I am a food blogger. I’m also a health blogger, exercise blogger, and diabetes nutrition blogger.
But how would I define myself as a “food blogger”?
I’m waiting until the last hour to post my entry. Why? I’m scared. Plain and simple. I’m scared of getting cut the first challenge, of looking like an idiot, of failure.
But I’m joining this challenge anyway. I feel invincible. Fearless. I know that deep down, I’ve got a lot to give through my blog. Dale Evans once said “Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful.” I use my blog to not only keep myself accountable, but to share my food successes and failures with those who may be struggling with diabetes, weight problems, or just plain motivation needs. Writing my food blog is one way that I am making the most of what I have. I’ve also learned just how grateful I am through taking time to enjoy writing and taking pictures. I love taking pictures of clean fresh food and I literally feel my body breathe a sigh of relief when I eat those foods.
Facing a disease like diabetes head on is not easy. I struggle with foods I want, but my body cannot handle. Writing about those struggles and then showing how I defeat them give me the courage to keep trying. I can’t stop living, and I refuse to give into the statistics set before me.
Failure is something I fear every day. Failure at my job. Failure at my relationships. Failure in my health—which could have disastrous results. I’ve made mistakes along the way. The beauty of life is that as long as we are breathing, there are second chances and new beginnings at any point along the way. This contest is one of those starting over points for me. It’s a new blogging chapter and a new chance to make improvements in my life.
When it comes to food blogging, I don’t know much. I’m sure there are people out there who read my blog and cringe, click away, shake their head, and maybe even laugh for the WRONG reasons. I’m sure I make many culinary mistakes as I amble along with my food diary and pictures. I know for a fact that there are 2,000 more talented food bloggers out there. I don’t have a huge following of people who subscribe to my feed.
But I’m here anyway because I have something to offer. I still put myself and my food, writing, and pictures out there for the world to read. And I’ve learned to face that fear and know that it’s okay to share those pieces of me with others.
So, why should I be the next Food Blog Star?
And I have a lot more left to give.