Monday, November 16, 2009

Food Blogs and Friends

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I was sitting in a work meeting the other day, and the conversation turned to the downsides of technology. "Kids these days don't know how to really communicate. All they do is use Facebook or text. Why don't they pick up the phone or meet in person?"

I had to disagree. Even though I grew up in the days of dial phones, tvs that had only 4 working channels, and typewriters, I understand that technology can actually build relationships and create friendships one would otherwise never have.

In the early to mid-1990s, I was actively involved in In those days, only people who worked or were affiliated with universities had access to the internet and to the affinity groups that linked people with like interests together.

I became so close to some people in that when I became pregnant with my first child, several people virtually got together and sent me $250 as a baby gift -- big money even by today's standards, given to me by people I had never physically met but who knew me well.

Fast forward thirteen years later to when I started a new culinary adventure, this food blog. Things are way fancier these days, with individual blog templates, pretty photography, and search engines like Google, but behind the newest gizmos and gadgets are people.

And people connect. We become friends. We become involved and invested in each other.

Like when I teared up when reading about Ravenous Couple's engagement. Or reveled in La Table de Nana's idyllic life with her gorgeous grandchildren. Or enjoyed Mid-Autumn festival with Little Teachow. Or checked in on SippitySup who broke his jaw in an over-raucous game with his nephews (can you imagine a food blogger with his jaw wired shut?).

I could go on and on about Aggie, Trissa, Ellie, Zurin, Jackie, Nat and Annie, Mike, and the fantastic food bloggers that I follow.

Talented cooks, yes. But stellar people, even more.

So are food blogs really about food? Maybe. Or maybe they're about sharing the joy of every day moments and what we have in common, no matter where we live, our gender, sexuality, religion, what color we are, how much money we have in our pockets, or whether we're young or old.

As Ravenous Couple's tagline so aptly says, we're "cooking up life."

Amen to that.


Ravenous Couple said...

Ninette: We're so glad to have you as a friend! When we came up with that tagline for our blog, we first wanted to make sure ravenouscouple someone searching the web that it was about cooking, not some porn site! But we soon realized that tagline was also meant much more--and we couldn't have articulated it any better then what you have wrote..

The Little Teochew said...

(Hugs) Oh dear, now you've made me tear, Ninette. You speak my mind :) Cheers to you and BBBF!

zurin said...

What a lovely post! true indeed. :))

La Table De Nana said...

You made me tear also:) I love your blog..I love your posts..I think you're a Natural and I mean that in the kindest way..I see I am so lucky to have found you all:)I love learning and have met the kindest most knowledgeable teachers on the net.

Steve said...

Made my day, Ninette. Wonderful thoughts. I look forward to your posts and thank you for following mine.

Ellie said...

What a great post, Ninette. You made me tear also~!!!!!!!!!!~

Mike said...

Ninette, no truer words were spoken. Five years ago, I never would have imagined the people I would met through my blog. My life is richer because of it.

Trissa said...

Aww Ninette - I hate to admit on national web (ehm make that international web) but I got a bit teary eyed reading your post. I totally feel the same way! You are such a natural person and it really shows in your posts - no pretensions and I love it! I cannot wait to meet you. We will super take care of you here down under!!