Monthly Archives: April 2014

My Blogging Experience

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My experience of blogging has been pretty motivational! Before I started this blog, I had no idea where to even begin in making one. Using social media website such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram was kind of essential to making my blog. Had there not been Facebook, I wouldn’t have been able to find most of the amazing photos that I used. Facebook also allowed me to further explore each food trailer park, as well as each truck in them. It also allowed me to view some of the truck’s menus, which was really helpful when I was writing some of my reviews, because I had forgotten some of the food item names that I had tried. The Twitter widget on page page is neat, because I can see if or when people retweet some of my posts.

I did have some trouble trying to figure out how to organize things in my post. Sometimes when you publish your post it will look completely different in format than it did when you were editing it. I really would have liked to be able to insert a picture and then next to it have my paragraph, but I never could figure out how to do that. I would like ti be able to change how big or small my font is and be able to choose from a list of different fonts, because I think it would give my blog more character. I also had a lot of trouble with my header for my blog. I inserted my own blue, swirly picture, but it took MANY attempts to get it cropped just right so that you could see the words “San Marcos Food Trucks”. Again, I wish I would have been able to choose my own font and size for my header. Also, I inserted my own background picture, but when I did that, lots of things changed. They are hard to describe, but here’s one example: As soon as I inserted my own background, my navigation bar went away (it had its own background), so now it is difficult to find the words on my navigation (Home, Maps, About).

This blogging experience can definitely benefit me in the future. I want to work at a PR firm, and one day if I need to make a blog for a certain client, I will know how to. I think that if i were to come up with a certain PR campaign for a client, such as a clothing store or restaurant owner, who needs more customers, a blog would be a great approach. Also, if a client is going through public scrutiny, we could use their blog to express themselves to the masses, to maybe clear things up. Or they could even use the blog we made for them, to post newsworthy things, to gain publicity.


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On an entrepreneurial front, I’ve always wanted to start a blog where I can talk about fashion, celebrities, movies, interior decorating, and post other things that I’m interested in.

There is a blogger named Morgan Stewart who has a blog similar to what I’m describing called Boobs & Loubs, and her blog has kind of been an inspiration to me. Now that I have had this blogging experience, I can start my own personal blog. Had I not had this assignment, I probably never would have tried to start one, because I would be so lost. I started a website for class once, but it was mainly just to learn CSS. We had to create our own images and everything (I created the pictures above) using HTML codes, but the website didn’t consist of very much, and we never got to finish it. I like the format of blogging much better.

 

loveBaked Cupcakes <3

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If you find yourself in the mood for a fresh baked dessert one  evening, there’s a good chance India Moore and Celena McGuill of Lovebaked  will be preparing one last batch of their signature confections to cure your cravings and those of the many fans they’ve made since opening in early June 2012. Creations like the Senorita and Banana Split cupcakes have taken the local food truck community by storm with batches into the hundreds being sold on some days. Lovebaked is a food truck stationed in  Mimi’s Trailer Park Eatery located just down the road from the Texas State campus.

The Senorita cupcake is a cinnamon infused chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese cinnamon frosting. Other popular cupcakes include the Southern Belle and the Coconut Bliss.

The Senorita cupcake is a cinnamon infused chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese cinnamon frosting. Other popular cupcakes include the Southern Belle and the Coconut Bliss.

 

 


 

 

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In conceptualizing the Lovebaked trailer, Moore and McGuill were insistent on creating a genuine bakery trailer where desserts are completely prepared onsite. View photos of the restoration here. “It is entirely possible (and likely) for you to get a perfectly crafted, gourmet cupcake that is only seconds old, still so warm from the oven it slightly melts the frosting,” Moore said. “Customers don’t get that anywhere else and we feel that is one of the most important parts of experiencing true gourmet desserts.” The two arrive at the trailer several hours before opening each day to begin preparing dozens upon dozens of fresh cupcakes.

 


 

In addition to a colorful variety of cupcakes and cookies, Lovebaked also serves lattes made from Cuvee Coffee beans. Upon visiting Cuvee’s website, one can appreciate why Lovebaked owners chose it as the best coffee to compliment their cupcake selection.

Dead Fingers is a rich flavored, dark chocolate roast from Once Over Coffee Bar in Austin. Patrons can add either the chocolate or vanilla bean syrup both of which have been handcrafted at Lovedbaked.

Dead Fingers is a rich flavored, dark chocolate roast from Once Over Coffee Bar in Austin. Patrons can add either the chocolate or vanilla bean syrup both of which have been handcrafted at Lovedbaked.

The Austin-based roaster closely monitors every aspect of its supply chain from the farmers growing the beans to the very servers pouring the cups. Moore and McGuill both spent 20 hours in the professional barista training course offered at the Cuvee headquarters. Currently being served at the trailer is Dead Fingers, a unique blend imagined by Rob & Jenee Ovitt of Once Over Coffee Bar in Austin. “Because we are on that constant quest to serve what is the best, we saw Dead Fingers as our choice of bean and roast,” McGuill said. “It is simply amazing coffee. If you haven’t had it, we would love to introduce you to something great that you can’t get anywhere else in San Marcos.”


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SM Food Truck Storify

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I made a Storify so that I could bring together and display reviews, critics, and fans of the San Marcos food trucks. As you can see in the Storify, they are gaining popularity amogst people. There have been reviews of certain food trucks, Youtube videos of people discussing them. Along with that, there are other posts such as articles about the trucks and their food and people posting Instagram photos of some of the trucks and their experiences visiting the different food truck trailer parks.

Click here to view my Storify!

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