When 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.
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.