I’m not afraid to admit it, I woke up and had a bit of a purge. You know when you’ve forced too much water into yourself combined with an Aching Head and a little bit of nausea and you just can’t or won’t hold it down. Well that was me. Water spew. Thankfully I seemed to have digested all of the amazing food so it was hardly a waste.

I suppose over the coming days there will be an amazing amount of people following up from the talks at the conference and I thought I would perhaps get the ball rolling. Perhaps my favourite panel of the day was the first, “How and why we blog.” Prior to the event I thought that it would be a bit wanky and I wasn’t convinced. But man I like surprises like this.

An event like this doesn’t just happen and special thanks must go to the sponsors The Essential Ingredient, Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Water, St Ali, Der Raum, Prentice Wine, Red Hill Brewery, and SBS Food. Also thanks go to Ed, Mellie, April and Reem. Jess also hung the photo exhibition: much props go to her and whoever created that blogroll sculpture.

It’s a testament to the panelists, Gill, Reem, Zoe and the moderator Tammois that it piqued such conversation in a somewhat unfamiliar group of people. It really set the tone for the day and I kind of wished that we could have had some time to revisit it later.

The question (or title) of the panel “How and why we blog” might seem like an easy thing to answer but the reality is it isn’t. Everyone has their own motivations and desires but they also have their own style and way of going about things. I think it was interesting that Matt’s photography panel addressed his voice and style through his photos which I suppose extended the conversation from earlier.

The term voice was used a lot and it has made me think further about my voice here on My Aching Head and whether or not I’m editing it away and making this blog more impersonal and thus less engaging. This uncertainty isn’t a new idea for me but the conversation has really highlighted it in my mind and I think it is time to address it, or atleast discuss it.

The Melbourne food blogging community that I connect with has a big focus on reviewing restaurants, taking photos and describing the food and the experience. I’ve long thought that the narrative style isn’t my thing and something I’ve worked hard to cut out of my posts. I suppose in doing that I’ve moved my language a little bit away from the 1st person which makes it notably impersonal. It’s a fine line and a work in process but the acknowledgement of it should help force change.

I have also long had the desire to create a bit more of a shorter form of blogging, in part stepping back to the Kottke style of linking and making small and valuable comment. It is something that isn’t really done here in the Australian food blogging community and I think it might be interesting to my readers.

This also gets me thinking that the original purpose of this blog was more about documenting the process of getting and curing hangovers and my posts are often sadly lacking in discussing the drinking aspect of our eating.

I also found Matt’s comments on his photographic style and process really inspirational. It shows that the visual voice is just as important as the textual voice and his shoot from the hip approach seems almost within grasp of reproduction. Though I suppose that’s selling the fact that he’s got a great eye remarkably short. I’ve long been coveting a faster lens to replace my 50mm film lens and this really just rammed it home for me. I got the current lens for next to nothing, but it’s manual focus and the wrong sized sensor (which makes it permanently zoomed in) kind of suck. So as soon as my hip pocket can survive the anguish I think I shall invest.

I would love to hear peoples comments on not only their motivations and voice but also on my style and what they like about it and what they don’t.

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18 Responses to “EatDrinkSpew”

  1. We came. We saw. We listened. We ate. We Blogged. « Eat. Drink. Blog. ( The Australian food and drink bloggers' conference) commented:

    […] Check out these blogs for the lowdown before and after the event. If I have missed your post, please tweet me @tummyrumbles. Progressive Dinner Party Jeroxie (addictive and consuming) confessions of a food nazi ravenous Travelling in Mary Janes (part 1)(part 2) My Aching Head […]

  2. Simon Food Favourites commented:

    © I EAT THEREFORE I BLOG :-) in terms of photography i try and make the best of what i have which is a simple compact digital and a good dose of photoshop :-)

  3. Reemski commented:

    It was incredibly inspiring to be in a room with all of you and for us to all connect on so many levels. I also found Matt’s photgraphy session to be most awesome, and agree that the development of your own voice and your own preferences and style of blogging is something that has to be nurtured and protected.

    I also loved the technical sessions and yours in particular, as I hadn’t really got a good grip on SEO and the finer points of search.

    Thanks for contributing your time and effort towards the conference. It was fucking awesome.

  4. Tresna commented:

    Like you I left the conference thinking about my “voice” and wondering how to achieve the balance between being authentic and authoritative. This, and trying to establish why I blog, brings up a lot of “stuff” about ego, motivation and self acceptance. I think that by editing your voice to suit the masses, in some way you deny your natural self.

    I also wished we had the opportunity to go back to this topic. Perhaps an online video or web conference would be a nice way to continue the dialogue for anyone that was interested.

  5. Eat.Drink.Blog – the washup | Progressive Dinner Party commented:

    […] (you will be glad to hear that despite the fears of another attendee before the conference, it wasn’t too wanky ;) Gill of confessions of a food nazi has a post on some of her excellent talk here, and a plan to […]

  6. lisa commented:

    Voice is one of the major concerns occupying all writers! Personally, my blog does best when I am talking in my own voice and being distinctly ‘me’. However, I have no aspirations towards commercialising my blog, and if I were running a blog intending to make money I would probably use a more professional tone. That said, good writers can be professional and nuetral while still maintaining a personal style/voice – I point to Phil Lees as a good example of this.

  7. Food blogger photo exhibition commented:

    […] Canberra party blogger, from Maddy who won a prize, a two part account of the day and find out who spewed (the next […]

  8. Jess commented:


    I was pretty over hung.
    I loved the input from everyone, it was great, photography especially, since it isn’t something I really focus on.
    Pun not intended.

  9. Eat.Drink.Blog - The Australian food and drink bloggers' conference | Addictive and consuming commented:

    […] My Aching Head […]

  10. Ed commented:

    If only i wasn’t knackered I could have been spewing too but alas fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. Net time perhaps. great presentation on SEO and simply told. Here’s to next year.

  11. Eat. Drink. Blog – Australian food bloggers conference « "…it pleases us" commented:

    […] If you want to read more about the conference, loads of bloggers have written about it (including the SBS Food Blog, Confessions of a food nazi, Progressive dinner party, Ravenous Melbourne, Berry travels, At my table and My aching head). […]

  12. Zoe commented:

    I tried to comment, but your blog ated it …

    all I wanted to say was I’m glad I wasn’t too much of a wanker ;)

    The kottke style interesting, and been thinking about it myself – time pressure as much as anything else. Will do test today.

  13. Takeaway on Friday | Progressive Dinner Party commented:

    […] was struck by an idea from Michael of My Aching Head in his Eat.Drink.Blog follow-up post: I have also long had the desire to create a bit more of a shorter form of blogging, in part […]

  14. Rochelle commented:


    I am a complete newbie to the world of blogging (having just written my first post ever last night!) and did not know these kind of events existed…Seems like a great idea to meet up with the people whose blogs you read and enjoy, and hear the advice, ideas and wisdom they have gained in their blogging experience!

    Am loving the entries of yours I have read tonight….when I figure out how to link other blogs to mine I will defiantly link yours :)

    If that is okay? Is there a blogger etiquette? Ahhhh so much to learn!


  15. Elma Ng commented:

    If only I had a dime for each time I came here… Amazing read.