I’ve very recently been invited by the web editor to join their team as a contributing food columnist for AroundHawaii.com, the local online community voice of Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Which of course is highly an honor, and to which I oblige, as the demand they ask can easily fit within by otherwise busy schedule.
Reason I’ve been chosen being, the AroundHawaii.com Editor-in-Chief likes the way my articles on this blog are written, having an “informal, relaxed local style”. Where “your personality shows in your writing – being apparent that you truly enjoy talking about the food you write about”. Which of course I do, as you enjoy talking about food, too!
Also noted are “great photographs”, which I really do place an emphasis on, as we all know pictures tell a thousand words, and you’ll quickly make judgement on an article you want to read by the photographs before reading the copy.
All of which they feel makes for interesting reading for their target local audience of nearly one million viewers per month. Wow! Me of course being the marketing nutcase that I am (it’s my day job, by-the-way), plan on increasing that as much as possible.
Where I’m asking you, the readers of this blog what you’d most be interested as a subject for my articles as contributing food columnist at AroundHawaii.com. How you figgah? What you like stay read, laddat?
They’re open to me “regurgitating” older Tasty Island posts, right down to copy>paste, however, I’m not THAT cheap!
What I have in mind is taking a popular archived article and making it current. For instance, one of the most popular posts on this blog based on hit counts (it’s like through the ROOF) is the “Great Portuguese Sausage Shootout“.
So what I plan on doing with that, is titling the article “Redondo’s vs. Gouvea”. Anyone who’s lived in or visited Hawaii more than a month, let alone decades longer (like probably most readers here) KNOWS exactly what Redondo’s and Gouvea is, being the two most well-known locally-made Portuguese Sausage brands sold in our supermarkets. Yet, the article wouldn’t be specifically about Portuguese Sausage (even though you might wish it was), it would be about CHOICE! Choice, being, how there’s so many brands of any given made in Hawaii product available on the local store shelves nowadays. From chocolate-covered Macadamia nuts, to salad dressings to snack chips, cookies and ice cream. I mean seriously, it’s mind-boggling!
Other subject titles I’d like to do for AroundHawaii.com would be:
• Honolulu Loves Japanese Ramen (covering our exploding scene in that regard)
• Hawaii Smokes (an article about smoking meats, fish, etc., local style, including of course the annual “Up in Smoke” competition)
• Localizing National Brands (a tribute to Mochi stuffed with Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, and other applications)
• The Most Ridiculously Expensive Dishes in Hawaii (which would require the most investigative reporting)
• Islander Omiyage 101 (a guide on what to get for your family and friends when visiting each of any neighbor island)
Well, those are just a few of MANY ideas in mind. If you have any suggestions on a Hawaii “foodie” subject you’d like me to cover over at Oceanic Time Warner Cable‘s AroundHawaii.com local voice site, let me know!