What I learned… Food Blogger Camp 2011

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Hola!!! While you all have been working hard trying to stay warm this week, I’ve been working hard too – at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort in Cancun, Mexico attending Food Blogger Camp 2011. But  I’m not  going to talk  about the gorgeous resort, the delicious food or the amazing scenery – and yes, it was ALL that… and so much more.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Pool

I am also not going to talk about our “fearless” leaders – Jaden Hair , Elise Bauer , David Lebovitz, Diane Cu and Todd Porter , Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson because there aren’t words (that I know of anyway) to accurately  describe how truly talented, amazing and incredibly gracious these people are – the only way to  fully understand this is to read their blogs (or in Adam’s case – see his work on his website). If you haven’t all I can say is this- do it, and do it now – you will be so glad that you did.

I am also not going to be talking about SEO, Photography and Light, RSS feeds, or any of  the other subjects we covered at camp because well, that is why  I went to Camp and it  would  pretty much amount  to “the blind leading the blind”.   So for that information, again you need to be reading the blogs of these gifted individuals and of the other bloggers who attended – I will be  adding links to their posts so check them out! Fellow campers –  leave me your links!!!

No, what I am going to talk about is what I  found….and about what I learned.

So, what did I find? I found my “tribe”.

Since starting this blog almost a year ago, I have attended a few blogger get togethers and a few blogging workshops. The information I gleaned from each of these was invaluable as were the relationships I made with other bloggers. But it was here, at Food Blogger Camp that I truly understood.

I  learned that whether your passion is foodblogging or underwater basketweaving, we all need a” tribe” – to be part of a group that shares a passion equal to our own. A group  that not only doesn’t look at you strangely when you whip out your camera to take a photo of the plate that has been put before you, but willingly holds up a napkin to help “bounce the light” for the perfect shot.  A group that  truly appreciates discussing the finer points of  butter – and in this case that would be Kerrygold Butter, our sponsor for Food Blogger Camp.  To be part of group that encourages you and inspires you to be better than you ever imagined you could be – in short, a group that “gets” you.

So, as you emerge from your holiday coma and focus on the year ahead my wish for you is simply  this –  find your “tribe”.

And if  you are a food blogger, start making plans now to attend Food Blogger Camp 2012…  come and be part of the “tribe” – you will be so glad that you did!

Grand Velas Resort, Main Pool deck

Food Blogger Camp 2011 links

What’s Gaby Cooking? Food Blogger Camp – Cancun

David Lebovitz – Food Blogger Camp 2011

Food Woolf – 10 Lessons from Food Blog Camp 2011

Family Fresh Cooking – Food Blogger Camp Riviera Maya

Confections of a Foodie Bride – Food Blog Camp – the Round – Ups

The Urban Baker – Community Across the Globe – Food Blog Camp 2011

SaVUryandsweet – Food Blog Camp 2011 – Day Two

Kitchen Corners – Food Blogger Camp

Frantasticfood – If You Are Happy and You Know It, Eat Foie Gras

Pinch my Salt – What I learned In Mexico

Undercover Caterer –  Escape from Grand Velas

Ladles and Jellyspoons – Food Blog Camp 2011

Mommie Cooks – Food Blog Camp 2011

Kitchen Cunondrum – Food Blog Camp 2011


  1. says

    I had so much fun with you Nancy!!! Can’t wait to hang out more in LA!!! and send me those fabulous flower pics when you get a chance (from the event you planned last year!) XOXOXOXO miss you already!

    • says

      I had a blast with you guys as well and I can’t wait to hang out too!! Check your inbox for the photos – not the best but you’ll get the idea!!! Let me know if the pics don’t come thru – I’m a little brain dead today!

  2. says

    Finding my tribe is exactly how I felt after attending BlogHerFood in October. I feel at home in this group. Having learned so much from that conference, I could only imagine how wonderful it would be to spend a few days with a great group of teachers/industry leaders and fellow bloggers in a small group setting at one of the most amazing resorts I’ve ever been to. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get away for this one. Hopefully next year. I was lucky enough, though, to vacation at the Grand Velas this past summer and was blown away by the food, service, and setting. Nothing like it that I’ve experienced before.

    Glad to hear you all loved the experience and the resort. It’s fun to read everyone’s posts.

    And thanks for the follow on Twitter.

    • says

      Hi Beth!!!

      I am really glad we are part of the same tribe!!! I was also blown away by the resort – I am just not good at being pampered – but after this week, I could definitely get used to it!

    • says

      I feel exactly the same way about you my friend!!!! Email me some dates that you are free – I would love to come up and shop at the Santa Monica farmer’s market with you!!!

  3. says

    Well, it’s been snowing here for the past few days, so … thanks for the pictures of sunny beaches and blue skies. No, no, that’s not torturous at all!

    Seriously, though, it looks and sounds like a great time! I might have to start looking into 2012 …

    • says

      Hi Paul!!!
      Yes, getting “work” done was tough but the schedule was really well balanced between “work” and “play” time!! The best way to find out about these get togethers is to follow on twitter – also, see if you can connect with bloggers in your area and start a blogging group, its a great way to share information and have fun!!!

  4. says

    I’m so glad you had such an inspiring time, Nancy – I just knew it would be amazing. I so wish I could have gone for the food/beauty/learning, etc.. and for exactly what you wrote about – hanging with folks that get ya. Hope to see you more in 2011!

  5. says

    Nancy – Sounds like a lot of fun! Let me know when you’re free; would love to hear about your trip in person over a cup of coffee. :)


  6. says

    Luckeeeee! “Found your tribe?” I want in. Not really. I’ll just stick with blogging about interiors and trying your recipes. I did give you the Stylish Blogger Award though as my list would not be complete without you.
    Mary Ann

  7. says

    hi neighbor! thank you so much for coming and we really really enjoyed spending more time with you. You’re such a treat to talk to. Wishing you so much more success in 2011. xo

    • says

      Me too Fran!!! I am so glad that I met you and I regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time getting to know you.. I guess this means we definitely need another trip to Mexico!!


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