Amanda McInerny from Lambs Ears and Honey and Jennifer Schmidt from Le Delicieux have created Food Bloggers Australia as a spot on the net where we can meet, network and learn from one another about ways to make our blogs better. I couldn’t be happier about it and I joined within 3 minutes of learning it existed.
It’s a site for food writers and bloggers who spend a lot of time buying food, creating recipes, photographing, writing, editing and promoting their blogs. If you’re serious about your blog, you’d be nuts not to join and network with others who can help you get your blog in front of more eyes than you can do alone.
Who remembers starting a food blog and nobody noticed you were alive? Google didn’t care that you existed, you had few Facebook friends and even few Twitter followers and you were cooking your heart out. Yeah, I was there too.
Remember what changed all that?
Other food bloggers noticed me. People like you maybe. Some were Australian, some were American and a few took me under their wing and helped me to feel confident and suggested things I could do to improve my blog and my reach. I will be eternally grateful to you all.
When I was a new food blogger, Jamie Schler from Life’s a Feast and From Plate to Page agreed to be interviewed for my Food Writer Friday. She was “big” and I was tiny and she helped me by linking back to the interview. It would have saved me days if I could have posted a notice seeking willing volunteers.
Food Bloggers Australia has the potential to put our blogs and promotion on steroids. Whatever we can do on our own, we can do so much better and faster with help. I truly believe this. Everything good that’s happened through my blog has been because someone else took notice of me.
We all know of days when we tried to be everywhere and do everything on our blogs at the same time we were trying to pick up kids at school, visit grandma, get the birthday present that’s due tomorrow – just having a place to rant to people in a similar situation will be helpful.
I don’t know how the website will develop, but I look forward to posts from lots of people and an active community. We’ve all seen blog associations for one-time events and there’s a flurry of excitement in the message board or forum but when you have a real question 3 months after the even, there hasn’t been any activity. In an association there will be someone interested in new software, someone up to scratch with all the Facebook news, someone cluey on the newest best way to get noticed and someone who will share ideas on monetising to cover the cost of food blogging. Someone said to me the other day, “Food blogging is like owning a horse, you do it because you have to, not because you can afford it.”
Setting Food Bloggers Australia up wasn’t easy and I hope every Australian food blogger gets on board and claims a seat at the table. I’ll be on the right.