Yes, I know, I’ve been failing to write, it happens. Right now my time is consumed with finding work, and working on recipes which won’t get posted here, but will be used in my business plan. That’s right, business plan! I’ve had an idea for a food business and am scrawling down thoughts, plans, target demographics, costing, and all sorts of things that don’t really jive with my creative side, but since they’ll allow my creative self to move forward. it’s got to be done.
But that’s not what this post is about, this is about two things I have found a little time to play with, first is Tumblr.
My Tumblr is Chaz French’s Food Things and what it is, mostly, is me sharing things I find on the Internet that are related to food. Food news, safety, recipes, tips, tricks, how-to’s and lots of gorgeous photos of food. Really it’s not a food ‘catch-all’ but more of a ‘this caught my eye’ I generally won’t say anything about it beyond a sentence, though sometimes I will.
Now for the Why? Because there’s a lot of things that catch my eye on the Internet, and I don’t always feel the need to expand/expound upon, but do want to share. I tried it here a while back with an occasional post of links, but really that wasn’t working for me. I tend to be very visual, and food is very visual, so when I saw the way some people use Tumblr and then started playing with it myself, I quickly realized that it’s exactly what I wanted to have to share all the bits of food things I see. So at last, I have a place to put all those links I’ve had bookmarked in my browser, or starred in my Google Reader and a couple of other places.
The second thing I’ve found time to play with is Paper.li, which is a service that automatically creates an online ‘newspaper’ from links that are shared by the people you follow on Twitter. I have to say that at first I wasn’t really digging paper.li, it was just this seemingly random, strange, and often boring set of links from people I follow on twitter (and many of them the same links friends share in Google Reader). As I was ready to just drop it, I decided to try a different approach and rather than culling links from everyone I follow, I stuck to just the people on my “food” twitter list and the result is a far more different paper.li, and one that I think is much more interesting.
You can check it out for yourself, here: Chaz’ Food Daily on paper.li; it updates twice daily, but personally, I find the evening edition to be a better selection of articles.
So that’s where it’s at for now…