Eat, Write, Retreat: Let’s Get Networking!

logo-phillyWhen I started food blogging 5 years ago, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. It was a creative venue for me, something fun, that evolved into something I hope will help me support my family financially. Most of what I have learned came from Google searches, hours and hours of Google searches. When the first blogging conferences popped up, I laughed them off. What would you get out of a blogging conference?

The first conference I attended was two years ago and I was quickly hooked. I wanted to attend more conferences, but the travel, cost and time away from the family always turned me off.

Casey Benedict created a great conference called Eat, Write, Retreat. I have always wanted to attend, but have been able to because it is typically held on the east coast, far from San Diego and my family. But Casey has a special offer this year for bloggers. For a small price, you can watch the videos from this year’s conference at your own leisure.

Miss something important? Rewind and watch it again. Kids fighting? Hit pause and resume when you are ready.Joy Manning sm

Is it worth it?

I was able to watch the video, “Contact High” and listen to Joy Manning talk about how easy it is to network.

I admit that I am NOT a good networker. I shy away from talking to people fact-to-face (that’s why I hide behind the computer) and I am incredibly uncomfortable at praising myself. I have written one proposal to one brand which did not get accepted or rejected, just ignored.

It took me a year to get the nerves to write that proposal, and the frustration and disappointment kept me from writing another one again.

The bulk of Joy’s time is spent writing emails that she admits no one will answer. I feel redeemed.

Joy is a freelance writer and the coauthor of Almost Meatless. One thing she said is still ringing in my ear: Just like life, networking is not fair. Joy gives you great ideas and easy assignments to get you networking in no time. She really, REALLY took the intimidation factor out of the cold email.

I totally needed this. I want to take my foodie career to the next level and I need to stop sitting on the sidelines. Joy, I’ve got my Networking Journal right next to me and it’s ready to be filled up!

Now through August 15th, Casey is offering 20% off any of the EWR digital downloads with the promo code: EWRFamilySpice Just click here to check out the videos.

So break out the ratty old robe and fuzzy slippers and enjoy the conference in the comfort of your own home!

Disclosure: I will be receiving the full set of downloads a no charge. The opinions I expressed here are my own. This post does contain affiliate links.

11 Responses to Eat, Write, Retreat: Let’s Get Networking!

  1. Dear Laura,

    thanks for the info and for your wonderful blog indeed! Please could you recheck the link to the videos, I am afraid is not working.
    Thanks again and awaiting for your next post!


    • Sorry about that Marisa, the link is fixed!

      • Thank you Laura! I am a blog beginner, a passionate cooker and writer and need to learn a lot about this. If you have time, I would like you to check my blog and write two words about it. I would appreciate it very much!

        You have a great smile, so fresh!

        Thanks again!


        PS by the way, how can I buy your book about Olive oil in PDF version? I can´t read ebook version in my computer.

  2. Good lord, I could have written this post. I even hired a friend who’s an exec at an advertising company to write my media kit. I read it and thought, “I’d really like to know her.” LOL I’m worse than you because I haven’t put the kit together yet.

    Everything you say is what I needed to hear.

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    Go for it, Laura! You have inspired me with this post…while I have been here in Vermont with my mom, I’ve been dancing around the idea of writing my media kit. Time to get to it!

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    Oops…the hyperlink isn’t working for me…anyone else have trouble?

  5. I think it’s so important to go out and network and attend such events. It definitely helps iron out all the blogging goals and doubts. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Laura! i’m so glad to hear my talk made you realize you aren’t alone slinging emails into the deep, black abyss! The important thing is to keep sending them and trying new ways to meet people and pursue your goals. I love your blog and am adding it to me RSS. Thanks for your kind words!

  7. I’m so happy to hear you have changed and it’s good to hear a story like this to inspire others (like me who’s still hiding). Thank you for writing this post – I have A LOT to think about. 😉

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