The culture of ME, ME, ME and a mix of roast nuts to go with it


I'll keep this short today. The photos did not come off as I expected them - which has been recurrent, lately, I'm starting to think there's something wrong with my camera, because one year ago I was taking much better photos. It's when I transfer the image to my laptop that I can see how terrible the picture is, colour and lightwise, because on camera it looks pretty good. And then, there's no amount of editing to salvage it. This was actually the best I could get, and every single photo has been coming out like this, no matter how much I work with my settings, especially because on camera they look pretty amazing. If there's a problem with the darn thing, I fear it may be the end of this blog, as I cannot afford a new camera. Not that this would be a great loss.


Because, honestly, does any one still read blogs? I know I've stopped reading about 90% of the blogs that just three months ago I still faithfully gobbled. With the excuse that I'll read it later, or I don't have the time right now, I've been leaving behind many of the blogs I used to flock to every morning when I did my rounds of social media. Most times, I just can't be bothered. Can't be bothered wasting my time reading and applauding and leaving comment after comment that will have no return. My time has become far too precious for me to waste it supporting people who couldn't care less about supporting me. And frankly, most recipes these days don't even grab my attention - not even gonna talk about style blogs, I think I still read one or two, but because of the person behind it, not the fashion. These days, if I want a specific recipe, I go to Pinterest. No longer am I wastinga way reading blog after blog and leaving thoughtful feedback there. And I am pretty sure I'm not the only one. I think blogging is hitting an all time low.


Actually, I think this happens across a lot of social media platforms. You go on facebook, for instance, and yeah, I don't even get the posts of people I follow and want to interact with on my feed. I need to click on their profile to get to their posts and give feedback. Who's got time for that? I don't. Most times I have no idea these people have posted stuff that might even interest me, unless I remember to go to their profile. But the advertising, ooooh, that keeps stuffing and cluttering my feed, So I tend to spend very littel time there. As I tend to spend less and less time across social media in general - unless we're talking Pinterest, as I don't interact at all through it. I can spend hours there, just merging into mages and feeding my imagination. A black hole, trust me. We are more and more focused iupon ourselves, at every waking moment, all we care is ourselves, our personal exposure. We'll share this person's post, congratulate that other on their achievement, shoutout and tag this and that one, just so they feel kind of forced to do the same in return and we can get more likes, more clicks, more visibilty. US, US US. It's become a crazy circus. And I'm just as bad, my instagram feed is mostly about me, me, me. My food, my books, my woes, my life. ME.


If we have a business that pretty much depends on exposure and getting our name out there, I mean, this makes sense. It's what ends up happening. So once in a while I feel like I need to pull back, and really get to myself, tend after myself away from this constant pressure of being ever present and available to others so they will be to me. I mean, I'd love people to flock to my blog or my insta because they genuinely like my work, not because they want me to flock back to their feeds. But that's not gonna happen, so I'm taking a break with roast nuts and chilled wine - it's hot out there! You'll need:
  • 250 gr mixed nuts
  • 1 egg white + dash of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
  • cayenne pepper
  • turmeric
  • paprika
  • ground cumin
  • dried chives
Pre-heat the oven at 180ยบ. On a bowl, mix the nuts with the spices and the sugar. Whisk the egg white and add the water, whisk again. Pour over the mixed nuts, stir together so you coat the all. Line a baking tray with baking parchement, pour the nuts into it and spread them out. Roast until they're caramalized and golden in colour. Allow to cool, then break up the nuts, place them in a clean bowl and add the salt. Mix around and served with a chilled beer over good conversation. Such a treat!


Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I don't think blogging is dead. Not at all, but I do think the way we consume blogs has shifted and changed. we go and read but are much, much less likely to comment. we do that more on social. So for example, people come to my blog, read it and then comment on instagram to tell me that they liked it. Interesting right?
    I do think there's A LOT of content out there and with insta and facebook so consuming it's indeed hard to find the time for more minutes in front of a computer.
    I personally still like well written blogs and I read them when I can.
    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
    Big hug,

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I speak for myself only, for me blogging makes sense mostly if there's interaction and pageviews too, no one enjoys "preaching" out in the desert ahahahh

      Delete
  2. It seems every time I try to comment on a blog, it's made needlessly complicated with having to set up an account just to leave a comment, and when I do it doesn't seem to work and doesn't register my comment.

    ReplyDelete
  3. So I'm leaving this comment for a second time, as apparently I have to confirm who I am after I've commented and then get taken back to leave the comment again!

    ReplyDelete
  4. So delicious
    http://retromaggie.blogspot.pt

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment