Seven Second Delay,
May 2, 2005 — In crafting the exciting food persona that is
me, I carefully choose the venues in which I speak outside of this
website. The current rule I employ is that I will only be
interviewed by people that ask. I draw the line at appearing in
articles or programs written or hosted by people who have no
interest in me, my eating companions, and this website. After all,
we must have standards.
Luckily, Evan Kleiman at KCRW lowered her
standards a couple of weeks ago when she interviewed me for her show
Good Food. I'm a big fan of radio, and her show seemed great. What I've
heard since has made me a regular listener. Despite the fact that her
show is broadcast across Southern California, you can (of course) hear
it on the internet. The beauty is that (not of course) they make it
available via podcast (downloadable MP3 syndicated through RSS). This is
cool. Get it
here (at the time of this post the "listen" link wasn't up. If it's
not there when you click, check again later as it will be up soon).
Evan and her friendly producer were smart
enough to not interview me live on her show (who knows what I would say
on the air) so there was a two-week delay between the interview at the
local NPR studios and the airing of the show. Anyone who's a
semi-attentive reader of this site has likely noticed that the delay
between when we eat a meal and when it gets documented on this site. The
delay has grown longer than a year. This seems bad to me. I feel like
the value of the documentation goes down with the big deltas between
when we actually ate the meal and when it gets written up.
I have two options for how to correct this, a)
quit my job and start blogging full time, b) write less about less than
memorable experiences. I've constructed this table to identify the pros
and cons of each option:
Quit My Job and Blog Full Time
Write Less about Lesser Food
- I could catch up relatively quickly by doing nothing all
day but writing about food.
Everyone's doing it.
- I could catch up somewhat quickly.
- It's common practice in the media to not use as much
"ink" (wait, we don't have ink) on lesser subjects.
- The whole lack of a salary thing.
- Who needs health insurance.
- I could no longer afford to eat out or host this site.
This would be ironic.
- Those sub-par food purveyors don't benefit from the deep
and detailed wisdom we have to offer (oh wait, they don't
read this site anyway).
- Unimportant details of my life may be lost forever.
As you've probably already concluded, Option A seems a
little shortsighted. A real catalyst in the near-term but likely a
showstopper for this entire site (and other things I enjoy such as
shelter and transportation) at some date in the near future. So Option B
is the only realistic possibility, though it has its own tradeoffs.
<RATIONALIZATION>Quality is about focus. And I feel that
quality is suffering because I'm insisting on documenting just about
every single meal I have out. And I have to wonder how many people
really enjoy reading about meals that we didn't completely enjoy. I
already don't publish pictures of food I ate that I didn't "like" or
"love". It seems a natural progression to post less, or not much at all
about those same meals. So, in an attempt to focus focus focus, we're
going to spend more time on the good stuff, and less time on the bad
I feel very lucky at how many people appear to check out
this blog regularly. I'd really appreciate hearing from you on this
issue. The comments link is to the left of this post. Hopefully you feel
this is a good evolution of the site, but even if not (and maybe
especially if not) I'd like to hear your thoughts. Thanks.
Just in case you missed it, make sure to check out the
last post on our meal at San
Domenico in Imola, Italy. Definitely not a lesser eating