I have been fiddling about in the blogosphere since 2014. The blogging was initially inspired by school pals (I will not say old, but you get the drift – longstanding) who wanted to know how I cooked what was in the photographs that I shared. I also wanted to find out whether I had a voice other than my professional, formal voice – potentially to get other, different writing work. The only way to do that was to write.
It didn’t take me long to discover that —
- just writing recipes was boring
- I couldn’t just write about the recipes: I felt compelled to write the stories around them, their ingredients and, in some cases, where they came from – yes, it’s bad grammar – it’s not clear who they are…
- I started writing about other stuff, and The Cat’s Mother emerged and the favourites became more than just food, but life’s happenings – including some “un” favourites
- I started taking the odd photograph…
Fiona’s Favourites became
reflections in, on and round about….
In 2017 I was invited to join Steemit where, through blogging, I might earn crypto currency – just before the bear run ended. I fiddled about a bit, and two years later, I am still there and part of a growing community that produces content
and where I earn Steem Based Dollars. It’s not just the prospect of earning that keeps us there, it’s also, as is the case in the blogosphere, generally, the community of likeminded individuals one meets and the friendships that develop – in cyberspace – and which flow from the virtual into the real.
In addition, I share my musings on Narrative, also a journaling blockchain where there is potential to earn crypto currency. It’s currently in its Beta phase and, like WordPress and Steemit, offers the opportunity of sharing thinking and engaging in interesting dialogue and debate.
Fiona’s Favourites has now evolved to the point that it covers a multitude of
sins topics, musings and rants, ranging from my origal focus – cooking – to life and my participation in that crypto blogging world.
The urge (I hesitate to say inspiration) to write is one that I’d suppressed for years, but has been allowed to emerge thanks to the friends and strangers who read my blog (and more recently, look at, photographs) – and who want more.
For some, the topics are trivial and fluffy, for others, less so. Regardless, I have elected, in this space, to stay away (mostly) from politics, religion and bad wine… So, Fiona’s Favourites is mostly a happy place, although, from time to time, sadnesses happen: all part of the fabulous fabric of life.
There is more about my blogging journey here:
Out of respect for the privacy of friends and family, they are not mentioned by name. They are, in no particular order:
- The Cats’ Father – my very longsuffering husband. Sometimes known as The Man-in-the-Skirt and, of course, The Husband
- The Cats’ Mother – me, myself, and I. Sometimes called Gladys and Serenity (!)
- Sannie Boervrou – a friend and former farmer’s wife of sunny disposition who is responsible for fostering my courgette creations and increasing passion for pickling
- The Farmers – Jan Boer and Boer le Roux who share their surplus and/or undersized, slightly damaged produce
- Mr Mac – McGregor local, Scot, foodie, theatre, opera and movie buff (and member of the Grammar Police)
- Menagerie Mum – longtime friend and colleague, currently living in Johannesburg, and who is mum to two teenage boys and an assorted menagerie of cats, dogs and not least, Louise, the chicken, now in chicken heaven
- Mark Maatjie – fellow stall holder and purveyor of vegetables and fruit at the McGregor pop-up market, not to mention, producer of the best chicken curry in the village
- Suzie Wine – friend and business associate and owner of McGregor’s wine bar, Grape De-Vine.
More, I am sure, will be added…
Read these, too
Blog pals with whom I share real (not virtual) friendship, i.e. they have been or are a part of my life or a past life….and with whom I still stay in touch.
- Letters from a Mother is a whimsical view of life, love and the pursuit of happiness, through the words, drawings and artistic musings of a mother – as she writes to her son and his family. That son is good friend, The Baron….
- American Soustannie: You can take someone away from Africa, but Africa never leaves them. Belladonna Took is one such now living in the USA. Her award winning (Liebster and Versatile Blogger) blog is a (mostly) fun read.
- Navel-Gazing 101: Briony describes herself as a relentless people-watcher and eavesdropper with itchy feet and a predilection for adventure and stories. And then she chucks in the parenthetical comment that she’s in a wheelchair. Well, she’s a prodigious blogger, brave woman who’s wheels are firmly on the ground with a zest for life that should be a lesson to us all. Delighted to have had the opportunity of meeting her, and of serving a Sandbag House supper to her and GM.
- Crow’s Feet is Michelle Frost’s award-winning blog. Michelle is school mate of mine, born in Africa, living in Scotland and who is an author and poet
Blogs I’ve discovered through my blogging journey, whose writers have become “blog pals”, and with whom I have the most fascinating virtual conversations. They are, in no particular order:
- Where to next? Riding in cars with dogs and What’s cooking on page 32? Peggy’s husband is a former Australian diplomat and they love traveling which tells you about the first blog. The second is about cooking and has its own story – take a look.
- Roughseasinthemed by an award-winning journalist and writer whose name, I think, is Kate. Her name doesn’t matter, I like what she writes.
- The Drunken Cyclist is an erstwhile tour guide in France (not French) and has been noted as one of the top 100 wine bloggers in the US. In addition to writing knowledgeably (very) about wine (and being a cyclist), Jeff’s stories of his time in France are often both self-deprecating and hilarious. He’s being tempted (nagged) to visit South Africa where we have some of the best cycling … ahem … wine…. If he does, we shall sip good wine together, and this blog will shift to the first list…
- Notes from the UK: Ellen Hawley is an American author living in Cornwall. Her perspective on Brits and living in the UK can be both acerbic and screamingly funny. Having grown up with British parents, and in a society that harks back to Britain, I often see it, them and myself.
- After Prison: Joe spent seven years in prison in the US. He’s now working to turn his life around and in the process is helping others. This is his chronicle.
- Tribe53 Khutsie is a Motswana woman and self-confessed African Bohemian who has no truck with tribes. She tackles issues head-on and calls it exactly as she sees it. She’s often provocative and deals with everyday women’s issues, some of which are as ancient as humanity, but which remain challenging, particularly to the modern African woman.
- Hugh’s News and Views: Hugh’s byline says it all: “A Man with Dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else!” Actually, it’s the overcoming dyslexia bit that got my attention, first. I carry on reading what he writes.
This list will grow (or shrink, as the case may be). My informal criteria for selecting blogs I like reading:
- topics that interest me
- people who write what they like
- what they have to say is compelling – whether or not I agree with them
© Fiona Cameron-Brown 2019