While pitching my project yesterday I was pretty confident with what I wanted to say, yet not completely solidified with all of my ideas. It sounds good in theory, but then I have those moments where I realize how am I going to create a food blog, how am I going to cook so many things, also my ingredients are a bit repetitive–so yes, minor freak outs. But, I don’t think this doubt is necessarily bad, simply because I know that I’m challenging myself. As I stated in my pitch, a large part of the blog for me other than the overarching concept of food would be design elements, and implementing new sites and design techniques that I can later use within a future career. I was previously signed up for two minicourses in design elements but dropped them for another course–did I mention this already? As a senior, I’m getting old and possibly loosing my mind a bit–but I hoped to create a sense of a portfolio from those two classes, which I am now attempting to implement into my final capstone project as well.
I really appreciated the class feedback on my project idea, especially because I’m truly starting from square one. An aspect I didn’t consider was the presence of Spoon University on campus, which is similar–but a bit more professional than my nonexistent and unknown food blog at the moment–to my overall idea. I want to stress something new for college students, and not simply clutter my peers’ news feeds on social media with something they’ve already seen.
As I am a proudly broke college student, I know that budget is a huge part of what students prepare to cook–and that was enforced within my feedback as well. I love the idea to cater my blog specifically to UM students, which would allow me to better cover my geographical area and include restaurants, coffee shops, reviews, etc. Also, a peer pitched the idea of where to get your groceries–whether it’s produce at Walgreens (is that socially acceptable to purchase?) or loading up at Babo without breaking your budget. Even doing some sort of interactive map of nearest grocery stores, how to get there, and what to get at each to be the budget conscious foodies in AA would be something new and exciting for me to experiment with.
I left the discussion feeling inspired, which I think is definitely the point of pitching our ideas to the class. I’m excited to write up my proposal, and continue to elaborate on further ideas I can implement into my blog as a whole. I’m sure that some new ideas that I play around with may fail, but I am confident that there is much untapped potential within this idea–and I’m excited for a new experience! Food writing, food blogs, here I come.