Now there is Foodista, Food Buzz, Food Blogs, Food 52, Foodie Blogroll, Petit Chef and many more (not to mention twitter accounts). Sure Julie got lots of press (oh, and a book and movie), but would she have stuck out today in a world with so many food blogs? I’d like to think so, but maybe not.
Once again, I got side tracked, while at the same time promoting myself on every social food media site I know of, sue me. My point really is that with so many new social media outlets at our disposal, is it more difficult to make a name for yourself or is it far easier? With the Julie example, I think she would have been known regardless of when she started her blog. Having so many different social media outlets can only help you and give more people, in more places, the chance to see what you have to offer.
I recently read a good book on social media called Socialnomics, by Erik Qualman. He dives more into the business realm, but does talk about how social media can save us time and can make anyone a source for information. I think that applies here. Anyone can have a creative idea for a dish, recipe, restaurant and share it with the rest of the world in a matter of seconds. This can only be a good thing. I mean how else could someone from a small town in rural Alabama get hundreds of people following their blog? Sure, they obviously have a talent and skill that others want to see, but without today’s social media, would as many people get to see it?
I think that twitter, facebook, foodbuzz, etc. will continue to have an impact on how we blog, more specifically how we ‘food blog’ (can I coin that phrase?). The global reach of our food is limitless. Think about how a country like Vietnam’s food is a mix between the various countries that colonized, specifically France. That created a melting pot of food styles. Couldn’t the web and food blogging have a similar effect, though much less profound? I’m not too sure, but why not? I guess we’ll have to wait and see