behind the scenes :: of a life/food blogger

I’ve been thinking for a while to start a little “behind the scenes” series – I have a bunch of ideas for future posts, but what better way to start it off than with the classic? I’m sure that for fellow bloggers, a lot of this will resonate with you (and make me feel like I’m in good company!) – it’s just a fun little list of the common happenings of someone who likes to talk about stuff on the internet.

My camera is surgically attached to my hip.

It’s a given, and kind of a necessity. The moment you realise you forgot your camera on your way to something/somewhere bloggable? It’s that shock horror emoticon.

However good I think I am at spelling & grammar, I make mistakes and then someone calls me out on them.

You are all too polite to point them out so I’ve never got any such comments, but luckily my sister is my spelling & typo police. Many a time she has texted me pointing out my mistakes, which I’ve hastily corrected (or forgotten about…oops.). I don’t mind it in the least, and it only proves that she is a very loyal reader!

I take time on the weekends and some evenings to write and schedule posts.

This explains the slight lapse in time of my blog content compared to “real life”, as most posts are published about a week (on average) after the fact. Posting every other day takes a considerable amount of organisation and commitment, so you have to be on the ball! I try to schedule all posts for the week (or longer) on the weekend so that I don’t have to worry about it during the week, but of course sometimes I fall behind and end up writing at 11pm for the next day’s post!

My close friends and family get very used to my snap happy ways.

Or at least, they put up with it which is very understanding of them. Especially when it comes to eating together – the “no eating before Miho takes pictures” rule is something that happens almost naturally when I’m with my closest friends! I choose not to post any faces of my friends on WTW – they haven’t banned me or anything, I just want to respect their privacy. E doesn’t like having photos taken of himself, but he obliges to stay in my good books! He is a trooper with my food photos in restaurants – he’s even got to the point of asking to be sat where there is most light for my benefit! He’s a good egg.

I didn’t tell anyone about my blog for about 6 months, and still kept quiet about it for a while longer.

I suppose I was worried that people would think it was silly, although that is a silly worry itself. Once the cat was out of the bag though, I felt more comfortable spreading the word and I should have known that my amazing friends would be more than supportive! I know that to some people, the idea of documenting their life (or snippets of it) is completely unappealing, but it comes naturally to me and I enjoy every minute of it.

There are issues, thoughts and musings that I would love to write about, but haven’t quite plucked up the courage to, considering how public this platform is. 

I didn’t set out to write a blog that gets too personal, but I for one love to read other bloggers’ posts that dig a little deeper – maybe I will one day. It’s just a scary thought that technically, anyone in the world could read what I write!

That’s all for now, folks – there’s more where those came from, but maybe some of you might share your “behind the scenes” confessions if you’re a blogger too?

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  • Reply Lisa

    Good list. My biggest confession is probably that, beyond my boyfriend, I still haven't told anyone I know about my blog. Every now and again I do have a bit of a stress dream about work finding out and firing me (I'm not sure why as I don't post anything I wouldn't want them to see or that identifies me as working there but apparently the subconscious fear is real).

    December 20, 2014 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Angie Silver

    My blog confession is quite personal, I fear with all the meals out I'm going to put on weight and then I'll want to put a hold on doing my blog…or stop doing so much food anyway…I'm quite determined not to let that happen. How do you find blogging every other day? I was doing three times a week with the occasional extra but in the New Year I think I'm going to move it up to four. My main worry with this is that people may find it too much…but I've just got too much to say to keep it restricted to three!Lots of love,Angie SilverSpoon London

    December 20, 2014 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Lucy

    Really enjoyed reading this. Lots of what you shared I was sitting nodding, my family all know now to wait before they eat so I can take a picture. I currently post twice a week which with a 50 hour a week job is hard going the posting late at night is definitely me. The comment by Angie made me laugh I am living that dream a year of blogging I am a stone and a half heavier Lucy x

    December 20, 2014 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Amongst my family and friends, I still haven't really publicised to most people that I have a blog! xx

    December 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Ellen Smith

    Good list which I am sure that everyone can relate to πŸ™‚ I have just found your blog and it's really cool. I'd love it if you read mine.

    December 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply To The River

    The first and second made me laugh seriously. Earlier this year I felt such an anger when my camera broke somewhere in Valencia on my way to my friend's wedding which I ve been waiting for almost three months, I didn't know it will take me three days to put my bad temper under control. And the second one, English is not my native language and at some point I needed to forgive myself all the previous and all the future mistake I m gonna make because forme it s something not possible to be escaped. But at the end I like ur blog because of that what it reflects and that's what make it interesting and beautiful and I do hope my mistakes will be forgiven in the same manner (-:

    December 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply

    I sometimes worry that my life is out there. That's my confession. Great post, it's so interesting to see how you feel. Hoping to have a more consistent approach in the new year to posts. xx

    December 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Ice Pandora

    Hahaha, oh dear I find so many similar thingsin here like the 'no eating first before I tooka gazillion pictures of this plate of food' πŸ˜› And just like you I was a bit scared of how myfriends react about my blogging but they allwere surprised and delighted to see how 'pro' (ahum) my blog looks like! Anyway Miho,keep up good work and food posts! Xx

    December 20, 2014 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Georgian

    I keep my blog pretty quiet too! Eventually I will come out with it.

    December 21, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Sarah Shumate

    My husband is essentially my "editor". He always checks to make sure I haven't made any typos, and good thing, too. I'm awful at catching them!Also, I understand your feelings about not telling family and friends about your blog at first. I felt the same way, but after awhile it eventually came out. And you know, lifestyle blogging is really only an extension of what everyone else does on facebook anyway. There are more pictures and more words on a blog, but people are documenting their lives on FB, too!

    December 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    Love this post! I am the same with photos of food. My boyfriend and close family know they should let me snap some pics first πŸ˜‰ And you know what, I still haven't told all of my friends and family about the blog either! My parents, brother, sister and best friend know about it, but that's about it. It was really sweet because my sister said she showed the blog to her colleagues the other day and they all loved it. I guess I just feel embarrassed sometimes like they're something wrong with me doing it and I'm such a show off. But as my boyfriend says: if you love doing it, that's all that matters. And I love it so much! Great post Miho!! xx

    December 22, 2014 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Jane

    I realized some of my spelling and grammar mistakes too! And I used to be in the field of communications! πŸ™‚

    December 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Camila

    All so true! My mom is my grammar police ha! And I'm super happy that people actually start getting used to my weird snappy moments – my boyfriend even reminds me sometimes to take photos when I forget πŸ™‚

    December 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Hehe Ilhan also doesn't like photos of himself but he also puts up with it to stay good in my books lol. And I'm surprised to hear you didn't tell anyone about your blog for a while because it's seriously such an amazing blog. And I look forward to you posting more personal things hehe I love posts that "dig deeper" as you say and I would love to get to know you better :]

    December 29, 2014 at 5:07 am
  • Reply Nicole Rouge

    I love these behind the scenes posts. I'm with you on so many of them. It's a whole other world isn't it πŸ™‚

    January 7, 2015 at 6:11 am
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