So my news is that I’ll be speaking at this year’s BlogHer ’09 Conference on the food blogging panel, “Identity/Passions: FoodBlogging in the Time of Recession“. This year’s annual BlogHer Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, 2009 in Chicago, and is the largest conference of women bloggers in the world, including women (and men) who blog about parenting, food, politics, travel, business, sex, health, etc.
I went to last year’s BlogHer conference in San Francisco (see my write-up), and it was the first time I’d met so many bloggers in person. I was struck by the sheer number of the talented women there (over a thousand), and gained valuable perspective from the sessions. I’m tickled to be chosen as a panelist this year, talking about how food bloggers can stay relevant and maybe even help people save money in this economy. (Read on for the full list of food panelists, and a recent Hong Kong Trader article quoting Lunch in a Box.)
I’ll be joining fellow panelists Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes, Hetal Jannu of Show Me the Curry, Michelle Lentz of Wine Girl, and Stephanie O’Dea of A Year in Crockpotting. (I still can’t believe I’ll actually be on a panel with blogerati Elise! Big thanks to Elise, BTW, who generously helped make it possible for me to attend this year’s conference.) I’m also looking forward to meeting Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, and hearing her speak in the Brands & Bloggers discussion. (Unfortunately I won’t be speaking at Anime Milwaukee this year after all, due to a scheduling issue.)
Article in Hong Kong Trader
I was interviewed a while back by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for an article about how the economy is making more Americans interested in packing up their leftovers. The article Cashing in on Leftovers is now up on the Hong Kong Trader’s website; have a look if you’re interested.
I got a kick out of seeing that it cited the results of our recent reader poll on why you all pack bento-style lunches. See? When you respond to the monthly polls here, you’re making yourself heard around the world. (I’ve added it to the Press and Awards page.)
- How to cut your food bills
- Poll: Where are your lunches eaten? (poll closed)
- Poll: When do you pack lunch? (poll closed)
- Poll: Who do you pack lunch for? (poll closed)
- Bento FAQ and Biggie’s list of top speed tips, tutorials and reviews