Well, it’s all been “head down, tail up” here as I tidy up after the massive event that was Eat Drink Blog 2012 and cope with the unpredictable drama that resulted from my son’s tonsillectomy (two haemorrhages, one ambulance ride to emergency, one car ride to emergency, one round of emergency surgery to halt the bleeding and a total of 4 admissions to 2 hospitals all in 12 days around the conference). However, there was one other thing that I was working on with Jennifer from Delicieux which kept me very busy indeed, but which I am now so proud to announce – the launch of a brand new online community resource for Australian food bloggers – Food Bloggers Australia.
Jennifer Schmidt, of the lovely food blog Delicieux, and I put our heads together over a few telephone conversations in regard to this and decided to take the plunge and put together the first and only national Australian food blogging community – and Food Bloggers Australia was born.
The beauty of the internet is that it is not subject to what is a significant issue for all Australians – the tyranny of distance. In creating this online facility we want to build a friendly, central place for bloggers to introduce themselves, connect, share knowledge and make new friends within the Australian food blogging community. Food Bloggers Australia will provide an encouraging, welcoming space for for Australian food bloggers of all levels. Here they can access up to date resources, take advantage of member-only events, competitions and discounts, as well as network and learn, not only from each other, but from experts in the various areas of interest to all food bloggers.
The face of food blogging in Australia, as in the rest of the world, is changing with more food-related businesses now coming to see food bloggers as another arm of mainstream media. By creating a professional, co-operative and responsible community we will become a credible and reliable voice in food-related matters nationally. By banding together we will also offer a central point of contact for Australian food/beverage businesses who are increasingly looking to dependable, trusted food bloggers to help communicate information on their products.
Jennifer and I are excited about this new community and we sincerely hope all of our Australian food blogging friends will be too. Membership to FBA is free for bloggers and we can promise you a friendly welcome, encouragement, opportunities and the best relevant information available at all times – join us here!