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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 | References30 References

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Reader Comments (239)

This sounds like a nice idea! I'm glad I found this just in time to "put myself up for adoption!"

I guess I would consider myself a newbie with 8 months under my belt.

http://gastronomist.wordpress.com
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercristi
Hello,
I'm interested. My blog is under a year so I guess that makes me a newbie. Thanks!
December 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFood Hunter
I would love to join in, but am past the deadline -- is it too late?
December 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I'm a newbie- is it too late?? If not, my blog is mostly vegetarian, slightly vegan, attempting to be health conscious, and otherwise general. thanks, mary
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary
If it's not too late, I'd love to participate! I'm not new to blogging, but my food site is just a few weeks old :-)

Wicked Good Dinner is all about getting kids and families in the kitchen, cooking together:
www.wickedgooddinner.blogspot.com
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWicked Good Dinner
What perfect timing i just started my blog. So I am a newbie:

http://kitchenexperiment.blogspot.com/
December 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
What a great idea! I've only been around for a few months, so I'm definitely a newbie :). http://proofofthepudding.wordpress.com
December 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDana
Oh, whoops, I just noticed it's too late :(. And you have so many newbies anyway. Oh well, maybe next time :).
December 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDana
is it too late? i'm a newbie who's only been blogging a few weeks. I love the idea.
December 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
I am late, but maybe you can add me in. Just now I found out about your blog.
http://ginuca27.blogspot.com/
Thanks !

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!
December 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGinette
Hey Kristen. You will have to count me in for the adoption. I have been blogging for 11 months but I would have to consider myself a veteran compared to some of the fresh starters out there. It would have been wonderful to have support when I first started.I think we can learn from each other as we go along!My food style is eclectic with a Greek flare!I love it all but am not much of a baker.I have joined the Daring Bakers so that is as much sweets as my hips will allow!
December 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBellini Valli
That sounds like a great idea, so please sign me up! I think I would be a veteran since I have been around longer than a year.
www.allthingsedible.blogspot.com
December 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Count me in. :)
December 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCate O'Malley
If you still need veteran bloggers for your newbie project, I would like to participate.Lynne from
cafelynnylu.blogspot.com
December 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLynne
Hey blogger friend.Don't know where the heck I have been for the last month that I missed this.If you still need a veteran blogger I am in.Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Elizabeth
www.mommychef.blogspot.com
January 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I'm not sure if you are still pairing up veterans and newbies but I'd like to participate! I had a blog before, but I still feel like a newbie. :o)

Thanks and I love your blog.
January 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Great idea. I am a newbie blog and would love help from a veteran.

http://eatfordinner.blogspot.com
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPsychgrad
hi! i love this idea...i'm a newbie and would love to participate! iknow the deadline has passed, but if you ever start it again....i'm a veggie, green-loving, local eating, 20-something who would love to be matched with a veteran! thanks!
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe bee hive
I am sorry that I am just finding this now. What a fun idea. I have been blogging about six months now, so I would consider myself a novice. I try to tend towards healthy food and gourmet food. I know I missed the deadline, but if you decide to do another round of matching (or ongoing) please consider including me!
January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin
Newbie - I started my blog in late October.

Let's see, I'm pescetarian, mostly vegetarian, often vegan. I'm health conscious, except for my intense love of pie.I cook more than I bake and experiment a lot.
January 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn

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