Food and San Francisco. It was a pretty big duh in my book. So when I got the advance word that BlogHer was hosting its first food blogging conference in San Francisco in September, I went ahead and paid for my attendance on the spot.
And lo, here it is upon us. I'm driving up to my favorite city today and will be there with name tag securely fastened, to mingle with my fellow food bloggers and learn some tricks of the trade. I'm also going to be seeing some friends and experiencing some dang good eatin', including a pilgrimage to Tartine and the obligatory trip to Gordo's (note to family: Yes, I will be smuggling a half dozen black bean burritos back into the greater L.A. area. Shhhhh!)
The conference couldn't come at a better time, as I've been wondering about what I should do with this blog going forward. I started it three years ago as a way to chronicle my embarrassing attempts at cooking, and found, to my delight, that it was also a delicious creative exercise. Here I got to write about a topic I loved without any editorial intervention. No pitching, no justifying a topic, no rewriting, no deadlines.
Of course, the result is, hardly anybody reads Bad Home Cooking. And while I should be grateful that I fly below the radar and thus have no one to please, the truth is, I rather like an audience. I'm starting to wonder whether I should recast Bad Home Cooking into something else, or retire it altogether and just finish my damn novel already.
But we'll see. I hope to return from SF with a lot of inspiration and ideas. Stay tuned, as I like to say.