Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cheese Sandwich Day

Personally, I've never heard of a Cheese Sandwich blog, but apparently Food & Wine columnist Pete Wells has. He's raised a mild stink in the food blog world, but I don't think he's saying anything truly negative. His biggest criticism seems to be, "Listen up, bloggers: Nobody cares what you had for lunch today!" I agree. If you really don't have anything interesting to say, then why bother telling the world? Of course, my readership may think I am as boring as hell. (I don't get any comments here, so that's probably a truism.) On the other hand, this is my blog, and if I want to tell you about my lunch, I can. You have the choice of reading, or not. I do try to avoid the trap of posting the contents of my lunch bag just so I can say I posted something. (My lunch today, for the curious, has yet to be determined. I may forego dining this afternoon. Breakfast was a bagel from Wegman's, with butter. Dinner depends on the culinary whims of my spouse.)

Lots of bloggers, however, felt Wells' comments were a personal assault. Indeed, he did pull out random quotes from food bloggers, some of whom recognized themselves. So in league with my foodie compatriots, I blow raspberries (mmmm...raspberries!) at Wells and say that while all bloggers' blogs are not of uniformly high-quality, all deserve a little respect for putting oneself out there.

Being a new food blogger, I have yet to feel out what I really want this blog to be about. Should I use it to test out portions of the cookbook I am writing/plan to write/hope to get off my lazy ass and actually work on? Should I use it for restaurant reviews (I've always wanted to be a professional reviewer)? Should I post lots of recipes, or few recipes? So I've done a little of all of the above, I think. Does this make me a Cheese Sandwich blogger? I certainly do enjoy a good cheese sandwich. Just last night, as a matter of fact, I had.....

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