Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Bloggers blog to the top, blogged, Part 2

It was two or three years ago now that I attended a party convened by a gaggle of food bloggers, when such a gaggle was a new and curious thing.

My ticket to the event was my girlfriend, who publishes the Cheese Diaries, featured last year in the New York Times and soon to return, it is hoped, from a grad school hiatus.

It has been astounding to watch the fortunes of this initial group.

When my girlfriend applied to the science writing graduate program at UC Santa Cruz, the director was not so much interested in her research work or magazine writing as in her blog. Ditto for the two newspaper internships she completed and the two large science facilities where she worked.

Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy has hooked up with KQED. Pim of Chez Pim is working on a book. Both have loads of press clippings and photo spreads about their endeavors.

Another party attendee, Alder Yarrow (at right, with obvious groupie), today announced he is speaking and moderating alongside some very big names at the Symposium for Professional Food Writers next year in Napa.

Derrick Schneider, also from that initial party (teaching at UC Berkeley!), reports that a blogger (albeit one with an MSNBC day job) has replaced Linda Murphy as wine editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. (In an amazing coincidence, Derrick's AppleScript book was effectively my entree into programming while a UC Berkeley student 10 years ago.)

These are just the bloggers I happen to have come across. I expect more news from the Bay Area food bloggers in the future, and more names, surely.

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Derrick said...

How funny about the AppleScript book! It does turn up over and over again in the people I meet. I'm glad to hear it had such a nice effect for you.

October 24, 2006 6:38 AM  
Ryan said...

It was very well done, especially compared to the poor documentation out of Apple at the time. It was truly a baffling language, because each scriptable application had its own interface quirks for its own library, and because of the attempt to make eveything like English.

My predecessor as online editor at the Daily Cal was using it for some very simple automation, the specifics of which escape me, but I ended up writing a huge AppleScript to conver faux-HTML from our Mac classifieds system into something formatted for our Web site (this was before everyone had a database on their Web server).

I then graduated to Frontier UserTalk and then to Perl (and have since dabbled in Ruby).

October 24, 2006 6:01 PM  
Derrick said...

Curiously, I now find AppleScript a very cumbersome language for all the reasons you mention. I end up screaming at Script Editor whenever I have to write one. Probably because a) I don't do it that often and b) I've also graduated to richer programming languages.

October 26, 2006 4:20 PM  

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