Tuesday, July 23, 2024
BLOGSThe Culinary Mind

Hello World!

I’ve been blogging in one form or another since 2005, most of which on the WordPress platform, hence the traditional WP title of the first post on a new blog. My very first blog was about the TV show LOST where I wrote superfluously long theories about what I thought was going on the island. None of which turned out to be correct.

I’ve even dabbled a bit in fan fiction for a while, and decided that it would be best to move on to other things once I started to ponder what the Harry Potter books would be like from the perspective of Crookshanks the cat.

My friend and WordPress guru Lorelle VanFossen told me as I started my first food blog to just write. Never mind about what the page looks like, just focus on the content – so I did.

Then in 2009, I was asked to do my first paid writing gig for Metromix Honolulu. That led to more gigs with Metromix, and then eventually with Nonstop Honolulu, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Frolic Hawaii, and even for a while, official photographer the the Governor of Hawaii. I got to attend concerts for free, eat great food made by top chefs, travel, and witness some amazing events. It was a fun ride for a few years, then I started to want something more intellectually, so I stopped and didn’t write anything for almost all of 2016.

As a blogger, I created a persona, and my posts were filled with content that said, “look at me.” As a result, whenever I would meet people who read my blogs, they would talk about all the cool stuff they would see me do, however would really know nothing about me, what I stood for, or what I believed in. The posts that I felt best about were those in which I took a stand on a given issue. It required thought, and most of all, the conviction to put it out there  and say, “this is what I believe in!” Not surprisingly, those were always the posts that a lot of readers gravitated towards.

The opportunity arose to join other digital refugees on Hawaii IRL, or as I like to refer to it, “Parkrat’s Home for Wayward Bloggers.” It would enable me to focus on content without having to worry about the bells and whistles of running a site.

My mind has been buzzing lately with ideas that I want need to get out. Therefore, I’ve decided that it is time to take the emphasis off what I am doing, and use this venue to focus on what I am thinking.

This is the Culinary Mind.      

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