Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Will blog for bacon

I have wandered into the Land of Bacon and stumbled out bleary eyed.

While browsing through blogger profiles recently, it caught my eye that an unusual number of folks had listed bacon as an “interest”. Now I love fried pork as much as the next person, but I guess I never thought of it as an interest. A craving, often. A grocery staple, of course. Maybe even an obsession. But not a hobby. Definitely not a manifesto.

So I took a trip through bloggerville and pulled up each profile that referenced this (not-just-for-breakfast) meat. Yowza. Over 530 people love bacon sooooo much they included it on their profile.

There are several blogs out there totally devoted to cured meat, whether it’s eaten, photographed, sculpted or still running around on four legs. They come under many creative headings, including: Baconista, Bacon Ace, Bacony Good….and my favorite…I Was Told There Would be Bacon.

So then I decided to research how bacon was ranked among other interests. That was very telling. One lovely lady puts it between her fiance and vintage lingerie. For Jeremy, it’s surrounded by campfire sing-a-longs and tire patching. And Mikey ranks it between politics and drawing on boobies with sharpies.

On a very serious artist’s blog, bacon was nestled between Diane Arbus, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Balthus. I contacted the blogger and his quick reply informed me he had updated his profile to accurately reflect his interest is in Francis Bacon – not the meat. Oops.

From here I went to Google to seek out bacon lovers on a larger scale. I wasn’t disappointed. There are aficionados and resources a plenty. At baconfreak.com they have their own theme song, motto – “Bacon is meat candy” – and line of greeting cards. You can learn about Swine & Dine or order a gift basket.

At bacontalk.com you can join in the fun with a bacon lovers’ forum. Taking it a step further, royalbaconsociety.com offers the standard gifts and recipes, along with a section on bacon porn.

They only riff I could find is whether as a bacon lover you should be referred to as a Baconite or a Bacontarian. For me it seems a constituent in the Land of Bacon would be a Baconite. I believe a Bacontarian would belong to a club or society where passwords, secret handshakes and initiation rituals are commonplace, but secretly guarded.

As it would be at the end of any research project, I feel better informed, somewhat overwhelmed and completely amazed at how creatively people express their passion. The images seen here have been lifted for your enjoyment from bacon lover sites. One image I was captivated by, but passed on, was The Bacon Bra. If you want to see it, you’ll need to Google.

Rock on, Bacon Lovers. I am humbled to be included in your ranks.


Anonymous said...

Bacon, bacon, bacon, starts with B!!!

Mmmmm bacon! I never thought of including it as one of my interests but that could definitely be a possibility now!


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Check out the blog Better Living Through Bacon. It's on my blog roll.

Bruce said...

I married my wife because she has a special reciepe for making bacon.....no shit.....

SpookyRach said...

Oh my lord - I NEED THAT TATOO!

Anonymous said...

I laughed SO HARD at the Francis Bacon one!!! Thanks for making my day. Oh, by the way, I think I will put the bacon bra on my birthday wish list!

Peggers said...

My vision of Heaven:

As I am having the most luxurious eternal backrub, every hour or so, a hand with a beautfiul silver platter appears neath my face window and as I lay face down with my pie hole facing down towards the platter, James Earl Jones's voice resonates with the question: "More bacon?" as the sterling platter lid is lifted and I indulge in the scent from nirvana and never get full and all the bad helath stuff cannot hurt me cause I am dead! Backrubs and bacon: Nirvana

B.E. Earl said...

There is a bag in NYC that makes an Old Fashioned with bacon-infused bourbon.

It. Is. The. Best. Thing. Ever!

Utah Savage said...

Where to begin.

I too love that tat. I bought bacon today. I consider a kitchen without backon incomplete. But in my profile? As an interest? Holy pork-bellies! I did wake up at 4 AM and fix three pieces of bacon, an over-easy fried egg and a piece of toast. Maybe bacon is more important to me that I'd realized.

Nobody™ said...

None of this surprises me, bacon is the king of all food.

joe@italyville said...

wow... I never knew but am not surprised. I can't even imagine how deep it goes. I wonder if you expanded that to all pork... probably an overload. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Joe

Cormac Brown said...


Wha, bacon chat rooms too? WTF? Talk about taking a good thing too far.