The Makings of a “BlogHer”
In draft form, my blogs are fodder for personal growth. But once published, they connect me to a community that shares my passion and fuels my journey. That is what it means to be a blogger, and that community and purpose are exactly what brought me to BlogHer Food in Seattle – an amazing conference specifically for food bloggers. For 2 days, that’s exactly what we did – share our passion and wisdom, successes and challenges, tips and tricks, and of course, good food and good company – all thanks to BlogHer!
I don’t think of myself as the greatest blogger, so when BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort invited me to sit on a keynote panel, I was both surprised and thrilled. It could be argued that I’m not the most consistent blogger (shhh), but perhaps what qualifies me is the sheer quantity of pictures I take that aren’t of family and friends, or that I’m always thinking about possible stories and the next post!
However I got there, I’m beyond grateful for my BlogHer Food experience and the two days of nourishment from connecting with, learning from and being inspired by nutritionists, chefs, photographers, and a host of talented on-the-side bloggers. Of course, my trip would have been incomplete without a visit to the Public Market – aka: locavore heaven!
With the intent of sharing some of these great people with you, I’ve decided to introduce them here in my blog, starting this week with author, chef, activist, and fellow keynote panelist, Bryant Terry. It was an honor to share the stage with Bryant and discuss our views on the politics and social justice of food (not to mention his first year of fatherhood). By commenting on this blog about what inspires you in the kitchen, you can be entered into a random drawing to win a signed copy of Bryant’s amazing cookbook, The Inspired Vegan – complete with reading and music selections to go along with each recipe (I just love that!)
Participants must reside within the continental US and the winner will be announced Tuesday, July 10th. Until then, thanks to all for making BlogHer Food such an inspiring and educational experience! And if you’re interested in experiencing BlogHer for yourself, it’s not too late to check out BlogHer 12 in New York City coming up August 2-4, 2012. I hope to see you there!
Eat clean live well!