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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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I didn't realize my URL wouldn't show up, so . . .

http://www.threepotato.blogspot.com
January 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn
Hi! I am a newbie and would love the help and mutual support of someone much wiser than me. If you do another round of adoptions, please include me if you can. Thanks!

www.phemomenon.blogspot.com
January 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
Hi, I started blogging about 3 months ago and I would love to have someobe whose brain I could pick on a regular basis! Baking is what I enjoy most, but I make all sorts of dishes as well. Thank you for holding this event! I hope I am not too late, my email is gourmetgirl1@yahoo.com
January 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatia
I'd love to participate! I am a "newbie" and am learning as I go. My blog has been focusing on what I am cooking and what goes well and not so well.

http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com
January 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatsy
I would love to participate and be adopted as a newbie. My blog is barely 3 months old.
Thanks for such a nice opportunity!
January 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDorit
Is it too late? I think it's too late....
I just started my blog in January and would love a mentor/veteran. I'm interested in photography, family and running...reading too.
What a great idea...hope I didn't totally miss the boat.
January 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonica McAtee
This sounds like great fun, and a wonderful way to help the newer bloggers out there.

I've had my food blog over three years, and my 'other' for more than five, so I am definitely a vet. I've hosted many events, and have 'been around'. If you need me, let me know!
Stephanie
January 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
Hi, I just found this event through one of the adopted bloggers out there and I'd like to know if there is going to be a second round of this event. It sounds like a great idea and I would definitely like to sign up.

Thank you :D
January 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBen
Hi Kristen,

Just happened upon this and wondered if the event is still on? If so, I'd love to participate. Will leave my info just in case: I am a newbie (started in November) and my blog focuses on vegan/healthy foods, with lots of dessert.

Oooh. . . just re-read the post and see the Dec. 7th deadline. Well, please let me know if you ever do it again!

Thanks--great idea.

Ricki :)
January 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRicki
I know, I know, I'm several months too late. In the event that this is still going on, I'm very interested and I'm most definitely a "newbie", my site has only been up about a month. Fantastic idea!
January 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Hi! I'm a newbie and I'd love to be matched up. My foci (wow, that sounds weird) are baking and vegetable/ local food based dishes.
Thanks-- what a great idea!
January 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTanya
I'm a newbie...is it too late to sign up? I have been haunting various blogs for the last several months, and I'm really interested in getting more involved in this amazing online network.

January 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkay
I would love to be adopted :) I'm a newbie and I love baking!! www.cupcakemylove.blogspot.com
January 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I so wish I'd come across this earlier. It'll be so great to see how everyone turns out though!
January 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDayna
I wish I had seen this post previously, but I just discovered :(... just in case there's a veteran who had not yet adopted any blogger, I'm a Newbie looking foward to be adopted.
Great idea by the way!
January 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIsa
Oh, I am too late! I wish I would have seen this sooner. I such a NEWBIE!
January 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterkimberleyC
I'm also wish I had seen this post sooner. If there is a veteran who has not yet adopted any blogger please let me know! I'm a newbie! www.dylananderica.com.

Thanks!
January 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica
Hi Kristen,

I love your idea about Adopting a blogger.

I am a newbie blogger(about a month old) - my blog is about food both from India and around the world. I'd like to throw my name into the hat.

Thanks
Minti

January 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMinti
Great idea- I'd love to participate! I've been blogging since last June.
I absolutely love the whole community of bloggers out there who are so generous with their time ideas and help.
January 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGabi
Hi, I am quite a foodie, but a noob to the bloggin' scene. I would love to be adopted. How much is that doggy in the window?

http://red-icculus.com
January 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRed Icculus

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