What’s for breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?


Hi, I’m Lauren and I’m a breakfast junkie. But let’s start at the beginning.

I didn’t always want to be a journalist, over the years I’ve shuffled through more careers choices than the average middle aged american. From the unconventional initial dream of being a “bug catcher” to the stereotypical teacher phase, and even the brief contemplation of taking up marine biology (after actually taking a biology class that dream quickly shriveled up and died).

It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I took my first journalism course and discovered that I had a passion for it. I’ve always been excessively quiet and journalism offered me a way to channel my voice. Through the stories that I share, it also allows me to give voice to the voiceless.

Fast forward to my sophomore year of college and I’m finally taking my first college level journalism course. My professor inspired me to create a blog to continue to build my skill set and I chose a beat close to my heart, homelessness. I published Naming the Homeless and my life began to change before my eyes, with each new interview I learned more about homelessness, human nature, my community, and even myself.

Naturally, for this blog, I had to choose my next favorite subject: diners (breakfast is a given).

There’s nothing better than sinking into a booth at a New Jersey diner and watching through the steam of your coffee that rests between your two hands as your waiter slides your steaming plate of breakfast basics across the table on a fall Sunday morning. And that’s exactly the feeling  that I want you to get every time you check in on where to find where THE best breakfast spots in South Jersey are hiding.

As the season goes on I’ll be travelling around South Jersey to review some of the best hidden gems scattered throughout the garden state. Among that list are Amy’s Diner, Mastori’s, and the Broad Street Diner (my personal favorites).

Sorry, Grandma, but IHOP is not a diner. It’s a chain restaurant. And we’re only offering our patronage to true mom and pop diners.

While we’re there you can expect lots of close ups of french toast sprinkled with powdered sugar, fluffy waffles glazed with fresh fruit, and God’s gift to Earth: coffee.

To build a stronger audience I’ll be focusing on my online presence, taking to Twitter to distract my followers with mouth watering photos (taken by yours truly of course), I think interaction is key to gaining more relevance, by searching keywords and reaching out to people talking about “breakfast” I’ll be able to reach a larger audience. I also plan on experimenting with polls and using the results to form the ground work for my posts.

If you’re interested in following along, follow @LaurenPurnellNJ

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