This is a long over due (and possibly long post) but I feel that it’s a timely post since Eat Write Retreat (EWR) 2014 will be happening in June and there is still time to join in the fun!
I had the privilege to attend EWR in the capacity of volunteer last year. I felt very fortunate to be asked by Casey and Robyn – the great women behind EWR. I would do it again in a heartbeat! It was fantastic to experience the behind the scenes as well participating in the festivities scheduled.
If you never been to a food blogger conference and it’s on your bucket list then may I suggest Eat Write Retreat. Why?
It’s a great opportunity to network with other food bloggers. The blogger spectrum is diverse. There are novice bloggers (like myself) intermediate, and the experienced attending EWR. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS – when else will you get a chance to meet those who know (and understand) what it means to blog.
*EWR Takeaway* From Joy Manning and her workshop entitled Contact High – A fresh approach to networking is to make friends on purpose. Also be sure to share information and not just simply contacts. Be authentic in your generosity.
You learn so much at Eat Write Retreat that it can make your head spin. My head is still spinning and it’s February! Also the speakers enjoyed sharing their knowledge. SEO, cache, photography, sponsored posts – oh my! You are going to want to make sure you have the ability to take notes. There were a lot of bloggers that brought their tablets or computers to capture the information.
Bonus, after the conference Casey and Robyn made sure to provide follow ups to the workshops. Awesomeness.
In between all the learning there is eating … so much eating. Bring your expandable pants – I’m just sayin’.
If you do choose to attend Eat Write Retreat may I impart some bits o’ wisdom. These are the the things that I either learned or made note of during the conference.
Since the conference is in Philadelphia again be sure to enjoy a Philly steak.
Bring comfortable walking shoes. Comfort is king when it comes to shoes. I packed my most unforgiving shoes on this trip – oweee woweee.
Don’t forget to have an empty piece of luggage for all the swag that you are going to end up taking home. It’s plentiful and beautiful. Thank you so much EWR and the amazing sponsors.
Be prepared to become impassioned to create the best damn possible blog. If you have been battling blogger burnout, I feel that EWR will shine a new light and invigorate. I know my blog is still not finished (it’s STILL being remodeled) but attending EWR made me want to take the next step in blogging. Letting go of my wordpress hosted blog and making that leap to self hosting.
Make sure that you have business cards. I know that this might sound stupid but I was that girl who did not have business cards with her. Special in my own way, I am.
The closing of Eat Write Retreat you will have an opportunity to pitch to the pros. So here is that chance to put to use some great knowledge that you will be presented with at the conference and perhaps work with that company you admire.
Last year, the keynote speaker Monica Bhide presented on the topic of sponsored posts and provided some great thoughts on the matter.
*EWR Take Away*
-When thinking about sponsored content - think outside the box. Your post could include product information, service information, links, and messaging.
-Would you consider running this content if it wasn’t sponsored
-Be honest, make sure you declare that the post is sponsored even when mentioning it on social media #ad
There is so much I learned and so many take aways that I could go on for days but instead I think I will share those bits via FB in weekly posts starting next week.
To sum up this post … if you can, you should go to Eat Write Retreat. If you are interested in hearing fellow bloggers experience of EWR check out these blogs!
Don’t delay and purchase your tickets for Eat Write Retreat 2014! Also if you are interested in the digital downloads from the 2013 workshops they are available for purchase.
Disclosure: I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own. I was just a fortunate volunteer.