Thursday, November 17, 2011

On why I blog and where I'm going with it


After the furore that resulted after this blog post and this, and the brouhaha on the Mumbai Food Bloggers' Facebook Group page, the PR agency and the restaurant have offered Kurush unconditional apologies and have both assured us that they have taken the matter very seriously and will look into why what happened, happened.  The apologies have been accepted.

However, this entire episode raised many questions in my mind, foremost among them being how am I perceived by the food industry and by PR agencies. And the feeling I get is that I'm looked at as some amateur cook/wannabe writer who's always up for a freebie.

Even I felt like that that evening and it was only the unconditional and across the board support that fellow bloggers showed us that got me my confidence back. I calmed down, got less emotional about the whole thing and thought about it. Why did I start blogging and where am I going with this blog? That's my main question.

The blogging began as an extension of my love for food, the English language and of course, the Internet. I love discovering new things to do on the net, I love social networking and for the last few years I even work online. I love writing. As I blogged I enjoyed the thrill of seeing my writings online. Every time someone posted a comment I was over the moon. I read other people's blogs, learned a lot about food and about blogging too. I started making friends.It just got better and better.

I have blogged on and off for the last four odd years and of late I have become more active thanks to my interactions with the loads of new friends I have made through Mumbai Food Bloggers group. I haven't even met all of them and yet I look forward to their next blog post, banter with them on Facebook and now on Twitter too, and look forward to occasions where I can meet them, one by one.

This is my space - I write what I like and I choose what I want to write about. Sometimes months pass by because I don't really have anything to write. I love food. I love reading about it, learning about it, shopping for it, cooking it, exploring it for new tastes and flavours, making friends with fellow gluttons and gourmets, and this blog is an expression of all that and more.

Where is this blog going? Nowhere. It's not meant to go anywhere. It's here already. A window into my world. Peep in if you like, walk past if you prefer.

10 comments:

dee said...

loved the read .. :) ..

Rhea Mitra Dalal said...

thanks Dee :)

Rushina said...

I think I would like to come visit for a bit every once in a while. Love you guys, u make me smile. R

The knife said...

yes...pretty much the same here...

k10 said...

Man!!!! RIDICULOUS!!! Service levels at an all time low!!

Sandya said...

feel at home with this blog... its blissful when there are no expectation and left it at that.... this blog delivers much more than what meets the eye!! Thank you! :)

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

What a heartwarming read! "Where is this blog going? Nowhere. It's not meant to go anywhere. It's here already." That's my favorite bit. Says everything for the rest of us as well. (hug!)

Pinku said...

Hey Rhea,

been reading your posts on FB, this is my first visit to your blog.

loved the way you said this blog is not going anywhere. Its here.

Cant promise to come in regularly but will be back for a peek once in a while.

Almost all of us started our blogs as a means of self expression and the happiness of seeing ourselves 'published'. of course the joy of the comments became addictive later.

Please dont bother about PR agencies or some such....continue to express what you feel.

good luck!

aditisen said...

Enjoyed reading it :)

crypticrow said...

the honest you shines through here in the last few lines :) keep writing please! if not for the comments but for your own self :)