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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 | References33 References

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Reader Comments (239)

Are you telepathic? I've been wanting someone to give me some advice, ideas, or tips for awhile now!!! We've only had our blog up for a month now. We're newbies, but we do have some good recipes!!! I think the main thing we need to get started on is photos of our food. I look forward to hearing what a veteran might tell us. We would appreciate any and all comments - good or bad! Thanks so much for doing this! :o)

http://threeonfood.blogspot.com/
November 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
This is a great idea! Count me in. I'm still a newbie and would love to be "adopted"!
November 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaula
That's such a lovely idea. I would love to participate! I've been blogging since May 2006...so I guess I'm a 'veteran'. My blog features all cuisines and I do quite a lot of baking too. So I don't know what category to put my blog under!
November 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNabeela
What a great idea! I am definitely a newbie, been blogging since June. I don't really bake much, just regular everyday cooking.

http://sidewalkshoes.blogspot.com/
November 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPam
Count me in, I would say I'm still a newbie

crazydeliciousfood.wordpress.com
November 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNikki
Wow...can I sign up if I'm such a newbie that I don't even have a blog put together yet? I have a personal blog, but have been throwing around the idea of starting up something food-related recently. We cook a little bit of everything around here...no real specialty. =)
November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennie
Newie, and I would love some help... cooking but mostly baking and a few photos that interest me and show my surrounds... it would be nice to make new friends... P.S. I am in Australia. Vida x

Vidaatpenthouse2.blogspot.com
November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVida
I would love to take part in this event, sweetie.
I think I'm a newbie (my blog turned 1 last week).

www.technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com
November 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
What a lovely idea! Count me in as a veteran.
I blog about all things sweet at make life sweeter!

http://linda.kovacevic.nl
November 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlinda
Count me in! I feel like a newbie~ but I've been doing this for over a year. So maybe I am a veteran with a lot to learn from everyone.
Sandi
http://whistlestopcooking.blogspot.com/
November 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersandi @ the whistlestop cafe
Woohoo! Count me in. I am just under a year, but like many have mentioned here - I feel like a newbie. I don't think I have a focus...although it was supposed to be baking - its both baking and cooking. Trying new things, maybe?...who knows. Whatever it may be...I would be loved to be linked with anyone, really!

http://melecotte.blogspot.com/
November 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Hola there! what a great idea...If there is still time to participate, I would love to do so! And, yes, I am a veteran I guess hehe...The CookingDiva Blog has 4 years! A hug from Panama! Melissa
November 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermelissa
Wonderful idea! Sorry I was late to make note of it.
November 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercookie jill
I'd love to participate! Sign me up as a newbie!! :)

http://clumsycook.com

My blog is a general cooking blog with some baking. Thanks!

-Robin
November 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterclumsy
This is such a wonderful idea!!!!!! I've found your post and blog through Ley at Cilantro and Lyme and I'm just so grateful I saw the post on time!!!
It's fun, it's original and it's brilliant. I love the idea.
Well, I consider myself as adoptable because I started blogging in July, I don't think I'm a veteran yet.
My blog is about Traditional Spanish Recipes (I'm Spanish) http://recipespicbypic.blogspot.com
All recipes are in English so that english speaking people can learn how to cook them.

Thanks and waiting for your news.
Núria
November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNúria
Hi Kristen! Thanks for the suggestion. :-) I'd like to participate. I'm a newbie for sure. I don't currently have any specialty. It's just whatever I'm feeling at that time.
http://sweetnsavory.wordpress.com.

November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Hi! I think it's a great idea. Please sign me up! I'm most definitely a newbie. I don't have a specialty.

www.shazaminthekitchen.blogspot.com
November 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary
I'm so glad that I found out about the Adopt A Food Blogger event in time!! I'm definite a newbie blogger (I've only been blogging since June 2007). My blog is mostly about my adventures with vegan cooking & baking, but I post about other topics as well (besides just food, haha). Here's a link to my blog: http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com
November 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl
This is a great idea! I'm such a newbie at this foodie blog. I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks!
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterhoasabi
I can't decide if I'm a newbie or a veteran. My blog has been around for 2 years, but I took a pretty long hiatus in there due to various issues. I'd like to participate from either category. :-)
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

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