Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TWD: Chocolate Sorbet


I must be crazy. Many bloggers who parlay their blogging into a career go one of two directions - they write a book or they start their own business. From Homeroom to Plate to Pixel, you see success everywhere in the blogosphere nowadays. Now, it's 100% because they worked their asses off, put everything on the line, and had amazing talent and drive. You can't be jealous of them. You can only be in awe of their motivation, their success, their passion. And those who are in the restaurant business and writing about it? They scare the living daylights out of me at the same time that they are inspiring me. How does that even work?


I must be crazy. I don't know if I'm in the minority here, but I see those success stories, those tales from the trenches, and I can't get one thing out of my head. For each of those successes, there are dozens of people who strive, day in and day out, but never get that lucky break. They quit their job, start a bakery, and end up thousands of dollars in debt with nothing to show for it. They submit pitch after pitch to editors and are continually rejected. Me? I'm pretty positive I'd be one of the latter. If, that is, I even made that leap. Which is highly unlikely. Why? Because that's not how I would define success and happiness for myself. Where others want to use their blogs to get the chance to demo recipes on tv, to write articles for the newspaper or a website - I'd be ecstatic if I ended up as a cog in the wheel. Because for every bright and shiny talent, I figure that there needs to be people like me. People who would love to just get shit done that needs getting done. Not the exciting things, definitely not the bolt of lightning brilliant ideas.


I must be crazy. Who actually enjoys the day-in-day-out slog? I've had conversations with friends about this, because well, we're engineers. And as engineering students, we were told over and over that we had the ability to be entrepreneurial! To be revolutionary! Going to interviews, we were told that we must brand ourselves as self starters, as independent thinkers, as movers-and-shakers. No one ever told us that those aren't the people that actually get shit done. For every person with a brilliant idea, dozens of others must be there at every step along the way. Making task lists, making timelines, determining production realities and efficiencies. Troubleshooting, as that brilliant idea needs some major work before it's red carpet-ready.


I must be crazy. Because every time I see people out there, making their dreams come true, I cheer them on. But on the inside, I'm just glad to be out there, working 8 to 5, and coming home to dinner and a scoop of chocolate sorbet. Yep, that's exciting enough for me.

Last Week: Chestnut Scones, but I made Melting Chocolate Meringues
Next Week: Cocoa Almond Meringues (don't bake these for the full hour at the bottom of your oven. switch the sheets so they burn. who knew?)

13 comments:

DPLK said...

I join in your craziness (not so hard, considering my blog name). The joy and passion we put into our baking/cooking creations are what makes this hobby our escape and de-stressor from the daily grind. To pursue the dream of making a career out of the hobby could very well make the thing that gave you joy turn into the grind and stress that you were escaping from in the first place! So I am happy to just make delicious things for my friends and family to enjoy while we kick back, just like you. And amen to that.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Yeah, I'm right there with you. With my own bowl of chocolate sorbet. Yay for getting it done! And done well.

Di said...

This post really struck a chord with me. I know exactly what you mean & how you feel. People act like there's something wrong with being content and just doing a damn good job at what you're doing. I say that everything would fall apart without people like us. =) And hey, we can also make damn good chocolate sorbet--bonus!

elizabeth said...

i get bouts of, "I COULD DO THAT." followed quickly by, "...if I had the energy." (usually said around a mouthful of potato chips)

some like excitement. others like stability. i don't know which i am.

Marcela said...

The difference is in your motivation,in what you want from your life, not in your talent. It's not only that not all of us can be Helene Dujardin/Beatrice Peltre/Aran Goyoaga, it's also that many don't want to be. Some people blog as a hobby, bake as a hobby, photograph as a hobby and that is great. Some other people blog with the aim to make it a business but not all of them make it because it's not just talent for baking or photography that is necessary for making a business successful, business skills are necessary too, being able to handle the legal and financial aspects of it, to market it properly, etc. There's an interesting book about it, called the E-myth...

Chris Hashemi said...

Oh my god, that looks amazing!

Rachel said...

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, too. As much as I fantasize about getting my butt down to Peels right this instant to beg Shauna Lydon to give me that pastry assistant job, the truth is that I'm really not unhappy with the daily grind (which, you're right--is made all the sweeter by the fact that there is some darn good chocolate sorbet in my freezer waiting for me at the end of the day). I also wonder about turning your hobby into your job--is it still fun after that? Or does it become work like anything else? Either way, I really enjoyed your post and am going to go think about it some more (while shoveling sorbet in my face, obviously).

Pamela said...

Great post!! And the sober looks fantastic.

dani said...

you are so right! for every big idea, every big success, there are dozens of people who contribute in both small and big ways - to just be involved would be an honour for many ppl :)

Bridget said...

I had never defined it so clearly as you do in this post, but I'm one of those people too. I just don't feel like I need to be passionate about my career - interested, of course, but that's all I need. And I particularly don't want to make my blog into any sort of business - not a cookbook, certainly not a food styling gig. I confess I sometimes I wonder if I would love having a little restaurant and feeding people for a living, but the sacrifices (stability, income) aren't worth the potential, for me.

This is good for perspective though - I need to start looking more positively on the job I have now.

TeaLady said...

success is making it through each day and coming out alive. And that always deserves good sorbet. I hear ya, chicki!!

SugarBeam said...

Yeah, you're probably crazy. And it's crazy people just like you who end up making it. So when you do, make sure you use this post as a forward in your book- keep on grindin' !!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

love this post and other reader comments. i sometimes wonder if i should be out there promoting myself more...should i be trying to make something more out of my blog? should i be trying to become pastry chef at a four-star restaurant instead of "just" baking at a popular local spot? nope,i'm happy to be doing what i'm doing and loving the day-in-day-out instead of constantly feeling stressed about coming up with the next great idea. hmmm...i'm rambling, but i raise my spoon to you--thanks for making this sorbet with me this week!