Guess who’s back, back again?

Mel is back!  Tell a friend.  And yes, I’m totally paraphrasing Eminem (13 year old Mel would be soooo proud – that song was the shit).  So anyway, hello there.  If anybody’s still there?  After six months of silence, I doubt anybody still follows Sharky Oven Gloves, but hey, one never knows.

Just in case somebody is still hanging around, desperately hoping that I might rock up again (because obviously, why wouldn’t you?), I do apologise for my abrupt and unexplained disappearance.  I wasn’t planning on taking such a massive blogging break.  Actually, I wasn’t planning on taking a break at all…

I started Sharky Oven Gloves because I wanted somewhere to gather together my favourite recipes, as well as an outlet for all my food chat.  Along the way I discovered the food blogging community.  And it was wonderful.  For a while.  About a year ago, I began to notice a few bloggers with a bit of a toxic attitude.  And I ignored it.  But that attitude began to permeate across the “blogosphere” and I became increasingly dispirited by how out-of-touch certain food bloggers sounded and by the number of reviews that were beginning to appear that were clearly just an avenue to get further freebies or of products completely irrelevant to food blogs (like… holidays or ferry routes, excuse me what?) that were beginning to appear.  In fact, it made me angry.

Quite frankly, I became so completely disenchanted that I decided to step away for just a week or so and take a few deep breaths.  But as more and more of those suspiciously-positive (a cynic might even say PR-arse-licking…) reviews clogged up my Feedly, my short break of a few weeks turned into a month… two months… and suddenly six months.  Oh.  Woops.  But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been spending time in the kitchen – meals were still cooked, cakes were still baked and jam was still made.

Summery stone fruit cake

I just didn’t have the enthusiasm to blog about any of them – between taking photos, editing them and writing up posts, blogging eats up a lot of time.  And because my heart wasn’t really in it anymore, blogging became a chore.  Taking full advantage of it being summer and living in a coastal idyll was a much more inviting use of my time.  Also the whole PhD thing.

Surfing in Waipu Cove

Over the last few months, I’ve made some changes – I’ve unfollwed those toxic bloggers, which I should have done sooner.  Way sooner.  For some reason, I felt that I should follow the big bloggers because they were important in some way.  Well guess what?  They’re not.  I’m not saying that because I’m a tiny little blogger, but because following a blog that irks me is not healthy, and I don’t gain anything good from it.  At all.  (Rocket science, I know.)  Consequently, I’ve been looking for blogs written by lovely, genuine people.  I’ve found several really great NZ-based blogs, but all suggestions of other blogs to check out are welcome!  I also feel revitalised, and once I’m back into the swing of things properly, I’m going to try to get more involved in the NZ food blogging scene.  Because it just makes sense – lovely people in the same country as me = no-brainer.

So there you go, a little explanation of my sudden disappearance.  No recipe today, but look out for one next week.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you are in the world!

Pancakes!  Brunch for the win.




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11 responses to “Guess who’s back, back again?

  1. Rachael

    Glad to see you back again! 🙂

  2. Yay! Welcome back. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I went on a ‘un-following’ spree a few weeks ago, it was surprisingly liberating. Oh, and excellent referencing of Eminem, by the way.

    • Mel

      Thanks, bru! Ya, liberating is an excellent word to describe it. Haha, why thank you – thought I’d let my inner rap-fan have a little moment of glory.

  3. Brava Mel! Lovely to see you back 🙂 And you’re right, there is definitely a tendency for bloggers to get caught up in the whirlwind of getting set stuff for free so that they can write a (not very erudite) plug for it. I can see how easy it might be to get rather addicted to that kind of thing. Worse still though (to my mind) have been the mumblings across one or two blogs on my roll to the effect of “Companies keep getting in touch and asking me to review things for free! How very dare they! *clutches pearls* My time is just as valuable as theirs!” Ummm… they dare because you’re writing a vanity blog (let’s face it, most are, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all) so you are writing it all for free anyway. Nobody’s holding a gun to your head and making you do it. That’s how I feel about it anyway 😉

    • Mel

      Thanks Camilla! So wonderful to hear from you – I’m glad that you’re still here 🙂 Oh yes, I’ve seen those poorly-disguised brags, too, and they definitely added to my frustration and disenchantment. It’s reassuring that I’m not the only one that feels those bloggers are a little up their own arses.

  4. And there I was thinking that the oven gloves had finally got you. Welcome back. I must admit that I’ve stopped following quite a few blogs that are sunk into a commercial mire and I have felt at times as if I’m not really on message. I stopped reading a blog a while ago that had three consecutive postings about, effectively, making yourself a more famous blogger. I thought about writing a posting or three on how to get over yourself but, in the end, I decided I didn’t really care. To paraphrase Trish Deseine – we’re only writing about what we had for our tea after all. Sadly, if someone on a blog genuinely recommends a product I seriously wonder if I should believe them now. There are still some bloggers I would trust, of course. Sadly, I’ve just taken a quick straw poll and it turns out that I’m neither lovely nor genuine. Damn.

    • Mel

      Thanks Phil! The oven gloves didn’t get me this time – I was able to fight them off. Hahaha, oh the irony… Which sadly, I’m sure would have been lost on them. I feel much the same now, trusting very few reviews. And I’m not sure who you asked in your poll, but I think you’re both lovely and genuine and always appreciate your comments!

  5. Great to see you back, Mel. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to and what you’ve been making.

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