The blogger is back! Thank you all for your patience as I got ready for my last semester in my Digital Publishing program. There are a couple of spectacular posts in the works (see bottom) but today we’re going to have a quick Boston Local Food Festival blogger catch up.
For those of you who read my “Get Ready for a Rip-Roaring Good Time with Cody Brewing Co.!” (and also those who haven’t) you know that I wrote a spotlight on one of Boston’s own breweries, Cody Brewing Co., for the festival. When I reached out to Cody’s Ben Lauranzano to get a little more information he surprised me by not only immediately offering to help, but offering to meet me in person.
We sat down at a local restaurant, drank a beer (not one of Cody’s own sadly), and had a great conversation about how Cody Brewing is involved with its community, guerrilla farming–yes it’s a real thing–and even how their beer is made. I was blown away by the number of festivals and events Cody hosted and fascinated by the inner workings of the brewery itself. When the time came to write the article I wasn’t worried, after all I felt very comfortable in my knowledge of the brewery, but as with any article a challenge arose. 500 words or less felt more than a little restrictive.
I started by writing exactly what I wanted to write and had at least 800 words. Which very clearly made my next step cutting it down. I was (as best as I could be) ruthless, hacking away anything that seemed unrelated to the main idea, community. After about three passes of this (trust me there is always more to cut) I was just under 500 words. Talk about a triumphant moment! The final product was something I was happy with but I struggled with the feeling that I hadn’t told the whole story. This I believe is a writing problem many face. We all have personal details to add, and a different understanding of what the “whole story” is. Though I have yet to find a way to conquer this feeling outright, I’ve learned to be satisfied with telling the best story that I can. Especially when restricted both in time and with a word count.
Coming this week on the blog:
Simple Guacamole Recipe
Fan-directed cookbooks and why they work