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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)

This sounds great! I consider myself newbie... And I live in Brazil, anyone interested in adopting an out-of-town blogger? :-)
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCris
I would love to participate. I'm a newbie and my blog is at http://cookingandbooking.blogspot.com - I don't have a specialty. Thanks for setting this up!
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
What a cute idea - to me, blogging is all about community! I still consider myself a "newbie" and The Deep Dish is all about baking from scratch.

http://thischarmnggal.wordpress.com
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFarah
What a great idea! After a year and a half, I figure I qualify more for veteran status. My blog, Bake or Break (www.bakeorbreak.com) is all about baking, so I'd especially love to adopt a fellow baker. Kristen, thanks for all your work organizing this!
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I would love to join in..
I'm a newbie!
Only been doing this a couple months.
I love baking.. and cooking..and my dog!!!
I have recently ventured into the world of trying to make gluten free taste good!
thatsmycake.littleaton.com
Thank you!!!!
December 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRyley
I'm ready to adopt...and be adopted! :-)
December 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercookie jill
Add me in. I have been blogging for a little less than a year so i'm pretty much a newbie. My blog focuses on the dinners I have made for my family over the past year and reviews of the meals.
December 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hey hey dont leave me out. Though have been blogging for a while, I still consider myself a newbie - a food blogging newbie. I blog at http://desigirl.net.in/food - someone pls adopt me :)
December 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDesigirl
Oh, a wonderful idea for an event! I will celebrate my first birthday in December, but still feel like a newbie in the food blogging community. Maybe I'll feel more hmm....veteran after the second year:D So please count me in:)
December 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEvelin
i would love to be part of this. maybe veteran is a little too much :) but i have been food blogging for almost 2y now.

oh and maybe i should mention i would be very happy to help in the new year (i will be on holiday, non-blogging all decemebr) :)
December 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterandreea
Hi Kristen, What a wonderful idea. I "adopt" cookbooks, won't someone please "adopt" my blog? It was 2 months old December 1, 2007. It's name is Months of Edible Celebrations.
December 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLouise
What a fantastic idea! I'd love to participate and am absolutely a "newbie" to the blogging scene over at culinography.wordpress.com.

:)
December 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
darn, not a food blogger. i'm going all the way back tonight.
December 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjulie
What a cool idea! I'd love to sign up as a newbie.
December 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
It seems like you have way more newbies than veterans, but should you come accross a bunch of veterans at the last minute, this newbie would be willing to participate.

I'm just trying to go through my, er, 500 plus cookbooks which I have only cooked from about a fifth!

http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/
December 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. L
I'm in - count me as a "veteran" :)

Can't wait! Sorry it took me so long to get on board.
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
I would definitely like some help from a veteran food blogger! Thanks for the opportunity!
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterYamiam
I would definitely like some help from a veteran food blogger! Thanks for the opportunity!
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterYamiam
I would definitely like some help from a veteran food blogger! Thanks for the opportunity!
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterYamiam
Hi,

Im a total Newbie (J.D) looking for a Veteran
(Dr. cox)....
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNeema

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