We’ve been on the hunt for a new fish and chip shop.
Back in Darwin, we had the BEST fish and chip shop literally just down the road. So close that the older kids could walk there on their own, and it was a little too easy to order a serve of chips for school holiday lunches. If you’re ever in Darwin and needing a good serve of chips, do yourself a favour and check out Wulagi Fish and Chip shop. That’s not sponsored, they are just that good 🙂
So anyway, since moving south, we are yet to find our fish and chip shop. Not that we have it a huge amount, but for the last few years we’ve had a tradition of Sunday night burger nights, (think delicious home made patties, Boatman’s perfectly cooked bacon, toasted buns and all the salady bits that make burgers great), teamed, with delicious hot chips. Because a burger with out chips is pretty much sacrilege.
It’s our thing, and we’re not about to stop any time soon.:)
So anyway, I found one chip shop, not too far away , and they were ok but nothing to blog about. Certainly not of Wulagi standard.
Then last weekend I tried another shop and that was much better. Better chips and a better price, and not that much further to drive (gone are the days of sending the kids down to get them), and whilst it’s early days, I think we will make that one our local.
But the whole thing has got me thinking. Every time I walk into a fish and chip shop, I always wonder why someone would choose to own, or buy that business. Whilst I’m eternally grateful for the service they provide, it’s not something I would ever want to do. The hours would be long, the pay, I can’t imagine, would be fantastic, and in hot weather, it would pretty much be one of the suckiest jobs in the world. The only thing I can think, is that the owners of said business, must take a huge amount of pride in their business; surely they would be out to make the best fish and chips in the area. That would have to be the goal.
And then that got me thinking about blogging. Blogging is one of those things that, I’m pretty sure, most people get into hoping to be reasonably successful at. We want lots of engagement, and great page views, and perhaps a bit of cash or tip-top pressies on the side.
More than that, we want to be heard, and to identify with people, and clearly the more people who read, fill that need. We feel valued, and liked, and as if we have something to offer. It builds our sense of self worth.
The flip side of that, is that when people don’t read, or comment, or make us feel special, it can be tempting to give up all together and think we are useless, and never going to make it.
If blogs were a fish and chip shop, I think that so many of us are hoping to reach franchise status, and be the next big thing, when really, all the majority of us will ever be, is someone’s local, just cooking the best serve of chips we possibly can.
And I think that’s ok.
Because, let’s face it, the biggest takeaway chains, whilst known by everyone, still aren’t always the greatest meals you will get. They might not be to your tastes, or budget, or even located near by. Unless you’re a true fan, you will probably only ever pop in there on the odd occasion when it’s convenient, or they have something new.
Your local though, is a different story. It’s there you get to know the cook, and you see the same people every time. You know the phone number by heart and how long your hot dog is going to take, and whether or not the crumbed pineapple fritters are better than the battered ones. It’s there you know that you are totally, one hundred percent appreciated by the owner for each serve of chips you buy.
It’s the kind of place that you will say goodbye to when you leave town, because your absence will be felt.
It’s the kind of place that you know that your meal is always prepared with pride, because that’s the greatest asset the small business owner has.
It’s there that you don’t just get chips with a name on the bag; you get chips with heart.
And isn’t that usually better?
So it seems to me, that as a blogger, I have one of two options; I can keep trying to find the magic formula or numbers of posts, and hope that one day, I somehow hit the big time and everyone everywhere knows my name.
Or I can just be like that humble fish and chip shop, content with the audience I have, and do my best every single day, to make sure people get great tasting chips.
Because seriously, how good are chips? 🙂