This was back when I was a shy, quiet lurker, surfing the ocean of food blogs daily. Every morning, I’d sit down in my cubicle, hunched over my desk so that nosy co-workers couldn’t see my laptop screen filled with triple-x-plicit food pornography that had absolutely nothing to do with my job, and start clicking away to my favorite food blogs.
My eyes feasted on everything from a simple snapshot of homemade brownies to breathtaking photos of sophisticated pastries. My brain digested a whole delicious buffet set out with recipes that transformed the latest find at the local farmers’ market into dinner, vivid descriptions of restaurant experiences, and hilarious stories about kitchen adventures gone awry. I’d laugh out loud, and then have to mumble some made-up excuse about “idiotic client email” over the cubicle wall. My co-workers must have felt lucky that I was the one who ended up with all the stupid clients.
I devoured all of it. The food blogs let me procrastinate a few more minutes before diving headfirst into my own mundane work and even made the dry, day-old croissant I was nibbling for breakfast with a cup of no-brand office-provided coffee somewhat palatable. I love food blogs, and garshwhaddyaknow, now I even have one of my own. :)
Last year’s Food Blog Awards recognized some of the best of the food blogs and I was so happy to see that many of nominees and winners were blogs I visited daily. Many of the nominees were also new to me then, but have become familiar stops for me now. Perhaps the best thing about the AH’s Food Blog Awards, though, is that it drew some attention to the food blogosphere as a whole. There is a whole universe of blogs that battle it out over politics or point fingers and laugh at the fugly people or gossip about the beautiful people, but I love this little planet of food blogs of ours. Sure it’s got its own little share of politics and pointing fingers every once in a while, but it’s got a lot more of the good stuff. Nic over Baking Sheet said some of this and more, much much better than I ever could.
The Food Blog Awards are now an annual event, as Kate has just kicked off the nomination period for the 2005 Food Blog Awards. There are 15 categories that will recognize the best of the food blogs in everything from Photography to blogs written by professional Chefs to Humour to the single Best Post, just to name a few. There’s no award for Sexiest Food Blogger, though. *chuckle*
I went to visit the award categories to do a little nominating of my favorites, and *sheesh* I was absolutely all ablush. Again.
After only recently finding out the The Delicious Life was nominated for an Urb, the Urban Blogging Awards from Gridskipper, the Urban Travel Blog, I find out that some lovely people have also nominated this here little blog for a few of the award categories. *blush* Thanks, guys.
I swear, I promise promise promise I didn’t put them up to it. I don’t know what broken eggshells in the bed from “Anonymous” you’re talking about. ;)
Anyone can make a nomination simply by leaving a comment in the Category’s post, so if the spirit moves you, whisper in the ear of the Accidental Hedonist, and go ahead and name some names by Friday December 16th. You can even nominate yourself. No, I didn’t nominate myself, though there is absolutely no shame in doing so. I’d love to nominate some of my favorite blogs, but I have a lot of favorites and it’s difficult to nominate only one blog in a given category. I doubt I could even narrow it down to just three.
Besides, sometimes my favorites change. You know, depending on the phase of the moon and how long it’s been since I’ve had a good piece of cheesecake and all that. *chuckle*