The First ever Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. My take.

The First ever Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. My take.

This weekend I attended the first ever Food Bloggers of Canada Conference at the Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, Ontario.

The Food Bloggers of Canada Conference

When it was announced I knew immediately that I was going to be there.

I am not sure what I was more excited about? Meeting Ethan, Mardi and Melissa, the amazing trio behind the FBC? Seeing the faces of those I Tweet with on a daily basis? Meeting the bloggers I didn’t know before my trip to Ontario? The amazing line up of  speakers, we’re talking David Leite, Dianne Jacob, Dana McCauley, Mairlyn Smith, Alexa Clark, Adell Shneer, and many many more. Panels with some of the biggest bloggers in Canada, brands, a panel on publishing, a Chef, tons of tech information, even a book keeper! Or the food and wine that awaited us? Turns out, every second of it was pure epicness. re: Urban Dictionary example #2 ” Another word for epic to describe a monumental event. To the extreme”

The lessons I learnt were many. It was a weekend that far exceed my expectations and I am guessing it will take 4 posts if not more to sum up everything I took away from it.

It’s not that I have been doing it wrong. I feel like I have not been focusing on 100% of the content of my posts. I lean towards making pictures first, the words have become a second thought. The story at times, not being told at all.

David Leite speaking at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference 2013

David said something that I was so glad to hear.

There is nothing wrong with posts of at least 1000 words.
I think that has been part of what has been holding me back. You often read that it is recommended you keep your posts short and sweet. That long posts are boring and deter people from returning.
Of course, I disagree, a well told story with emotion will garner a readership. I have been cutting it short, editing how much I say, but you just can not tell a story in 300 words or less.
 Not that I was needing permission but hearing that has really changed my focus.
Some of the things he said that really resonated with me were the about the written word.
Notes from the FBC conference w/David Leite.
  You need to love language.
The voice determines the choice of words.
Have someone critique your work.
Punctuation creates rhythm.
Write about what you are passionate about.
Saying that, David Tweeted me Wednesday morning, I was very touched by his opening of the Q & A session on Saturday when he mentioned his gramdmother. It was one of the moments over the weekend that brought me to tears. I could so relate to his emotion in those moments. How powerful the love we both have for our grandmothers and how food can bring those thoughts back to us immediately, just from a smell, or a technique we learnt in their kitchen.
He had mentioned  that my latest post was touching. Which I was glad to hear. But in reflection it did not evoke enough emotion for him leave a response on the blog. So I know where I need to do the work.

I want to find a voice where everyone can relate and respond.
He was a fantastic speaker and I am so glad he was asked to be at the conference. The lessons I took away from his words are very much appreciated. And exactly what I needed to hear.
Now to do the work, and find my voice.

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9 thoughts on “The First ever Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. My take.

  1. Marlene, so great seeing you! I hope your wrist is feeling good these days. Thank you for your kind words.
    I think we can all learn from each other through our blogs. Everyone has such a different point of view, photography and writing styles, cooking techniques. We all have something fantastic to contribute to the Canadian blogging world! As always it is a work in progress.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Talk to you soon.

  2. Redawna, it was such a pleasure getting to know you at the conference. I read this post when it first came out, but wasn’t able to comment at the time. I’m in catch-up mode now, but wanted to say I’m in awe of your photography, your way with the word and your food! It was great to meet so many new people, like yourself, from whom I can learn so much.There were so many learnings at the conference that resonated powerfully with me. I’ve been focusing more on my content, taking much longer to edit, edit and then edit again my posts. I think the effort is paying off; time and my readers will tell!

  3. Mardi, it was wonderful meeting you! You have an air of pure joy about you!
    I learnt so much over the weekend, I look forward to the many changes I foresee taking place on Nutmeg Disrupted.
    Thank you so much for stopping by!

  4. Robyn!

    It was wonderful meeting you! We had a great group at our table Friday night! We all took away such different things from the speakers over the weekend. What an amazing community we have.
    I look forward to your posts as well.
    Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Redawna, it was such a pleasure meeting you and sitting next to you at dinner on Friday night. I was so excited to hear about your Recipe to Riches experience too! Looking forward to reading the rest of your posts about the weekend.

  6. Roger, good seeing you!
    The conference was absolutely fabulous! It could not have gone any better, all the speakers were outstanding!
    I would love to attend the IFBC in Seattle but will not be able to this year. There are so many American bloggers I would love to meet! Perhaps one day I will attend one of the bigger conferences that are held south of the border! They are such a wealth of information and the friendships created invaluable. To be able to put a face with the blog and Twitter handle is wonderful! I recommend everyone try to attend at least one conference to have that experience.

    I do have a love for words, they way they can be weaved together to create an amazing story. Though of late I have not put in the work and my posts do reflect that. I look forward to doing the work and seeing if I can create more response on the blog.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Sounds fun! And I completely agree with your point regarding the power of the story working in concert with the recipe and photos. Although in this grasshopper mind world I still try to keep the word count in the area of 600.

    On a funny side note, I thought you were going to the IFBC in Seattle and looked forward to meeting you there. What a difference an extra letter makes!

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