How come food can’t be amazing right out of the gate? Why do I need to slather every meal with sauce? These are the questions I ask myself every time I saddle up to the dinner table. I’ve come to the realization that meals are not perfect because people are not perfect. That’s why there are things like hot sauce. They’re the missing piece to the puzzle that is the meal sitting in front of you.
I was recently exposed to hot sauces and I loved every minute of it. As soon as the well ran dry, I was left wanting more. I decided that there would be no better way to get back on the horse than starting a hot sauce review project. I’ve enjoyed the other incarnations of my reviews and I know I will with this one. I also know that someone is going to whip a sauce at my head that will set my hair on fire. Not only I’m ready for that to happen, the idea of it excites me.
I enjoy talking with people who are responsible for creating these products. The passion they show throughout their various processes is contagious. I feel like there are a lot of similarities between their creativity and the creativity I devote to my projects. I like the products that look and taste like someone took a lot of time making them. These are the products I want to line my shelves, not the mass produced nonsense that dooms most parts of our existence.
I understand the reluctance that people might have in letting me into their world. I’m merely some stranger appearing from the mist to ask them for something that might seem like a minor request on my end, but means a lot of work and heartache on their end. I’m not an unreasonable person. I’ve been told no before. I’m sure I’m bound to hear it more in the future. Hearing no is not going to hurt my feelings. On the contrary, it’s more likely to motivate me to do better and prove to the companies I’m contacting that the offer I’m putting forward is one they would be unwise to refuse.
I’m a guy who believes wholeheartedly in the quality of his content. If I’m not happy with something I’m writing, I shelve it. I’m not going to release it. This often draws the ire of certain people. It’s almost as if they would like to see anything than something that’s going to do right by their brand. Whether we like it or not, we are associated with every piece of content that’s written about us regardless of our involvement in its creation. If someone does not represent us accurately, we will take a hit as a result of that content’s mere existence.