This past weekend, I had the pleasure (privilege, really) of attending the latest Food Blog Forum in Orlando at Disney’s Grand Floridian Convention Center. First, wow, what an amazing place to have a conference! Much like everything else, Disney, these folks do everything right. No need goes unmet. I mean, a chef even saved an attendee’s life (you MUST read this post).
Anyway, I didn’t mention much about it before going because of some privacy concerns. You know, “hey, I’m going on vacation for x days, please burglarize my house!” But I realized during the session on community building (with the bloggers behind Love & Olive Oil, The Little Kitchen, Leite’s Culinaria, and Tampa’s The Stew) that leaving out a lot of the details from my personal life (and, particularly, my daughter’s life as a not-by-choice vegetarian) isn’t helping me build a community. And my style of writing (“here’s a picture, here’s the recipe”) isn’t helping, either. I write differently–a little edgier because of the audience–over on the Bites blog and though I don’t want to have the same “voice” for both, I do need to have a little more authenticity here. I’m not as tidy and polite in person (and certainly not very polished), but I’d like to be.
I am, however, proud of the food that I make (particularly the recipes I create on my own) and of my family. And I also definitely speak in parenthetical phrases. That’s very me. Ha!
Jaden and Scott Hair of Steamy Kitchen said, “always start with the emotion you’re trying to achieve,” and that’s great advice. So, look for a few changes around here. Some more stories behind the food and even completely unrelated to food. Or skip them and go right to the recipes, if you want.
That said, here are my two favorite pictures from Food Blog Forum 2013. Unedited because I just got home at midnight last night.