I’ve been thinking a lot about finding my voice.
I wonder what unique space I fill in the world that I can share through my blog.
What kind of recipes will I share? Should it be a vegan blog? Raw food? Healthy low carb meals? Juicing or smoothies? Those are trendy topics that I care about, but they really don’t represent who I am.
Should it be a comfort food blog, with rich yummy recipes full of potatoes and olive oil and chocolate? While I love these foods, blogging about them raises alarms with my #1 concern (See: Will food blogging make me fat?)
No, definitely not a dessert blog.
I could focus on cooking for one. It’s one of those issues I feel passionately about. It doesn’t take much time at all to prepare delicious fresh food and avoid those dreaded tv dinners I see so many of my peers eating for their meals.
I believe cooking for yourself is the ultimate expression of self-love.
You’re worth putting in the time and effort to treat your body right with fresh nutritious food without chemicals— but it seems kinda non-genuine, since I’m now engaged and living with my finance. I simply don’t cook for one anymore.
I’d love to provide some hard hitting social commentary through my blog, like Vani The Food Babe who is single-handedly responsible for the sandwich chain Subway removing a carcinogen from it’s bread, and Chick-fil-A to change their recipe to exclude corn syrup. She’s recently taken on Starbucks’s Pumpkin Latte. Her writing is super informative and her research seems fairly exhaustive…
…I mean… exhaustING
As much as I’d love to change the world by uncovering research like this, I think I’m more likely to change it by sharing Vani’s. This just doesn’t seem like my authentic voice.
Perhaps I’m struggling a little too much trying to decide which box I’m going to put myself in. I did a coaching call today and told the client (as a side note while discussing our mutual fondness of career hopping) “whenever I start to feel like I’m boxed in, I take a leap out of the box”. Choosing what style of cooking to focus on feels like boxing myself in.
Which is why I’ve decided to blog in my own name, and cover any and all topics I care about.
I’ve had some amazing, wonderful life experiences. I’ve traveled to five continents, eaten at hundreds of local foreign restaurants. Taken thousands of food pictures of my meals before consuming them. Met amazing people who have shared their stories and recipes with me.
I’m so grateful for the life I’ve been given, I want to share it all with you.
Who cares if that makes it harder to niche my blog? I’m not a niche, I’m a woman… and we’re really complex, beautiful, amazing and changing creatures. And as someone who is constantly changing, the only way to find my voice seems to be to share ALL of my voice.
And that means writing about many things. I’ll blog about my thoughts and feelings about food, family, health, nutrition, my recommendations for kitchen gadgets, information on ingredient, and yes, plenty of recipes and food porn sprinkled among the mix. I’ll tell stories about my life, travels, people I’ve met and food I’ve eaten along the way.
I’ll blog about doing things BETTER… because isn’t that the reason most people on the internet are seeking information? Entertainment and improvement… it’s all a part of Becoming Wonder Woman… which is the reason behind my blog title.
…but that’s a topic for another blog post.