On September 19th, I will arrive to the Emerald City to see the wizards… the wonderful wizards of food preparation, writing, photography, marketing and internet savvy. The 2013 edition of the International Food Bloggers Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington from September 20 through the 22nd. Three hundred and twenty bloggers will gather to learn, network, and taste their way through some of the city’s great food. A steel flying house will take me there, perfectly timed to celebrate my third year of blogging.
Seattle will be the host city to IFBC 2013, and I couldn’t be more excited to get there with E. The Pacific Northwest has been in my radar for visiting for a few years now. The culture, the food, the wineries, and the legendary music scene draw us to this area. We won’t need green-tinted glasses to appreciate Seattle’s charms.
IFBC 2013 – A quest for brains, heart, and courage
Why am I attending IFBC 2013? To sharpen up my blogging skills, meet dear blogging friends beyond the computer screen, and keep building confidence in my cooking and writing skills.
Brains – Improved Blogging Skills
I felt like a kid in a candy store reading about the different sessions and activities scheduled around IFBC 2013. All activities are grouped in three topics: technology, writing, and food. I am gravitating towards the writing sessions. If my writing is not compelling, it doesn’t matter if I have the most on trend recipes or the latest kitchen gadget at my disposal.
I will definitely schedule the following sessions into my IFBC agenda:
- Entrepreneurial Journalism:
Building Your Food Blog Media Business
How food bloggers can thrive and grow in the competitive digital writing space with Mark Briggs
- Wine & Writing: Live Blogging: An Exercise in Writing with @BordeauxWines
How to write about wine tasting… with flashbacks of the great wine I enjoyed while visiting Bordeaux back in 2013!
- Story Telling: The 7-Part Structure of Stories
How to tell a good story, on paper, on video, etc. using the classic seven-part structure of stories. After this session, I will have tools to make my stories stick to my readers memories. The session will be led by Taught by Cookus Interruptus performers and cooks Cynthia Lair and Matt Smith.
- The Elements of Style
How to make a bigger impact with my writing with author and writing coach Kathleen Flinn
Heart – The First Big Dorista Meet-Up
Even though the learning opportunities at IFBC 2013 are enough of a draw by themselves, I knew I had to attend the conference after learning that Dorie Greenspan would be the keynote speaker. My blog is what it is today because I decided to join an online cooking group two and a half years ago: French Fridays with Dorie. I have not only learned to cook traditional and modern French food, I have bonded with dozens of bloggers like myself on a weekly basis over a recipe from Around My French Table. Just click on any French Fridays post for a taste of what our community is like.
The FFwD crowd has been cooking together for almost three years. In those three years, you can imagine all the milestones and moments we have gone through and shared in our weekly posts. The opportunity to meet some of the members of the group ‘in real life’ after all this bonding – and the lady who has taught us different things about food and indirectly ourselves – was not one I could pass up.
Courage – Breaking Out of the Shell
Even though I will be arriving at IFBC 2013 with sixteen Dorista friends, plus a couple friendly Latina bloggers on my familiar faces list, I find courage to go out and meet as many people as I can during the conference weekend. The IFBC 2013 group in Facebook has been a blessing. It was the perfect place for making introductions, clearing up questions, learning about our host city, and giggling over silly words like scrump.
I will also find the courage to decide whether I will take my blogging one step further. I am tired of working around the “I’m swamped at work” and other excuses for not taking my blog up to the level I know I can achieve. I trust that the tools I will learn at the conference will give me confidence to generate better content that’s fun for me to write and useful and entertaining for you.
I am extremely grateful to a few people who are making my journey into IFBC 2013 possible. E – my husband – has been supportive since day one. I told him I wanted to go to Seattle for the conference, and he was the first one to tell me that we had to go. I’m almost jealous of all the great sightseeing and exploring he’ll get to do while I’m participating in the IFBC activities at the W Hotel. I would also like to recognize my Dorista friends Mary (Lights On, No Brakes), Alice (A Mama, A Baby, and a Sharpei), Susan (Create Amazing Meals) and Trevor (Sis.Boom.[Blog!]). I know we will have a wonderful time taking what we have built over the last three years over to ‘real life’ – in no small part thanks to all the time and love you’ve put into our gathering.
Thanks to my friends Joanne and Rafa for the gorgeous Seattle pictures they shared for this post too!
The International Food Bloggers Conference, organized by Foodista and Zephyr Adventures, will take place on September 20-22 at the W Hotel in Downtown Seattle. Great Food 360° is happy to participate as a blogger in the conference. Stay tuned for additional posts under tag “IFBC 2013″