i should blog about this.

Being a blogger is a very unique occupation in a number of different ways. One of them – unlike with most jobs – is that it can sometimes become difficult to separate real life from blogging. That was the case over the past weekend, where I must’ve said just about a dozen times, “I should blog about this!”

Rewind to Friday, where Jessi and I met up right after work for an evening adventure that included a FreelyBe meeting, 16 Handles, and a top secret BFF mission (will reveal that later this week!). It all led up to something we’ve been planning for months – dinner at The Stanton Social.

With a reservation at 11pm that didn’t seat us until 12am, I must admit that I just wasn’t in the mood to perform my blogger duties of photographing the delicious food and fun, trendy vibe of the Lower East Side hotspot. BUT – I will say that the (tapas) meal was literally the best food I’ve ever had. Four words: French Onion Soup Dumplings.

french onion soup dumpling stanton social

These. were. PHENOM. I could’ve easily eaten three servings by myself…! Everything we tried was delicious, though, including: the Kobe Philly slider (truffle & goat cheese fondue), Red Snapper Tacos (creamy avocado, spicy mango), and the Duck, Fig & Bleu Cheese Pizetta. Since I didn’t snap photos to share, I guess that just means I’ll just have to go back to Stanton Social soon, right? ;)

Our night ended around 3am, and then Jessi and I woke up the next morning to embark on her tradition (which has now become my own) – No-Plans Saturday. The concept of No-Plans Saturday is pretty much self-explanatory: instead of making plans, we just let the day take us where it may, and essentially do things one hour at a time. This past weekend that led us to the Financial District for the 4th annual Oyster Festival.

I’m not a huge fan of oysters (AKA I have never and will never understand how people actually eat them), but I am a fan of day festivals that include food, live music, and droves of single men. Just sayin’. We met up with a few of our girlfriends for what turned out to be a perfect Saturday.

I stuck around until 6pm and then headed home for a night of relaxing and a 9pm bedtime.

Sunday turned out to be another day-long adventure, complete with gorgeous fall-like weather. After meeting up at church in Tribeca, Jessi and I headed back down to the Financial District where we stumbled upon the New Amsterdam Market right around the seaport area. With tons of unique food fare and vendors from all over the Northeast, it was obviously a blog-worthy experience.

Side note: what is it about farmers’ markets that are just so…happy??

We wandered around and tried some samples before heading over to Heartland Brewery for a (bar-food) brunch. Jessi dug into a big pile of chili nachos…

…and I went with a chicken Caesar salad + a full plate of sweet potato fries.

After lunch we walked up to SoHo for a FreelyBe meeting at Saturdays, and then we finished up the apparent cover-as-much-of-NYC-as-possible day by heading to Union Square for the launch of Liberty Church’s second community. We completely packed out the New York Film Academy for what was a night full of amazing worship and fellowship.

Needless to say, though, the weekend left me slightly exhausted – so much so that I slept in way too late this morning :? (the fact that I clearly don’t know how to set up the alarm on the stupid iPhone certainly didn’t help, ugh). NYC does that to a girl, I suppose…

You know, it’s funny – back when I first started blogging, the idea that I had to blog about certain things actually stressed me out. But recently I’ve realized that not only do I not have to blog about everything (sometimes it’s better to just live the experience), but that having the option of documenting my life experiences is actually a really neat opportunity. While there are a ton of things I love about blogging, what I probably love the most is that I’ll be able to look back one day and see the story of my life unfold. And, well, I think that’s pretty rad.

On that note, unfortunately it doesn’t look like these next few long days will be particularly blog-worthy. But hey – it’s all about balance, right? :)

Enjoy the new week, friends! xoxo G

Bloggers – how do you choose what “blogworthy” events to document (or not)?
Non-bloggers – do you ever consider starting a blog?

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38 comments to i should blog about this.

  • I used to get stressed about blogging too – but now I realize it simply won’t happen everyday, and I only blog about things that I think people might enjoy reading about! It’s much less stress, but it’s always been a secondary hobby and not the focus of my day.

  • I love Stanton Social and I totally agree the french onion soup dumplings are amazing!

    I’m a fairly new blogger and I will admit I do get stressed about not blogging enough and not feeling like blogging some weeks. I’m still trying to figure out the balance of life and blog.

  • Ah! I have been dyinggg to go to The Stanton Social–my room mate and I are probably going to go this coming Saturday :) When it comes to blogging, I generally write about anything that makes me super happy during the day (even if it’s just a cup of Starbucks coffee) because I think we all need a little treat throughout the week to keep us going. I also love writing about topics such as feeling guilty over not ‘dieting’ through the weekend or taking a ‘break’ from the gym to show that sometimes being regimented actually makes us OVER-think too many things.

  • Sarah

    That app looks amazing! And sounds like a fab weekend!

  • sarah

    i do SO adore reading your blog. .Just everything about it and you- fabulous!
    If im ever in NYC i will be hunting you down( i live in Scotland and this is highly unlikely so no need to worry!) and make you be my friend:)
    And to answer your question- i do often think of starting a blog but a. it seems like such a big time commitment, and b. im probably too boring, ha.
    xxx

  • I definitely have those “I should blog about this” moments…but only when it’s something fun like this!! Food festivals are AWESOME.

  • Sweet tater fries are the BEST. I could eat those all day every day. I can barely find restaurants around here who serve them though. It’s all PA-Dutch food. Whoopie pies are side dishes :-P Haha!

  • I have those “I should blog about this!” moments and now even my husband will suggest things to blog about! On days I don’t have much to say, I post about things that inspire me. I try to only blog about what I would find interesting if I were reading on someone else’s blog. :)

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

  • I’m always thinking “I should blog about this!” But a lot of times, I feel like I should take a few pictures and just enjoy the moment. If I feel like blogging about it, great. If not, I still have the memories!

  • I try to let blogging be a part of my life, not my entire life. Some people are so busy taking pictures that it seems they don’t actually experience whatever is going on around them.

    Sometimes I feel like a “bad blogger” because I forget to snap pictures but whatever :p, it is what it is.

  • I totally get that “I should blog about this” feeling! And to set your alarm on your iPhone, just click on the clock icon on the screen…you’ll figure it out!

  • I tend to term things blogworthy if they are especially fun or something interesting to share… or at least I hope it comes across as interesting! BFF Date night sounds like so much fun- that restaurant looks incredible!!! Truffle and goat cheese fondue…um amazing! And everything else looks so fun! Def worth being tired for today!

  • i totally have blog-worthy moments! But I also understand that not everything can possibly be blogged about, nor should it be.

  • My favorite thing is to NOT plan weekends! Love that :)

  • Since I try to focus on food/nutrition/fitness, I’m never sure whether I should blog about something if it doesn’t relate to those topics… sometimes I will, but sometimes I won’t and I’ll just enjoy the moment sans camera!

  • What a fun weekend! It is really hard to choose what to blog about & what not to sometimes. Other times it’s just hard to find the time to blog.

  • An 11pm reservation? That is so New York (I’m guessing- since I’ve never actually been there). Most of the restaurants around here (Indiana) close at like 10pm, haha :).

  • What a great weekend! I could never be the kind of blogger that documents everything I do/eat/etc but I will blog about stand-out things/experiences/foods and things that I would want to remember! I just had oats in a jar for breakfast but that ain’t going on my blog–> kinda passe ;)!

  • I love all of your pictures … especially of the “French Onion Soup Dumplings” … yum! :)

    I don’t blog as a job, but I usually choose one event from the weekend that was interesting to blog about, plus a few recipes and workout-related blogs. That’s just how it seems to be working for me. But I think everyone is different, based on their own interests!

  • Love this post and I feel as if I have to go to NYC to check out Stanton Social. I heart amazing food!

    I tend to blog about things that interest me. I try to go to a lot of events here in New Orleans and sometimes I just don’t feel like worrying about blogging, just living. So those times, there aren’t a lot of pictures. But sometimes there are. I find that going with the flow just works. My blog is about me, my interest, my life. Like you, I love that I can one day look back and see how my story unfolded :)

  • Alex

    I’ve tried multiple times to create a blog. I probably have a million out there that have just been “created” but nothing ever added to them. I want to it to be really cute before I share it with the world and I can never seem to be able to figure out how exactly to do that…making the “display” of the blog cute. We’ll see though. Perhaps I’ll find the time to really sit down and work it out.

  • I usually just take pictures of everything, then when I have time to blog I look through and see what’s there. Pictures are my inspiration for most of my posts.

  • I sort of like those moments when you’re like crap I need to blog about this and snap the worse picture ever because to me that means I was really enjoying myself in the moment and those are the pictures I always look back and laugh at:) Your weekend looked amazing by the way!

  • Love the idea of No-Plans Saturday! Since my blog is relatively new, it still stresses me out, but only because I’m generally comparing it to the millions of amazing ones out there and feel like I need to up my game!

  • I love the idea of no plans Saturdays. It looks like you had a blast. I think farmer’s markets are happy because the people who go to them are generally healthy and healthy people are happy people.. or they should be at least because health is the best gift you can have.

  • 11PM reservation?! IDK if I could go out to dinner that late! Glad it was delic though :) I love fairs and farmers markets- there’s a certain feeling about them that, as you said, are happy! The vendors are proud of their products, the buyers are awed by the originality and simplicity of things…

  • Ha, I find myself thinking ‘I definitely need to blog about this’ all the time!
    Your weekend sounds great – I am going to have a no plans Saturday this week! :)

  • [...] Dinner at Beauty & Essex happened. Hands down one of my best meals in NYC (up there with Stanton Social). [...]

  • [...] No-plans Saturday is most certainly still in place – like yesterday, where we covered just about 6 miles worth of the city. Brunch was involved, as usual. [...]

  • Phoebe

    I would love to blog! For about a year now I’m starting a blog and then I delete it because I’m always thinking “well, who’s gonna read this?” or “why would anyone care about what I have to say?” and things like that. Also, since my phone’s camera is far from great, it’s difficult to capture certain thuings in my everyday life that I think would be nice to share.

    But then, I come across blogs like yours that are so simple and yet so interesting to read that might actually make me rethink this whole idea :)

  • I always blog about stuff that I want others to know about. Wether it is a recipe or an amazing place I found or something I did that I had a great time doing! I take photos everyday and just deal with what I have when I blog about it. I also make blog drafts about stuff I want to blog about. I love reading your blog it gives me inspiration for my own!! keep on blogging girl :) It will be great to read it in 50 years or for your kids to read about your life before them :)

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