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Adopt a Food Blogger - A Blogging Event

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A little under a year ago I started this blog, Dine and Dish. Just a couple of months prior to starting my blog, I clearly remember sitting around with a group of girlfriends and talking about blogging. We just did not get it. "What is the point of blogging?" we asked? I could understand the need for some blogs, like media and corporate blogs, but personal blogs were new to me and I was not sure why just a plain old person would blog.

I do not know what finally got me interested in starting my own blog. My youngest daughter was just about six months old and my parents had lived nearby all summer. When they left to go back to their "winter home" in South Padre, Texas, I decided to start a family blog to keep them informed of life in our world while they were away. Soon after that, a thought crossed my mind to start what was going to be a blog focused on food and entertaining. Hence, Dine and Dish was born and Dishing It Up Family Style became my family blog. 

I remember those first few months of navigating the food blogging world. I remember how excited I was to have the first non-family member comment on my blog. Then, I started getting opportunities to review products from my blog. Fast forward even more and job offers came my way because of the connections I had made through my blog. Friendships have been formed, life has been documented and I am loving every minute of it.

Which brings me to...."Adopt a Food Blogger". At Dine and Dish, I have never hosted an event, and I think that it is time I do so. What I would like to do is have those of us "Veteran" food bloggers adopt a "Newbie" food blogger. A newbie can be anyone who has had their blog up and running for a year or less. If you have had your blog for less than a year, but feel like you are more of a "veteran" blogger, let me know.  Maybe your blog has been inactive for awhile and you'd like to get it started back up again. You can decide if you want to be a veteran or a newbie.

So - what does this require?

  • If you are interested in participating, leave a comment after this post, indicating if you are a "newbie" or a "veteran". Please make sure to include a link to your blog. I will then match up the "newbie's" with a "veteran" blogger. If your blog has a speciality of any kind (vegan, diabetic, cupcakes, etc) let me know and I will attempt to match common interests.
  • Then what?
  1.  The Veteran blogger will put a link to their adopted bloggers blog on their own blog. The newbie will do the same
  2. The Veteran blogger will visit and support the newbie blogger's site on a regular basis. The newbie will do the same.
  3. The Veteran blogger will do at least one post on their blog about their adopted newbie. The newbie will do the same. The post can be about a recipe the blog featured, a promotional post or anything you like...as long as it promotes the blogs in one way or another, that is fine.

The whole idea of this is to encourage new bloggers, support others with like minded interests, and hopefully build friendships within the food blogging community.

If you are interested in participating, leave your comment after this post by no later than Friday, December 7th. I will then go through the adoption process and match everyone up with a partner. You will be notified via e-mail of your partnership.

On a side note, thank you to all who have supported Dine and Dish over the past year. It has been such a pleasure rekindling my passion for writing and my love for food. I look forward to going through the adoption process with you!

Kristen 

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 10:48PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments239 Comments | References26 References

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Reader Comments (239)

Sounds like fun, count me in! I'm a veteran and my "specialty" is baking. Really high calorie, high fat stuff. Mmmm.
November 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
What a wonderful idea. :) I'd love to be a part of this! I'm a newbie and my blog is vegetarian (and baking! yum).
http://www.eatmedelicious.com
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
It's a pleasure to visit you always Kristen, thank you too!:))
I have adopted many many young Indian bloggers already, so much so that they call me sister (akka) now!:D
Enjoy your event!:)
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAsha
I'm in!! Although I have been blogging for less than a year, I think I could be considered a veteran. I spend a lot of time on different food blogs every day, and enjoy looking for the new ones!
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
What a cute idea! I'd probably vote myself as a newbie. I read a slew of other food blogs, so I know my 7-month old blog could use some work!
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie B.
Count me in. I'll take a leap here and say label me as a "veteran" blogger. My cusine is mainly Caribbean but I try new cuisines with my own twist also. Blog link: www.tasteslikehome.org
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
Sounds like a great idea! Count me in. Though I don't feel like it, my blog has been going for more than a year, so I'm a veteran. I guess I do most everything but like baking and try to do some healthy stuff, too.
November 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
This sounds like a great idea! I have been blogging for less than a year, but I think I have enough experience to be in the veteran category. Although there are things I still haven't figured out yet, so maybe I should be a newbie! Hmmm indecision!
I will let you decide Kristen, you may have uneven numbers at the end of it!
My blog is vegetarian, but I enjoy many non-vegetarian blogs!
http://tinnedtomatoes.blogspot.com
November 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterholler
I am a definite newbie! Just a newborn, in fact. I love to bake, and I love trying new restaurants in my area.
http://slowlikehoney.wordpress.com
November 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteramanda
I am a defintie newbie, 2 posts up and plenty more to come......

www.fairycakreheaven.blogspot.com
November 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel@fairycakeheaven
Oooops I got the URL wrong, sloppy typing, sorry.

it's www.fairycakeheaven.blogspot.com
November 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel@fairycakeheaven
Great idea! I still feel like a newbie after 17 months.
November 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMimi
Sure, I'll adopt someone! It would have been nice to have a hand when I started....I was so clueless! Of course, maybe I still am and just don't know it....
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkatie
I suppose after 18 months that I am a veteran so put me on that category. I would love to support a new blogger.

November 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkate
Hi Kristen -- What a great event. I have a couple questions (I'll shoot you an email) but would otherwise love to be on board.
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdeb
Count me i as another veteran, www.tartelette.blogspot.com
I specialize in baking/sweets/desserts/pastries.
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTartelette
hi, wow that's a wonderful idea!
my site: www.thesweetlane.blogspot.com
i'm a newbie, blog is for baking and everything sweet :)
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjackie ho
I'd love to participate! How exciting!

I've had my blog since last November, but have only been blogging since May. I still consider myself a Newbie! I don't know that I really have a specialty yet...though I do bake sweet things often. :)
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLey
Actually...I just realized after I typed that out that YOU wrote the VERY FIRST comment on my blog!! Thank you, very much. That definately made me SO excited to keep blogging!
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLey
Great idea! I so wish I could cook and bake more often (for fun, especially!), or else I'd sign up!
I'm still available to be a taste-tester, in anyone needs one, though! ;)
I LOVE the daisy pic, btw! Beautiful! :)
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa : )

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