The FoodBlogForum, Atlanta Event Lights a Fire!

by on September 13, 2010

Sometimes we need a kick in the pants, someone or some thing to light a fire.  This past weekend at FoodBlogForum Atlanta the Spark was Lit.

Hosted by Jaden and Scott of SteamyKitchen and Diane and Todd from WhiteOnRiceCouple with event planning by Gwen of BunkyCooks, the first East Coast FoodBlogForum weekend was another worthwhile, information-packed affair.

Aside from having the opportunity to see Club Med Food Blogger Camp, 2010 friends, I finally got to see a friend who moved to Atlanta over 3 years ago.  Our time together only added to the “get away from it all” weekend.  After just a few minutes with Kathy, I was quickly reminded that if there’s one friend on this planet that will tell it to me straight, she’s the one.  “Thank God you colored your hair — the gray was horrendous.”  “STOP wearing those baggy shirts, they make you look bigger than you really are.”  “You don’t have a big butt,  stop that!”  “What, are you kidding me, everyone loves you!”  So, once the weekend was over, I felt better than when I arrived and my head was filled with more great information to help build a better blog.

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But don’t be fooled, it wasn’t all about chatting it up with old and new friends.  The time spent with friends met 8 months ago in Mexico and new friends and acquaintances met during the event at the fabulous pre-party and cooking demo presented by Kevin Rathbun at the local Viking store led into the all day symposium at The Shed at Glenwood.  Sure, my butt is still killing me.  I had no idea there are bones in there — really?  Ouch.  But the information delivered was, as expected, invaluable.

Lunch with Diane of Spoon And Chair, Monica of Sweetbites Blog and Lynn of MamaSays was delightful and it was fun to learn about the women behind the blogs.

We talked about the important task of finding our voice which is something I’m still working on.  My dream?  I’d love to travel back to far off places and discover the food outside of restaurants.  I did restaurants already.   I want to meet home cooks and chefs, housekeepers and moms that are making a name for themselves in their towns and villages and with their families.  I’ve imagined getting into the kitchen in a restaurant working side by side with people that may not speak a language I understand.  Going to a market to shop with the family cook and learning about the ingredients being used in the meal, cooking and then sitting down to share with them would probably end in scores of opportunities for new posts with photos, videos and recipes.

Sure, there are travel blogs and guides and yes, there are fabulous food blogs, but somehow, the combination of both lights a fire for me.

The weekend taught me to think outside the box and to tred into uncharted territory.  It’s time to get down to it and to begin writing a plan.  Thank you FoodBlogForum for the inspiration.

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JadenNo Gravatar September 13, 2010 at 8:04 am

Thank YOU!!! So great seeing you again Fran! xoxo j

frantasticfoodNo Gravatar September 17, 2010 at 8:59 am

It's always good seeing you too Jaden. I'll see you in San Francisco in a few weeks and in Mexico in January. Woo hoo!!

Jane MNo Gravatar September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

Sure sounds like a fun weekend! I'm sure you are glad you went!

frantasticfoodNo Gravatar September 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

Jane, you should come with me on one of these trips. How about the one in Mexico in January?! Wouldn't we have fun?

Julie M.No Gravatar September 13, 2010 at 8:24 am

LOVED your video!! It brought the whole experience back again! It was really great meeting everyone and hopefully I'll see you at another conference in the future!

frantasticfoodNo Gravatar September 17, 2010 at 8:57 am

Julie, I hope to see you at another event in the future.

bunkycooksNo Gravatar September 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

It was so great to meet you! This is an awesome recap. Great you had fun and I hope your butt feels better! ;) I'm ready for Mexico!!!

frantasticfoodNo Gravatar September 17, 2010 at 8:57 am

I hope you go to Mexico. It'll be an awesome trip and you'll have a great time!

Diane MillerNo Gravatar September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Great video Fran, you always do something really creative. It was SO great to see you again. Good luck with your plan and with the other developing items in your life. Let's get together before Mexico.

frantasticfoodNo Gravatar September 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thanks Diane! It was so great catching up with you. We do need to plan to get together before January.

BeckyNo Gravatar September 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hi fellow food bloggers!

After attending the foodblogforum last weekend, a couple of us decided it would be great to get together on a regular basis to talk about blogging, what's working, what's not and help each other out. It's a chance for great networking and we'll plan it around a meal. We're planning on having our first meeting Wed. Sept 22 at 10:00 at OK Cafe near I-75 and West Paces Ferry Road. Please let me know if you can come. Hope to see you there!

Becky Reynolds Smith

frantasticfoodNo Gravatar September 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Thanks Becky. I live in the DC area, so I'm not going to be able to make it, but I hope you all have a fun and productive time!

SeanNo Gravatar October 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Well, my mom might send you the pictures.

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