I’ve been in a bit of a rut with my blog lately. Come September, The Starving Student will turn 2 years old! 2!!! I’m not sure where the time has gone. All I know is that a lot has happened since the sad, homesick me decided to start a food blog because she had nothing better to do (other than mope around in her dorm) before culinary school started. Now that I’m in university, I actually have to spend time taking notes and studying in general. In culinary school, this was a pretty foreign concept. But at the same time, I don’t want to give up on this altogether. It’s an outlet for me.
The problem is, depending on my schedule with school, work and everything else, I’m not always home to cook dinner or bake up a delicious batch of whatever it is that I’m craving. Not only that, but if I really want to grow The Starving Student, I need to make a niche for myself. Everyone has a food blog nowadays. It’s actually pretty depressing impressive when you scour the internet and see the thousands of truly high-quality blogs that are out there. I’m just a tiny fish struggling to manoeuvre my way through an over-crowded sea (if only our oceans were actually like that).
At the beginning of July I had the opportunity to volunteer out on the Siksika reserve, cooking for volunteers and residents that were cleaning up after the floods. It was a pretty exciting day cooking with some big hitters in the Calgary culinary scene. Our “head chef” for the day was Chris Shaften, formerly on Top Chef Canada. We were also joined by Dan Clapson, who writes for such publications as Avenue Magazine. As a fellow food blogger, his best advice for me was to do something that sets me apart. I brought up the idea of somehow combining food and psychology (as that is what I am majoring in), and he loved it. But until now, I hadn’t figured out how I was actually going to do so.
I finally think I have come up with some ideas to integrate the two concepts into a section called “Food for Thought”. Not only will it give me the opportunity to post more often, it will hopefully provide some new and exciting material that people haven’t really considered before. By no means am I going to quit posting recipes, instead I am going to throw in a combination of topics to make the blog a bit more well-rounded. I also plan on adding extra tidbits about hikes and other outdoorsy activities that I enjoy doing. Really, I just want to be able to post about things that I love and hopefully that passion will translate through to your reading experience!
So that’s my New Year’s Resolution…in August. I’ve always been the first to say that I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because we should all make resolutions to be better EVERY SINGLE DAY. So here on Monday, August 19, 2013, I’m publicly stating that it is my goal in the coming days, weeks and months to blog MORE OFTEN and share thoughtful topics and INSIGHTFUL IDEAS. If I can make you think to yourself, “wow, that’s something I’ve never considered”, then I have done my job. As well as this, I would also like to grow my social following, especially on Instagram. I will try and grow it organincally, but a friend of mine recommended that if I don’t see many results this way, then there are always options such as using an instagram manager to help get more followers. This is one goal that I aim to do well in, regardless of how the followers are gained! Anyway,
now I’m going to drink this Nutella banana smoothie and get typing. Stay tuned!
Nutella Banana Smoothie
1 handful of ice (5 or 6 cubes)
1/2 cup milk (skim, 1%, 2%, totally up to you)
1 tbsp. Nutella (or peanut butter if you prefer)
Blend it up and gulp it down!