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.