Charlene at Essential Keystrokes asked, "How do you explain blogging to your Mom?", which then sparked a group writing project called, "The Metaphor Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?" at The Successful-Blog.
I recently explained blogging to my mother (Hi, Mom!), so it seems fitting to participate in this project.
I see blogging as an enormous buffet table, or smorgasbord. There are many different types of dishes: appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Each blogger puts out a dish, refilling it as resources allow. (I guess the porn sites would be like an open bar?)
Compelling, original content is a nutritious, well-executed treat.
Many dishes are made from creatively re-using leftovers. To some this is cheating, but others don't mind the source of the dish, as long as it has an appealing look and taste.
There are some whose offerings are straight from a cookbook, others have an artistic and spontaneous approach.
A few casseroles appear home-made, but are really from a mix. Buying a cake at the local bakery and passing it off as yours (content scraping) is illegal, but some still do it.
A little bit of CSS-garnish around the edges of bowl, makes the offered food much more appealing. No amount of kale will disguise spoiled food.
A chef might offer SPAM, and customers might put it on their plates, a few might eat it, but none enjoy the experience.
It is possible to gorge oneself, overfilling a plate with RSS feeds. Just as with an all-you-can-eat-buffet, I have a tendency for my eyes to be bigger than my google-reader's stomach.
Blogging allows us to choose different cuisines, yet sit together at the same table and share the meal.
This was fun, but somehow it is making me hungry.... Bon Appetit!