Something tells me I’m not a joiny-in sort of person.
Wherever you look on people’s blogs, they all seem to be joining in something. Primarily photo challenge things, or sometimes books, or sometimes just ‘write a post about whatever word/s we suggest’.
One of the reasons is apparently to get people to blog more often, by giving them inspiration. Now, that is not a problem for me. I don’t need topics for posts. I could spend all day blogging on my countless blogs – but I do have other things to do.
I suppose the second reason must be to encourage networking. But, people, these ‘games (?)’ have rules!! Some more Draconian than others.
You are invariably meant to tag your post, link it back, email it, upload it to someone else’s site, and goodness knows what else. I lose the will to live reading through the rules. I thought blogging was meant to be fun.
So I admire people who can manage this sort of thing. I can’t.
One of my friends is taking part in a photo a day!! Taking a photo every day (although not necessarily posting every day). What happens when you go on holiday or you aren’t on the internet to find out the subject of the day?
Anyway, she has stuck with it so far and produced some interesting interpretations of the subject, and fortunately some text to go with it. I really dislike the type of photo blog where people show off their incredible skill and expertise courtesy of photoshop and/or £1000+ DSLR, there is no accompanying text ‘cos natch a pic is worth 1000 words, and they have 20 comments, all of which say ‘Supah photo dahling.’ Talk about wasting time.
Another friend set up a colour weekly theme – which at least was a bit less onerous.
And I saw on WordPress’s The Daily Post blog that they have a weekly thing too. This week’s was ‘Simple.’
‘Simple,’ I thought. ‘What on earth does one photo for that?’ Not that it is difficult, there is too much choice. The colour-related one was red and tomato soup. The pic every day of the year one was breakfast.
‘Wait’, I thought to myself excitedly. ‘I could join in this and kill three of these games/challenges with one pic.’ I was making red pepper and tomato soup, and it was a very simple recipe, and the leftovers would be my breakfast. Excellent. I pondered whether to add a swirl of yoghurt and coriander to my breakfast helping or whether to leave it simply red.
Of course, you can imagine what happened. And no we didn’t eat it all for supper. But I got it down my neck so fast this morning that I totally forgot about all these games and never took the pic. That’s the nearest I will probably ever get to participating. An all-round fail!
But, here is a pic of the ingredients, just to show willing,
and the recipe is as follows:
Red pepper and tomato soup
Put onion in pan with olive oil, or whatever you prefer, and let them soften. Add garlic if you like garlic.
Add red pimientos and cook until they soften too.
Add anything else you fancy.
When you think it is ready enough, zap it up in a batadora. Simple huh? Also quite delicious.
The recipe I vaguely based it on called for celery, and naturally that morning, I had blithely walked past the celery in the supermarket aisle thinking I didn’t need it, or I could get it another day, or .. or … or
It also suggests adding orange – some to the soup, and a slice floating on top. Getting away from the simple here methinks.
Almost forgot, my recipe book that I didn’t follow, suggested using a tin of toms. And tabasco, but that is always on the table anyway so irrelevant.
But seriously, tomatoes, red peppers and onion are a great soup base. Wish I’d made more.
Back to all the photo stuff after that tasty interlude.
If you are interested in the links for these sort of things, drop me a comment below and I’ll add the ones I know of, but right now that’s not my priority as I want to add some other links.
What I do enjoy reading are people’s personal blogs where they have decent photos. They don’t have to be brilliant, but it does help when they are part of a story rather than just something plonked on a page for the artist to sit back and wait for the praise to pour in.
Any regular reader will know I have a dogblog. And it’s always good to find new dogblogs whose person has their own blog.
JB is a cat, and her mum has a super travel blog where she features animal shots and travel ones combined. Check it out here.
Co-incidentally another cat – Mandu, also has a person with a travel blog. Check out her blog here.
Chancy (a dog), has a person with her own blog, not a travel blog, but a personal one like most of us have. However most of us don’t manage to take such excellent photos of birds in our back garden. Have look at hers here.
Almost forgot – I did stumble across a stunning photo blog that didn’t have too many supah dahling comments on it. Here it is for those of you out there who do enjoy photoblogs. Well worth a look.
I’m also in the midst of organising all my blogs, links, categories etc so asking for patience if anything doesn’t function in the short-term.
Clouds blog is now here.
And as a last comment, a good friend has started an interesting business in longboard skateboards – or skateboard longboards? Whatever.
I mention this because she has not spammed anyone about it, she has courteously and politely asked on her own blog if anyone would mind linking to it. I think that is the perfect way to behave – although probably not the best in hard sell terms. So I have no problem in providing a link to their blog here, and wish them all the best in their venture. Everyone knows, it’s hard enough starting off in business as it is. Good luck with Blacklongboards.