Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank You From the Bottom of my Coal Black Heart

Appreciation - noun, gratitude, thankful recognition.  Clear perception or recognition, as in reader appreciation.

When I started this blog on Friday March 5, 2010, I had zero expectations.  The blog was actually the brainchild of my brilliant wife.  This is not a professional blog.  I do not make any money from it, actually once I left 'Pretentious Buzz,' I made my blog totally ad free.

I have not spent $1000's on elaborate cameras or lighting equipment.  I do not obsess over the photos of the food.  I do not give a shit about that; I am not a photographer.  The one thing I have figured out is that the lighting in my condo is garbage, so I take my photos outside for the natural light.

I obsess over whether the food I make actually tastes good.  I care about how the food looks on the plate.  I care about the conceptualizing, flavor profile, and execution of each dish.  I am a cook.  That will never change here.

Lazaro Cooks is a cool hobby combining two of my talents; cooking and writing.  I love sharing my ideas about food and cooking with others.  Hopefully, someone is actually moved to give the food a go and maybe share it with family and friends.  That is why I blog.

Using Statcounter, which is awesome, to monitor the activity on LC is humbling.  The number of people visiting the site baffles me.  Today I wanted to show you some love.

1. To those of you who visit and follow along in silence; thank you!  I see you.  I know who you are.

2. To those of you who take the time to "Have Your Say" on a certain post; thank you!  I enjoy reading your visceral reactions and feedback.

3. To my fantastic Facebook Friends, the banter and camaraderie is so much fun.  Facebook has been my unrivaled favorite way to interact with foodies.  My page is private, I do not accommodate squatters.  I have no interest in having 1000's of names on a "Friends" list.  The people on my page are smart, fun, talented foodies who like to engage and share ideas.  If you are active on facebook and would like to interact there, send me a friends request.

4. Twitter is garbage.  Not for me!

5. Although the last, not the least; the negative fuckers.  People who are unhappy with their shitty lives and feel the need to spew poison.  Please find the highest bridge you can and toss your computer over the edge.

That is it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace! 

20 comments:

  1. If I tweeted this would it annoy you. He He So refreshing, I can't get into twitter either.
    -Gina-

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  2. Well, that's putting it out there! Good for you!

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  3. hahaha #5 although i know it meant with sincerity cracks me up! but really, what a wonderful post. i think because your food is so beautiful that translates in the photos. keep rockin' the free world. peace!

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  4. Hahaha! Loved this. I've got a million things to do today and should really be off the Internet, but saw your post and couldn't help but to peak and see what you've been up to. I'll be back later (hopefully tonight) to finish my say.

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  5. Always better that the dish taste good rather than photograph well! I've been "lurking" about.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. I adore people who tell it like it is...and if they cook too? Awesome. You seem to do both quite well, so glad that I found your blog. Keep on being and original!

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  7. Happy blogging anniversary- a little late! You and I started at about the same time. I do love your refreshing and very irreverent, shoot from the hip writing style. And, I'm encouraged to hear of another blogger who isn't all about the photography- although I have to say I've learned a lot from yours. I have a small point and shoot. I'm a hobbyist blogger and can't afford a fancy set-up, and frankly, like you I'd much rather just make stuff and write about it. I don't post as much as I like right now because of the whole homeschooling thing, but that's a phase and I'm not going to stop cooking- we do have to eat. I look forward to your posts in my in box- so thank YOU from the bottom of my cheery optimist heart!

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  8. Happy, er, milestone, Laz! In some ways you've become more humorous and entertaining since you decided to let your grumpy side show :) And I'm with you on the upside of a clean-looking, ad-free blog. Keep kickin' it, kiddo!

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  9. Always appreciate you dishing it straight out, Lazaro. I don't even know why I'm on twitter. It's almost mainly as a means for me to support my bloggie friends. All my real friends and family are on Facebook. Now I'm glad to have added some close bloggie friends too. And as you've probably noticed, FB is my mini food blog when I don't have time to actually blog. After blogging for a while you start to realize who's there because they want to be and who's there just for comments. I believe we can really make true friendships from blogging once we blog the way we truly want to blog and not commenting just for a comment in return. Thanks for always being you, Laz! Comment or no comment on my blog, I've always enjoyed visiting you, truly. Don't ever comment on my blog because you feel you have to. That's not my style either ;-).

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  10. Teehee... Love it. Thanks for the thanks! :) I love that I have you (cyberly speaking) in my life. It is refreshing to read your posts, see what your up too and learn some cool stuff too. Im with you on point 5. :) Cheers for saying it how it is. Happy Belated Blog-a-Versary!

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  11. Happy blog anniversary Lazaro. I look forward to many more years of your elegant and delicious posts.
    Sam

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  12. Happy anniversary, Lazaro. You have been a gem.

    I agree with what you say in so many ways. Honestly, what has surprised me about blog world is that it is a 95% caring, inclusive community–– passionate about food and so nurturing.... even odd blogs like mine... who would have thought? There is a place at the table for all.

    YOu may not be a photographer (although that is your perception) you are a food artist.. visually and flavorfully. Your combinations are personal and so evocative of who you are and where you are. Add to that your sincere desire to get the word out about sustainable and planet/animal friendly food and... well it's a heady formula I embrace wholeheartedly.

    I agree with tweets... there just isn't enough time in the day and I barely have time to check on Facebook. Keep doing what you do.... here's to another year of a constantly evolving community who cares and grows together!

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  13. Agree with you 100%..especially Numero Cinco...this is what I love about you Sr. Lazaro..no tienes pelos en la lengua...

    Have a great weekend.

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  14. LOL you just make me nearly spit out my drink when I read #5. Happy blogiversary!

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  15. Happy Blogoversary, Lazaro. It's been a pleasure reading you.

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  16. This post made me smile :) Love your honesty and just that your blogging because you cook, not cooking because you blog! :)

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  17. Well said! You have beautiful food and a wonderful heart...sorry but I enjoy your photos ;)

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  18. I'm willing to forgive the lack of fancy camera equipment because of your wit. Even though I'm usually in it for the visual food porn a good laugh and awesome recipes make for nice compensation.

    Peace.

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  19. Somehow this post makes me smile. believe it or not!?

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