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Food Blog Camp 2011, Notes and Gratitude

“What’s your blog about?” I’ve been wrestling with that question for awhile, especially during the past few weeks. Attending Food Blogger Camp 2011 was an important step to help me figure it out. And really, what better place to focus on my blog than at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all inclusive resort in Mexico.

Sure, I enjoyed the fine dining, poolside margaritas and daily dose of guacamole. But the best thing about food blog camp was the people. Our leaders were top bloggers and food professionals who generously shared their time and expertise. We attended lectures on photography and food styling, the business of blogging, building traffic and “What’s my blog about?”. (I was particularly interested in the last topic.) Cooking demonstrations by the Grand Velas chefs and hands on photography sessions were a great chance to practice our camera skills. In addition to the planned sessions, I learned tons from my fellow campers and had plenty of laughs along the way.

So, here’s my current answer to “What’s your blog about?”. My blog is for vegetarians who are looking for simple and healthy recipes that taste delicious. It’s a work in progress, but that’s the beauty of blogging. I have time to work it out.

Gratitude:
Thank you Jaden (Steamy Kitchen) for creating Magical Moments.

Thank you Elise (Simply Recipes) for showing us how to paint with our elbows to unleash creativity.

Thank you David (David Lebovitz) for your advice on building community and for telling me the name of my blog reminds you of a colon. (Not the punctuation mark.)

Thank you Matt (Matt Bites) for making me proud of my iPhone photos.

Thank you Adam (Adam C Pearson) for telling us to stick our hands in the pasta.

Thank you Todd and Diane (White on Rice Couple) for making me dance on video. (At least I was in the back row…clapping off beat.)

And, thanks to all the fellow food blog campers. Your friendship and community was worth the trip.

Links to Campers:

Organizer & PR contact
Prose and Co Kate

Participants
A Communal Table Nancy
Acorns and Apples Aimee
Adventures of an Amateur Foodie Marie
Angela in Provence Angela
Awake at the Whisk Amber
Bake Cupcakes Sally
Confections of a Foodie Bride Shawnda and Jason
Couch Surfing Cook Wylie
Daily Nibbles Sarah
Deliciously Organic Carrie
Dianasaur Dishes Diana
Family Fresh Cooking Marla
Fast Feasts Lillie
Food for the Thoughtless Michael
Food Woolf Brooke
Frantastic Food Fran
Garlic Escapes Robin
Indigo Days Nancy
Kitchen Conundrum Renee and Ari
Kitchen Corners Damaris
Ladles and Jellyspoons Lucy
Loaded Kitchen Maggie
Mommie Cooks Julie
One Scary Vegetable Adrienne
Pinch My Salt Nicole
Recipe Renovator Stephanie
Sally Cameron: In the Kitchen | On the road | Through the lens
SaVUry and Sweet Rosa
Spoon and Chair Diane
The Urban Baker Susan
Together in Food Stephanie
Undercover Caterer Sarah
What’s Gaby Cooking? Gaby
(Campers- please let me know if I missed you and I’ll add your link.)

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