In the last two months, my little blog here has won two social media awards. Yes! But… the awards incidentally coincided with my longest ever blog hiatus. No time to blog about my blog awards – oh, the irony.
I blame it on work. As in, my two jobs that pay the bills. Lip Smacking is ad-free by choice, so I don’t make any money doing this.* My attempts to post more than once per month are often derailed by changing work schedules and the daily grind of kids’ activities/family meals/self care. The last two months were the worst ever, which I didn’t believe I would ever say after this time. And this time.
I whine about this too much already, though, so enough.
I am THRILLED that Lip Smacking has won these awards! Look at this:
- Gold in Best in the City
- Silver in Eat Magazine’s Exceptional Eats Awards!
- (My cooking classes also won in the Eat Mag awards!)
These are both people’s choice awards, which means more people read my blog than I had hoped. Knowing how many wonderful local blogs there are here on Vancouver Island, I consider it a huge honour to win these awards. Thank you, THANK YOU, for voting for me!
This kind of thing gives me more courage to face all the other amazing bloggers I will be meeting at the upcoming International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle.
It will be my first blogger conference. I’m both very excited and terribly nervous. I would probably be less nervous if I had had time to book my accommodations, travel plans, and conference activities. See, another thing that has been derailed in the last two months!
The conference looks GREAT.
Our keynote speaker is Dorie Greenspan!!! Conference sessions are hosted by a variety experts, from the New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani and writer Kathleen Flinn, to food industry experts, chefs, and digital marketers. And (get this – I am SO excited) a theater improv session to help with better story-writing!!!
There will also be culinary expos every day. And a chance to meet a bunch of like-minded foodies. It’s like my personal version of heaven.
Stay tuned for details when I am at the conference. That is, if I remember to book accommodations. And manage to get there :)
Now, to finish up my whirlwind two months, I’m off to Quadra Island tomorrow for a 3-day culinary and yoga retreat at Taku Resort. During the retreat, I’ll be running two Indian-inspired cooking classes using local ingredients… and enjoying some island life: beachcombing, kayaking, yoga… Well, I’m taking this as one of the perks of being terminally over-committed.
And, thank goodness, I’ll be back to blogging recipes next week.
* My Ad-free stance may change soon – I’m thinking of adding a choice few related and vetted-by-Chef-Heidi ads. Thoughts, my readers?