Like any other business, hobby or passion, there are conferences you can attend with classes/sessions/demonstrations to help you do it better. I have been a Real Estate Agent for some 20+ years. I attend continuing education classes routinely to stay current with marketing trends, technology updates and changes to real estate law. I’ve spent hours upon hours in a class room locally and away from home to learn how to do my DAY job better. I love my job and have the best clientele on earth!
By NIGHT, I am a passionate cook and baker. On May 5, 2015 I launched my very own blog to keep in perpetuity my treasured recipes that can be passed down to my children, grandchildren and hopefully all the generations that follow as well as extended family, friends and colleagues. After launching my blog, I soon learned that Food Bloggers have the same opportunity to learn how to be better at writing food blogs. As a newbie, a term used in any endeavor you’ve participated in for less than one year, I was happy to be able to attend the IFBC – International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, Washington with a food blogger friend. We spent the weekend attending some excellent sessions, meeting conference sponsors, fellow food bloggers and walk the downtown area of Seattle.
Like all conferences, you have to sift through the overwhelming amount of information to determine what suits you best for your level of experience and commitment. My take away was that “yes, I am new and yes, I have a lot to learn.” I also believe that you can only learn at a pace that is equal to your experience level and the amount of time you are able or want to commit.
I’m here to stay as a Food Blogger. So I will implement things in baby steps and as I have done with my Real Estate business, build my following slow and sure with loyal readers who will hopefully keep coming back because of content, ease of maneuvering through my website and most of all, the quality of my recipes. Attending conferences like IFBC over time will help me to accomplish these goals.
I have to give props to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle, located across from the Washington State Convention Center and The Cheese Cake Factory, where the IFBC was held and where my fellow food blogger friend and I shared a room for the weekend. Our accommodations were clean and spacious. We had a lovely view too. The restaurants inside the Sheraton served up excellent food fit for a, well… fit for a Food Blogger. I must say though that Seattle is expensive. To park my car at the hotel was a whopping $50/night. I had little options as parking garages in downtown Seattle were almost as expensive and getting to them would have taken precious time away from our already packed weekend. As it turned out, we never did need a car once we checked in and began our very busy weekend.
The organizers and main sponsors of the IFBC, Foodista and ZephyrAdventures, did a respectable job of organizing tours and sessions outside of the conference with addtional learning opportunities that did not conflict with the conference schedule. While we opted to take in downtown Seattle for the experience, others told us the add on adventures were great! For a reduced rate conference fee, I have agreed to write three blogs about my experience at the IFBC. In my 2nd blog I’ll share our fun time tripping around Seattle.