I’m obviously not a food blogger. I’m about as much of a blogger, food or otherwise, as Shaquille O’Neal is an actor. So when my wife mentioned going to a blogging seminar several months back, and food blogging at that, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. For one, I figured there’d be a big contingent from the food snob/wine and cheese crowd. Secondly, and far more important, college football is in full swing now, and the allure of watching football and drinking “adult beverages” on a sunny Saturday afternoon is quite strong. However, my skepticism could not have been more unwarranted. Everyone that I had the pleasure to meet over the 2 days of events could not have been nicer or friendlier. As for the football, lets just say that I am very grateful for the invention of the DVR. The Food Blog Forum turned out to be a great event, with a ton of great people, that I’m certainly glad I got “dragged” to.
The presentations ranged from paneled discussions on developing and marketing your “brand”, to the basics of photography and food styling. The primary presenters were Jaden Hair (Steamy Kitchen), her husband Scott Hair, and Diane Cu and Tood Porter (White on Rice Couple), all of who have been extremely successful within the food blog community. All of the presentations were engaging and easy to understand. The presentations contained useful information for blogging and photography veterans and rookies alike. It also doesn’t hurt when the presenters are incredibly friendly and go out of their way to try and spend time with everyone, which is no easy task when you have a room of 100+ people. It is obvious that Jaden, Scott, Diane, and Todd are not only extremely passionate about their own work, but also about helping others in the food blog community attain the same level of success that they themselves have experienced.
If you, or your significant other, have any interest whatsoever in food blogging or photography, and the Food Blog Forum rolls in to your town, do yourself a favor and go. You’ll be glad you did.