Good eveeeening! Actually, would you look at the time? “Morning” is officially here at 1:30 am.
Uh oh. It’s 1:30 am? Bear with me.
I have so much catching up to do, but then again, when don’t I have catching up to do? It’s one of those traits that I thought just came with the territory this past year – love it or hate it. But I’ve had a small epiphany in the past week thanks to several good conversations with my business partner.
I need to shape up and ship out!
What does that mean, exactly? Although I have always placed high value on the quality of the posts I write, I’ve realized that getting too caught up in the content has caused me to avoid posting every day. I deem my smaller thoughts and passing ideas “trivial” and wait for that big moment where I have enough pictures, enough recipes, enough ANYTHING to write a long and windy post for you all.
But this leaves both me – and I’m sure you – a bit frustrated. I have no idea when I’m going to post next and therefore you have no idea when I’m going to post next. Sure, our friend Google Reader keeps us on our toes, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could count on at least some sort of schedule from me? I know that at the end of the day, this is my blog and its on my terms, but I think I need a schedule, too.
Enter the concept of shipping.
Seth Godin explains it best here: Finding Inspiration Instead of It Finding You. In a nutshell, he suggests that instead of waiting for the muse to strike you, just start writing anyway.
I see so much food-related inspiration and thought around me every day and think, “I should write a blog post about that.” But then time passes me by and the words don’t flow from my fingers the way I imagined they would, so I set it aside and tell myself I’ll do it tomorrow.
And so September 16 becomes September 22.
My goal is to start sharing those ideas, events, recipes, meals and whatever else there may be with you as they happen. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean I’m suddenly going to be posting Twitter style updates as blog posts. It only means that you may see me popping up a little more consistently.
Now, I can’t promise I will be posting during my wedding – in fact, I guarantee I will not be. But these random holes in my blogging calendar are about to be filled with spontaneity. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Flat Top Blogger Dinner
Now that I’ve officially scared all of the lovely women I went to dinner with tonight with my impromptu rant, I would like to tell you about our fabulous blogger get together at Flat Top Grill.
Five of us met up after work at the Loop location. Flat Top is a create-your-own stir-fry restaurant that uses fresh ingredients and homemade sauces. They also cater to those with food allergies, as well as vegetarians and vegans. In short, there are a wide array of options on the menu.
When you get up to the stir-fry bar, you throw all your grain and veggie ingredients into one bowl and your protein into the other. I chose brown rice with red and green bell peppers, edamame, pineapple, tomatoes and mushrooms. Then came the multitude of sauce options – the beauty is that you don’t have to pick just one! I had a combination of teriyaki, soy sauce, sesame and hoisin kung pao for a kick.
I chose chicken for my protein and then brought everything over to the flat top grill where they throw it all together. Here is where you can choose your sticks. They have many different colors that each symbolize different things you want added to your dish. I added a green stick for tofu to mine. You can also add sticks for lettuce wraps, roti bread, shrimp – truly, this is not a restaurant for someone who doesn’t like to have a lot of choices. 😉 They are limitless!
After putting your own name on a wooden stick, they bring the prepared stir-fry right to your table. This was a phenomenal, filling dinner.
Amidst good food and great conversation, I can safely say that all Chicago bloggers rock. I’m looking forward to future meet-ups in my city!
Being back at Flat Top reminded me of college. My friends and I went to the Evanston location many times. I’m glad I could scope out a new location with new friends closer to where I now call home.
Can’t wait for the next adventure!
QOTD: If you could make your perfect bowl of stir-fry, what would it include?
Edited to add QOTD: How do you approach your personal schedule of blogging?