Adopt a Blogger. Lesson 1.


Just before leaving to Brazil, I signed up to what promised to be an interesting blogger to blogger event: Adopt A Blogger. Initated by Dine and Dish, the concept behind Adopt a Blogger is pretty simple. Bringing together ‘newbies’ and ‘veterans’ of the food blogosphere to share what we do, how we do it, how to do it better. So after reading the rules, I decided to sign up. There is that one post I started with … and trust me, I wish I knew then what I know now 🙂

Fast forward. Brazil! Which of course meant I forgot all about the Adopt a Blogger event, and the commitment I made.

adopt a bloggerThen, at the beginning of January 2008 I received a comment and an email from … Kathy. Kathy who? Well, now that you ask: Kathy from Three on Food, my blogger adoptee. Meet Kathy (oh and Tara and Cindy) the trio behind Three on Food. Sharing a love for cooking, passion for food, recipes and trying out new things.

After some emails back and forth, getting to know each others blogs, we agreed to share and ask you to join us on our Adopt a Blogger adventure. In simple terms: I will be posting my adoptees questions online, answering as much as I can … online (duh!) and then when and where you would like to jump in,  comment, give us feedback, make suggestions – we would absolutely love to read them!

There is only one thing to do. Welcome to Lesson 1 in Adopt a Blogger (well, kind of Adopt Three on Food!)

Kathy:How can we make our blog more personable?

Moi:First thing that comes to mind when someone asks me this question, is – well, myself. This blog is what and who we are. We like food, we like going out, there is the occasional disaster and the occasional rant. As long as I can find my own voice on my blog I know it’s a personal, honest blog. After all, it is everything but work. So I (we) can keep it as personal as I want to. Sort of.  

Keeping a blog personal means above all getting personal. If I have a lot of work, or have been travelling a lot, you’ll hear about it. Disaster scones? You heard about it too. All the same, I like getting to ‘know’ some food bloggers just by reading their food and sometimes family stories. Find your own angle, find how you relate to food. There is the family approach (cooking for a large family, hint, hint?), there is the diet approach, the vegan one, or the artistic one. New to a city and its food? Voila. I could go on and on. Every food blogger has a passion for food. I hope. And a life outside the food blogosphere. I hope. Combining both is a challenge (!), but can also bring the personal touch you are looking for. The voice.

I always tell myself: if I like writing it, somewhere, someone might like reading it. (Of course, it helps if I like eating it as well as this is after all a food blog). Don’t assume what people would like to read and lose your voice writing about it. Simply enjoy your food blogging, showing it, and others will share your passion. And then there is of course a lot more.

Question:How do you get personal? Any suggestions on making a food blog personal?

(Oh, and pssst, don’t forget to visit Three on Food!)

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