A few weeks ago when I came home, my mom tossed the Richmond Review newspaper to me and said “Here’s a job for you”. I didn’t know what it was. I thought maybe it would be some sort of joke thing, you never know with my mom. But this is the article that she was referring to.
Of course I was intrigued, read the whole article and looked it up online and checked all the qualifications and instructions and deadline for submissions. Tourism Richmond is hiring a food blogger to eat at various restaurants around Richmond and blog about it. This is pretty much my dream job. The only thing better would be if someone would pay me to blog about watching TV or riding public transit.
When I went to the online ad, it said they were looking for someone who was passionate about food and was constantly on Facebook and Twitter. If those were the only requirements, I’d be a shoo-in for this. But it looks like they might prefer candidates who already have their own established food blogs. While my blog here isn’t solely dedicated to food, it seems like food is a topic that seems to come up pretty often. I am passionate about food and it is one of my most popular blogging topics.
I update my Facebook and Twitter several times a day. And everyday there is at least one status about food, usually more. Either about food that I’ve bought, seen, eaten, or want to eat. Or something witty about the various national food days. For example, today happens to be National French Bread Day. How do I know that? I make it a point to keep up with all the national food holidays throughout the year. My friend asked me if I have a food calendar. I do not, but I would like one. Do those exist? If not, can I start making them? I mean a calendar that lists the national food days, not a calendar made of food. Although that sounds even more amazing.
I haven’t applied for this job yet. They give you all of March to do so. I don’t want to rush it. From what I’ve seen, there’s A LOT of competition. And a lot of them are total foodies who have well established food blogs and lots of followers and experience. Experience with what? I don’t know, writing? Eating? But I think I have a lot of experience writing and eating as well. And I have a lot of experience living in Richmond, so I know areas and restaurants and history.
When thinking about applying, this is what I came up with for the reasons I should be the food blogger for Tourism Richmond.
1) I eat food.
2) I’m a blogger.
3) I live in Richmond.
You can’t argue with that logic, right? Although some would say it’s a bit of a weak arguement, I suppose. But it’s true. Then again, a lot of people can probably relate to items 1-3. I guess I shall have to come up with more than that. What about the fact that I really want it and it’s my dream job? No? Not good enough? Fine. I’ll think of something better.
The perks of this job are insane. I had to read it several times in order to believe that this was an actual position. They pay $50,000 for a year of work. They pay you to eat out at restaurants. They provide you with housing. They give you a gym membership to help you work off the calories from eating out everyday. What more could you ask for?
Of course with an insane job, there will be insane competition. If you check Facebook or Twitter or just Google 365 Days of Dining, you’ll see how much hype and interest there is in this. Obviously. But I won’t let that discourage me. I’ll accept it as a challenge. One thing they want is someone who’s “open-minded and willing to try new things”. There’s a lot of food that I’ve tried, and a lot that I haven’t tried. And I think that’s a good thing, because it would give a new perspective for some things.
I love blogging and I love food and it would be so great to be able to combine the two and get paid for it. I wish there wasn’t only the one position. But alas, that’s the way it is. And whether or not I qualify for this, I will continue to blog about food and I will continue to constantly overuse Facebook and Twitter. It would just be a whole lot better if I was getting paid to do so.