It’s been quiet around these parts lately, I know. Even when I’ve posted it’s been sadly lacking in photography tips and tutorials and such.
But, there’s good reason behind it.
You see, we’re putting on a conference. A food blogging conference. Canada’s first national food blogging conference. FBC2013 from Food Bloggers of Canada.
The thing of it is, when you decide to do something like this, you know it will be a lot of work. But the other thing of it is, you really don’t have the faintest idea how MUCH work.
It sorta takes over your life. And you forget about your camera and your kitchen and your blog and just focus on getting your day job done and give your nights and weekends over to planning an event you hope will bring together some awesome people who will have a great time, learn lots and go home thinking “that was great – lets do it again next year!”
So that’s what we’re doing. And it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. There’s moments when you stress each other out. And then there’s moments when you buck each other up and keep each other going.
We’re lucky – we’re working with the most awesome group of sponsors who are a big part of the reason why we’re able to make this happen in the first place.
We’re in the most amazing venue, Hockley Valley Resort in Ontario, where they value locally sourced, fresh food and even grow a lot of it on the premises.
And best of all… we’re totally sold out! And that makes all this crazy insane work worth it – knowing this was something this community wanted and we we’re able to give it to them and they signed up to come on down! So now we’re doing everything we can to make sure they have the best damn weekend possible!
So now we’re on the mad rush with all the last minute details and finishing touches.
On a personal level, it’s been kinda cool getting to work on some design projects that are totally new to me. I got to work with Blurb Books, one of our sponsors, to pull together the FBC2013 conference program. It’s using Blurb’s new Magazine option. Yeah… you can create your own magazine! I don’t do a lot of print work and this meant I got to dive head first into Adobe InDesign and create… that’s right… my very first magazine! It was a bit of a learning curve for sure, getting my head wrapped around a new medium and new software in a very short period of time, but I had so much fun! It’s got my brain whirring on some new ideas for sure.
So that’s where I’ve been, and where I will be for a few more weeks. And I’m excited and nervous but that’s what all this business of trying out new stuff is all about, right? As I tell E & M on a regular basis… get ‘er done! Woot!