Blogging may have gotten a bad rap lately but it remains one of the most powerful ways to hone your writing skills and share your vision with the world. It’s especially great for teens, who tend to be more tech-savvy than adults and are able to concentrate on the creative rather than the technical side of blogging. Lucky for them, there’s a JCCSF blogging camp this summer taught by Gabi Moskowitz of BrokeAssGourmet.com, whose life and work serve to correct many misapprehensions about blogging.
Gabi started blogging in 2009. “Many of my friends had lost their jobs,” she says. “They were struggling to support themselves. I decided to create a place with easy-to-cook, inexpensive recipes. That’s when BrokeAss Gourmet was born.”
Gabi had no idea that six years later, her blog would have become so well known that it would lead to cookbook deals, speaking and teaching opportunities, and even a network TV show, Young & Hungry, based on her life.
But the blog is where it all started, and it’s her great recipes and irreverent voice that keep people coming back. The blog is a godsend for “folks who want to live the high life on the cheap.” Gabi’s writing style is casual and showcases her sense of humor. About a sweet treat made with matzah, she writes, “I guess matzah kind of stops being the bread of affliction after you drizzle it with gooey caramel, melted chocolate and flaky salt and serve it for dessert, but that is a risk I am willing to take.”
Gabi loves working with teens and preteens. “I think teens yearn to express themselves, and a blog is a place for creative expression.” When asked what makes for a great blog, Gabi points to Tavi Gevinson’s Rookiemag.com, and says, “Tavi started the blog when she was 12 years old, and she’s stayed true to who she is and to her message.” At the same time, “it’s ok to make mistakes, and it’s ok if the blog shifts over time. Blogs are living creatures in that way.”
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