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Food Blogging: Top Ten List of What I’ve Learned in Five Years

It’s challenging for me to remember exactly when I wrote my first post here five years ago, but I’m fairly certain it was sometime late this month.  If web years are anything like that of dog years, then that is quite a good length of time.  I searched the archives but knew before I began that I’d long ago deleted the first few posts because they were only worthy of being the best examples of aimless wandering.  I was testing the water, wondering what might come from a seemingly simple decision to write about food.

There’s more to it than that, and I realize it when I sort through the posts and photos, recipes and stories.  It’s difficult to separate my life and that of my family from what I’ve written here because it has happened simultaneously, confirming that my life is truly food centric in all its crazy glory — or often, the lack thereof, and thankfully so.

So much has changed in the five years while I’ve shared my “fat-free opinions on a food centric life.”  Although I’ve certainly changed as a result of the experience, the web and general status of food blogging is radically different.  When I created Sass & Veracity, it was to provide an outlet for myself to write about my efforts to lose weight thinking it would hold me accountable.  That didn’t last long because I soon discovered that in order to write a food blog, one actually has to write more than stories.  At some point, there must be photos and recipes.

So before I launch my list of what I’ve learned in five years food blogging, let me say cheers to Sass & Veracity — who knows where it will be in the next five years, but I’d enjoy your opinion about a few things I’m considering that I’ve posed toward the end of this very long piece if you’re interested in sharing.  I hope you are.  And while you’re at it, perhaps you can let others know something you’ve learned in the time you’ve been blogging.  Thanks for reading!

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BlogHer Food 2011: Observations on a Conference

Like so many others, I recently returned from a conference this past weekend, weary, but thoughtful, and most appreciative that bad weather didn’t hinder my getting home in a timely manner.  BlogHer Food 2011 was quite the whirlwind of activity even though I missed a party or three — and a pork crawl if you can believe it — enjoying the many experiences from others’ vibrant tellings of dancing, rockin’ loud music, and won raffle gifts.  Hearty congrats to Lori of Lemons and Lavender for winning a shiny new Kitchen Aid!  To be fair, I did arrive late Thursday after unfolding myself from a commuter jet where I was wedged against the window by a mountainous man who was happy to have my aisle seat for the flight from Houston to Atlanta, too late to consider attending the first bash, RockHer at the Hard Rock.

I’ve been mulling over my BlogHer Food experience and comparing it to the only other food blogger conference I’ve been to — the first FoodBuzz Festival held two years ago in San Francisco. Time got away from me before I could write anything about that conference, which had sessions only about food, and since many days have passed already and others have had their time to write about this year’s BlogHer Food, I’m left to consider a different angle.  I’m no novice to conferences in general because I’ve attended many related to my career in education.  Most of them involved work instead of the variety where the attendees crowd into rooms to listen to a presentation or watch a demonstration, so from that perspective, it was nice to be part of an audience to absorb something if needed.

I did absorb, because it’s a challenge not to when you’re me, and of course, I have something to say about my observations, which you shouldn’t take too seriously unless you want to.

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