Friday, 21 September 2012

Time for a change?

When I first started this blog, two and a half years ago, I set myself two challenges: To break away from cooking the same, limited repertoire of dishes; to experiment; and hopefully become a better cook along the way. The other challenge was to use my by that point, extremely disused DSLR as I was no longer running around London photographing gigs. 

I'd like to say I've achieved both of those goals. I've blogged over 150 recipes, I've tried new cuisines, I've even started baking, which is never something I thought I'd do. There have been some disasters along the way, but I'd like to think I've become a pretty decent home cook. It's also served as a useful reference point when I've wanted to make something again - rudimentary recipe testing! 

I think I've also improved as a food photographer and I've learned a lot about presenting dishes. It's certainly forced me to rethink how I present food and move away from my usual school dinner lady style of dishing up. Not even the most delicious dishes can withstand being photographed when you've hurled the food onto the plate from a height.

But now, I'm starting to think about broadening my horizons. I want to take my now extremely aged camera out and about with me a bit more. I want to blog about things other than food (travel, things to do in London, photography, and bits of my life). Of course, I will still blog recipes - nothing in the world will stop me cooking - but I wanted to ask YOU, dear readers, if you would mind me casting the net a little wider?

People follow food blogs generally because they are interested in the recipes or the restaurants, not what someone is doing in their life and I've tried to bear this in mind when writing posts. However, as many recipes have a story to some degree the context makes for a more enjoyable reading experience. I guess I want to add a little more context overall. I've loved being a food blogger and have met some wonderful people through it, but I'm ready for a new challenge. 

The options are this: I can either turn Crumbs for Dinner into a more general blog, or I can start afresh. I will of course still post recipes here, though they will be much less frequent. So what should I do? start afresh or let Crumbs for Dinner grow into something bigger and better? The choice, as they say, is yours!


  1. I don't think there's any harm in casting a wider net under CFD. The recipes will still be here, and if people are only interesting in those, they can click the appropriate label/tag. My blog, while it doesn't have a large audience, began as a European travel blog, but now it's nothing of the sort. I'm glad I branched out, otherwise there'd be nothing to share. I'd love to see more photographs (you're such a great photographer) and read about the other things you get up to. So, I say go for it!

  2. After reading Michelle's comment I agree too, as i was sitting on the fence with pro's and con's. You could have tabs for recipes, London, travel, (france!) and that. I also think that any blog, whether it be food, make up, or just lifestyle needs a 'person' to it, and like you said your posts already have that element.

    its like with my blog, i don't just post BB news and designs, its a whole mix.

  3. Cast your net dear friend, there will always be something to eat from time to time!

  4. Somehow the below post didn't attribute to me, so I will repeat my message. Cast your net! Grow and be creative.

  5. Branch out! The thing I love about food blogs is finding out more about the person behind the blog and their lifestyle - otherwise I'd just read a recipe book!