What’s in a Name?

What's in a Name? {www.sentimentandspice.com}

When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing. That’s mostly still true. At the time, I was packing boxes to move to a new country, and I wanted a way to document our travels. I’ve used this blog for that purpose, but I didn’t want to limit the scope of my writing with a country or travel specific blog title.

The name “Sentiment and Spice” came about after a week of thoughtful consideration. “Sentiment” is a sophisticated way of saying “the thoughts bouncing around in my head” while “spice” gives a gentle nod to food and cooking, but I also knew I could lean on a reference to “the spice of life” if my writing never took a culinary turn. How’s that for an ultra non-committal name?

There is a lot of discussion in the blogosphere on whether to niche or not to niche. I’m going with the latter, for now, because it gives me the room to work and create and make a mess of things (or even turn nouns into verbs if I please). I believe “Sentiment and Spice” grants me that breathing room.

What's in a Name? {www.sentimentandspice.com]

At the same time, I want to communicate some expectations for my writing. The “sentiment” piece is here to stay. You’ll be seeing my take on emotions, learning, Jesus, relationships, and daily living, but I also want to become more intentional about the “spice” part. I’m not planning to turn this into a food blog or create a repository of recipes. There are hundreds upon thousands of sites like that, and I’m not going to begin focusing my energies on recipe development or stellar food photography. Instead, I’d like to talk to you about food. I’d like to discuss nutrition, and kitchen skills, the craft of cooking, the messes, the mistakes, and only the occasional recipe.

As I write, I’m expecting to learn about my views, my weaknesses, my strengths, and I’m hoping to learn a thing or two about you, the readers. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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