Project Food Blog Challenge #1 Ready, Set, Blog!
It’s Project Food Blog showtime, folks. This post is my official entry into the contest, a contest in which I am up against almost 2000 other bloggers (all of whom are Foodbuzz Featured Publishers). Each of us is vying for the title of “The Next Food Blog Star”…how’s that for intimidating?
Project Food Blog is an interactive competition comprised of a series of ten culinary and blogging challenges. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and a feature on Foodbuzz for one year.
For the first challenge, contestants were tasked to answer the questions: Why Do You Blog? and What Makes Your Blog Unique? Contestants must also tackle: Why Do You Think You Have What it Takes to be The Next Food Blog Star?
So without further ado, let’s get to it.
Why do I blog?
1. I blog to share my passions: cooking, nutrition, gardening, and having a balanced life.
2. I blog to be part of a community…a community of people who are extremely passionate, who spend a lot of their time just like me…celebrating all things food. I promote the work of other bloggers as frequently as possible and I get a huge kick when my work gets promoted. Food bloggers are an amazingly talented bunch and I am honored to call myself one.
3. I blog because I love it…because it’s fun. After a year and a half, I still get excited putting each post together. I love pushing the publish button…I love putting my recipes, writing and photos “out there” there for the world to see.
What Makes My Blog Unique?
1. My Information
I love to talk about why I eat the foods I do and I want to encourage my readers to use whole food ingredients when they cook. I have a background in holistic medicine so I like to pepper my posts with nutritional information, but I try to be objective, not “preachy” about the health “stuff”. Readers tell me they love my blog because it teaches them something they didn’t already know. This drives me…fires me up to write the next post.
The content of my blog isn’t necessarily typical for a recipe blog, or even a healthy recipe blog. Reading my blog might inspire someone to put purslane it in their salad. Or maybe it will get them out in their yard to discover an edible plant like anise hyssop. It might give them the confidence to try this healthier version of pop-tarts. Or take on a new technique, like making yogurt at home.
2. My Recipes
I’ve never been to cooking school, but I grew up in a restaurant family and I am a good cook. I enjoy adapting favorite recipes as well as creating recipes from scratch, and I love experimenting with new ingredients.
I really enjoy recipe development and recipe writing, and I’ve become more adept at these since starting this blog. I frequently enter recipe contests and I’ve even won a few: my turkey pho…
…and my minestrone…
will be in the first food52 cookbook.
And this arugula salad with pomegranate, avocado and goat cheese…
…will be in the Foodista cookbook.
I’d love to write my own cookbook someday.
3. My Photos
In addition to my information and my recipes, I believe the effort I put into my food photography also makes my blog stand out. My photos started out like this…
…and now they look like this.
I’ve pretty much fallen in love with photography since launching this blog, and I spend as much time reading about food photography as I can. I also practice a lot, and I only expect my photography to improve with time.
Why should I be crowned “The Next Food Blog Star?”
A few recipe projects and writing opportunities have come my way because of this blog. I am very grateful for those because I want to hone my skills as a recipe developer and food writer. I’d like to write for magazines someday, and as I mentioned above, I’d like pen a cookbook.
But above all else, I am a blogger.
Being a blogger means I’m a writer, an editor, a publisher, a recipe developer, a food stylist, a photographer, and an seo specialist (well, ok, I admit it…I kind of stink at seo).
I love doing it all, though…I love being a blogger…and I’ve got what it takes to be a “food blog star”.