By guest blogger Ann McElfresh. Photos Copyright © Ann McElfresh.
I WAS LUCKY enough to attend the Food Bloggers Forum in beautiful Walt Disney World recently. As I walked into the welcome reception, I thought, “Who am I to be among such giants?”
I knew I had a lot to learn – I had no idea how much I would take home with me!
I can tell you that each and every one of those giants looked at me and said or thought, “I am YOU!” Every one of them started where I am now: a new blogger with ideas, a desire to achieve and stars in my eyes.
There were two recurring themes that I took away from this conference. It was stated over and over and over by each speaker, each presenter, and each blogger. They are words of wisdom.
Are you ready?
Be true to yourself
Tell YOUR story
Everyone has a story to tell . . . what’s YOUR story? If you’re gonna write – tell YOUR story. No one else knows it! You know what you want to say. So say it!
Be true to yourself. This goes hand-in-hand with telling your story. It can only really be your story if you are true to it and yourself. Write what you like and what interests you.
From a blogging perspective, imagine writing about something that you didn’t really like, but you knew you could crank it out and sell it. So, here you are, chained to your computer with a subject you don’t like . . . or **gasp** what if you chose a subject that bored you? UGH! Is there anything worse?
The lovely Jaden of Steamy Kitchen headed up this conference. Jaden is a firm believer in sharing knowledge. If there was ever a woman who was true to herself, tells her story and understands where a new food blogger comes from, it’s Jaden.
I am true to myself! My favorite subject? Cooking! I could talk about it, write about it, photograph it and share it all day long! Cooking is MY STORY.
Ann McElfresh, an enthusiastic home cook, has an extensive “bucket list” of places to see, foods to eat and dishes to cook. A recent physical required that she focus her attention on cooking healthy foods and living a healthier lifestyle. So far, she has lost 20 pounds. When asked how she lost the weight, she tells people, “By cooking like mad! Who knew losing weight could be so much fun?” Visit her healthy (and tasty) cooking blog at www.cookinghealthyforme.com.