This Blog’s Short History
I suppose all blogs begin with a common premise; the author has something worthy of sharing, and there might be someone out there to listen. I’ve started several blogs with that premise, but it all proved to be too much pressure after a while. In my mind, I know that ideas are not our own. We may happen upon them, but truth is true with or without us. Yet somehow the pressure to create masterpieces shrunk my creativity and stole my inspiration. What started as a blog about philosophy, religion, politics, and dreams eventually became a place where I wrote about Halloween candy and posted photos of food.
I waited a while to see what would inspire me to sit down and practice the discipline of writing again, and somewhere in the Spring of 2010 I believe I found it. I began reading (and actually finishing) books on the subject, and it became the primary topic of discussion with my husband and friends. I can sum it up in two words: conscious consumption.
Conscious consumption. This means really thinking about the things we consume — what we eat and buy and wear. It means thinking about the hands that grow our food and the communities that are impacted by the cars we drive and the coffee we drink. It’s not a path toward legalism but rather an invitation to know that which we would really rather not.
It’s not a revolutionary idea or even a new one, but it’s what’s on my mind and inspiring me to finally write again. I’ll be blogging mostly about food (since its consumption is mandatory for life — and, it’s delicious) but the blog won’t be limited to food. You can always skip straight to the good stuff by visiting the food pages.
About the Name
After my previous domain was picked up by a squatter, I had to rethink this blog’s name. I considered everything from “Sol Food” (not in use, but taken) to Conscious Consumer (squatted) and about a hundred other names. I hated them all. But one day, while walking to the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, the name Ravenous Fig popped into my head. It’s an homage to one of our favorite Orlando-area restaurants, Ravenous Pig. And most importantly, the domain was available. Ironically, I’ve never cooked with figs before. But I suppose I’ll eventually need to create a signature dish for this blog that utilizes its figgy namesake.
Jamie Kite is an Orlando-based Ruby on Rails developer and product owner at IZEA, Inc. She loves creating beautiful websites that people want to use. After hours, she can be found kneading bread or enjoying a glass of wine with some from-scratch local food. She dislikes writing in the third person.