Friday, April 18, 2008

Well how cool is this?! Blogging with a Purpose

What a nice way to start the morning! Robin Sue at one of my favorite blogs, Big Red Kitchen, included me in her list of "Blogging with a Purpose" awards, bestowed by fellow bloggers (not necessarily foodie blogs, I learned). Robin did some research and I'm going to steal her efforts and post 'em right here: award started back in April 2007 by Eric Novak who wanted to start a Christian award to recognise bloggers' hard work and purpose, then was amused to receive his own award three months later! The very first few went to a few homeschoolers. Then they sent them on to their friends, who sent them on to their friends, and now the award has come my way, then on to some of my picks. I love how the Internet can connect so many people in such a short time.

I was especially tickled because it means someone besides my sister reads this blog (and I think she only does so when I remind her), and, I'm really new on the food blogging scene and I participate almost with a certain level of embarrassment. I am not an accomplished cook (although my recent short ribs meal, a first attempt, was stellar), I am FAR from an accomplished photographer, and until my boyfriend recently took pity on me by giving me a digital camera, I was using my cell phone camera for heaven's sake. In my mind I'm a brilliant food stylist of course. I "see" wonderful food styling photographs in various spots of my house. In reality I have the worst light imaginable, underwhelming equipment, and not a whole lot of patience. I could never, EVER work for Cook's Illustrated because I'd say "Oh that's fine. Just eat it!" after the very first batch. And then get fired.

I just hope one day the enthusiasm and skill will meet up and combine DNA. Hasn't happened yet, but hope springs eternal. So, until then, I just keep reading other blogs and taking inspiration from them all.

To that end, there are rules which accompany the award and here they are:

1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award; 2. The blogs which receive the award must serve some purpose; 3. In a post about the award, one must link back to Blogging with a Purpose; and 4. Awarded parties must post the award banner on their site. The banner must remain linked to this site.

Candidly, some of the "rules" are a little difficult to follow, although Number 2 amuses me. I'm going to write to my each of friends and say "I'd like to nominate your blog but I can't, because it serves no purpose."

As for the others, it's not that I'm a rabblerouser or buck administration, but I can't be certain whether a) the nominees have ever been nominated and/or received the award before, without combing through archives and b) Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman, who was proposed to be a Republican nominee for the presidency in 1884, responded, emphatically: "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve." Accordingly, I'll happily nominate some blogs I enjoy, but, like General Sherman, one can't force them to accept the honor, post banners, link back, or do anything. They may just click "delete" when they see my email.

On with the nominations:

1. The Grub Report was one of the first blogs I started to follow, several years ago. Stephanie Vander Weide Lucianovic writes about the San Francisco Bay Area scene, her forays into cookbookery, her cranky customers at the Ferry Building Cowgirl Creamery, and, stuff which annoys her on television. She qualifies for "blogging with a purpose" because Stephanie, a former fine arts and photography book editor and thereafter a graduate of a culinary arts school, shares her expertise with her "Chef is In" section. A few years ago a friend and I had a vital question about sticky balsamic vinegar, and she researched and gave us the information we needed. She also taught me the best-ever way to roast corn and was the first person who inspired me to roast cauliflower (she said it tasted like candy and I wanted some too), which is now in regular rotation. I guess I'm saying she got me to eat veggies the proper way -- which is blasted to heaven in an oven and tossed with olive oil and sea salt, which leads me to ...

2. My Husband Hates Veggies , written by Kitty. Her husband hates veggies. He also shares a number of traits with MY boyfriend (which at first had me worried and suspicious but I got over that). Kitty blogs with a purpose because she takes on the daunting task of trying to improve a man's eating habits by sneaking in veggies and other worthy fare. She calls them Veggie Fake Outs. Now, having said that, I'm sorry, I cannot indemnify her if and when she is sued by BOTH authors of recent veggie fake out cookbooks, The Sneaky Chef and Deceptively Delicious. They just need to get the hell over one another -- like once a cupcake cookbook has been published, there can't be another cupcake cookbook shortly thereafter? But I digress.

3. PostSecret. I visit this blog every Sunday. It truly blogs with a purpose -- I can't think of a bigger impact for a blog than letting people anonymously share funny, poignant, or sometimes outrageous secrets, which connect us all in the collective cosmos and make us feel like no matter how weird we are, someone else out there understands completely, and no matter how wounded we feel, someone will care. That said, PostSecret has never published my secrets (I've sent two), and one was a doozie (involving office garbage cans) which my sister insisted I send in. Oh well. However, witness the recent "secret" shared by a young man who was so lonely, he prayed his phone would ring now and again and he'd get voicemail (he'd never received a voicemail message. He shared his number and was flooded with calls from well wishers across the United States. It made him cry. That made me smile for him.

4. Stuff White People Like. I am not politically correct, okay? I'm not a racist, either. I laugh at all races, creeds, small children, and stupid pet tricks, all the movies by Christopher Guest, Blue Collar Comedy Tour and Kings of Comedy with fervor. So, I nominate this site because I work for a lawyer. He's really mean. Sometimes he makes me want to cry. I need to laugh every single day or I'll cry, and this site helps. A sample:

White People Like Paris Flea Markets. The Paris flea market
contains many authentic treasures from Europe’s past, including furniture, art, and various knickknacks. Though many white people could acquire these products through the internet, by purchasing it at the Paris flea market they are able to tell their friends “Oh, I found that at the Paris flea market. Have you been? It’s life changing, I swear I wish I could move to Paris.” It is considered good form to ask them more questions about their item. Once they say a word in French such as “magnifique” or “quelle chance!” the conversation topic has run its course, and they will like you for not correcting their pronunciation.

5. Recipes that Get You Laid. If this isn't a Blog with a Purpose, I don't know what is. I know, probably very uncool to nominate this for an award which has Christian values as its genesis, but, please read the intro to number 4.

Finally, thanks to Robin Sue, I will now forever refer to my recipes as ... "From the award- winning Warm Olives Blog", and, I get to create an "Awards" category. So, thank you for that. Oh, I need to re-do my header, now to reflect my new status!

Have a nice weekend, folks!


  1. Lol, ok just to clarify....My blog existed BEFORE Sneaky Chef or Deceptively technically, I should be suing THEM.

    My law team is hard at work on it this very moment...

  2. OUTRAGEOUS! See my intro to No. 4 -- I work for a bad ass mean as hell lawyer. Give us ar ing.

  3. Congrats on the award!

    Eric Novak

  4. Thank you, Creator of the Award! I know I'm smart-alecky and such, but I do appreciate it.

  5. Congratulations on your award!

    I'm a fan of Stuff White People Like too. It has me snorting with laughter(and realizing I am a total stereotype) every time I read it.

  6. I am so PROUD of you! My sister Kate
    taught herself how to do all this
    and at last she's found an outlet
    for her severe condimentia.
    Yay for your award!!!!


  7. My sister Weezie is the greatest, so I kind of hate to point out that a lizard with severe disorientation could figure out how to blog and snap cell phone photos, so, yeah, I taught myself how to do something which doesn't require a whole lot of skill. Well, not at my blog's level, anyway.