FOOD PANEL // 2nd annual west windsor farmers market event

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This past Sunday I was invited to sit on a panel with food writers, bloggers and photographers at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market in New Jersey!

The event was hosted by JoAnn Parla, a board member of the West Windsor Market. I sat alongside my friends Katie Parla of Parla Food, Clay Williams of Ultra Clay and new friends, Pat Tanner of Dine with Pat, Linda Prosper of Ciao Chow Linda and Rachel Weston, a culinary educator.

The Q&A covered topics like how to start a blog, how to monetize a blog, how to deal with negative feedback, tips for beginners, how to incorporate the blog with social media, and a few questions from the crowd (which were some of my favorites)!

To sum up the panel in a few bullets:

  • STARTING A BLOG: Blog about something you’re passionate about, not what you think you should write about. You’ll create a following when you specialize in a certain field whether its food, cars, fashion, basically whatever floats your boat.
  • MONETIZING: I was surprised and relieved to hear the entire panel say that they do not monetize their blogs; instead it leads us to bigger and better opportunities (ex: jobs, books, events, etc.) than making a few cents from google ads #realtalk
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Vital! Facebook is great for posts, Twitter is awesome for conversations, Instagram is visual interaction; as far as hashtags for instagram, we prefer to use #hashtags on the second line, and some of us use unique hashtags to categorize content for specific requestions (ex: #LMLfavs on Instagram categories all of my favorite food around the world; #LMLinLA features what I like in Los Angeles)
  • MUST-HAVE TIP FROM ME: If you’re just starting out- create a great name, buy the domain and claim your name on all appropriate social media apps!!!


 

I had so much fun chatting with everyone and loved meeting the crowd- you guys were amazing! Can’t wait to judge the apple pie contest at West Windsor this fall!

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