Food Bloggers Australia

by Maureen on November 18, 2012

Food Bloggers AustraliaAmanda 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.

My Mom's Veal Scallopini by Jamie Schler of Life's a Feast

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.

 

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Kim Bee November 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

As a horsey owner I loved that comment. You make me want to move to Australia so I can join. xx

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Maureen November 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

so, Kim, you’d understand what I mean for both horse owning and food blogging? You’d be doubly poor then? LOL

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Suzanne November 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Sounds like a great site for you Aussies! It’s always great to have the support of many to help in all the facets of food blogging. Thanks for the comment on my blog Maureen :)

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for stopping by Suzanne. I’m still drooling over the apple walnut pastry on your blog. :)

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Minnie@thelady8home November 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

That sure sounds exciting!!! I am still there, give or take some, and not that I don’t like it, but I do get depressed at times, especially when I make an effort to cut out time specifically for a food post at the expense of something dear and find no takers…. loved this post and wish I was in Australia :)
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Lucy November 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Maureen, your post just sang to me. Love your post. I wish I were in Australia so I could join your group. You have such great spirit.
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Thanks, Lucy, we are glad you’d like to join us. :)

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

What a great idea! I’m heading over to look at the site now :)
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I hope you’ll be joining, Kari!

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Choc Chip Uru November 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This is such a fantastic way to keep all us Aussies together – I definitely shall be signing up :)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Uru, I’m so glad you’ll be joining us. You’re just what we need to keep us all upbeat and enthused about what we do. Your optimism is infectious.

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Hotly Spiced November 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’ve signed up Maureen so I’ll join you at that table. Good on you for promoting the site xx

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Yay!! I hoped you would so I’ve saved you a seat.

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Roberta November 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Another reason I wish I lived in Australia.! Ace! :)

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I love it here. I met someone on Friday from NC and I asked her where she was from and she said North Carolina. I said what part? She said, North Carolina, it’s a state in the southern US. I said, Yes, but high, middle or low? She said, “Raleigh-Durham. “Where did you go to college,” I asked. “I went to the University of Tennesse,” she replied. I said, “Go VOLS.” She said, “oh you’ve heard of Tennesseee?” “I was a VOL way before you were born.” She said, “You are an American?” The entire room cracked up. She didn’t pick up the accent at all.

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Eileen November 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

What a great idea! There are so many topics to discuss where blogging is concerned, and I haven’t really found the right forum for that discussion. This sounds like the perfect venue. Wishing I could join too… I am following on twitter!
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I know what you mean. I think it would be good if there was a private forum where we could share proprietary information that we’ve gleaned. One can hope. :)

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Marina@Picnic at Marina November 19, 2012 at 1:30 am

That is a fabulous idea! I know all about making the first steps in blogging, going through it myself. I just wish I could join your all too… I really want to move to Australia now… :)
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Yes, we did it all on our own but how easy would it be if we had a mentor? For instance if someone had said, “put %postname% on your permalinks on my first week I would have been very appreciative. :)

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betsyb November 19, 2012 at 1:36 am

Wish we had something like this here…it’s such a terrific idea!

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

this is new for us Miss Betsy and I’m so looking forward to connecting

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Eva November 19, 2012 at 2:25 am

Great idea Maureen, I’m still unsure of what I want this blog to be. If I took it commercial I’m afraid it would become a chore and not so much fun anymore…lots to think about.

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

You know, I believe that every blog is commercial in one way or another. Either we’re promoting only ourselves or we’re also promoting others. I don’t have a lot of advertising on my blog – mostly because nobody has asked but also because I don’t make it easy I suspect.

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Patty November 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

Wow Maureen- this is a wonderful event..now I just have to figure out how to travel to Australia to join you;-)

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Oh Patty, I’d love it if you could visit Australia. You’d have the best time here.

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Claire @ Claire K Creations November 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

I just discovered it a few minutes before reading your post and joined straight away. Such a great idea!
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I’m so glad you joined! I was hoping you would. You have the best outlook on life and even though you’re really attractive you’re not full of yourself. LOL How’s that for saying it like it is?

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Cass @foodmyfriend November 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I am going to go and find it and join! How exciting. I love how big the Aussie food blogging network is getting :)

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mjskit November 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

What a marvelous idea! Virtual communities like this are great! I hope it’s a huge success! I guess the Southwest US isn’t close enough to allow me to join. :) Have fun!!!

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I wish! I would love to get to know you better. :)

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Jennifer @ Delicieux November 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Maureen, thank you, thank you, thank you SO much for your support in this. Amanda and I both appreciate it immensely. We really hope this new resource and community will be useful for the Australian food blogging community. Thank you EVERYONE for your support, we really appreciate it.
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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I really want this to succeed. I suppose it’s purely personal reasoning on my part. I know if bloggers and food writers work together great things can happen.

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Katherines Corner November 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

How wonderful. Thank you for sharing xo

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Ros McLaughlin November 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

This sounds like a terrific idea, especially for food bloggers just starting out. There is always positive power in sharing your knowledge and in helping like minded people who share a passion, besides it just makes you feel good inside:) Thanks Maureen, I’m going over now to join up

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Maureen November 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I had such a good time at coffee this morning! Then I came home and had as good a time looking at your fantastic pet photography and your food. You are SO clever, m’dear!

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Ros McLaughlin November 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Aw, thanks Maureen, it was wonderful connecting, and meeting such an inspiring lady and I look forward to our food ventures together

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Scrambled Megs November 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

LOVE this! I really hope you succeed. glad I popped over to your blog. it’s always good making new friends x

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Sandra November 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

What a great resource, congrats on being part of it. When I started my blog I had no idea of the time and expense involved. It’s not like take out a second mortgage expense, but more than I thought. That being said, I love it!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 20, 2012 at 3:24 am

Some of my favorite food bloggers are from Australia. I wish you much success.

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Gourmet Getaways November 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

Oh wow! How exciting, I am on my way over to join up. It sounds like a great idea!
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Maureen November 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’m so glad, Julie!

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Lyn @LovelyPantry November 20, 2012 at 7:12 am

And this is why I tryly love our community. We all want each other to succeed. I wish you all the best with this, Maureen. Such a lovely idea!
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Maureen November 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Lyn, you are so sweet and one of the kindest people I know!

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Kitchen Belleicious November 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

what a wonderful feature on a wonderful woman and amazing food!

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Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) November 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

I remember those days when I published posts and I could count only on my mother and a handful of friends to read them. Then you and other bloggers started dropping by (and returned!) and made me feel a part of the community. I predict the site will be a huge success and a wonderful resource. If the multitude of fabulous Australian blogs I’ve come to know is any indication, it can’t be anything else but a success. :)

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Maureen November 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Oh how I can relate to this comment!

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Ashley - Baker by Nature November 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

What a fun and inspiring post! Wish I was back in Australia so I could join!

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Maureen November 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

me too! you’d be a great addition!

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Eat, drink and be Kerry November 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

Great post Maureen and you are so right. By working together we are so much stronger. That came out very clearly to me from EatDrinkBlog. I’ve joined and looking forward to the ride.

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Maureen November 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’m so glad you joined, Kerry!

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Barb @ Profiteroles & Ponytails November 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

There is such a great blogging community in Australia and this is the perfect way to make it even stronger. It’s always inspiring to hear stories from others who have “walked in your shoes”. Wish we had something similar here in North America!

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Maureen November 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’m shocked. I thought there would be many groups like this in the states, Barb.

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Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Your words made me wish I was Australian, everything so true and powerful in the same time. I agree, without the other food bloggers such as you or jamie, that are helping others, I for once wouldn’t be where I am either. The community is wonderful and I bet my live would be a bit boring if I wouldn’t have met all these wonderful people out there who love food as I do.

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The Life of Clare November 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

I had a giggle at the horse comment, it’s become like that for me. Although I’ve only had my blog for a short while, I can’t imagine life without it and all the amazing people I’ve met, and all the rushed times that go with it. It’s engrained in my life. I have been checking out Food Bloggers Australia and waiting with baited breathe until my blog is old enough for me to become a member.

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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I knew everyone would understand the horse comparison. :)

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Katey November 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I want to join too!

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Maureen November 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Hi Katey, do you have a food blog or is this just a spam comment to link your site? Just asking.

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