Adventures in Bentomaking (AIB) began as a couple of journal entries on MySpace, then became a small bento lunch blog on Blogger in April 2007, when I was starting Weight Watchers in anticipation of being a bridesmaid the next summer. Not wanting to be immortalized in my best friend’s wedding album as a fat bridesmaid, I lost 22 pounds in 4 months using bento lunches as a means for portion control. It took me 2 years, but I gained it all back! Wait… that’s not good.
Anyway, in December 2009, the blog was moved to its own domain at adventuresinbentomaking.com and after I realized what a ridiculously long domain name it was, I bought aibento.net and have happily used it ever since. I slowly moved into doing cute character bentos and after four years of blogging, I decided that the wealth of content I’d built up over the years was too cluttered and unorganized to be of much use to my audience.
AIB utilized the Thesis theme from January 2010 to August 2011. It’s a great theme with lots of options and at one point in 2010 I re-did my whole blog into a LOST themed skin. The downside of Thesis was that the learning curve was very steep for a non-coder blogger such as myself. Wanting a fresh look, I switched over to the Aggregate theme by Elegant Themes in August 2011.
AIB is now structured to be a bento resource, providing bento novices and bento experts alike with a structure that makes it easy to search for ideas for your own bento lunches. Without a doubt, one of the best parts of the online bento community is its openness to the sharing of food creativity. Many members of the bento community look to each other for inspiration and recipes, with copying being a most sincere form of flattery.