So it’s been about two years since I’ve started blogging about food. At the lame culinary school that I attended, students are asked to share their culinary goals. The typical answers are: “I want to become a head chef and run a kitchen” or “I want to open up a restaurant”. But, for me, it was “I want to become a food writer”. Going to culinary school is probably not even necessary to go in that direction. But I wanted to study food and also become a better home cook. I could tell that my goals had the chef instructors and “guidance counselors” in a stump on how to direct me to reach my goals. When a guidance counselor tracked down a chef to ask on how a student would go about to become a food writer, she had no idea, but said maybe a chef so and so might know. So they tracked down the chef so and so. Chef so and so’s response was, “Start a blog and start Yelping. People will find out about the blog when they see the reviews you post on Yelp.” That was the best $50,000 advice they could give me. *sigh**
Around the time, magazines and newspapers were not hiring. It was more like… they were busy laying people off. The recession had hit pretty hard for journalists. Even the magazine that I was working for gave half of the staff a pay cut (myself included). The other half were laid off. So my goal of getting into food writing was put on hold.
Years passed by. I still didn’t have a job where I can visit restaurants all day, eat for free, have my own column, and write about what all the things I ate. I think by this point, I think I had already threw in the towel after the unsuccessful search during the recession. But I still wanted to write about food. The blog idea started to sound like a plan. I wouldn’t be making much money from it, but I’d be able to write with an “I”, which is not done in journalism. I could freely share my thoughts and opinions, my personal stories, and whatever the heck I wanted. It was my own little space. The appeal of starting a blog was growing. So in March of 2013, behgopa was born. Yay!