I had to ponder for a while to come up with the answer to a fellow bloggers question of “what was the stand out moment” at Eat Drink Blog 15.
The weekend was filled with outstanding food and wine, the huge generosity of the sponsors was unexpected and totally appreciated. I for one will be singing the praises of all the sponsors to anyone who will listen. The conference provided a great opportunity to mingle with local and interstate like minded individuals. I was sure I was not the only one sitting on the couch on Sunday night trawling the net looking at EDB15 delegate sites. Check your stats I am sure there was a spike of traffic.
For me however, the highlight was listening to the presentations.
Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans’ highly entertaining talk of his journey from the grey Canberra foods of the 70’s to his current paddock to plate philosophy was inspiring. This summer will sure have me running all over town to source sweet stone fruits ripened on the tree.
Wendy Johnson, Canberra Restaurant Reviewer for CityNews, stirred my thoughts on how to write with integrity and conviction. As an accountant, writing does not come easily to me. Most of the time I come off sounding like I am writing a business case and I always have to resist breaking into dot point format to speed up the process. Wendy has given me the resolve to try and make my language powerful, direct and to NEVER use exclamation marks. Ok, not in blog posts, I am sure I will not be able to resist in commenting on Facebook posts.
Tess Godkin, www.youmeandthesea.com.au provided tips on styling and photography. No doubt I will run into local bloggers over the next few weeks at Revolve (aka tip) frantically looking for interesting back boards and props. I do need to get my kitchen lighting sorted out.
The message from the highly organized and entertaining Carly Jacobs from www.smaggle.com has had me writing lists and setting timers on tasks for the last two days. And yes, I am writing this in my lunch hour at work – making each minute of my day count. I must say though, the thought of coming up with 100 blog post ideas is truly terrifying. I will keep trying hard to get ahead with my posts.
Oh Alice, www.girlinafoodfrenzy.com, you have opened up a whole new world of video blogging. I am not sure if I will make the transition but you certainly showed me what can be done with a smartphone. Not to mention, just another way to wander around in the food blogging world. Yes Carly, I will monitor the time wasted. Hmmm, feeling good, I managed to avoid an exclamation mark.
Our local blogging star, Liz from www.bizzylizzysgoodthings.com, spoke eloquently about her love of writing and using her blog as a creative outlet. She truly is a busy lady, it was lovely to meet you after only knowing you as an online presence.
As one of the 90,000 readers of www.hercanberra.com.au I was delighted to hear Amanda Whitley’s journey from initial concept to a business that currently employs a team of four. There is nothing happening in Canberra that escapes Amanda and her team and I love when an article hits my Feedly app.
Key words, link love, spiders and SEO (search engine optimization) a whole world I need to further explore. Todd Wright from www.threesides.com.au a Canberra marketing agency, explained how the giant world of Google works, but more importantly made me realize I have to stop, think and define what my blog is about. Oh my, I have a huge amount of work to do.
And, how can you not love the incredible energy of the Merrymaker Sisters, www.themerrymakersisters.com.au. The girls took me on an exhilarating ride, much like their life has been since they took on full time blogging and self-published their recipe book. The girls provided inspiration for my personal journey to better health and wellbeing. I was up at 6am this morning walking the dog, by 7.15am well on the way to my 10,000 step daily goal.
For bloggers that plan to make the transition to “the Holy Grail of full time blogging” I wish you good luck. Thanks to the lively panel discussion I have an appreciation for the huge amount of work required to develop a blog/business while working to pay bills. I am more than happy with my little spot in the internet and my only desire is to further engage with those who are interested in my musings.
Thank you to the Eat Drink Blog 15 committee, you did a fantastic job showcasing our city, our food scene and your truly amazing organizational skills. Wow, what a buzz it was to be part of Eat Drink Blog 15.
Until next time.
S xo xo