Today I met an old friend for the first time. I know it does not really make sense, but bear with me.
I ‘e-met’ Reneé, aka Mummy Tries, at the very start of my blogging adventure, almost 18 months ago. Reneé has a no-nonsense approach to pretty much everything. Her compelling writing and accounts of life with young children without the sugar coating made me want to keep reading. Reneé’s writing is passionate, easy to read and down-to-earth.
Since I have ‘known’ Reneé, she has had a baby and revealed her identity (she used to write anonymously). She has also written a book, gone back to work and changed her family’s diet completely to get rid of food intolerances once and for all. We became ‘e-friends’ pretty quickly. We have been trying to meet for ages, but with 7 children under 7 between us, it did not quite happen until today.
Reneé and I knew each other before we met in the flesh. I knew what she looked like. I knew her kids’ names. I knew their ages. I even knew that F had probably not slept much the previous night and C would be the sweetest girl. Through emails and reading each other’s blog, we probably knew each other more than you would some of your friends.
Meeting Reneé ‘in real life’ was like catching up with an old friend. We spent the afternoon in Coram’s Fields, a safe open space for children, close to Euston station and Saint Pancras. Our little ones had a great time together, moving from one area to the next.
Reneé and I are opposites in some ways yet so similar in others. She is a writer. Words are her armour. I am more of a creative type, with visuals at the forefront of everything I do. We both have one top priority: Family (see the capital letter there?). Not our careers, not blogging, not being successful in the traditional sense of the term. To both of us (at least that is how I perceived Reneé), being successful is nothing other than raising happy children who grow up to be decent members of society. That is huge, right?
We are also both passionate about food. We love eating and we started talking about blogging this afternoon, and what defines a ‘food blogger’.
Reneé and I both define ourselves as food bloggers. I cook every day, develop new recipes at the week-end, post recipes regularly, take hundreds of food photos every week, write about food in most posts, review food products, describe my toddler’s life with food allergies and my baby’s weaning journey.
Reneé creates and shares recipes for her family on a restricted diet. When she is not sharing recipes, she writes about food, how the family’s diet has improved her energy levels and her daughter’s behaviour. If that is not being a food blogger, then what is?
What are your views about food blogging? Do you think being a food blogger should only be about sharing recipes, or is there more to it?
Oh, by the way, I highly recommend Reneé’s self-help book, Become the Best You.