Welcome to Only Here for the Food!

Though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time under Blogger’s platform, and more than that, blogging under my West Wing-inspired title, Optimistically Cautious, I’ve decided to change things up a bit.

Highlighting my adventures in food, this design and name should make it easier for those looking for inspired eats in Edmonton to locate and navigate my blog. As I had mentioned in my five hundredth post, however, I will continue to write about things outside the culinary arena – namely, television, theatre and events of interest in Edmonton.

Of course, to give credit where credit is due, I have Mack to thank for assisting me with this launch. I am not tech-savvy in the least, and could not have made this switchover without him.

Thanks again for reading, and I would love to hear your comments about the new look!

The Nature of Blogging

I must confess that I quite enjoy blogging. More than fun, I believe it’s a healthy exercise to regularly reflect and record observations and events in one’s life. To an extent as well, I think the notion of being judged solely on the markers of thoughts, ideas, and experiences is a romantic one.

I read an interview by Rolf Potts about the art of keeping a travel journal in See Magazine this week. On the subject of blogs vs. paper, Lavinia Spalding had this to say:

“A blog serves a wider purpose. It’s essentially published, which means that (in most cases, anyway) it’s been proofread and censored for public consumption. Thus, in terms of the actual writing, a private diary entry can be authentic and vulnerable on a level that something broadcast on the Internet can almost never be.”

I won’t dispute the fact that blogs can indeed be very public collections of personal information, but I am more interested in the nature of the media actively allowing for the crafting of identities. Although some blog for themselves, most are aware that somewhere in cyberspace lies an audience. Consciousness of “public consumption” intrudes, and what isn’t said then becomes more important than the content itself: the stories excluded are the more telling narrative.

I can hear my post-modernist literature professor echoing in my head. Or perhaps it’s just my inner English teacher roaring to get out. Whatever it is, I fancy the concept that a blog can be deeper than restaurant reviews, theatre critique, and fashion commentary.