We are sure you have been asked, "where are you going to be in five years?" Five years ago we did not really know what blogs were. Thankfully our friend Michael shared his with us and introduced us to a way to share ideas with the world. We did not plan on anything. We were cataloging ideas, we were creating and shaping a digital notebook. Over time, people found us and pushed us to question, to improve, to become more curious, to look for and understand not just what we knew but what we wanted to know. We have made many mistakes. These mistakes have been the mortar in our culinary masonry. Ideas in Food is a blog. Ideas in Food is a digital notebook. Ideas in Food is a compilation of thoughts where people can come and openly share ideas in hopes of improving, discovering, understanding and continuing to search. Like all notebooks, the pages wear, the ink sometimes fades, dog ears turn into tears and what was once clear becomes a bit difficult to wade through. Ideas in Food the blog, being a digital notebook, has gone through these growing pains. Several months ago we removed the photo albums from the side bar. Some noticed, others not so much. The result of the change, a faster page load and the lack of a photographic sand box to play in. I miss the sand box and still I knew it was time to change. Perhaps this is a sign of growing up. Perhaps removing the pictures is a bit of modesty as we portrayed many successes and failures in these pictures.
And maybe, we had an idea.
Ideas in Food is a notebook. It evolves daily. It has a personality. We can publish ideas instantly and even faster via the twitter feeds of Aki and myself. The blog is not changing, the notebook is getting a new binder. Ideas in Food will now be part of Ideas in Food the website. The website has been designed to be nearly as fluid as the blog. It will contain vital information about us, our workshops, our writing, our cooking, our clippings and of course, our pictures. Ideas in Food the blog: to be seen as IiF the Blog, will improve as well. It will lose some extraneous stuff. It will point and link to the website for the information which used to be nearly hidden in the squalor of side bars and typelists. The blog will get a bit of a face lift. It should hopefully be essentially the same and a bit different in a way you may not be quite sure of.
The website should go live Monday. RSS feeds etc for the blog should be fine. Those who read the site via feedblitz should not have any interruptions in their daily dose of ideas. If time permits, you may want to visit the website itself, there are a bunch of new and not so new ideas you may have missed over the years.
*the pictures are screen shots of the website. The different pictures on the home page are part of the plan, each visit will show something different.